Summary: While this router is low priced, it is feature rich in many ways. For starters, this router falls into this price point category because it only supports the older 2.4ghz Wi-Fi band. It does not support the newer 5ghz band that is becoming more popular, especially for video steaming usage. The performance of this router may depend on the number of other Wi-Fi routers in your area.
Inexpensive basic router with some useful advanced features
10 January 2015
Summary: The TP-Link WR842ND is an inexpensive and fully functional wireless router. It offers good wireless speed and range. Although this is a basic router, it has some advanced features that are often only available in more expensive routers, such as guest network, USB file/media and printer sharing, QoS and WDS. Setup is straight forward with the enclosed CD. It allows you to easily setup wireless security with the WPS button.
Summary: Rather impressed with the router overall. First of all, it's a fantastic value for < $30. As of Dec 2014, there are available firmware options: OpenWRT Unstable DD-WRT (have to dig a bit for it) After applying both OpenWRT and DD-WRT, I finally went back to the original TP-Link firmware. I found it to be feature rich, stable, and user friendly. A couple of quick features of the OE firmware that I really liked: 1.
Summary: It is always hard to do upgrades when you have a working home network, but I wanted to move from WEP to WPA security on our wireless network. We have several devices that we've added recently that are set up to use WPA, but we did not have a router to support it. Frankly, I was nervous about having to reconfigure everything to use a new router. So. Quite frankly, this slipped in to replace my existing router as slick as can be. I honestly expected more issues.
Summary: good inexpensive DD-WRT/OpenWRT compatible router. No 5Ghz but most laptops come with single band cards anyways, so dual band doesn't buy you much. WR842ND has a slightly higher TX output which helps to improve speed/connectivity for weak spots. And antennas detachable so they can be replaced with higher output/directional antenna.
Summary: The TP-Link TL-WR842ND N300 is a top notch little Wi-Fi router. Easy to install and with minimal configuration you're up and running. I tried it with my PS3, PS4, Wii, smart TV, laptop, smart phone (Droid), tower PC and it works flawlessly across all devices! No loss of signal at all and it goes through all my walls quite easily. It has a really small footprint which is convenient for those trying to save space or don't have much room.