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TP-LINK TL-WA901ND Wireless N300 Access Point, 300Mbps, Multifunction, Multiple SSID

  • Up to 4 SSIDs and VLAN support
  • Great performance w/ 3 x antennas
  • Access Point/Client/ Repeater/ Bridge mode
  • Detachable antenna for Strong antenna upgrade
  • Passive PoE Support
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Learn more about the TP-LINK TL-WA901ND

Model

Brand
TP-LINK
Model
TL-WA901ND

Spec

Standards
IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Wireless Data Rates
Up to 300Mbps
Security
64/128/152-bit WEP / WPA / WPA2,WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK
WPA/WPA2
WPA2
Frequency Band
2.4GHz - 2.4835GHz
Antenna
4dBi Detachable Omni Directional Antenna x 3
Transmitted Power
<20dBm(EIRP)
Receiver Sensitivity
270M: -68dBm@10% PER
130M: -68dBm@10% PER
108M: -68dBm@10% PER
54M: -68dBm@10% PER
11M: -85dBm@8% PER
6M: -88dBm@10% PER
1M: -90dBm@8% PER
System Requirements
OS: Microsoft Windows 98SE, NT, 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7, MAC OS, NetWare, UNIX or Linux.
Interface
Ethernet Port
Buttons
Quick Setup Security Button
Reset Button
Ports
1 x 10/100M
Power Adapter
12VDC / 1A
Dimensions
6.9" x 4.7" x 1.1"
Temperature
0°C - 40°C (32°F - 104°F)
Humidity
10% - 90% (Non-Condensing)

Features

Features
Wireless Modes: AP/Multi-SSID/AP Client/Repeater/ Universal Repeater/Bridge+AP

Wireless Functions: Enable/Disable Wireless Radio, WDS Bridge

DHCP: DHCP Server

Quality of Service: WMM

Management: SNMP

Advanced Functions: Up to 30 meters PoE is supported

Wireless N speed up to 300Mbps makes it ideal for bandwidth consuming or interruption sensitive applications like video streaming, online gaming and voice over Internet

MIMO technology provides robust high-bandwidth wireless Tx/Rx capability at further range

CCA improves wireless performance while automatically avoiding channel conflict

Wall mounted available, also can be placed horizontally on a table or desk.

Packaging

Package Contents
Wireless Access Point TL-WA901ND
3 Detachable Omni directional antennas
Power supply unit
PoE Power Injector
Resource CD
Quick Installation Guide

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
2 years limited
Labor
2 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Chris H.
  • 3/1/2014 9:59:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsStressful WiFi Production After Install AP

Pros: Very easy to config and deploy. Very nice range for the price, better than the Cisco Linksys routers that were in use.
Got this to solve weak single problem and to take the router function part out of the WiFi device. Works great for AP when it doesn't have to be rebooted.

Getting a replacement to hope to solve the limited connection and no internet access problem. I will update my review after a few weeks with the replacement.

Cons: Some devices can't connect while other have no problem. I start getting "limited connection" or "no internet access", only on some of the devices while others have no problem what so ever. Rebooting the AP helps sometimes but not all the time. For the devices that have no problems connecting they keep constantly dropping and re-connecting, is this a device or access point problem?

I have upgraded the firmware to the latest and performed the recommended settings provided by TP-Link support staff.

Other Thoughts: The TP-link support staff is not very knowledgeable with the company's products.

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  • JAMES R.
  • 12/23/2013 12:47:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsdecent for the price, but beware "passive" PoE

Pros: This is an inexpensive AP that is capable of performing multiple different functions: AP, wireless extending, etc. I've only used it in AP mode, and it's worked fine so far. I flashed it up to the latest firmware, but I wasn't having any issues with the older firmware it came with.

I have little to compare/contrast it with in terms of range. A single one wouldn't come close to covering my mom's house (which is where I was deploying them), but she has a huge house with lots of stone and hardwood, so I can't blame the AP for that.

Cons: Here's the biggest con, and I'm going to write it in all-caps: "PASSIVE" POE IS NOT REAL POE. The ONLY way to use PoE with this AP is to use the included injector. It will NOT work with a PoE-capable switch or NIC, because it doesn't include the necessary PoE autonegotiation circuitry to tell the switch/NIC that it wants PoE.

I get it why it's only passive ("fake") PoE instead of real PoE: TP-LINK wouldn't have been able to hit their target price point if they had included real PoE capability. And the product description is upfront that it supports "passive PoE". But if you don't carefully research what "passive PoE" means, the name alone doesn't tell you much.

Other Thoughts: If you have no intention of doing PoE with this AP, then I think it's a great bargain for the price. But I'm docking a star for the description not being 100% forthright that "passive PoE" actually means "PoE only supported with injector".

Also, I would suggest NOT letting the AP autoselect the frequency band. I deployed two of these with band-autoselect enabled, and they picked adjacent bands, despite the fact that there were NO other APs in range. Use a Wi-Fi scanner app for your mobile phone to find the best band. (Even if you're only deploying one, you still might need to take your neighbors' APs into account.)

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  • Thomas
  • 12/20/2013 8:12:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsInstalls easily, works well except for PoE

Pros: Cost, ease of setup

Cons: PoE: Power over Ethernet is underpowered. I first tried it with a few cat6 Ethernet segments, and it broadcast no SSID signal despite all power and connection indicators showing green. Shortened it and tried a 25 foot segment, and it operates correctly, although with weak signal. The same wireless brand relay 75 feet away from the station cannot achieve a connection while this unit is on PoE (although it can be connected to by clients who are closer). Swapping the unit to self-powered instead of PoE and the relay works great with 4 bars of signal. I can only surmise that the PoE setup for this unit is underpowered. Otherwise, it's worked as described, and this may be a minor or non-existent issue for many/most purchasers.

Other Thoughts: As others have mentioned, the unit does look different than the pictures. This is a non issue for me, but I thought it might be helpful to know what it does look like. It has the same general shape as the pictured unit (horizontal unit), but it has a rounded top, is all white with a new age/abstract mottled pattern of decorations and air vents across the top. This represents no functional difference other than the unit is not flat and cannot be stacked or otherwise used as a flat surface.

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  • JEFFERY H.
  • 11/13/2013 12:15:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice

Pros: Using this in an agricultural cold room (Controlled Atmosphere) environment for WMS applications. Getting great signal across the entire cold room (about 100ft X 100ft with multiple stacks of pallets, many of which are stacked 2+ high) even with all the obstructions (both near and far away) versus my old AP which dropped half the room.
The included passive PoE made this super easy with my existing PoE setup- Thanks!

Cons: Being that the setup was easy and I did not receive a DoA, I can find no cons at the moment. I cannot yet speak to its longevity due to such brief ownership of the product.

Other Thoughts: The picture Newegg displays for the TL-WA901ND is innaccurate to what I received (however, looking at the packaging it shows that the device I got is "Version: 3" - What I got is identical to what Newegg displays for the "lesser" models, except mine has 3 antennas. Doesn't appear to have any impact on performance, so who cares? I don't.
Also, the specifications as of this review (11/13/2013) show that TL-WA901ND comes with three 4dBi antennas, which is incorrect according to the packaging I received (three 5dBi antennas)- a pleasant surprise.
Paired this router with an EnGenius EAG-2408 antenna [warning- not compatible out of the box, you will need an adapter- not included] and retained 2 of the stock 5dBi antennas for a happy balance of short, medium and long distance transmission. Hope it lasts.

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  • Kevin S.
  • 11/11/2013 7:46:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDoesn't accept wireless connections

Pros: Simple web interface

Cons: This access point does not reliably accept connections.

The product picture was wrong.

Other Thoughts: I immediately installed the latest TP-LINK firmware (TL-WA901ND_V3_130828).

The product I received was a version 3 hardware.

This access point is going back to newegg.

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  • Brian G.
  • 5/24/2013 10:38:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsneeds a little work

Pros: Once I got it setup it works great.

Cons: Terrible firmware. See other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: I got this to use as a Dumb AP for my network. I thought this would be a fire and forget type of deal. I changed the SSID, setup the passworkd/security, disabled DHCP and plugged it into my router. It worked, but not well at all.

My unit came with the most recent firmware, and out of the box it was terrible. Dropped connections and instability galore. I was on the verge of doing an RMA but decided to try out one more trick.

I ended up flashing the firmware with OpenWRT and now it works great. If it worked this well out of the box I would have given it 5 stars. I had a TP-Link router I bought years ago and thought it still works flawlessly, so I decided on this model for my new setup. IDK what is going on with the software side, but they really need to fix whatever the problem is. This unit is pretty basic and it has been on the market for years. The fact that it doesnt perform its advertised functionality is a terrible oversight.

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  • Chris G.
  • 5/20/2013 9:02:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsawesome

Pros: works excellent

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: not free?
wheres my t shirt?

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/26/2013 3:16:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat AP

Pros: Feature set is exactly what a user needs and nothing he/she does not. Works reliably.

Cons: none

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  • Joe C.
  • 3/15/2013 2:32:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast

Pros: Cheep, Fast, V-Lan, POE
So far no troubles.

Cons: The case looks a bit cheep but it will blend in ok when wall mounted.

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  • Diane W.
  • 3/4/2013 9:14:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorked for 2 weeks

Pros: Worked just fine for 2 weeks.

Cons: Stopped working and our tech guy couldn't get it to work. Called TP-Link tech support and after being on hold for a few minutes, voice told me "there is no one to take your call. Please call back at another time. Click."

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this access point.
Could you please reset the device and try it again? Usually it will fix most of the issues.

If it still doesn't work, no worry, TP-LINK USA provides 2-year warranty for this access point and we are glad to provide you a replacement.
Please feel free to contact me for further troubleshooting or RMA service.
howard.he@tp-link.com

Best Regards!
TP-LINK Support Team
support@tp-link.com
(866) 225-8139
http://www.tp-link.com/us/support
http://www.facebook.com/TPLINK

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