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TP-LINK TL-WR1042ND Gigabit Wireless N300 Router, 300Mbps, USB port, 2 Detachable Antennas, IP QoS / QSS Button

  • 802.11b/g/n 300Mbps
  • USB Storage, Printer, Media Server
  • Live Parental Control
  • IP based bandwidth control
  • Better performance with 2 detachable antennas
  • Easy installation
  • Windows 8 compatible
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IEEE 802.11b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
64/128-bit WEP ,WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
1 x 10/100/1000M WAN; 4 x 10/100/1000M LAN
WPS Button, Wireless On/Off Button, Reset Button
Wireless Data Rates
Up to 300Mbps
Frequency Band
2.4GHz - 2.4835GHz
2 x 3dBi Detachable Omni Directional Antennas (RP-SMA)
Receiver Sensitivity
270M: -68dBm@10% PER;
130M: -69.5@10% PER
108M: -69.5@10% PER;
54M: -69.5@10% PER
11M: -85dBm@8% PER;
6M: -88dBm@10% PER
1M: -90dBm@8% PER
USB 2.0
VPN support
PPTP, L2TP, IPSec (ESP Head)
Power Adapter
12VDC / 1.5A
Wireless Adapter included
System Requirements
OS: Microsoft Windows 98SE, NT, 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7, MAC OS, NetWare, UNIX or Linux
7.9" x 5.5" x 1.2"
0°C - 40°C (32°F - 104°F)
10% - 90%, Non-Condensing


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

Access Control
Local Management
Remote Management

Complete Gigabit WAN/LAN ports and 300Mbps wireless speeds ideal for HD video streaming and online gaming

Embedded USB port supports storage sharing, media server, FTP server and print server functions

Wireless On/Off Button allows users to simply turn their wireless radio on or off

Domain Login Function enables users to login to the device with an easy domain name instead of a long IP address.

Supports various kinds of connection types: dynamic IP, static IP, and PPPoE

Supports UPnP, DDNS, static routing, VPN pass-through, and data forwarding

Features Built-in firewall, IP, MAC, and URL filtering to ensure network security

IP based bandwidth control allows administrators to determine how much bandwidth should be allotted to each PC

Parental Control allows parents or administrators to establish restricted access policies for children or staff.


Package Contents
2 Detachable Omni Directional Antennas
Power supply unit
Resource CD
Quick Installation Guide

Manufacturer Warranty

2 years limited
2 years limited

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years

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  • John P.
  • 8/30/2013 11:16:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy Setup

Pros: took out of box put in CD hooked up and setup was simple follow the leader and your done a quick reset of modem and everything happy I prefer the smaller profile compared to the old Linksys router I had and being a newer design should use much less energy. Speed no a difference between the old G router for transfers on the internet but in home they increased and ping to another location did increase form 20 for 100 miles to 15 for same location and from 45 to 35 for a 1000 miles distant server and speeds at 1000 miles more consistent than before the test gauge goes to average speed quickly and stays there with old router would gradual ramp up speed very happy with purchase. For someone that needs plug and play this is a good option to go with

Cons: I just wish they provided more options on setup program to control power out for wireless and such but limited options on their software and did not try to go into router because the people that will be using it if something happened would be lost trying to get it back up and running

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  • xiangyu m.
  • 5/19/2013 6:48:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWhat a mess.

Pros: Fast, cheap,

Cons: Router keep dropping it's connection to devices, wireless or lan.
Does not have Daylight Saving Time,which MAY cause some problems since that's when mine started to acting up.

it was mostly good for the first few month, then the week daylight saving started. my wr1042 starts to constantly drop packets, so i did a ping -n 1000

and the results are very strange, about every 2-5 mins,
i starts to get VERY high pings or timed out for 30 secs cycle, then all smooth again, i checked the system log keep saying DHCP renew for different devices, even tho i set the renew time to 2 days.

three weeks later, i can no longer set router to stable use. have to restart it every 30 mins, and most of the time, i can no longer access Admin Panel at 192.168.*.1

Other Thoughts: Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Users\*********>ping -n 10000

Pinging with 32 bytes of data:
Request timed out.
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=64
Reply from bytes=32 time=21ms TTL=64
Request timed out.
Reply from bytes=32 time=1030ms TTL=64
Reply from bytes=32 time=7ms TTL=64
Reply from bytes=32 time=237ms TTL=64
Reply from bytes=32 time=999ms TTL=64
Reply from bytes=32 time=11ms TTL=64
Request timed out.
Reply from bytes=32 time=42ms TTL=64
Reply from bytes=32 time=648ms TTL=64
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=64
Request timed out.
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=64

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Louis,
We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
The issue is strange.
May I provide you a simple troubleshooting first?
1. Reset the router and set it up again;
2. Use a different SSID, wireless password and change the login usr/psw; So that we can block any possible cracking;
3. Check if the issue still happens;

If it doesn't work, please feel free to drop me an email. So that I can arrange to replace you a new one.
My email is:

Best Regards!

TP-LINK Support Team
(866) 225-8139

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  • Benjamin E.
  • 4/13/2013 4:25:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFailed within 60 days - avoid

Pros: Lots of features on the box, gigabit, fast wifi, WPS

Cons: After ~30 days it started needing to be rebooted routinely or it would bring down my entire network. I returned it when I had to reboot it several times a day to make it keep working. This is not good for an always-on piece of equipment.

Other Thoughts: Sent this in for an RMA but it failed after refund window. Fortunately it is still within the replacement window. Though it looks like newegg charged me full price for the replacement.

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  • Nathaniel M.
  • 3/27/2013 2:49:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNo go

Pros: Great feature-set, gui is well designed with many advanced options...

Cons: ...when it works. I have to reset it at least once a day because my ipad can't connect to it. Although my tv's firmware has a well-known issue involving internet and wonky connections, my previous router never posed any problems that caused the tv to act up. Since switching to this router (same tv firmware), it has exacerbated the tv's problem. I have a laptop, ipad, iphone on wifi. Wired laptop, windows server, and tv. The ipad's wireless drops constantly, and won't allow me to reconnect to the router. The wired connections work well.
Currently this laptop is on the wifi connection. But the router won't allow me to log in via the router IP or the way

Other Thoughts: I was sucked in by the feature set, wanting gigabit ports for my server. I have bought a different router to replace it (I'm out of the return window), and will probably work with this to see if errors are correctable. Perhaps it is the encryption scheme I am using.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear customer,
We're happy you like the features on the router and apologize for the disconnection issue.

Could you please give the router another chance?
Here's my suggestion:
1. Log into the device management page;
2. Go to Wireless --> Wireless Settings;
3. Change the Channel Width to 20MHz;

By using this way, the wireless may be more stable.
If you need further info, please feel free to contact me:

We really appreciate you taking the time to check out our TP-Link products and we hope that you will be able to check out more in the future.

Best Regards!

TP-LINK Support Team
(866) 225-8139

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  • Joshua B.
  • 3/2/2013 1:15:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsThought it was a good router

Pros: Gigabit ethernet plugs
usb plug n play
dual detachable antennas
Open Nat out of the box for xbox live
looks awesome

Cons: After a good first week of reliability the wifi reception would slowly decline and I would loose internet connect every now and then but it would come right back. Very annoying when online trying to play xbox live because I would loose my connection and my game. By the second week I would loose connection and wifi signal and could only resume connection through a power reset. By the third week the router would lock up all lights lit and no connection that could only be resolved through a reset. I contacted tplink support who were great and we updated the firmware and nothing seemed to help. I purchased a netgear wnr2000 and I am into my 3rd week with it and it works great so I wrapped up the tplink and sent it back for a refund. Hurray newegg for their return policy it is great!

Other Thoughts: I previously left a 5 egg review after owning it for a couple of days and now I wish I could remove the previous review because this router has not held up to its expectations.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear customer,

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the router.
Actually TP-LINK USA provides 2-year warranty for this router and if you find it's hardware defective, we could replace you a new one.
Anyway, thank you for trying TP-LINK.

If you don't mind, please feel free to contact me.

Best Regards!
TP-LINK Support Team
(866) 225-8139

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  • Tianyu W.
  • 2/23/2013 10:52:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsProblems after couple months

Pros: Cheap. Great when it works. QoS is robust enough and works.

Cons: First couple months great. After couple months, just like others, Wireless Signal disappears (or appears, but will not connect). DHCP stops working. And because it freeze up, you can't even go into admin page.

Once the router has been on continuously for like 1 week+ without restarting, part of the system goes down. Wireless is broken, DHCP is broken, however existent client connection that are established are fine, so you don't notice it until you add a new device to your network....

I would only recommend this router for those who like turning off everything when they go sleep... for other people who run file servers, or media servers, needing to reboot once a week becomes frustrating... Some people can deal with it, but for me who works with high-end networking gear like Juniper, Cisco, and Brocade all day, this is unacceptable :/

Other Thoughts: I wished the TP-Links people at least write a code for their router to auto-reboot itself if it detects error... They have a "SYS" light that tells you the router status, and when things stop working, the "SYS" is gone... And they should have an actual "reboot" button on the Router instead of having to unplug the pwr cord to reboot lol.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer,

We apologize for any inconvenience that this device may have caused you. We have an on/off button on some of our newer and Dual Band Routers. Unfortunately this device doesn't have an automatic reboot or a function like 'Ping Watch Dog' like some of our Access Points, but we do appreciate the feedback as it helps us design better products for the customer.

I would suggest upgrading the firmware to fix most of these problems that you are experiencing. We've just released the new firmware from our website a month ago at:

If you are still experiencing problems we encourage you to contact our Technical Support at 866.225.8139 or you may contact me directly to further assist you at

I do believe that the firmware should take care of most of you problems and we hope you will continue to enjoy TP-Link products in the future.

Best Regards!

TP-LINK Support Team

(866) 225-8139

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  • Brett W.
  • 2/22/2013 6:04:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot really satisfied.

Pros: when working it has suitable speed.

Cons: rarely working at peak performance.

Other Thoughts: have to unplug to reset almost daily and sometimes numerous times a day. Ive tried to be positive and hope that it would start functioning better but I have had no luck. I added the new firm ware and it ran good for about 3 days. I thought that fixed it. now Im back to where I was. Do I have any recourse TP-Link or Newegg?? whats my options other that dropping more money on another router?

Manufacturer Response:

Hello bdub,

We're sorry to see that you are having issues with this Router. It's a good idea to upgrade the firmware as you've done; this usually fixes any bugs or errors that your Router may be experiencing. It's hard to determine where your issue is as I don't know exactly where you are seeing the problem. The problem could be that you keep dropping Internet while wirelessly staying connected, or you may see that your wireless just keeps dropping all together. We would definitely like more information to privide better Technical support.

We have a 24 hour technical support that can try to assist you further, you may find the contact info at:
You may also email me directly as I can try to assist you further at:

As a last resrot you may see that the device is defective and may need to be replaced. Newegg has a 30 day return policy and TP-Link has a 2 year manufacture warranty. We really appreciate you taking the time to try our product and reaching out to us.

Best Regards!

TP-LINK Support Team

(866) 225-8139

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  • Kimberly V.
  • 2/20/2013 5:21:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDefective Radio

Pros: Many features, USB port, detachable antennas, radio on/off button

Cons: Have had in since summer of '12, now drops connections multiple times a day

Other Thoughts: Very nerve racking... and most likely will have to pay 1/4 the value to cover shipping it in order to get it fixed... I guess that the chance you take trying to give a new company a chance... not a great first impression

Manufacturer Response:

Hello NotUrAvrgG33k,

We're sorry to see that you are having issues with this product. We know how frustrating it can be when the connection keeps dropping. As your Title states 'Defective Radio', we would be happy to RMA your device as it falls within our warranty. You may even find that a simple firmware upgrade can help the stability of the wireless - we have one released last month. You can find the firmware located at:

Another common setting that you can change is the Wireless channel. This is in the Routers Wireless configuration page. Setting the wireless channel to a static channel instead of automatic can help keep the wireless frequency from changing by itself. This can help keep your computers and router stay on one wireless frequency.

We really appreciate you taking the time to try our Router and we hope you will be able to check out more of what TP-Link has to offer.

Best Regards!
TP-LINK Support Team
(866) 225-8139

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  • Joshua B.
  • 2/13/2013 10:28:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Router

Pros: I have owned this router for a week now and I have not yet found any reason why it should receive any less than 5 eggs. I have a 1400sq ft home and I receive 5 bars of signal in all rooms except 1 where I receive 4 bars in my 2nd bedroom that consists of 2 walls between the router and the room itself. Around my home on the outside about 50ft from all directions I receive a solid 3 bars. The detachable antennas are a great addition, the software is easy to use and the quick setup worked for me. I also like the login page for the router itself. It is very well put together. I went from strict NAT on my xbox to open NAT without adjusting any settings on this router I also noticed that with NAT enabled on the router it automatically opens my port for the xbox. I have not had to power cycle my router yet as others described and my wireless seems to work perfectly. I love the way the router looks too it looks like it is ready to do its job. I am using a 16GB PNY attache usb as a "cloud" on my router. So far I have not had any connectivity issues through WAN or LAN. Newegg is awesome, TP Link customer service seems very helpful. If you go to the contact us page on tp link's website you can actually call them unlike some other companies. 90 day newegg warranty and 2 year manufacturer warranty you cannot beat that.

Cons: The device is not on the DD WRT's compatibility list however it is on the incompatibility list. I do not plan on using the DD WRT so I will not knock off an egg for this. Though I know others would like to use this firmware. I cannot get my laptop to run full 300mbps it only shows a speed of 150mbps. I know I am running off of the N network of this router but I do not know if the issue is my laptop or router. I tried messing with the channels and channel width in the router login but my laptop only shows 150 all the time. I have 2 xbox 360s connected through LAN and if I have both of them on at the same time 1 will have open NAT the other will say moderate but this only happens when both are turned on.

Other Thoughts: Out of the box it came with firmware 3.17 and I updated it to the 3.15.4 from tp link. I have it connected through a Netgear DM111PSP-100NAS Modem. I am on Centurylink DSL with 3M down and 512K up. I hope to upgrade the antennas soon. I have 3 laptops connected through wifi, 2 cell phones connected through wifi, 2 nintendo wii connected through wifi, and 2 xbox 360s connected through LAN. Xbox parties, multiplayer, netflix, and hulu have been amazing. I will continuously have 2 laptops connected and 2 cell phones connected when we are home. If we are playing games we typically always have a xbox party going and we run 2 xbox on the same network play halo and such and when we play the wii we do the same with 2 wiis playing black ops or conduit. This router replaced my Zyxel 660 which was a blessing.

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  • Joshua B.
  • 2/7/2013 5:42:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWarranty

Pros: To be Deteremined

Cons: To be Determined

Other Thoughts: I would like to say to EVERYONE who has had problems with this router and it is out of warranty coverage from newegg contact the manufacturer immediately, this router has a 2 year warranty and TP Link Customer Care Is Amazing from what I have dealt with in the past.

I purchased my router on the shell shocker deal of the day. I am super excited about it. I am still waiting on it to arrive in the mail and when it does I will leave a real review.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello J,

We are glad to see that you are trying out our products and that you are satisfied with Customer care so far.

You are correct as our Warranty lasts for 2 years with proof of purchase. This is even for devices that are outside of the Newegg 30 day warranty.
If you need further information, please feel free to contact me.

Thanks for taking the time to review the TL-WR1042ND and we assure you will be satisfied with the product that you receive.

Best Regards!
TP-LINK Support Team
(866) 225-8139

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