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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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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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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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  • Zack C.
  • 3/21/2015 2:38:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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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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5 out of 5 eggsTP link TL-WDR4300 - Excellent Price/Performance Router

Pros: + Nice desktop design/layout
+ Power and Wi-Fi On/Off switches
+ Dual bands
+ Easy set up with or without mini cd
+ 2 USB ports
+ Decent signal range
+ Gigabit Ports
+ Price per performance per features

Cons: - Signal range not as strong as previous router (nit picking)

Other Thoughts: I found the GUI and the setup easy and painless. I believe any first time user could navigate through it without problem. I like the design layout as it fits perfectly on my desk and looks good too. We have 2 Xbones, 2 PS3's, 2 PS4's, 5 PCs, a laptop, and 3 phones that share our Wi-Fi. Our 2 sons are always playing games on one system or another. When not, we are streaming shows or movies. The WDR4300 router has been rock solid since installing it with no drops other than due to range limitations.

If I have to come up with a con, it would be that the range is not as great as my previous router a TP-Link Archer C7. The C7 has 3 internal and 3 external antennas and cost a bit more also. We live in a 2400 sq. ft. home with 3 floors. The router is located in the basement.

I was sent this router to review. As with other TP-Link products I have had the pleasure of reviewing this one is no exception. In my opinion TP-Link puts thought in designing a full featured product at each price point. As with many tech decisions (example gpu, cpu, mobo, ram)the decision as to which one to purchase is based on the consumers needs and wallet. I think for the average user, this router would prove to be an excellent choice based on its features and the price. It is certainly worth your consideration if shopping for a router.

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3 out of 5 eggsGood entry level router

Pros: Small, external antenna

Cons: Price per foot of streamable signal

Other Thoughts: 1st off I wish I could give 3.5 eggs
I received this with expectations of a little more than what I got as far as usable signal distance for streaming movies and such, as far as hardwired it works great but as soon as I started testing streaming this router fell into a lower price point category.
The setup using disc was simple and all was fast and had no problem connecting any of my phones, extenders, T.V.'s to it and when I used it for just work or looking through the net it worked fine out to 60 feet so if you need this for just net browsing and such in a small area it should be great.
GAMING AND STREAMING: Tested on Planetside 2 and CSS and at 30 feet my ping was raised by 8 on ps2 and 6 on steam servers I use and although seamed smooth enough on steam I experienced lag in ps2.
Streaming video like netflix worked at 30 feet open signal area but as soon as moved through bathroom and fireplace I had lower signal and it caused a long load time and poor video and attempted at 40 feet through additional wall into master bedroom I kept getting lost connection capable of streaming.
This router got a 3 egg because it does set up easy and was great for closer ranges like many apartment's and can and does transmit signal out to 60 feet useable for work and browsing with ease but for the price point I feel it should be able to stream games and Video further and the mfg. is a great quality mfg as I use many of their products and they last and the quality is great.

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5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Router

Pros: Fast Performance
Easy Setup
Good Layout user interface
Lots of controls
USB Performance is good

Cons: Very small con, with USB 3.0 being out for a while now it would be nice if at least one USB port had been upgraded to USB 3.0. Not a major issue, so no egg deduction.

Other Thoughts: I'm actually really happy with this router and its performance. I put off reviewing it for a very long time expecting eventually problems would appear, because several users had reported problems. Despite this, I haven't had any problems at all. I am using the original firmware still even and things work wonderful.

For the USB drives, it would be cool for a web based interface to be present so you could stream videos on web browsers and other devices, but this is not a major issue. Accessing the drive itself is easy on any computer, and after mapping the networked drive you can easily access it from any system to play videos or transfer content. Its like having a small dedicated server.

Overall I am very pleased with this device and will likely use it for many years to come. I highly recommend using it, because the price and performance are excellent.

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5 out of 5 eggsBudget Friendly

Pros: Right off the bat I noticed that this competitively priced router does do a pretty good job of delivering what it promises. One of the stand out features include the fact that it has external antennas that can be replaced if you would like to use the larger high gain antennas that can help improve transmission performance over large spaces. Another related feature to the antenna would be that the router can operate in dual band mode to improve throughput to certain devices (as long as they can handle dual-band operation as well). I also am very fond of the port layout on this router because it supplies all gigabit ports (4 lan and 1 wan) which is extremely useful for a wired network or how I more commonly use the gigabit ports as a way to connect my media/file server to allow for a high connection speed to the rest of the network in case more than one user is puling from the server at once. As mentioned previously this router very competitively priced and really does offer a great feature such as WPS, QoS, physical buttons to disable/ enable power and wireless, and many other networking features that are not normally configurable on lower end gear but expected on anything more expensive than $100.00.

Cons: This is a very solid budget router and as long as the devices quality is up to snuff and doesn’t die after 6 months will be a great buy for anyone as long as you don’t mind some of these minor complaints. I basically had to nit-pick this device due to it being such a solid performer. The only real things that disappointed me about this device were that it is a little bulky compared to some of its direct competition (but does make up for it with a great feature set) and I kind of wish it had wireless AC but that would probably drastically increase the cost.

Other Thoughts: This is a very inexpensive router for what you would be getting and does have a lot of useful features that most power users like myself expect from a router but this is not the ideal router for anyone who wants to have a professional network in their private space. If you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg and don’t mind a little finagling to make it do exactly what you want then this router will do exactly what you want. The interface isn’t half-bad either but sometimes it didn’t play nice with other network equipment (With my servers, switch, wireless AP, and modem it had a little troubl figuring out where it was at first).

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4 out of 5 eggsGreat Features/Good Price/Acceptable Range

Pros: - While not a totally objective point, the appearance should work well for most people. It is plain black with all green LED's (NOT blue as is shown in the product tour above) which are reasonably sized and not overly bright. The LED indicators are also shaped so you should be able to see what is being indicated from across the room. The device has a low profile from the front so it shouldn't look overbearing amidst other electronics.

- An On/Off button is something I consider to be a premium feature for routers, so it's nice to see one included on this more affordable model.

- Wireless On/Off is uncommon even in premium routers so its inclusion here really makes this router stand out in its price class.

- 3 large, adjustable, detachable antennas allows for a reasonable degree of flexibility.

- Mounting 'key holes' on the bottom of the unit allow for wall/ceiling mounting.

- WPS button for easy configuration, also not typically found in budget routers.

- Wireless Signal strength isn't horrible. While obviously not as fast as some of the pricey wireless AC models I have used, it seems to be on par with mid-range wireless N offerings. It is decent balance of speed and range. Play around with the channel settings if range becomes an issue.

- After a week of heavy testing I have not been required to reset this model. Throughout the week it has been constantly connected via WiFi to a PC, laptop, tablet, 2 smart phones, a Wii, and 2 smart TV's, and has been connected via ethernet to a NAS (with dual ethernet), a home theater PC, and a PS3. All devices were used normally with no issues.

- TP Link customer service seems to be amazing, which is rare with network hardware companies. Just reviewing their comments on reviews of this product alone reveals that they not only read and respond to customer concerns, but are actually very knowledgeable with their products. (not your typical, "maam/sir have you tried restarting your device..?")

Cons: - Large desk-space footprint. At nearly 10 inches wide and 8 inches deep (including the antennas) it consumes as much space as many of the premium wireless AC routers.

- No vertical stand options.

- Most of the ventilation is on the bottom of this unit. There are small vents on the top, but the design might benefit from some on the sides as well. I see people put their router on a carpeted floor regularly (don't do this) and this model might not ventilate well enough in that scenario.

- While signal strength is adequate for the price, it may not be enough for some users. My home is single story 1400 sq ft with 3 bedrooms and an attached garage and sits on a 3/4 acre lot. I positioned the router in the center of the house for a week of testing. Some of the more powerful dual band routers I have tested have allowed me to connect on either band throughout the house in addition to the front/back porch, garage, and large portions of the yard. With this router, however, I was not able to connect from the garage or the yard at all, and the front/back porches were both unreliable. Indoor connections were all reliable but speed was effected significantly at a distance. My home has a very open floor plan so I was expecting a bit more performance here but it wasn't unacceptable for the price. Just be weary of the limitations if you have a multi-story, >3 bedroom home, or wish to connect reliably from outside. If that is you then you may want to spend more for a router with more powerful radios.

Other Thoughts: The router that was shipped to me is a version 1.7 and based on many of the reviews below it seems that TP-Link has made some improvements to the design over the past year or so. I had no issues that I wouldn't have expected given the price. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this router to someone living in an apartment or small to medium home. If you live in a large home and/or require throughput closer to the Gbps range you should give this one a pass and consider a premium wireless AC model.

I read complaints about the setup disk below. And even though I didn't experience those issues I don't generally use setup disks when setting up a router anyway. From my experience they can be hit or miss so I generally avoid them altogether. So, here is a brief tutorial for anyone having trouble with the disk...

I simply supply the router with power, wait a couple minutes for it to boot up, and connect a PC to it via Ethernet to configure it. Most routers, including this one, use the local address Simply type that into your web browser address bar and it should connect you to the router to configure it. This model can also be reached via the web address: , which can be reached without internet access since the web page is hard coded into the router itself. This URL and the login username and password are printed on the bottom of the router, as with almost all routers. Once logged on you can configure wireless settings (passwords, etc..). Even if the location you intend to place the router isn't near a computer you can always temporarily plug the router in next to your PC just to configure it and then move it wherever you want afterwards without losing your settings. As soon as you configure your settings (and you don't technically have to configure anything if you don't intend to have a secure network) you can simply plug in your modem and any devices you connect to the router should connect without issues.

Another common issue less experienced network users tend to encounter when upgrading a router involves the router MAC address. Modems will register to whatever device they are plugged into when they are activated (generally a router or PC). So if you plug something different into that modem (ie. upgrade your router) it won't work unless you re-register the modem to the new device. Re-registering the modem isn't too difficult if you have the CD which came with it, but many people throw them away or can't remember which junk drawer in the kitchen it's buried in. There is an easier way to get around this called MAC address cloning which is something this router (and almsot all routers) can do. On this model the option is located under Network > MAC Clone. Simply type the MAC address of the previous device into the 'WAN MAC Address' field and click 'Save'. (The MAC address is usually labeled on the bottom of the router) This will make the modem think it is plugged into the same device it was registere

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4 out of 5 eggsGreat router for the price!!

Pros: - Great looking
- Nice and easy even straight out of the box
- DD-WRT and Tomato are easily installed
- Standard external antennas, easily changed with high powered
- A lot of nice, standard features for the price
- Powerful enough with stock antennas for most users
- 5GHz bandwidth was more powerful than expected
- Only 1 packet lost during a 15 minute stress test (I'm impressed)
- Throughput was excellent
- Stable gigabit speeds

Cons: With a hidden signal it still shows and displays a network, just not the name... on stock firmware.

Other Thoughts: Wow! this had a CD? I didn't even notice, but would not have used it anyway.

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4 out of 5 eggsOverall I am happy

Pros: If your looking for a snappy responsive wireless router, this fits the bill. After programming my network settings all my devices connected with no problem.

Over the last few weeks there have been no instances of dropped connections, no problems with stuttering while streaming video from my NAS, and there have been no instances of general network problems.

When I first received the unit for testing, I was hired for a new position that required all my attention. This caused me to completely forget I even had the router. At first I was miffed that I would forget to review something, but then I realized that it ran so reliably that I was ABLE to forget it was in the house!

One thing that really stands out is the USB options. Most routers will give you two USB ports with one dedicated to printers. On this unit you can plug in two different drives. For example; I have an old 186GB HDD and a 128MB flash drive plugged in and I can access both.

Transfer rates to attached storage are very stable, and play back of media is flawless. I am impressed!

Cons: Very few cons. The first is aesthetics as the interface is annoyingly old fashioned. That being said it is one of the MOST responsive web interfaces around. So I will not deduct any points due to the performance.

The LEDs on the front blink A LOT. For us network guys this is normal and OK for the wiring closet. However, most people will find it annoying.

The only real con I can think of is the fact that firmware upgrades wipe out your settings. In my home network, I have a gateway, firewall, and DHCP services as separate devices. This makes it a bigger deal than it should be to change all the settings to play nice with my network. So I do not like having my settings wiped with a firmware upgrade.

Other Thoughts: With all that being said, I think I will keep using this router as my primary AP. It has proven to be extremely reliable with no issues over weeks of use. My Buffalo router will be re-used elsewhere. Good job TP-Link

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