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TP-LINK TL-WDR4300 Dual Band Wireless N750 Router, Gigabit, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5GHz 450Mbps, 2 USB port, IP QoS, Wireless On/Off Switch

  • Simultaneous Dual Band, 300+450Mbps
  • USB Storage, Printer, Media Server
  • IP based bandwidth control
  • Wireless On/Off Switch
  • 3 External antennas
  • WPA/WPA2
  • Windows 8 compatible

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Geoff M.
  • 4/21/2016 7:13:18 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent value, high quality, OpenWrt support

Pros: Really excellent product at a great price point. The built-in software seemed OK but I installed OpenWrt, which you can do through the factory firmware web interface. I bought a pair of these routers and installed OpenWrt and I am using them as a base station plus Wifi repeater. I am using the 5 Ghz channel for the link between the two routers (all router to router traffic is on this channel), which leaves the 2.4 Ghz channel free for connected devices to use. I am also using the base station for networked attached storage (NAS).

As an aside, TP-Link open sourced their software which can be found on their web site (this helps getting support for third party software like OpenWrt). Don't be put off by all of the negative reviews, I have had nothing but excellent experiences wit this router: no dropped connections, system stays up all of the time, a really nice piece of equipment.

Even though there are newer versions of this model with higher speeds at 5 Ghz, most of my computers and devices can't take advantage of that extra speed. In fact, 5Ghz support in a lot of my gear was underwhelming. For example, Chromecast does not support 5 Ghz at all. Given that this product has been on the market for a few years, it can bought at a very attractive price point (around $50), and if you install OpenWrt, you will have very up-to-date firmware with all the latest features and security fixes. The bleeding edge routers are a lot of extra money that include new features your equipment may not be able to take advantage of anyway.

Cons: USB 3.0 support would have been really nice.

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  • Nathaniel T.
  • 12/2/2015 1:37:31 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot worth the price

Pros: I finally got this reasonably fast (30mbps) by:
* Picking an uncongested channel instead of "auto" (using Wifi Analyzer app)
* Restricting to 20mhz channel width
and reasonably stable by:
* Disabling almost all the services
* Disabling 5ghz
* Disabling hardware NAT

Cons: For a long time I had major stability, speed and issues with dropped connections.

Other Thoughts: I got a good price on a refurb. I would be upset if I paid full price. In hindsight, I wish I'd paid a bit more for a highly rated router.

File sharing via USB is very convenient.

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  • Brett C.
  • 8/11/2015 8:01:01 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsI really hate this thing

Pros: Really stable, has needed zero reboots even with stock firmware

Cons: I've had nothing but problems with this router. Stock firmware, DD-WRT, OpenWRT, nothing fixes the damning wireless speed issues. I've tried everything from physical location to every setting under the sun but the wireless speeds will not go above 10 Mbps - and that's if I'm lucky: It's usually less than half that. My wired speeds continue to serve a proper blazing speed, but it's impossible to get this unit to function properly. I suspect hardware but I'll never know because customer support has been useless with help.

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3 out of 5 eggsSolid router, good feature set, but details overlooked.

Pros: I like this router because it performs well in the 5 GHz band seeing excellent throughput to devices such as notebooks, gaming consoles, phone, and tablets.

The USB functions are nice allowing setup of consumer printers and storage devices to function similarly to professional grade printers and network attached storage.

The customary ethernet ports are gigabit, which is expected, and perform to standard.

The router was tested streaming HD video and it performed well. It was also used for online gaming in the 5 GHz band and performed satisfactorily -- but there was the usual wireless lag issues associated where a wired connection is preferred.

Finally, the guest network is a nice feature allowing you to bifurcate access to keep folks away from parts of your network you want to keep secure.

Cons: The 2.4 GHz band performs well but seems to lack robustness in congested areas. Higher priced routers appear to perform better in this area cutting through the noise, but altogether this router doesn't underperform for the price point.

The setup processed is advertised as easy, quick, and hassle free. Perhaps that's true if you're using the WPS function and default settings. It comes with setup CD and also has web based setup. I recommend the web based over the CD. That said, if you're accustomed to configuring the device to suit your needs/network, the interface becomes clumsy and, in the event of a firmware update, forgotten and reset.

Other Thoughts: I live and test this device in an area with high 2.4 GHz congestion, with no less than 13 access points in range and/or overlapping my network. There are only 1-2 in the 5 GHz range. This router was testing in this real work environment -- so, 2.4 GHz speeds might improve if you live in a less congested area.

It was tested using notebooks, phones, tablets, gaming consoles, and other consumer electronics. All had no issues connecting and using the router.

It's worth noting that higher models of this router series use the newer 802.11ac standard, which affords you more future-proofing options and potentially greater speeds. If you don't have those needs and don't anticipate having them for a while, this router will serve you fine.

Finally, this router was tested for about 4 months with no issues in connectivity or performance noted other than what has been detailed here.

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  • Mr. D.
  • 6/15/2015 5:24:02 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDrops Connections

Pros: It's a router

Cons: Drops Connections Regularly

Other Thoughts: I cannot fathom how a router can drop connections so regularly and still be released to market. This is on both the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz channels. I used to think it was something else, maybe my ISP, but after swapping out to an old WRT-54G I get a better and more stable connection. I had this router sitting in a box for two years, and now the warranty has expired. It has never worked since day one. It does teach me a valuable lesson not to ever trust the TP-Link brand for routers.

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  • Josh P.
  • 6/8/2015 8:56:11 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Hardware

Pros: This is a good router out of the box, not great but good. Install DD-WRT firmware on it though and it becomes great, true GB LAN, much greater bandwidth and range on both wireless networks and fantastic throughput. I run 12-15 devices at once usually and have no problems.

Cons: the TP-Link software is the weak point here. I only ever got 800 mb/s with it on the LAN and needed to reset the router weekly. DD-WRT fixed these issues.

Other Thoughts: Great deal for the money with some configuration.

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  • Andrew S.
  • 5/19/2015 7:51:30 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Router

Pros: I have owned this router for about 4 years now, it functions great.

Cons: none yet.

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4 out of 5 eggsImpressive router for the price

Pros: Good wireless performance, more than enough throughput for streaming and gaming. This router was easy to setup and provided a solid performance using the stock software. Dual band with 2.4 and 5Ghz radios that allow you to run newer devices at faster transmissions rates. Three external antennas for increased range. I was able to get reception one additional room away from the router that my other wireless router could not reach. Using the TPLINK 4300, I could use one router to cover my entire house. Open source firmwares are available. USB ports for sharing jump drives or external hard drives. Four Gigabit LAN ports. Glossy black case that looks good sitting next to your HTPC. Long list of features normally only found on more expensive routers.

Cons: Uncompressed video caused some staggering.The USB transfer speeds were good enough for most videos I tested with. No issues copying pictures, documents or other files.

Other Thoughts: I updated the firmware to the latest version from the TP-LINK website and have had no drops or disconnections. With 5GHz N, I was able to get 70Mb/s consistently. I have owned several other TP-LINK routers and expected a lot from this router. It delivered all the performance I needed. As good as it is in the stock form, this router becomes a top performer when using an open source firmware. I was able to setup a VPN and connect to it remotely when I traveled. I was concerned that there may be issues since it was a new router but it was rock solid.

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  • Eugene T.
  • 4/13/2015 6:25:13 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid unit

Pros: Unit has been running for over a year with no issues.
Supports both 2.4 and 5 gig bands.

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: Lights are bright but unit has never belched in over a year.
Moved to a new state and ISP, plugged it in and up in seconds. 2 laptops, 2 tablets, 2 cellphones, desktop, printer, Roku, Wii, and 2 smart TV's all running fine. Would buy again.

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4 out of 5 eggsDecent Router

Pros: This unit looks sleek and fits in well with my home theater equipment. There are a wealth of status LEDs on the front of the unit that tell you a lot about it's functional status and they are not obnoxiously bright. The unit appears to have 2 radios in it, one for the 5ghz spectrum and one for the 2.4ghz spectrum. It has a wide variety of settings and it also has a good deal of information that tells you what the settings do when you are in the router's configuration pages. I have been using it for a month without any stability issues. It also allows you to hook up a printer and connect storages devices to the unit. I tested the unit with my iPhone, Laptop, and a few desktop computers and it held up well. My friend also used it while he stayed at my place with his Chromebook and Android phone with no issues as well. The storage feature seems nice, though I did have some issues with it ( see cons ), you can use it to setup a basic FTP server to use for personal storage.

Cons: The FTP functionality does not seem to allow you to copy large files to the unit, when trying to copy some larger ( > 4gb ) to the unit it would disconnect from the FTP client (FileZilla) and need to reconnect to resume the file transfer, I have a feeling that it was timing out on long transfers or long connections, even on LAN. While there are a lot of very useful settings on the unit, I feel that the user interface could be a bit more intuitive. The 5 Ghz wifi on the unit seems a tad flaky, however that may have been my equipment's fault, the 2.4Ghz wifi however worked just fine with each device I tested it with.

Other Thoughts: I did not test using the unit as a print server. I did try the storage with a flash drive and an external hard drive, and outside of the issues with large file transfers it did work well. This unit appears to be reliable and works well, however there were just a few things that held it back in my opinion from getting a 5 egg review from me. Cost vs. Value of the unit seems decent and most of the TP-Link items I have used have been decent.

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