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TP-LINK TD-W8961ND 300Mbps Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router 4 10/100Mbps RJ45 Ports IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11n/g/b, ADSL/ADSL2/ADSL2+

  • 4 10/100Mbps RJ45 Ports
  • 1 RJ11 Port

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The TD-W8961ND Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router is an All-in-One device that combines the function of a high speed ADSL modem, a 4-Port 10/100Mbps NAT router and a wireless access point. It is designed to give you a one-stop solution to acquiring and sharing high-speed Internet access over a wired/wireless network. Supporting the latest ADSL standards, the TD-W8961ND brings with it much higher speed than a dial-up connection. Complying with the IEEE 802.11n standard, users will get up to 15X the speed and 5X the range of conventional 11g products*. Now you can enjoy more kinds of bandwidth consuming applications like HD video streaming wirelessly which can not be accommodated by 11g products, from anywhere in your entire home or even the yard, imagine all the possibilities with TD-W8961ND wirelessly!

Learn more about the TP-LINK TD-W8961ND




Gateway Modem
4 10/100Mbps RJ45 Ports
Cable Interface
1 RJ11 Port
IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11n/g/b, ADSL/ADSL2/ADSL2+


External Power Supply: 9VDC/0.85A

ADSL Standards:
Full-rate ANSI T1.413 Issue 2,
ITU-T G.992.1(G.DMT),
ITU-T G.992.2(G.Lite)
ITU-T G.994.1 (G.hs),
ITU-T G.995.1

ADSL2 Standards:
ITU-T G.992.3 (G.dmt.bis),
ITU-T G.992.4 (G.lite.bis)

ADSL2+ Standards: ITU-T G.992.5

Antenna Type: Omni directional, Detachable, Reverse SMA

Antenna Gain: 2x3dBi

Frequency: 2.400-2.4835GHz
EIRP: <20dBm(EIRP)
Wireless Security: Support 64/128 bit WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK, Wireless MAC Filtering

VPN Pass-Through: PPTP, L2TP, IPSec Pass-through

Advanced Features:
Traffic Shaping(ATM QoS) UBR, CBR, VBR-rt, VBR-nrt;
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), DHCP relay;
Network Address Translation (NAT);
PVC/Ethernet Port Mapping
VLAN, 802.1P,
Static Routing, RIP v1/v2 (optional);
DNS Relay, DDNS,
IGMP snooping V1/2
IGMP Multicast,

Web Based Configuration(HTTP),
Remote management,
Telnet management,
Command Line Interface,
SSL for TR-069,
SNMP v1/2c,
SNMP over EOC,
Web Based Firmware Upgrade,
Diagnostic Tools

System Requirements: Microsoft Windows 98SE, NT, 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7, MAC OS, NetWare, UNIX or Linux.


Package Contents
External Splitter
RJ-11 Telephone Cable
RJ-45 Ethernet Cable
Quick Installation Guide
Resource CD
Power Adapter
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Customer Reviews of the TP-LINK TD-W8961ND

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  • Lucinda S.
  • 1/5/2016 12:19:16 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAbsolutely perfect for my needs

Pros: Works with my Century Link ASDL2+ service right out of the box. I don't know why others had trouble. It performs better than the modem they were charging me monthly rental fees for. I called and got confirmation that my service is ADSL2+ before making my selection.

Easy to set up, easy to configure. Small sleek flat design is not easily knocked over by cats. I also liked the TP-Link website where I could search technical stuff.

Cons: No real cons whatsoever with this product. It is definitely an upgrade from the ISP rental.

It's not designed to stand on it's side.

Other Thoughts: Useful for taking back control of my browser from the "webhelper service." Changing DNS servers worked until they got reset by the ISP. None of that going on now and I have a better signal. I might upgrade the antennas at some point, but I already have great performance.

The address to access the router interface in my browser was different form the modem I replaced.

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  • Lucinda S.
  • 1/5/2016 12:02:45 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAbsolutely perfect!

Pros: Works with my Century Link ASDL2+ service right out of the box. It performs better than the modem they were charging me monthly rental fees for. It's a good idea to call the ISP technical line to make sure what standard your service is before purchasing a modem to replace the one they provided. I got their confirmation that my service is actually ADSL2+ before making my selection.
Easy to set up, easy to configure. Small sleek design fits almost anywhere, which is good because I didn't have a choice.
T-P Link has the manuals online (and in the box) but also a search on their website in case you want to get a little more technical.

Cons: No real cons whatsoever with this product. It is definitely an upgrade from the ISP rental.
It doesn't stand on it's side, but I prefer the low flat design that isn't easily knocked over by cats, so this is not a con at all for me.

Other Thoughts: Useful for taking back control of my browser from the "webhelper service." Changing DNS servers worked until they got reset by the ISP. None of that going on now and I have a better signal. I might upgrade the antennas at some point, but I already have great performance. The address to access the router interface in your browser may not be the same as the modem you're replacing. Check the manual.

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  • Aaron J.
  • 9/13/2015 5:39:23 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsdont buy it

Pros: worked for a bit, seemed to work fine

Cons: after three months it just stopped, and when i emailed the company i didn't receive a reply, I would steer clear.

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  • Chris S.
  • 12/17/2013 4:11:45 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsRevision to my Previous Review of the Product

Pros: I am revising my previous review from three eggs to four eggs because I have resolved my connection issues with the router by replacing the ethernet cable. If I come across a solution to the Windows update/anti-virus update issues, I'll give it five eggs. As long as it stays connected, I'm happy.

Cons: No cons beyond those listed in previous review.

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  • Chris S.
  • 12/16/2013 8:41:16 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMediocre Performance So Far

Pros: Setup was easy. However, be aware of something the instructions will not tell you--the setup CD is a min-CD which doesn't fit in some side-loading CD drives (it was too small for my CD drive). Fortunately, you can get around this problem by going into the modem router's IP ( and setting up from there. You can select the setup for your ISP (assuming the router is compatible with your ISP) and the router will automatically setup based upon the ISP selected.

The router--when it works (more about that in the Cons)--works quite well. Customization of the settings is also quite easy.

Cons: My experience is that this modem router doesn't work often enough. The ethernet on mine has been rendered inactive--sometimes for long periods of time--by both Windows 8.1 updates and antivirus updates. Changing the port on the ethernet cable and unplugging and replugging the ethernet cable are usually nothing more than temporary fixes for the problem of the ethernet going down.

TP-Link tech support isn't the best I've ever experienced. They haven't responded to my emails in a timely manner--when they've responded at all.

Other Thoughts: I bought this modem router to replace the Sagemcom F@st 1704 modem router I got from my ISP. The Sagemcom was frustrating me because it has a tendency to drop my internet connection. However, the frustrations I've had with the Sagemcom have been minor compared to those I've encountered with the TP-Link. As I'm writing this, I have the Sagemcom plugged in and the TP-Link is sitting in the box in which it came. I can't afford to waste time waiting for the TP-Link to decide whether or not it's in the mood to work.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer,

Thank you for checking out our Router and we appreciate your review.

It is odd that you are having some Ethernet issues.

Some suggestions may be to try a different Ethernet cable if you have one available.

It seems like you have these issues from Windows 8 updates and Antivirus updates.

The issue that you are seeing can definitley be caused by these updates alone and may be good to see if other Etherent connected deivces go down as well.

If you would like to contact me directly you may do so at

Best Regards!

TP-LINK Support Team
(866) 225-8139

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  • Diego L.
  • 11/6/2013 10:16:31 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect!

Pros: Affordable, Good Design, Many Settings Options, Easy to Setup. I was able to quickl and easily set the modem/router up to work with Verizon DSL. With the latest firmware update just choose VPI 0 and VCI 35 with 1483 Bridge IP LLC for encapsulation. And you will be online in seconds. It also worked great with my NetTalk Voice Over IP Adapter. I simply had to change the settings under the DNS to for Primary and for Alternate. Verizon tried to sell me a new modem for 80 dollars and I ended up getting this router for almost half the price and works better then what Verizon provides.

Cons: None

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3 out of 5 eggsGreat budget router, if it works.

Pros: VERY configurable. (I'll be honest here, it seems they took a DDWRT firmware, dumbed it down and removed a few features, and made it user friendly for the average user. Bravo!)

- Works with numerous DSL companies. (Unfortunately not mine. See below.)

- System log, for debugging purposes.

- The Diagnostics feature was critical for seeing where a problem is.

- "Statistics" page doesn't show dropped packages, but shows transmitted/received for any interface. So you can calculate it.

- Built-in firewall

- QoS/uPNP

- WPS/Mac Filters

- WDS/wireless bridge to extend a network. (although not sure why you'd want that feature in a modem..the more the merrier.)


- Physical Wifi on/off button on the rear of the modem.

- Can tone the wifi power down if you don't need it bleeding into the apartment complex next door.

- ADSL Telephone splitter if you still have a landline.

Cons: - Doesn't work with Centurylink [formerly Qwest] I get this error in the Diagnostic page "Testing ADSL Synchronization . FAIL" I wouldn't let this discourage a potential buyer [see end of other thoughts.] It could otherwise be the VPI/VCI settings. I'm not sure. After days of troubleshooting, I give up. I tried both the Qwest and Centurylink presets, as well as manually entered all the settings, verified settings with my Actiontec router and with Centurylink customer service. It either constantly says "Activating" or randomly says "Line down" depending on which settings i have entered.

- Yesterdays wired technology. Not gigabit ethernet.

- Not dual band. Not a problem if you don't have any 802.11a/b/g devices.

- There doesn't seem to be a definitive way to disable WPS, which is a 'feature' that most modem/router's have and packs a huge security risk. It seems to be disabled, but nothing is grayed out or anything.

Other Thoughts: Overall, if you want a budget modem (not for router purposes) at a low price, this wouldn't be a bad option if it works with your DSL company.

When unboxing, you may notice this thing looks sort of stylish. I'm not sure what the processor is clocked at, but it doesn't seem to get too warm on this winter day. But the imprints on the top of the modem are definitely stylish and would allow for some breathing if it heated up at all (and would definitely allow for any dust to get in, if you live in that climate.) It is very light, the plastic very thin, and feels very cheap. The power switch on the back is a physical toggle on/off button, which is rare in today's electronics.

- No USB. Would be a huge perk for network printing and other centralized services. Not really a con for this price range. My Actiontec Q1000 has one, however.

The first time logon is easy enough: username/pass: admin/admin. The first time Setup Wizard requires PPPoE, click exit if not ready to set up DSL. Wireless N speeds are typical. Not below average. I wasn't able to test my DSL speeds.

Final note on not working with Centurylink.
I have 40Mbit down and 20Mbit up speeds. This is hefty internet connection. So much that I had to buy a new modem because my 'old' modem couldn't handle this connection when I upgraded. So maybe that could be a pointer to this router's connection issues.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Theo,

We thank you for taking the time to review and test our product. We appreciate the feedback and welcome the input from our customers. It is this honest feedback that helps us as a company create better products for you our customers.

Best Regards!
TP-LINK Support Team

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2 out of 5 eggsDidn't Work With My ISP

Pros: A combined DSL modem and wireless n router results in a space-saving option for those who want to simplify their setup. The router is easy to set up with an intuitive interface and wizard to guide you through the process. I found the wireless range to be acceptable, and it’s nice to get MIMO in this price range. The modem comes with ISP templates for all of the popular service providers to quickly get set up and surfing.

Cons: On the DSL side of the equipment, I was unable to get the modem to work with my service. I have CenturyLink for my provider, which is listed right on the box as supported, but it just wouldn’t work. After two hours of troubleshooting with the help of my ISP service technician, I had to give it up as a lost cause. I tried a different phone jack, different CAT3 cable, rebooting, resetting, all to no avail. All PPPoE settings, username and password were verified to be correct. The modem just would not complete the DSL handshake with my ISP. Swapping out to my old modem with the exact same settings and everything works.

Other Thoughts: This is my first experience with a TP-Link product. Every brand has its duds and my experience may be an exception. This modem/router looks like a quality product but unfortunately the modem half of the equipment was faulty.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customrer,

We are very sorry to hear of your first experience with TP-LINK being unsatisfactory. We have no known issues regarding the compatibility of our products with CenturyLink DSL. It does sound like you've done the necessary steps in troubleshooting, so unfortunately, it may indeed be the case that your device is faulty and needs to be replaced.

If it has been within 30 days of your purchase, most retailers will provide and exchange for you, or a refund. Otherwise, our devices come with a 2 year manufacturer warranty. If you would like to speak with us about setting up an RMA with your product, we would be glad to assist you!

For more questions and support, please call us today!

Thank you for supporting TP-LINK.

Best Regards!
TP-LINK Support Team

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4 out of 5 eggsBest Router with built in Modem

Pros: Supports pretty much every ISP you would ever need and has a ton of advanced settings to help configure it correctly for your specific ISP.

Pretty good range, still worked with decent signal strength and data speed about 45 feet away.
Ability to become a wireless bridge to extend an existing wireless network.
Has a help page that clearly defines what all of its many settings do.
Clearly labeled and color specific ports on the back of the router.
Has large amount of settings available to change such as:
Transmit power, lease time on DHCP, built in diagnostics, built in NAT Firewall, very advanced and customizable QOS settings, DDNS, UPnP and a lot more.

All of the information necessary to access the routers webpage and the wireless access key are all cleanly labeled on the bottom of the device.

Came with everything need for setup: 2 phone line cables, an Ethernet cable and an ADSL phone line splitter.

Cons: Only 10/100 ports, would have preferred to see Gigabit Ethernet ports

The vent holes on the top go straight into the internals and will most likely fill up with dust over time if this is not mounted to a wall. These holes on the top and bottom are apparently needed since this device pretty much stayed around 95-100°F.

Plastic feet on the bottom of the router are useless, due to them not being rubber, the router can and will slide across any surface like a hockey puck.

The webpage for the device lacks the ability to search for firmware updates itself which may result in flashing the wrong firmware by users when searching for the right firmware if not careful which in turn may damage the router. Allowing the router to do this helps prevent this possible problem.

Other Thoughts: Cat 5 Ethernet cable instead Cat 5e

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