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TP-LINK TL-WDR3500 Dual Band Wireless N600 Router, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5GHz 300Mbps, USB port, IP QoS, Wireless On/Off Switch

  • Simultaneous Dual Band,300+300Mbps
  • USB Storage, Printer, Media Server
  • IP based bandwidth control
  • Wireless On/Off Switch
  • Live Parental Control
  • 2 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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  • Stephen R.
  • 6/7/2015 11:43:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks

Pros: Works. Easy setup & running under 10 minutes. Ok price.

Cons: None really at this time.

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  • NEIL H.
  • 4/10/2015 3:53:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsgood 5G okay 2.4G

Pros: 300 mbps on 5G, reliable, easy to set up

Cons: missing features of more expensive units, can't get wide channel on 2.4G

Other Thoughts: This router works well with dual simultaneous wireless-n. With 2 antennas both bands should be able to get 300 mbps, but 2.4G is so crowded that it rarely gets the max speed. Higher power would be needed. For the price it'd be hard to find anything better, especially with dual band.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/25/2015 2:07:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDoes work with DD-WRT

Pros: It works. More bandwidth on 5 GHz band for my streaming media and I can cook popcorn in the microwave now without interrupting the signal.

Cons: Couldn't get it to work the way I wanted as a wireless bridge.

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  • kathy a.
  • 3/21/2015 10:09:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsPlease give me signal

Pros: Flat

Cons: No range, drops all the time. Back to my Netgear till I find something a whole lot better. I have a large house. The single only stays in my office. My bedroom is 15 ft away and still very week signal.

Other Thoughts: Open it up, take everything out, redo.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer,

We are sorry to see that you are not satisfied with this device.

We do have an RMA policy to replace any devices that you feel may be defective and our 24 hour technical support line is available to assist you in any problems that you my experience.

If you haven't done so already, then you can try to upgrade the firmware from our website to improve stability and fix any possible bugs that may be present.

You can find this at: http://www.tp-link.us/support/download/?model=TL-WDR3500&version=V1#tbl_j

Please feel free to contact me directly 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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  • Steven G.
  • 2/12/2015 11:38:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat OpenWRT compatibility

Pros: Runs OpenWRT Barrier Breaker flawlessly. USB ports and dual radios are awesome. I use these to build wireless mesh networks for general purpose campus access where the 5ghz is used as a back haul network. I also have a deployment of 5 of these being used as Kismet drones for a WIDS/WIPS system.

Cons: No volume discounts, I have purchased 15 of these.

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4 out of 5 eggsDecent Router for basic needs

Pros: - Arrived quickly and well packed from Newegg.
- Dedicated on/off switch
- Dedicated Wi-Fi on switch.
- Dual 2.4/5 GHz band
- “TP-Link Tether” application. This application, one installed on my iPhone allowed me to see on my mobile device who is currently using the router for internet access ( listing: device name, MAC and IP address). You can also sort all your wireless devices as belonging to “parents” and “children”. You can block “children” from browsing during certain times of the day or allow them only on certain websites. There is ability to block clients to straight from the iPhone. The setting section allows to turn the wireless radio and guest network on/off or even to see your stored wi fi passwords. Additionally, your mobile device must be connected to router to use TP-Link Tether app.
- Setup was quick.
- Decent signal strength.

Cons: - The unit is big. Its 9x5.5 inches.
- WPS protected setup is enabled by default. While WPS protected setup makes things easier to setup for novices, it is also increased security risk if you live in an apartment or a dorm.
- Lack of ac technology. But this should be expected at this price point.
- Hard to get it to work in AP mode.

Other Thoughts: - I would recommend this router if you are to someone who is looking for a fairly basic double band, fairly fast rounder for your home. This device will not disappoint in this task.

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  • Ryan M.
  • 1/26/2015 9:16:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Performance in two different environments

Pros: Handles multiple devices in a WiFi rich environment extremely well.
Rarely noticeable loss of signals or performance issues
Handled 2 laptops, table, 2 phones, 2 tvs all over WiFi. Gigabit LAN exceptional on PS3 for YouTube, online game-play and NetFlix.

Easily configured and upgraded firmware.
Far more customizable options than expected.

Cons: Few related to the router itself. Having issues when turning hiding network on some Android devices but that is an Android issue and not router/WiFi specific.

Other Thoughts: Not to specs
I own two routers, The TP-LINK TL-WDR3500 Dual Band Wireless N600 Router and the TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless N300 Home Router, 300Mbps,


Both units show the same specifications in the manufacturers comparison, minus the 5Ghz channels(accounting for the additional 300mbs), Gigabit Ethernet and "detachable" antenna on the WDR3500.

The following tests were performed with both routers:
5Ghz turned off on WDR3500(should be same specs each, per MFG now via WiFi(Lan Still gigabit on WDR3500))
WiFi Channel selection set to Auto
WiFi surfing(searching and viewing) via Laptop on an extremely large database containing data files, video, images and audio files.
Direct line of sight to router under ten feet
Both routers against the wall and antenna directly UP

Test Environment #1
12+ competing WiFi signals in apartment structure.
NetFlix streaming via LAN Cat5 cable

WR841: WiFi speeds were erratic and unacceptable(picture and data intensive)
NetFlix took over a minute to jump from 480P to full 1080 when initiated via LAN.
Adding in additional WiFi stream to phone and Tablet proved to slow Laptop connection drastically.

WDR3500: WiFi very snappy and responsive. Minimal delay or lag perceived.
NetFlix extremely responsive, 480P immediate stream experienced for under 10 seconds and snaps to 1080P with no lag for remaining stream(Via LAN(gigabit)).
Adding in WiFi connection to Phone and Tablet showed no noticeable delay to ANY connection.

Test Environment #2
20+ competing WiFi signals in apartment structure.
NetFlix streaming via WiFi now(LAN connection in last environment, all devices in WiFi mode now))

WR841: WiFi speeds were even more erratic and unacceptable under same tests as above(picture and data intensive).
NetFlix took close to two minutes to jump from 480P to full 1080 when initiated.
Adding in additional WiFi stream to phone, Tablet and additional NetFlix WiFi stream to TV proved to slow ALL connections drastically(more than Environment #1(which was not as WiFi intensive).

WDR3500: WiFi very snappy and responsive. Minimal delay or lag perceived.
NetFlix(WiFi) extremely responsive, 480P immediate stream experienced for under 10-20 seconds and snaps to 1080P with no lag for remaining stream.
Adding in new Phone, Tablet, Laptop and Additional TV(ALL systems WiFi with one wall now separating new TV and New Laptop) proved extremely responsive and only small noticeable delays in signal response(lag) while surfing and watching videos

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  • Dave C.
  • 1/21/2015 9:53:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsHorrible Range even worse service

Pros: Looks pretty.

Cons: The range on this router is awful! I live in a ranch house and have the router in a central location. The signal in any other room in the house besides the one it is located in is terrible. We frequently lose the signal all together on our laptop, Ipad and cell phones.

I contacted TP-Link and they suggested I buy better antennas?!?!?! Why would I or should I have to do that?

Based on their service or lack there of I would not purchase on of their products again!

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer,

Thank you for taking the time to check out our Router.

We are sorry to see that you've had some issues with this device.

One thing we would suggest is to upgrade the firmware of the device from our website.

You can find the firmware on our site at: http://www.tp-link.us/support/download/?model=TL-WDR3500&version=V1#tbl_j

There are many things that can cause a Router to have a poor signal like obstruction from walls or interference from other Routers and devices.

One thing to try is going into the wireless settings of your router and chaning the channel width to 20 MHz and changing the channel from auto to a static number you see in the list.

Here is a guide to help you get into the wireless settings: http://www.tp-link.us/article/?faqid=78

If you are still having issues then please feel free to contact me directly 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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  • Charles D.
  • 11/29/2014 8:50:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTP-LINK TL-WDR3500

Pros: Turns on

Cons: 1. worse connection than my $10 netgear router.
2. cannot use 2.4 ghz connection for online gaming because i disconnect out and reconnect in every other minute.
3. forced to used 5 ghz connection which either works or it doesn't depending on how many people are using the 2.4ghz connection. (maximum 4 other people)

Other Thoughts: - worst router i've ever bought and my last router had to be reset atleast once a day, but produced a stable connection all day long.
- will probably never buy TP-Link products again and make sure none of my friends do.
- I never write reviews.

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  • Spencer O.
  • 11/24/2014 7:24:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMeh signal

Pros: Easy to set up
Quick connection

Cons: Pathetic signal

Other Thoughts: I got this to replace a TP-LINK 841N router for a few reasons. I know it's not a major step up but it looks as though I will have to spend a good amount more to get what I need. My house is 2600 sq ft, 1300 on each floor. The router is on the upper floor, in the middle of the house. I went to each corner of the basement and dropped signal completely on the 2.5 and 5 ghz bands. The old 841N was pushing 2/3 bars. I know I can get custom antennas and what not but the trade-off didn't seem worth it. I'll just spend a bit more and get something nicer.

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