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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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Model

Brand
TP-LINK
Model
TL-WDR4300

Spec

Standards
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
Security
64/128-bit WEP,WPA / WPA2,WPA-PSK/ WPA2-PSK encryption
WPA/WPA2
WPA2
Ports
1 x 10/100/1000M WAN; 4 x 10/100/1000M LAN
Buttons
WPS/Reset Button
Wireless On/Off Switch
Power On/Off Button
Wireless Data Rates
Up to 300+450Mbps
Frequency Band
2.4GHz/5GHz
Antenna
3 x external detachable dual band antenna (RP-SMA)
Receiver Sensitivity
300M_2.4G: -70dBm
270M_2.4G: -70dBm
195M_2.4G: -71dBm
130M_2.4G: -74dBm
54M_2.4G: -79dBm
6M_2.4G: -94dBm

450M_5G: -64dBm
405M_5G: -64dBm
270M_5G: -67dBm
195M_5G: -70dBm
130M_5G: -73dBm
54M_5G: -79dBm
6M_5G: -92dBm
Interface
2 x USB 2.0
VPN support
PPTP, L2TP, IPSec
Power Adapter
12VDC / 1.5A
Wireless Adapter included
No
System Requirements
OS: Microsoft Windows 98SE, NT, 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7, MAC OS, NetWare, UNIX or Linux
Dimensions
9.6" x 6.4" x 1.3"
Temperature
0°C - 40°C (32°F - 104°F)
Humidity
10% - 90%, Non-Condensing

Features

Features
Wireless Functions: Enable/Disable Wireless Radio, WDS Bridge, WMM, Wireless Statistics

WAN Type: Dynamic IP/Static IP/PPPoE/PPTP (Dual Access)/L2TP (Dual Access)/BigPond

DHCP: Server, Client, DHCP Client List, Address Reservation

Quality of Service: WMM, Bandwidth Control

Port Forwarding: Virtual Server, Port Triggering, UPnP, DMZ

Dynamic DNS: DynDns, Comexe, NO-IP

Access Control: Parental Control, Local Management Control, Host List, Access Schedule, Rule Management

Firewall Security:
DoS, SPI Firewall
IP Address Filter/MAC Address Filter/Domain Filter
IP and MAC Address Binding

USB Sharing: Support Samba(Storage)/FTP Server/Media Server/Printer Server

Management:
Access Control
Local Management
Remote Management

Simultaneous 2.4GHz 300Mbps and 5GHz 450Mbps connections for 750Mbps of total available bandwidth

2 USB 2.0 port convenient for network-connected users to share files through the device's FTP server

Built-in media server allows users to share music, video and photos with Windows Media Player, PS3 or X-BOX 360

The device's built-in print server supports wireless printing from different computers by connecting a USB printer to the router

Full gigabit ports ensure ultimate transfer speeds

Achieves blazing WAN to LAN throughput of over 800Mbps with hardware NAT

Simple wireless security encryption at a push of the WPS button

WDS wireless bridge provides seamless bridging to expand the wireless network

IP-based bandwidth control allows administrators to determine how much bandwidth is allotted to each PC

Live Parental Controls allow parents or administrators to establish restricted access policies for children or staff

External detachable antennas allow for better alignment and stronger antenna upgrades.

Packaging

Package Contents
TL-WDR4300
3 detachable dual band antennas
Power supply unit
Resource CD
Quick Installation Guide

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the TP-LINK TL-WDR4300

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  • Michael C.
  • 4/16/2014 1:25:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBlows away the competition!

Pros: -Great range for both frequencies
-Great speed on the 5.0GHz channel
-Has a USB NAS feature that actually works (it's asking too much of Netgear for this)
-External wireless on/off switch (good for when you're on vacation)
-5 months running strong with ZERO downtime

Cons: -USB drives are limited to 2TB (per partition). It will support larger sizes, but only if they're split up through reformatting. Not worth knocking an egg off, and you should really look into buying a dedicated NAS if you're needs are that high.
-The USB interface is not going to win any races, but it is by no means the slowest of routers in this category. It's definitely fast enough to stream 1080p video across your network and backup your computer while you sleep. Again, look into a dedicated NAS if this is a concern.

Other Thoughts: Other routers try to do what this one does, and they come up short. Other routers in this category do not have the reliability or the bang-for-the-buck that this one has. TP-Link has made a quality product for me yet again, and has become my go-to networking resource for home and small-office needs.

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5 out of 5 eggsNice Router Nice Price

Pros: Great signal strength, great features, and overall a very nice dual band router. I really like the on/off switch in the back. It's large enough that I don't have to hunt for it which is great for doing a quick reset versus yanking the power cord out and then fishing around trying to plug it back in. It has a wireless on/off switch which is also handy. I never had a reason to use it yet but I can see times when it would be nice. I've seen some review praising the black exterior which I guess could be a bonus. The set-up software would never work for me and kept telling me that it couldn't find the router so I had to go in by typing the address in my browser and entering the default user/password to get in. The configuration interface is awesome. There are so many options and it does a great job of explaining what each item does and whether it's recommended or not. I think the nicest feature is the ability to set up guest access to your wifi and you can set up a length of time it's available, time of day, etc. Very nice feature when friends or relatives stop by for the weekend. Signal strength is as expected. I live in an old house with plaster walls and it managed to cover the entire 3 floors with no problem.

Cons: There hasn't been a firmware update in quite a while. I don't know if this means they haven't had any issues that need addressed or if they've moved on to the next big thing. The user interface in the software is a little clunky but nothing bad. I couldn't get the set-up software to find the router and run so I had to go about setting the router up the slightly harder way. This could be that I have my computer linked by a power line connection instead of wireless or direct connection so I can't say for sure if this is a con or my problem.

Other Thoughts: Overall I'm very happy with this router. It's a great price for the features and I'm glad I got a chance to play around with this. I'm not sure why this has gotten some bad reviews since I don't see anything about this router that's a deal breaker. I'm considering getting a second to use as an access point so that I can get great signal strength throughout the whole house.

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2 out of 5 eggsNot there yet.

Pros: Comes with proper Ethernet ports (gigabit). This has been a requirement for plug-n-play families for years.

The wireless actually works. Unfortunately, there are a lot of wireless routers where the wireless feature was an afterthought. This is NOT one of them.

This is one of the very few routers that provides a REAL solution to wireless security. With this router, it is impossible to turn on/off wireless features remotely. If you do not want to use wireless, simply flip the physical switch. I wish more companies were honest about wireless security.

Fairly simple for initial setup. This is HUGE for families who want products to just work. If a product doesn't just work, that product is useless.

This product provides the ability for you to plug in custom DNS servers. This is huge in this day in age of corrupt ISPs who inject advertisements while you are surfing the net.

Cons: The box came with the router, 3 antenna, a mini disc, and a plugin. Missing is the Ethernet cable, and user guide. On the back of the router is a warning to run CD before connecting cables..... Umm, it did not come with a CD, it came with a minidisc. There is a huge difference between the two. There have not been any minidisc players for over a decade. Sony simply stopped making them.

The user manual is missing! It can only be found online at http://www.tp-link.com/lk/products/details/?model=TL-WDR4300#down

All reputable electronics come with a 5 year warranty. All, including most appliances. This ensures the company stands behind their products. If the electronic does not come with a proper warranty, states with modern lemon laws covers the rest. However, that is a HUGE red flag...

Like the other model I reviewed (Item#: N82E16833704177), this one is missing the media server. TP-Link still claims it comes with one, see their replies to the other product reviews. Evidently, the media server does NOT exist. Anyone with experience with media servers know they are for streaming + transcoding so target devices can play the videos, music, and pictures. This will not transcode. Unfortunately, that is not possible with this model either ... BUYER BEWARE. This is a 100% false advertising.

WPS feature AKA major security hole. It is perplexing why TP-Link included a major wireless security hole with the router ... makes no sense at all. WPS is easily defeated with-in an hour via brute force attack. Adding this security hole into the router means you are giving a finger to all your users. Bad ... very bad.

Does not come with any meaningful statistics. As with the referenced model, these are just packet counting, not statistics ... please have your firmware developers’ lookup statistics in Wikipedia or at the bare minimum, the tomato firmware.

Newest firmware does NOT provide missing features. Meaning this model and other of their routers have been abandoned. Yes, for those of you who are knew to electronics, if a product does not have current firmware, which means the product has been abandoned by its company. Be very careful.

Other Thoughts: As part of my day job, I work as a Network Administrator. At night, I am a programmer. It is always interesting reviewing certain routers....

The firmware is basically the same one used by all of TP-LINK's routers. While there are some nice colorful/glossy security features. They are a bit moot until basic quality control is implemented for the firmware.

I know this is the extreme low end model of the higher end model (#N82E16833704177). However, if you are to advertise features, you must make sure you actually provide those features...

A long talk with Management and Quality Control should fix ALL of the issues with this model.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Osi,

We really appreciate your review and the points that you've brought up.

We definitely understand the Mini-Disc concern and we're aware that this technology isn't as widely used.

This is something we are looking to remove as the CD isn't necessary for a successful installation.

We also have a 2 year manufacture warranty. We can replace any defective or doa devices with our RMA policy.

WPS is a standard of the WIFI Alliance and has some known security issues, but it is a good way for the User to easily conigure and setup their Network.

You will find in our Web management page a way to disable this WPS feature to remove any of those security threats.

We enjoy your feedback and hope that you will be able to check out more of our products in the future.

Please feel free to contact me directly with any issues or concerns at howard.he@tp-link.com.


Best Regards!

TP-LINK Support Team
support.usa@tp-link.com
(866) 225-8139
http://www.tp-link.com/us/support

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5 out of 5 eggsDual Band Router

Pros: 4 Gigabyte Ports + 1 Gigabyte Up-link port
2 USB ports usable for networking a USB printer or Network USB storage / FTP server.
Dual band WiFi 2.4 Ghz and 5Ghz
3 External Antennas

Wifi allows you to bridge to another WiFi Network expanding the distance your network covers. It Does it on both the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. Plus it works great as a single WiFi router.

Both CD setup and Web setup possibility, not limiting it to needing a windows machine to configure the system. I used a system running Android 4.3 for the install connected both wired and WiFI later on.

Cons: Have to go through the basic setup before you can change the DNS servers IP. Not a big thing, but if you know how to configure and setup routers, you will need to do this before changing WiFi settings.

Other Thoughts: Some extra features is you have have it as a FTP server, when you have a disk attached.

Set parenting Controls on the switch, limiting who can use it and hours.

You can also turn off the WiFi with a switch, good for limiting the wires systems to still be able to use the network and stop the access to wireless (Example would be keep kids from using a kindle or ipad after bed time).

testing I use 1 Laptop, Kindle, Ipad and Raspberry Pi.
connect a kindle (2.4Ghz) and IPad mini 5Ghz) for testing network, used the Android and laptop (Windows 7) to share files on a 64Gigabyte USB stick.

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4 out of 5 eggsGood router at low price

Pros: Low price, dual band, clean UI, and removable antenna.
This router is low priced compared to other dual band routers.
Web interface is very clean and has more features than some other brands.
The features may not be easy to understand for people without any knowledge in computer networking. However, TP-Link has solution for that. If you install TP-Link tether (not sure why they named tether, when it does not have anything to do with tether.) on your smartphone, it will allow user to configure security and parental control with your smartphone.

Removable antenna allows you to install different antenna. You can install high gain antenna or directional antenna as need. Even outdoor antenna is possible.

Cons: Wi-Fi range is not so great. It does have ok range. I can get signal on my smartphone 100 ft away from my house. But it becomes unstable at that distance. Stable range for me was about 50 to 60 ft.
But, that is about same to Linksys WRT350N router I was using before. It probably is interfering with other Wi-Fi signals from my neighbors. (I live in condo, and there are 10+ signals around)

Other Thoughts: DD-WRT supports this router. Installing DD-WRT instead of factory firmware will add lots of other features.

However, it is a bit stable at this time. My smartphone was losing Wi-Fi connection time to time for some reason.

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3 out of 5 eggsPlethora of features but flakey firmware

Pros: Physical buttons
DD-WRT and OpenWRT compatible
USB file sharing
USB printing
Dual band

Cons: Drivers are on a Mini-CD
Unit arrived (March 2014) with very old firmware
Firmware is very flakey
Indicator lights are ambiguous

Other Thoughts: This router from TP-LINK is feature packed! In the box you’ll find the router (which is a bit large but not bad), power cord (which is a relatively small wall wart), 3’ Cat5 patch cable, quick instructions, and the old detestable mini CD for drivers.

As I turn off all of my equipment every night, I immediately loved seeing the physical buttons on the back for both power and wifi. The indicator lights on the front are somewhat ambiguous unless you read the manual, and there’s no numbers on the port lights. It’s just assumed that you know the physical location on the back of whatever device is plugged in and that translates forward to the lights. Also there’s a lot of light bleed between the lights. The mini CD of course did not go into my slot loading drive, but the CD was not needed for basic set up.

The firmware that came on my unit (arrived March 2014) was very old (December 2012) and was confirmed to have a serious security hole. The hole has been fixed in subsequent patches but I was a little surprised the fixed firmware (mid-2013) was not already on a unit I received nearly a year later. The firmware was very flakey, often buttons I click simply wouldn’t work or I’d have to try them again. An example was when fiddling with the USB file sharing, I’d click the stop button and get “NAS service cannot be stopped”. It just seems the firmware is not very well tested. The great news is that this router is 100% DD-WRT and OpenWRT compatible (if you don’t know those just Google them).

This router has all the standard features any home user would need, plus some pretty awesome additions. The dual band is a nice feature to fully support a wide spectrum of bandwidth, though may be a little confusing to set up (you’ll set up two separate wifi networks). The USB file sharing worked fine right out of the box and I got expected USB speeds with it. When I started adding stuff to the file sharing, such as a password, it wanted me to reboot the router which is pretty annoying. The USB printing worked great with my HP C6380, though it requires an intermediary utility to run on the PC using the printer. Also I was not able to use my printer’s built in scanner. Perhaps that may be added later.

This is a really great piece of hardware with lots of nice features, but with fairly buggy software. For the average home user, it may take a little extra work to set up (downloading drivers, updating firmware), but should work just fine and is a pretty good price.

For the “power” user, this is an excellent piece of hardware at a great price to get going with open source firmware. I easily installed OpenWRT with just a couple of clicks and there’s a wiki page on the OpenWRT site covering this specific model in excruciating detail, as well as lots of great packages that make this router a powerhouse. I saw examples of people using the USB ports to bitbang arduinos and such, and can’t wait to explore the potential.

So overall this device g

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  • Devin T.
  • 3/11/2014 5:18:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLocks up constantly

Pros: Cheap. Fast when it works. DD-WRT compatible

Cons: This router has two failure modes. It resets connections every few hours, interrupting streaming and breaking RDP and VPN sessions. It also locks up under heavy load. Downloading from MS with my laptop with an N wifi adapter, I could get 2-3 minutes of ~40Mbits/second before the connection would just die. Using a slower wireless bridge that can maintain 20Mbits/second it takes 5-10 minutes to lock up the router. Power off/on is the only fix once it is locked up.

Tried flashing to DD-WRT as the web said that fixes it but it still happens.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer,

Thank you for checking out our Router.

If you haven't already then I would suggest trying our latest firmware for this device. You can find this on our site at:
http://www.tp-link.us/support/download/?model=TL-WDR4300&version=V1#tbl_j

It may also seem like the issue isn't so much with the firmware as you've also tried DD-WRT.

This can indicate that the issue is Physical or somewhere else on the Network.

If you would like to contact our 24 hour techncial support then we can try to help you trouble-shoot this issue.

As a worst case scenario we can even replace this device with a new one.

Feel free to contact me if you have any issues or concerns - howard.he@tp-link.com.

Best Regards!

TP-LINK Support Team
support.usa@tp-link.com
(866) 225-8139
http://www.tp-link.com/us/support

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/22/2014 12:20:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Router for Running OpenWrt

Pros: This is a great router for running OpenWrt. I currently have dozens of them deployed at client locatins.

Cons: The firmware that TP-Link ships isn't worth 5 seconds of your time.

Other Thoughts: Most of the problems described by reviewers relates to the firmware shipped by TP-Link. Seriously, if you haven't used OpenWrt yet you should give it a try.

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  • Vincent Z.
  • 2/4/2014 10:38:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsUnreliable, not recommended

Pros: Got it at a good sale price luckily.
The web management interface has a lot of granularity and features. Especially compared to the 8 year old Buffalo it replaced.

Cons: Just unreliable. The 5ghz network just disappears sometimes; the concurrent feature is a joke. Just recently the router basically STOPPED working entirely until I upgraded the firmware. Would not route outside my internal network. The new firmware increased the range of the wireless just a little bit. And brought back the 5ghz SSID which again, vanished for no reason. Constantly logging into it to reboot it because the internet is slow and it always seems to get better after the reboot. I think it has some internal memory issues. Memory overflow or not clearing/allocating properly. Just a guess, but would explain some of my issues.
Sad I have to consider flashing third party software on it after only 5 months.

Overall, not a simple/reliable purchase.

Other Thoughts: I'm a certified IT personnel, so I understand all the features in the web interface and how to set them up. I wish this router was a reliable option, because it has a good feature set for the price and would be nice to recommend to clients.
Certainly won't be recommending this. Infact if it decides to outright STOP working again I'm going to contact TP-LINK. Or experiment with flashing OpenWRT on it and see if I can save it from being a paperweight.

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  • Jeff S.
  • 1/15/2014 10:20:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUpdate to previous review

Pros: Nothing anymore

Cons: I cannot make this stuff up. Over the last month I sent emails back and forth to their tech support. They sent 9 emails in all including pics to show me how to properly set this up, and it still did not work properly. The worst part was their underwhelming use of the English language. I am going to share some of what they told me so you will know what you are getting yourself into if you decide to buy from them:

"I’m sorry for bring your inconvenience and waste your so many time."

“Will it remind something if you connect it?”

"Please trust me ,I have never kidding you."

Other Thoughts: The final email I received said, "But you need to know some details about refund, so please go to local shopping centre or call our support hot line and ask for RMA."

I will try to get an RMA from them because it is past the 60 days to get a refund from Newegg. Bottom line, TP Link is Terrible. I will never buy any of their products. Regardless of how inexpensive this may be, do not waste your time with this product.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer,

We are sorry that you are not satisfied with this product.

We do have a 2 year manufacture warranty to replace the device under our RMA.

You can contact our 24 hour technical support hotline to get further assistance and set up an RMA. We have technicians all over the world, even local to you.

You can ask for a local technician so you can speak with one of our representatives in the California office - This may be more convenient for you.

Feel free to contact me directly as well at howard.he@tp-link.com. I would be happy to help assist you in setting up this Router.


Best Regards!

TP-LINK Support Team
support.usa@tp-link.com
(866) 225-8139
http://www.tp-link.com/us/support

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