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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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4 out of 5 eggsPretty solid mid-level router

Pros: Wireless range - I was able to get stable signals from this router from about a 50’ radius, both indoors and outdoors; could be pretty ideal for those who have/desire an outdoor speaker system on a patio/porch.

The router’s homepage (192.168.0.1) was pretty intuitive to work with, and the user manual is easy enough to use to help even an average consumer use this thing to its fullest potential.

Aesthetically, it looks pleasing to the eye and fits in pretty nicely in an office or home theater environment.

Cons: I honestly didn’t really encounter much, in the way of cons, but one thing stood out; I noticed some micro stuttering when streaming a 1080p video from a computer with a dual band (ac) wireless card to a laptop with a single band (n) wireless card. 720p and lower resolutions worked just fine. I also tried streaming the same 1080p video to a desktop computer with beefier hardware and the same single band wireless card and still noticed a little bit of stuttering; perhaps there’s some issue with communicating between the two types of bandwidth? Given TP-Link’s reputation, I wouldn’t be surprised if the next firmware update solved this issue.

Other Thoughts: With the features available on the configuration page, I think this router is a solid mid-level purchase, and fits the $60 price point very well. I think you’d have a tough time finding a router at the same price point that would offer more (usable) features that aren’t simply marketing gimmicks.

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4 out of 5 eggsGood cost/performance, but has some issues

Pros: 1. Relatively low cost, for a Dual Band (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) Router.

2. Comes with a Mini CD with configuration Software. TP-Link (and I) recommend you configure the Router via its Web GUI (i.e. don't use the Mini CD).
The Web GUI has a "Quick Setup" option to guide you through a simple configuration. GUI performance is good. Some Routers have a painfully slow GUI.

3. Wired Ethernet is Gigibit (not the obsolete 10/100 Mbps of the TL-WDR3500, and some other low price Routers).

4. Supports both the 2.4 and 5.0 GHz WiFi Bands (not just the 2.4GHz of some low price Routers). Supports the 802.11b/g/n Wireless Standards, but does not support the newer 802.11ac.

5. WiFi Range is good (not great). The Router has Three industry standard WiFi antennas.

6. I had no issues with Reliability (in the one week I have owned the Router). Performance was also good.

7. Two USB 2.0 Ports (for Storage attachment). No USB 3.0 Ports but I have yet to find any Router which can come close to the maximum speed of USB 2.0 (480 Mbps).

8. Came out-of-the-box with Firmware Version: 3.13.33 Build 130617 Rel.46239n (a.k.a. TL-WDR4300_V1_130617). Odd this firmware is so old (from 2013-06-17).
I upgraded to 3.14.1 Build 141113 Rel.41164n (a.k.a. TL-WDR4300_V1_141113) from 2014-11-13 (but see Cons #1).

9. TP-Link has 24/7 phone line Support for the USA (but see Cons #2). Support is offered in other regions, but isn't always 24/7.

10. Support for WDS Bridging, and Guest Networks.

Cons: This is a relatively long list of Cons, but basic Router users may not care about many of my issues.

1. When I upgraded to the Firmware to 3.14.1 Build 141113 Rel.41164n (a.k.a. TL-WDR4300_V1_141113), I had to then manually reconfigure all my custom settings. The Release Notes said: The configure file of old firmware cannot be used in this firmware.

2. The Router only supports Four concurrent FTP Clients. I have six "Cloud Cameras" attached to the Router via WiFi. These Cameras store the images they create on a USB Flash Drive connected to a USB port on the Router. The Images are set via FTP. Due to the Router's limit of Four FTP Clients, I can only configure Four of the cameras to FTP at a time. I have many other Routers which support more FTP Clients.
I contacted the TP-Link Support group to report this FTP issue, but was unable to get the Support Representative to understand the issue.

3. Similar to the TL-WDR3600, rebooting the Router risks erasing your USB storage (an enormous Firmware Bug). This seemed to occur anytime I had an FTP Client running WiFi when I rebooted the Router.

4. No way to change the Windows Workgroup Name. It show up in the Logs as "workgroup = WORKGROUP", but there is no menu option to change it.

5. The "DHCP Clients List" screen only lists Clients which Booted or Renewed after the Router Booted. If you reboot the router most/all Clients are cleared, and may take hours/days to reappear.
Most other Routers display all attached Clients (both WiFi and Wired). I find this information very usful, and miss having it on every TP-Link Router I have reviewed to date.

6. The "DHCP Address Reservation" screen only list the first eigth Reserved IP Addresses. You must press the Next button to see the next eight. Same is true with the Port Forwarding and other screens.
To add Reserved Addresses you must type each device's MAC Address in manually. Many other Routers give you a selection list.

7. The Default IP address is 192.168.0.1. Most other Routers are 192.168.1.1 which means if you reserve internal IP addresses for your other devices, you either need to change them all, or change the Router's address.
Changing the Router's IP Address (my choice) requires rebooting the PC you are using to configure the Router.

8. Has Bandwidth Control, but no QoS (for latency) on low bandwidth devices like VOIP. My OBi110 and OBi200 still functioned fine without QoS support.

9. No Traffic Meter to monitor your Internet usage over time.

Other Thoughts: The Web based Configuration GUI breaks the screen into three columns. The Left column is the selection menu; the Middle column is where you view status and make updates, the Right column is Help text.
The Middle column is not wide enough to see all the text. You need to scroll left and right (or re-size the columns) to view/access everything.
Its not a big deal once you figure it out, however many screens (e.g. DHCP Address Reservation) have controls like Modify/Delete on the right hand side (i.e. off the screen unless you scroll to the right) and you don't now what's out there.

See my 11/18/2012 3:50:04 PM review of the TL-WDR3500. NewEgg item N82E16833704150.

See my 11/26/2013 2:01:20 PM review of the TL-WDR3600. NewEgg item N82E16833704144.

If you plan to use USB storage File Transfer Protocol (FTP) capability, I do NOT recommend this Router (nor the Routers above). If you don't need FTP, this Router gives you a lot of "Bang for the Buck".

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/27/2015 6:33:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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4 out of 5 eggsGood starter router

Pros: This is a great startup router for someone who is just trying to get on net and have a simple home network. The usb ports make it easy for print and file sharing over ur home network. They are only usb 2.0 so read/write speeds are decent. Standard router software makes getting up and going as simple as possible for the most basic user.

Cons: This tends to be my only issue with any router. Antenna strength is lacking, but then again my house has cinder block walls. I had issues with getting signal to the furthest room.

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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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