LOW COST BUT EXTREMELY PERFECT SOLUTION TO LONG RANGE WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY
4 August 2011
Summary: THIS ROUTER IS AT THE BOTTOM OF MODEL LINE, BUT I HAVE SUCCESSFULLY USED IT TO CONNECT TO A PC LOCATED 100 YARDS AWAY. THE LINE OF SITE WAS FROM INSIDE A MODULAR HOME TO AN WOOD CONSTRUCTED OFFICE LOCATED 100 YARDS AWAY, USING A 9dB HIGH GAIN ANTENNA CONNECTED TO THE PCI CARD INSTALLED IN THE OFFICE PC. THE SOFTWARE THAT CAME WITH IT IS EXTREMELY USER FRIENDLY, BUT FOR THE EXPERIENCED PRO, IT IS NOT NEEDED...THE ROUTER WORKS JUST AS WELL WITHOUT THE SOFTWARE.
Summary: I bought this because my previous router of a reputable top brand was giving me a lot of trouble. It would require constant reboots especially when wired and wireless connections were being used simultaneously. I was also never able to reach my maximum download speed on a wired connection with my old router.
Pros: Fast, inexpensive, able to flawlessly handle heavy simultaneous traffic and doesn't require constant reboots.
Cons: The vertical stand is definitely worthless. It feels like it was originally made for a different product and TP-Link just decided to toss it in with this router because it sorta worked. This isn't enough to knock off an egg though.
Summary: Even simple home networking can turn into a nightmare real quick. This unit was very simple, much more so than the more expensive Netgear Rangemax it replaced (Rangemax was notoriously unreliable, but I am using it in my building with little trouble since setup). The TP setup was easy and simple, I had no issues connecting immediately, seting up via the default 192.168.1.1 address, setting a few simple passwords and the SSID and it was good to go.
Pros: Looks sleek. Very appealing and the white with black accents fits just about any room. It came with a nice little stand that gently clips on the bottom for vertical placement. The external antenna is another plus to me, I do not favor internal ones. Very happy with this router for its reliability so far once the easy setup was completed.
Cons: I bought this for my sister, set it up at my home, and then she couldn't get it to work after numerous attempts. I then went over and plugged it in and it worked immediately. Perhaps this was a fluke, she doesn't really know anything other than attempting to use the setup disc. I'm not really worried about it because I think it was human error seeing as I had already set it up.
Summary: Comcast customers need to modify the set-up procedures. Contrary to the quick-start instructions (printed or on CD), you should (a) reset your cable modem by unplugging it for 5 seconds; (b) power-up your cable modem *before* connecting it to the router; (c) turn on computer and router; (d) connect the modem to the router. If you follow this procedure, you won't have any trouble with MAC addresses, etc.
Pros: For the price, this has been a fantastic router so far. Range is great; set-up was very straightforward when using the enclosed CD.
Cons: The printed "quick-start" guide should be ignored; use the CD. See note below about using this with Comcast cable modems