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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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  • Brett C.
  • 8/11/2015 8:01:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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
  • 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 in the address bar of your web browser or you can use the routers IP which is
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: \\\
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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