Solid router, good feature set, but details overlooked.
Michael P., Newegg
4 July 2015
Summary: I live and test this device in an area with high 2.4 GHz congestion, with no less than 13 access points in range and/or overlapping my network. There are only 1-2 in the 5 GHz range.
Pros: I like this router because it performs well in the 5 GHz band seeing excellent throughput to devices such as notebooks, gaming consoles, phone, and tablets. The USB functions are nice allowing setup of consumer printers and storage devices to function similarly to professional grade printers and ...
Cons: The 2.4 GHz band performs well but seems to lack robustness in congested areas. Higher priced routers appear to perform better in this area cutting through the noise, but altogether this router doesn't underperform for the price point. The setup processed is advertised as easy, quick, and hassle ...
Decent router for the price, with a couple of oddities
C. Aleo, Amazon
26 April 2015
Summary: This is a great little router for the price. Set-up is simple, and range is good across the bands. I have noticed it occasionally drops the connection to the cable modem for some reason; I have to reboot it maybe once a week, which is odd.
Summary: I expected much more from this product. As some others have mentioned 5gh is very fast and quite reliable. My problem is the 2.4gh. It's awful. Signal constantly drops out, ping timeouts from my machine to the router bounce from 20ms to 900ms (and I'm maybe 50 feet away).
Summary: I can still recommend all TP Link devices, including this one. I just recommend you use your network to stream media and transfer files and not the USB ports on the router. This is a great mid range router with a lot of options.
Pros: The best thing about this line of TP Link routers is the range. This model features dual band wi-fi and four gigabit Ethernet ports. These routers have excellent range for what they cost. I've had the opportunity to test at least a dozen routers in the past couple years and these TP Link routers ...
Cons: At this point, I'd usually be extolling the virtues of all TP Link devices and their value. I usually have a hard time finding flaws in their devices, especially for what they cost. However, this device is a little high on the price scale. As a router alone, it's a great value and it has great pe...
Summary: 1st off I wish I could give 3.5 eggs I received this with expectations of a little more than what I got as far as usable signal distance for streaming movies and such, as far as hardwired it works great but as soon as I started testing streaming this router fell into a lower price point category.
Summary: It would be nice if TP-Link had a DSL along with a cable version of this router which would eliminate having two boxes (modem along with router) residing side-by-side eating up precious space at home.
Pros: This is one of few routers which will accept open source Linux based firmware levels which in my opinion should seriously be considered when purchasing a new or replacement open source router. The two providers of such open source firmware files include both OPENWRT and DD-WRT easily found via a ...
Cons: As alluded to earlier I personally had a lot of grief on the reliability of the wireless portion of this router. This is a non 802.11ac router which probably is why many reviewers have had less than stellar raves regarding this model. Then again, it's a lot cheaper than a entry level 802.11ac dev...
Summary: I had high hopes for this router as other TP-LINK products that I had used were excellent. The router works, just not consistently. Had to reboot quite often and we would lose signal on devices consistently. I may have had a bad unit but didn't feel confident in trying another one.
Summary: I could care less for having dual band capabilities. I was mainly looking for a router that had extremely good range in a large house. I was told this one would be good but it actually has less range than my 10 year old Netgear router. Other than the range not being so very good, I enjoy it a lot.
Excerpt: First star down: Works great but it loses connection about once a month and you needs to restart or wait some unspecified time to reconnect to modem or device. Second star down: the 5GHz has really low range, drops 1-2 android signal markings on tabled moving along in the same room, goes down to...
Good Gigabit router for the $$, OpenWRT loads, default firmware insecure (http only), would buy again.
Sunshine Spacetweezers, Amazon
28 July 2014
Summary: Fast straight out of the box. Default firmware only uses http, not https. Wifi is not as powerful as the Netgear router it replaced. Now using the old router as repeater. Both USB posts are only USB2, but that's not a huge deal. Gigabit network, runs well for a CE product.