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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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  • Mr. D.
  • 6/15/2015 5:24:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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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4 out of 5 eggsPerforms well but priced off balance

Pros: The router, like other routers before it, performed up to par. I was able to get sustained transfers (large files) up over 80 mb/s on the 5 gig and about 50 or so on the 2.4 gig. I have a Linksys EA6700, an ASUS RT-AC66U and both an Areohive and Xirrus enterprise grade access points. All performed similarly. Under heavy load with multiple users the home class routers struggled a little more, but not so much that a home user would really notice.

The interface is quick, easy, clean, and simple. It's by far one of my favorites for home use. I just wish I didn't have to restart after every major change...ugh.

Cons: The form factor is nice, though I really wish TP-Link would adjust their plastic to something more aesthetically pleasing such as their RE200 device. That is by far the best looking TP-Link product I've used.

There are some nice features such as a print server, USB ports for media storage (though has been noted by many and tested by me as well) it's essentially worthless because it's just too slow. Still, if you need a quick and easy way to share some small files on your network (pics, docs) that's an easy way to do it.

Other Thoughts: Let me first of all preface that I am a network/wireless engineer by trade and without getting into the ins and outs of wireless and networking, for a normal or intermediate home user this router performs as well as it should. I still prefer the ASUS routers for home use, mainly because I prefer their interface and options, but also because of the constant need for TP-Link products to have to fully reboot for most changes to take effect. Again, it's not a deal breaker as most home users won't care or mind. Most won't go into their router beyond initial setup except to maybe change the wifi password once in a while. Other than that, it's a good product though priced a bit more expensive than I would like. Usually TP-LINK products have great price/performance value and I'd say this one is a little off. That said, it would make my short list and I'd prefer it over Netgear or Belkin or Linksys (now owned by Belkin) in this price segment.

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3 out of 5 eggsTP Link N750

Pros: The best thing about this line of TP Link routers is the range. This model features dual band wi-fi and four gigabit Ethernet ports. These routers have excellent range for what they cost. I've had the opportunity to test at least a dozen routers in the past couple years and these TP Link routers have the best value in regards to their maximum range. Both their 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz band have impressive range. Which is a necessity for me as I have aluminum siding, which tends to inhibit wireless signals. The signal from this router cuts right through it, better than most, and extends to edge of my property. Which is about another 50 yards on either side of the house. There are no other wi-fi signals where I live, out in the woods, so maybe that helps.
This router comes equipped with 2 USB 2.0 ports, which support file transfers, media server and printer server functions. I discuss their performance in regards to file transfers and media server in the cons. But in regards to acting as a printer server they function well. A load of bandwidth isn't required to feed a printer.
Setup with this router is simple and straight forward. You can use the setup disc that comes with it, or you can use the web based setup. For first time wireless access you'll need the Pin on the bottom of the router, that's your password. To access the web based setup you can just type tplinklogin.net in the address bar of your web browser or you can use the routers IP which is 192.168.0.1
It's not a bad idea to access the web based setup even if you're not an advanced user. All the various functions and settings are there for you to explore. If you have a need for guest network, you can enable it there. There are settings for parental control, not too advanced, but you can block user specified websites. You can configure your printer or media server settings from there as well.
There is also an app you can get, TP Link Tether, for either Apple or Android. It gives you access to some of the routers basic functions. You can see what devices are connected to your network and block any unwanted access, manage your parental control and manage your primary and guest networks. It definitely has the potential to be useful.
For anyone who wants to map a network drive, it's pretty easy once you figure it out. Connect your USB drive then enable the Media Server and or FTP protocol in your routers web based setup page. Determine which folder you want to share, or you can share the entire partition. Then open the Start Menu, right click on My Computer and select Map Network Drive. In the folder text box enter: \\192.168.0.1\
Those slashes are important, you can't get it done without em'. Then you can map your connected drive. Which you can access from the My Computer area, just like any other connected drive.

Cons: At this point, I'd usually be extolling the virtues of all TP Link devices and their value. I usually have a hard time finding flaws in their devices, especially for what they cost. However, this device is a little high on the price scale. As a router alone, it's a great value and it has great performance. But as a media server, it leaves a lot to be desired. In fact, I'd say it's pretty much useless as a media server. I wasn't able to watch an HD movie without stuttering at first and it eventually just stalled out. File Transfers do work via USB, but the transfer speeds are just sad. The max read speed was 8 MB/sec and the max write speed was 4.5 MB/sec. So about 25% of the speed I'd expect to see from that particular drive on a USB 2.0 port. It's not unusual to have a major drop in bandwidth using a USB 3.0 drive on a USB 2.0 port, but the average should be around 30 MB/sec reads on 2.0 and around 100 MB/sec on USB 3.0.
There are a couple of newer firmware versions than the one that I got. Apparently the one I got has been lying around for at least 18 months, either that or they're not installing the latest firmware on theses routers from the factory. There's also a V2 of this router, which the firmware for both is in the same place. So be careful not to update to the wrong version. However, updating the firmware really didn't improve anything that was obvious. I was hoping it would improve bandwidth on the USB ports, but it didn't.

Other Thoughts: I can still recommend all TP Link devices, including this one. I just recommend you use your network to stream media and transfer files and not the USB ports on the router. This is a great mid range router with a lot of options. Although, I personally recommend the TP Link AC1750 which is like $20-$30 more than this one. For the average user, this one will be fine. But for the advanced user, the AC1750 is the superior router both in terms of performance and value.

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4 out of 5 eggsSolid device in its price bracket!

Pros: The TL-WDR4300 is a nice/small router when compared to other ones in its targeted market. The range is a bit shorter than the EA6700 and especially shorter against an E8350. However despite its range being a bit shorter for your average home it is perfect.

When trying to setup the unit I could not get the CD to software to connect to the wireless router (as per the instructions). To connect to the device I used my browser and entered the IP Address of my default gateway so that I could then login and setup the device.

The menu system is extremely easy to use which a Quick Setup guide for novice users. Since I am not a novice user I just went directly to the Wireless settings and setup WPA2 and put the other settings on Auto.

Below is a cross comparison of three different routers. The EA6700 and the E8350 are both priced higher than this router. As you can see by the results the speeds are very close to each other.

EA6700 (5Ghz)
Download 83.37
Upload 59.10

EA6700 (2.4Ghz)
Download 51.63
Upload 50.74

E8350 (5Ghz)
Download 84.13
Upload 28.08

E8350 (2.4Ghz)
Download 51.49
Upload 15.79

E8350 (LAN)
Download 84.19
Upload 84.36

TL-WDR4300 (5Ghz)
Download 83.30
Upload 34.37

TL-WDR4300 (2.4Ghz)
Download 67.95
Upload 16.61

TL-WDR4300 (LAN)
Download 83.37
Upload 88.36

All of my tests were on Verizon FIOS internet connection at 75Mbps Download/75Mbps Upload.

The USB section is very interesting and has some very nice settings such as an FTP server so you can punch a hole in your firewall and grant people access to your USB drive. It also supports a media server and the new one I have never seen was a Print Server (but there are no settings so I could not figure out how to use this one).

Cons: When compared to the other two devices the range of the TL-WDR4300 is significantly less. However as I mentioned in the pros section for your average home this is not an issue unless you want to have access from the outside of your home.

When going over the Wireless performance results you can see that both the E8350 and TL-WDR4300 have a very serious problem with uploading. I tried changing several settings, (Channel and Width) but it would only slightly help performance. This leads me to believe this is a Firmware issue that needs to resolve. The EA6700 does not have this problem.

Other Thoughts: For the price range this device is very good and very competitive. The simplicity of the menus makes it easy for anyone who has just a little bit of experience in routers/networking able to setup the device efficiently. For anyone who has a small budget I highly recommend this router.

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  • corrine d.
  • 3/21/2015 2:38:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNot bad

Pros: Easy to setup. Web interface is easy to navigate, easy to understand. Lots of features. 3x omni directional antennas gives is very good signal, low db, excellent dual band signal quality.
Would recommend for any home or small office.

Cons: Nowhere on the box or in the manual could I find a legend describing the meaning of lights on the front of router. Not worth deducting a star over, just kind of annoying. TP Link being a new company must have over looked it.

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