Pros Great range
Cons Bad reviewer
Summary Why do tech reviewers now regularly slam external antennas? They just don?t work as well. I?m tired of the fashionistas downgrading the functionality of our mobile electronics. Manufacturers are now afraid to launch a new cell phone with an external antenna, which works a heck of a lot better!
The reviewer, Dong Ngo, rated the TL-WR941ND 3 stars. Users have rated it at 4. Mr. Ngo rated the Netgear WNR854T at 3.5 stars and praised its ?attractive antenna-less design.? The average rating of 48 users is 1 star!
At 200 feet the TL-WR941ND rated throughput of 56.5 Mbps, while the Netgear WNR854T tested at only 26.9 Mbps at 200 feet! That?s half the throughput of the TP-Link at 200 feet. Why is the Netgear omitted from the 200 foot testing charts here? You don?t think an antenna makes a difference for range? CNET needs a new reviewer that places function over form and fashion.
Pros Great Range
Cons Setup not so easy
Constantly drops N connection
Summary I got this based on the value of CNET's review. It's a good router but I'm not sure if I'll be keeping it. The range in my apartment is incredible, typically netting me 90-98% signals through a wall with about 35 feet and several large appliances in the signal path with an inexpensive Encore wireless N card. My iPhone connects to it from the other end of the building and across the parking lot. Awesome.
I get good throughput despite the lack of dedicated N mode, which is annoying but not a deal breaker. Good enough to run a handful of torrents and still surf without lag. However, if I turn my computer off or leave it running constantly for a few days, the router drops the N connection somewhere along the way and I have to soft reboot it to get N to come back up. Not sure what's going on with that but it's annoying.
The initial setup was not as easy as the review implied - certainly not nearly as easy as my old Belkin's was. Granted, I have to set up a static IP and some port forwarding but it took me over an hour to get it set up because first it wouldn't pull down my dynamic IP info from my modem and then I tried to change the encryption protocol and it wouldn't connect anymore, even after I put the configuration back to how it was beforehand. I had to do a factory reset and start over to get it working again. The web interface could use a little bit of work too. It's not bad but the way settings are clustered is sloppy IMHO.
I have been unsuccessful in getting my girlfriend's computer to connect properly through her Encore wireless G card. It detects the router but just goes through a continuous cycle of attempting to connect and failing. On the rare occasion that I can get it to connect, it's a dead line with every attempted page load/ping timing out. I have quadruple checked all the settings vs my own machine and everything appears to be in order. Encore tech support and networking professional friends have been unable to help me get it working. Super frustrating and may end up being a deal breaker despite the otherwise good performance.
Pros Great price, great performance, easy set-up.
Cons For those who are not so expert on PCs, there's no CD installer for desktop application but the web based interface is very easy to use. Security firewall is disabled at default, just enable it together with the wireless security during set-up.
Summary Just got this TP-Link from Newegg and tested this 3 weeks ago. I was a little apprehensive getting this since I am used to known brands like Linksys, D-Link, Netgear, Belkin and other pricey name brands. But during these times, one has to be resourceful enough to get better bargains and better deals so after thorough research with Google, Tweaktown and of course CNET, I decided to go with TP-Link and I got more than I bargained for.
After a few minutes of set-up, my old wireless adapters were able to connect flawlessly with the TP-Link router with Very Good 48mbps signal - thats coming from my old "G" adapters. After that, I tested it with an expensive D-Link DWA-552 N adapter. A few seconds after enabling the N adapters' Wifi-protected Setup and pushing ON the TP-Link's QSS button, 300mbps CONNECTION was indicated on Windows XP WLAN icon and D-Link's wireless utility indicates 98% quality from the same desktop inside a room at the second floor.
My experience with this router only proves that whats inside the box matters more than brand names and I'm glad that I had the chance to read reviews from this site and the others.
If you are looking for an affordable basic home and small office wireless N upgrade, my opinion is that this is the best option available.
Pros Speed and Cost
Cons No QoS Function
Summary My 2-years old Belkin Router died on last week and I had to search for a substitution. Instead of continuing support G technology, I wanted to jump into 11N world for a faster downloading speed. So, I purchased this router from Newegg with a little expectation, since it's the lowest price in its class. It just surprised me with doubling the downloading speed, and more importantly, a smoother web surfing on my laptop while my desktop is downloading at full horsepower. Cheers! The signal strength went from 70%-80% to over 90% on my Intel Wireless Card. I've kept downloading for nonstop 4 days now, there is not even a single crash or slowing down. Now, I am planning to upgrade to 11N adapter and I think I will go with TP-LINK again.
Little disappointed that it does not come with QoS Function, which I could reserve the bandwidth for online-game playing. I hope they can include that feature in the firmware updates some time in the future, if they can hear me.
Pros The best Firmware from factory i've seen before
Easy Configuration (now with PC software setup)
Big Bang for the money
Can Work in WDS mode
Cons A bit Bulkier
Not an unified status and monitoring page and no graphs of usage
No USB port
Summary Im a PC technician and initially buy this router with much suspicion, but for the cost i decided give it a chance.
Now I'm very surprised of the functions than this one have.
This router has now (with the new firmware version) all the previously missing features, i am a previous dd-wrt user and this router come packed with almost all premium features of it. Ive Purchased the v4 and software include: Bandwidth Control Settings (pc web speed control with a friendly interface. im a formely online game player and now im protected from my kids band wasting pages), Parental controls (Schedule acces to internet), Power Gain Control (H,M or Low), Dynamic DNS, Static DHCP, Static Routing and WDS amog others.
This has longer effective range than my previously buffalo HPG54.
Now a CD with easy configuration software is included.
No VPN option included (Not needed for most users and can be done with pc software)
WDS mode is a nice plus so it can be used to expand previouly WAN or add a second one as repeater.
Its a bit bulkier than other routers actually on the marked but its not a real problem.
No USB port is a really miss, so i have to change my external HD to a NAS
Has not really interference with my home 2.4 Phones
Ping from pc to router 1000 times and get very few packet loss, low latency fast response, From router to my pc on bedroom and 2 walls between them (making it good for games)
The cons are not really a problem for mostly users and for the money than i payed im very happy with this router.
A shame i not have any N card to try the transfer speed among pcs.
For the cost, functions than it has (cons are not real problem for me) make this router avove the average than i tested so i decided recomend it and give 5 stars.