Summary: I am surprised that the reviews are so good. I've searched the internet and found on some forums that this is not uncommon. That is what led me to finally contact support to see if they can actually correct this; otherwise it was destined for a return. I really want to like this device due to how configurable it is, but if it can't do the simple job of staying up, I can't use it.
Pros: Very configurable. That is why I bought it.
Cons: This thing locks up all of the time, even when there is no load. It does this several times a week. My firmware is the latest, 1.0.0 Build 20141208 Rel.36359s. I am currently in contact with TP-Link. If they come up with a solution, I will repost. I had another TP-Link model before that did the same thing, but a lot less frequently. The only solution is to unplug the router and restart it. The web interface also becomes unreachable when it does this.
Summary: I bought this because I needed a wired router for my home network and it was cheap. I do not use the advanced features. I used the stock setup that comes with the setup CD and everything works fine. Basic setup is easy. I cannot comment on the load sharing capabilities. This router has WAY more capabilities than the average home network will ever use or need but it works as a basic router just fine.
Pros: Works as a basic router without any hiccups. Small footprint
Cons: GUI interface is rather complicated and confusing to navigate. Not very user friendly in my opinion for using any of the advanced features. The instructions on advanced setup are horrible or non existent.
It works, its cheap, and could be a solution to a LOT of your problems.
G. Turner, Amazon
2 November 2014
Summary: This load balancer works, for what it is. I have it connected to 3 very slow (3Mb) DSL connections currently, as where I live, that is the ONLY option. If you know some basic networking, you will be able to get this working pretty well. If you want a basic load balancer, and don't need advanced hardware, this could be the choice for you. It is reliable, works well, and it does its job. There ARE a few drawbacks though. PROS: 1. Easy to use 2.
Summary: Used this for a client who switched from a T1 to Broadband. Existing router was only "getting" 9Mbps. We thought it was an issue with Comcast's setup but we tried this router and were getting 50Mbps +. Bought this based on all the favorable reviews and not disappointed so far.
Summary: With four teenagers online all the time, we have three separate internet connections to our home (two independent DSL lines at 7 mips down and one wireless Broadband at 10 mips down. Now, instead of assigning who gets what router, all three connections are fed into this $50 box and we get a consistent 24 mips down (and similar additive upload speeds).
Summary: That is just so crazy that I can just combine an infinite amount of Internet Connections together and they are all usable at the same time, by a single computer, on a single connection to a server. You would think you couldn't send to a single server from two different IP Addresses but I stand corrected. Additionally this router is super fast and is awesome at keeping people from using too much data on the Network (keeping users from disconnecting during heavy load).
Summary: I have an older (circa 2007) ZyXel P334 wired router which has served me great for the last 5 years but the only problem is that it has a 12/12 down and up Mbps limit. The TL-R470T has a 100 Mbps limit. I tested the TP-Link with my newly upgraded Comcast "Blast" service (50Mbps down and 10 Mbps up) and got an Xfinity Speed Test result of 57/11. Much better than 11/11 on my P334.