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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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5 out of 5 eggsGood Basic Router

Pros: - Modern Design looks good
- Power button and WiFi on /off switch
- Guest network on both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands
- Guest network bandwidth limits
- Good user interface with plenty of configuration options

Cons: - Center antenna is not centered!!!
- Both USBs are only 2.0
- Green front LED indicator lights

Other Thoughts: This is a good mid-end router. It doesn't have the high wireless transfer rates that expensive routers have, but it is not trying to compete with high-end routers. It is well priced for its features.

I really like the modern design of this router. That being said, I think it would have looked better if the logo in the center of the body was back lit and the front indicator lights were white rather than green. And while on the topic of aesthetics, my biggest complaint: THE CENTER ANTENNA IS NOT CENTERED! All my thoughts of using this as wall art were ruined when I installed the antennae and discovered this. Of course, this may not bother some people, but it is ruinous for me. The wall power wart seems well designed, although I do find it a little large for the voltage and amperage output rating.

Aesthetics done; let's get to functionality. The large antennae allow for good wireless range. While that wireless range isn't provided the highest transfer rates, the transfer rates are above most consumer level devices. I love the fact that there are physical buttons. Having a power button is really nice. I hate that so many routers nowadays just have to be unplugged to power off or cycle. I want this feature to come back. The wireless on / off switch is also a very nice touch. Being able to disable the wireless with the flip of a switch rather than having to log into the router and toggle it in software could be quite useful. On this topic, as a little side note that threw me a little bit is the fact that this router does not default to the 192.168.1.1 IP address, but the IP address of 192.168.0.1. The software layout I really enjoyed. I liked that most of the option categories were easily accessible from the left selector bar and not hidden away under different categories. The help pane on the right of the screen I think is quite a nice touch as well.

Overall, I think this is a good router. I absolutely love many of the features (buttons!) and my complaints about it are relatively minor. If you are looking for a mid-end router, this one should definitely be on your list.

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5 out of 5 eggsSolid performance in my case

Pros: - Easy setup
- TP-Link firmware is easy to use and navigate
- Strong signal
- Good range
- 3 antennae’s
- Gigabit ports (should be standard, but some ISP’s don’t think so)
- Dual bands

Cons: - Print server tool has to be installed on all computers (OSX & Windows clients available)
- I found the Print Server tool to be tedious use, we’ll see how it works over time
- Large footprint that can only be position flat on a surface

Other Thoughts: I first installed this in my own home, coverage was good for our small place. But I am often spending time at my father-in-laws place troubleshooting his network issues, so I installed this there where I hoped it would make a difference.

I disabled the wireless on his hamster powered CenturyLink DSL modem/router and plugged the TP-Link WDR3400 N750 in to port 1. It made a HUGE difference right away. His house is known for destroying wireless and cellphone signals, but this cut right through and was accessible all across the home. His TV connected instantly as did all his devices.

He doesn’t need 802.11AC and I already have an AC router, so I can’t knock it for not being AC. But if you’re in the market for an 802.11N router or struggling with subpar performance from your ISP’s hamster powered router, consider buying this. The price is reasonable, the performance is surprising and you always have the option of switching to DD-WRT if you find a need for more advanced functions or need more access to the inner workings.

Additional Info:
- I did not try the WPS function
- I did not use a storage device on this yet, but I am seriously considering it as a replacement to his current data sharing solution
- Config was done the ‘old way’, via the interface

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5 out of 5 eggsTP link TL-WDR4300 Dual Band Wireless N750 Router

Pros: The TP link TL-WDR4300 Dual Band Wireless N750 Router comes with the router, power adapter brick, Ethernet cable, mini CD and some documents and manuals. Connecting the three adjustable antennas and following the quick installation guide was sufficient to get started and make the necessary connections. The color coding for the ports makes it easy to distinguish the ports on the back, with blue for internet (i.e. cable modem) and yellow for wired connections to PCs. The color coded ports are a nice touch for when the router is in low light locations, such storing in a closet. A push button turns the router on and off, and there is a slide switch to turn wireless on or off.

A mini CD is contained an easy setup assistant to configure it, or one may go to tplinklogin.net . Setting the WAN connection type, MAC clone, wireless frequencies/names/password are all the settings that are needed. Be sure to change the wireless network names, since the default name includes the PIN code, which is also given on the bottom of the router. After a reboot, login to the router and go to system tools change the admin password. It was necessary for me to reboot the cable modem to get internet connectivity.

Wired connection transfer rates were good, up to 90 MB/s from spinning disk to spinning disk. Local transfers over 2.4/5 GHz were comparable to other wireless routers. Wireless connections on a laptop and speedtest, 2.4 GHz download 17.5 Mb/s, upload 6.26 Mb/s; 5 GHz download 21.45 Mb/s, upload 6.06 Mb/s. The above are single runs and not rigorous testing, just representative. Beyond the synthetic benchmark transfer rates, in terms of usability, there was no issue in simultaneous streaming multiple HD streams via wireless on the same or separate bands. In short, this meets user needs.

There are two USB ports on the back. Installing a printer was a simple as running the TP-Link USB printer controller utility. There is a printer compatibility list. Although it was not listed it quickly found the connected Brother HL-2230 printer and I was able to print. Similarly, a USB storage device was simple to setup and add users with read only access, and access at \\tplinklogin.net The services (storage, FTP, Media, and print) are simple to stop. It is also easy to eject the disk. The configuration is very easy and the right side of the settings pages for the router has help and an explanation on how to do most things. A manual is not needed for most things, but the 146 page user guide has more details if needed.

The TP-Link tether android app is a limited way to access and manage the router. It is convenient to see who is connected to the router, and block them if desired. It is also helpful and quick way to see IP address and DNS servers in use.

Cons: Shipped with Firmware 3.13.33 Build 130617 Rel.46239n, but there was a newer firmware version available, so I installed build 141113. It fixes a few bugs.

Other Thoughts: Failed to verify wan settings, even when Clone Mac Address selected (Comcast), but as noted, a reboot (or unplugging and plugging back in) of the cable modem resolved the issue. There are many other features available that I have not yet used (parental control, forwarding, etc.). Overall, it is a polished product with good interface and support.

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4 out of 5 eggsgood router, wide coverage

Pros: Easily covers 1350 sq ft apartment
good speed and keeps a high bandwidth throughout most of it's range
2.4 and 5Ghz simultaneously
Network HDD support with 2 USB ports. Though the manual states that one is for printers and the other is for HDD's, an external HDD worked just fine in both.
Network HDD transfer rates are decent at about 45-60 MBps from a 5400 rpm USB3 drive, and 20-30 MBps from a USB2 flash drive. I didn't have any 3.5" drives or SSD's available at the time of testing, but most likely they would top out around 60MBps as well since the router only supports USB2.

Cons: Setup was a bit of a pain.
WPS option did not work at all.
USB ports are only USB2, not really a con per say, but USB3 has been out for several years and at this price point it should support the most recent standards.

Other Thoughts: This is much faster than my older router which was 300+300 2.4 and 5Ghz

This is probably the first time that I have ever had to call a companies support department for an Eggxpert review item. That being said Brent, ext 5002, at TP Link support was very knowledgeable and working together we were able to do a firmware update and force a manual connection. We couldn't find out why it would not do an automatic connection, but the router has worked flawlessly since the update and manual connection.

If I had bought this item I would have done an RMA exchange, but since it was a review item and it is working I'm not too worried about it.

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5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great range, quick setup, wall mountable, runs cool, simultaneous dual band, gigabit LAN, dual USB ports

Cons: bulky

Other Thoughts: Router has great coverage in my 1400 square foot home.

The step by step "Quick Setup" was a breeze. TP-LINK offers a software based setup with their included CD or a browser based setup which is what I opted for. I try to avoid installing unessential software whenever possible.

My favorite feature by far is the dual USB ports, the router this replaced only had a single port which allowed us to share an external hard drive. With this new router we can still share the hard drive but we're also able to share the printer. We've always shared a printer on the network but it was plugged into my PC so we'd have to boot my PC in order for the printer to be visible on the network. If you have more than a single external drive or printer you'd like to share, this is a must-have feature in a router.

I know people say this is a basic router, but it I think the dual USB, simultaneous dual band and gigabit ethernet combined in a single package make this more than a basic router. The one this replaced had a higher price tag and it was inferior. I can't comment on its longevity yet but I've had it up and running over a week and it hasn't needed a reboot/seen a decrease in performance so I couldn't be happier. This is a great product.

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5 out of 5 eggsTP-Link pulls this one off.

Pros: Fantastic range, dual USB, 1000Mbps, wireless on/off, simple setup, attractive design and did I mention great range?

Cons: It's TP-Link, large antennas get in the way of my shelf, online interface lacking.

Other Thoughts: Okay so I'm going to keep this simple. Lets face it; if you are looking at wireless routers and you are the average consumer then you just want to know if this works and is easy to setup and that it provides the wireless coverage you need.

Well it's a yes to all those questions! The thing works well. I do not have a 1000Mbps network at home so I cannot comment on the higher speeds but I can say this router performs on par with my Cisco router and trumps the Cisco in the range dept. I can go anywhere in my house, anywhere in my back or front yard and even down my street and still get a decent connection to this router.

We have 2 laptops, 1 wireless desktop pc, 2 smart phones, ipad, xbox360, xboxOne, and a wireless printer all running wireless at the same time and all devices are receiving a good signal. We then have a PS4 and desktop PC hard wired. Every device is working well with this router. I just can't say enough good things about this.

All my past routers had issues with all the wireless devices being ran throughout my home and even the Cisco sucks for providing a good signal anywhere in my house, but not this little beauty.

My only real complaint is the antennas do get in the way so I had to move the router to another location but that is a more than fair trade off for the expanded range this unit provides. The other thing is the online admin access is not as robust as I would like or am used to. Cisco Connect is much better and provides much more control.

That said; many people won't care about that. And I like this router so much that I am now using it full time. The Cisco is boxed up. That alone should help express how happy I am with this router as I have tried many and nothing til now has beat the Cisco.

Jood job TP-Link!

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5 out of 5 eggsCorrection to previous review

Pros: Read Other Thoughts

Cons: Read Other Thoughts

Other Thoughts: I mentioned I owned an IP Camera by TP-Link, this is actually incorrect/a typo. I own an IP Camera by D-Link. I did mean to mention I also own a wireless extender by TP-Link that does a great job. I just wanted to correct my previous review. My apologies for any confusion.

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5 out of 5 eggsGood addition when upgrading your home network

Pros: - Easy Setup

- Dual Band Networks (2.4 and 5 GHz)

- Separate Guest Network vs Private Network

- Good range with both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands

- Wireless on/off button

- Two USB 2.0 ports

- All 4 hard wired ports are Gigabit speed

- WPS supported if you use it

- Attractive design

- Supports open source firmwares (for advanced users)

- Decent price for options and functionality

Cons: Why do you keep using mini disc? This isn't a good option for users that do not have a tray load optical drive and could be very novice otherwise on a computer. Just saying, I don't understand the point of this install set up option.

Other Thoughts: I have reviewed a lot of network devices from TP-Link and haven't really found any major flaw with any of the items reviewed. That included with router.

First off, I really like the design of the router. It reminds me a bit of an ASUS design and I find it sleek and pleasing to the eye. The green LEDs on the front of the router are not too bright and the casing itself is pretty low-profile. The three external antennas are pretty thick and tall, but I believe that is why this router has a really good wireless range. Speaking of range, this thing has a REALLY GOOD range. Much better than my NETGEAR AC1750 Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Router (R6300 v1).

Setup was a breeze and is handled just like most routers on the market today. I'm old school and set up the router via a CAT cable, but you can do so wirelessly or by the included disc.

This router contains a lot of the expected bells and whistles of routers nowadays. The separate networks are always welcomed, dividing your shares and files from your guest network. The dual USB ports are a nice touch. They are only USB 2.0 and while 3.0 would have been nice, I don't think it matters much with network file sharing and wireless printer commands.

Speeds are as expected via wireless and wired transfers. I experienced no bottle neck when transferring large files wirelessly or via a wired connection.

I currently have an unmanaged switch, powerline adapters and an IP camera connected to my network, all by TP-Link. They are easily becoming one of my "go to" brands for home networking solutions. This router does not fall short of my expectations with this company. If you are still sitting on 802.11g for your wireless connection, this is a solid router if you are looking to upgrade to the next level.

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  • Michael D.
  • 2/9/2015 2:31:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat!

Pros: runs great and cool easy too wall mount easy frimware runs all 7 wife and one wired device's with out a problem! recommend you get it!

Cons: NONE

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4 out of 5 eggsA Very Average Wireless Router

Pros: Pretty easy setup, includes everything you need, can be setup via disc, wireless or wired connection. Supports DD-WRT firmwares. Exceptional range on 2.4 and 5 GHz. Built in gigabit on all wired interfaces. No issues with needing to power cycle or any other stability problems. USB worked flawlessly on wired and wireless clients, no compatibility issues with any storage device I connected (both USB flash and disk-based storage up to 500GB were tested). No issues with picking up DHCP from my ISP, some other people had reported that. Bandwidth control was neat, but seems almost an afterthought and very basic - but it definitely worked well.

Cons: Kind of large for a router these days. Doesn't support wireless repeating or expanding. Finger print and dust magnet. The antennas are large, but the range of the wireless balances that con out. The stock web interface is a little basic, considering most routers have a very clean GUI web interface, I was surprised TP-Link opted for a very simple text-based menu system. Wireless speeds are heavily affected by large scale wired data transfers - moving 50GB from one machine to another over the gigabit ports caused my wireless pings on LAN to shoot up over 100ms and speed tests to the internet dropped significantly as well. Would have been really nice to see USB3 instead of 2.0.

Other Thoughts: I think this is a fine router for the money, especially if you've had success with TP-Link or have TP-Link adapters on your PC's. That said, comparing this router to a NetGear WNDR3700-100NAS, there are some pretty glaring advantages to the NetGear - the interface is better, no slow down on wireless from wired transfers (and vice versa) and I think the NetGear design is a little more intuitive and cleaner. That said, the range of the TP-Link router was far superior - but you'll get that with the 3 giant antennas on the back of it. If you're looking for the king of range for under $100 with dual band 2.4/5.0GHz, look no further. If you're willing to sacrifice some range for more diverse features, a better interface and boat loads of more "power user" features, then you may want to look elsewhere. From an ease of use, day to day reliability, and range standpoint - this router is really a winner at it's price point. Only subtracted one egg from the lack of advanced features and the fact the hardware can't seem to keep up with large data transfers.

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