Inexpensive basic router with some useful advanced features
3 weeks ago
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.
Summary: The TP-Link WR842ND wireless router performs as advertised. It is inexpensive and functional. If you want greater speed and range, you need to pay more. Set-up is no more or less difficult than with other such devices. For the most part, difficulties arise from improperly configuring the settings, but this is no different from the often frustrating awkwardness of understanding tech-speak by people who speak normal human language.
Low Speed, Limited Range Are Trade Off for Low Cost
13 December 2014
Summary: This is the second TP-Link router I've tried, as they seemingly attempt to dominate the inexpensive router market. This wireless access point definitely fits the bill on the low cost side, offering home wireless quite cheaply. BUT, and it's a big "but," there are some significant tradeoffs you're making for that low price. First, this is an N-only router, not the newer, faster AC technology, that is becoming standard. Does this really matter?
Summary: For the price I really did not have high expectations of this router. However, if you need something basic, this is perfect! This was very simple to set up using the enclosed CD. I have tested out the range and get a full signal in all areas. This might be at the lower end for Mbps, other routers offer a higher Mbps but I don't need much to begin with. A lot of work jobs you will need at least 450 mbps but this I would consider for home use.