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TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless N300 Home Router, 300Mbps, IP QoS, WPS Button

  • 802.11b/g/n 300Mbps
  • Idea home/dorm router
  • WDS wireless bridge
  • Live Parental Control
  • IP based bandwidth control
  • Stable Signals with CCA Technology
  • Advanced Security-WPA / WPA2
  • Easy installation
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
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  • Thomas W.
  • 3/1/2015 10:39:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood So Far

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless N300 Home Router, 300Mbps, IP QoS, WPS Button

Pros: Works fine so far, i am using it in my dorm room so the range doesnt have to be far. Easy to set up, name, and secure.

Cons: Comes with a mini disk, some computers dont support that

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  • Michael M.
  • 2/19/2015 6:45:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Basic Budget Setup

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless N300 Home Router, 300Mbps, IP QoS, WPS Button

Pros: Easy to get going and onboard software has nice options and layout. Very inexpensive and good enough for my needs for now.

Cons: Range is only so-so for me with 56% on my laptop in the very next room, but no drops or delays so no real issues there. Fixed antennas are fixed so be careful with those, no replacement option. You will need to do a firmware upgrade but no worries there just follow the steps on their site for this.

Other Thoughts: Basic inexpensive wireless router that so far has done well. I like TP-Link products and look for them above most other brands. I would buy this one again for any other upcoming needs.

A note of interest..I didn't get the most current version but the one I got (.8) had a slew of firmware updates posted so I am guessing they fixed the bugs by this point. This model has been around for awhile so I am guessing thats good?

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/15/2015 10:25:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless N300 Home Router, 300Mbps, IP QoS, WPS Button

Pros: Works great, a breeze to set up and considerably faster than what I upgraded from.

Cons: The plug emit a horrible, high-pitched squeal that aggravates my tinnitus like mad. Need to see about getting a new plug. The sound is so bad, I had to knock off two eggs.

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  • Lien G.
  • 2/11/2015 10:31:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHorrible Wireless Router

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless N300 Home Router, 300Mbps, IP QoS, WPS Button

Pros: Cheap Price.

Cons: Drops connection
Slow connection

Other Thoughts: I really really really really really REALLY hate this product. Constantly drops connection or the connection is so slow, I have to restart the router. Even restarting does not help.

Of all routers....this has to be the worst even after looking up updates and trouble shooting.

I am about to throw this router out the window as we speak.

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  • Adam K.
  • 2/2/2015 10:01:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot Reliable

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless N300 Home Router, 300Mbps, IP QoS, WPS Button

Pros: Cheap N300

Cons: Drops connections constantly even though I'm connected directly to it. Also installed latest firmware from their website. As an online MMO gamer I need stable internet which this did not provide. Added 1 egg just because it will get you on the internet if all you do is surf and email for cheap, but look elsewhere if you need something more reliable.

Other Thoughts: Went and bought a NETGEAR WNR2020v2 right after this for a whopping $10 more. Couldn't be happier.

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  • luke w.
  • 1/27/2015 10:08:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPerfect for the money

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless N300 Home Router, 300Mbps, IP QoS, WPS Button

Pros: For the price this unit has all the features I need for basic customers. Stable, as of yet no failures or insistent crashes.

Cons: No Cons

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  • Ryan M.
  • 1/26/2015 9:10:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPoor WiFi performace

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless N300 Home Router, 300Mbps, IP QoS, WPS Button

Pros: None (See 'Other Thoughts')

Cons: Slow performance both wired and wireless. Tested in two different environments.

Cannot handle multiple streams coming from 2-3 devices let alone 5-6.

Bad signal in WiFi rich environment(20+) separate signals detected.

Other Thoughts: Not to specs
I own two routers, this one being reviewed AND the TP-LINK TL-WDR3500 Dual Band Wireless N600 Router, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5GHz 300Mbps http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704150&cm_re=tp-link_wdr3500-_-33-704-150-_-Product

Both units show the same specifications in the manufacturers comparison, minus the 5Ghz channels, WDR3500 having Gigabit Ethernet and "detachable" antenna.

The following tests were performed with both routers:
5Ghz turned off on WDR3500(should be same specs per MFG now for WiFi)
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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  • Christopher B.
  • 1/21/2015 4:01:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks great, beats NG

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless N300 Home Router, 300Mbps, IP QoS, WPS Button

Pros: Never any connection issues, never drops, no need to reboot...I can't believe I struggled w/ NG products for so long before giving up on the big name brand. Ugh. This thing has been trouble free since mid 2013. Never needed to restart it (unless the cable went down, ofc). Speed exactly as advertised, range covers a medium sized apt just fine.

Cons: well, it looks a bit cheap, but it *is* cheap and who cares? I can't really think of any cons, except of course that it's older 300mbs instead of fancy new 1200.

Other Thoughts: speed is more than adequate for games, audio. I never watch video so idk how well 300mbs does for that.
I tried quite a few routers from the best known names and was sorely disappointed in them all. This one just plain works, all the time. Yay! I'm using it with a tp-link dual 3db adaptor on the other end, works well together.

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  • John H.
  • 1/16/2015 10:00:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTakes Two to Tango...

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless N300 Home Router, 300Mbps, IP QoS, WPS Button

Pros: Easy to get going, runs fine, inexpensive. This seems to be a router you can set up and forget about - that's how I like'em. The interface it pretty typical - a fair number of configuration options are offered, with some helpful suggestions in a side bar. I found this easy to navigate and use. I intended to install OpenWRT originally, but never got around to it.

Despite things i've seen elsewhere, mine seems to run cool - even the wall wart barely gets warm, and I'm using the highest transmission power setting.

Cons: Your "mileage will vary" depending on what you try connect to it. This is not TP-Links fault, but it may trip up the unwary. See Other Thoughts.

Other Thoughts: My Android phone has always gotten along beautifully with this router. Quck, stable connections, highest speeds I've seen on wireless - if I did not have that reference point, I might have given up on getting my laptop to work with it.

I'll skip to the punchline - apparently not all wireless NICs are the same (duh!), and we're talking about hardware here, not OSs. Both my LinuxMint laptop and my son's Macbook Pro initially connected with very slow speeds and dropped off frequently. Searching the web turned up a lot of unsatisfied people who feel their wireless NIC should be recycled as doorstops. Again, if my phone hadn't shown me there was hope I'd be out there ranting with the rest of them. I chased a lot of dead ends, but finally found some guidance on an Intel forum that suggested setting changes that might help.

Now that I have set the channel width to 40 Mhz, turned on WMM and set my WPA2 security to AES (NOT TKIP!!) things are amazing - I have seen 270 Mb/s on my laptop!

If you're not getting great results, keep searching and experimenting. I'm looking forward to ignoring this router for many years to come!

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  • Corbin W.
  • 1/10/2015 12:01:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDD-WRT is the answer

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless N300 Home Router, 300Mbps, IP QoS, WPS Button

Pros: It was cheap. I had a router from Frontier that died on me and needed a quick replacement for a low price. The reviews on other websites seemed to be promising, and so far, I have been happy

Cons: The firmware that comes with this is not great. For 20 bucks, I'm not complaining, but with the very limited firmware options, I am obviously going to make a mention of it. Also with the original firmware, I noticed moments of really slow internet to where I had to restart the router. Read other thoughts for more info

Other Thoughts: My way around this fix was to load DD-WRT. I just loaded up 010415 build 25760 on this router and so far so good! I had earlier build versions before this one and I have had no issues with dropped connections or slow internet speeds. With DD-WRT I no longer need to restart the router every so often to re-obtain my bandwidth speeds.
Above all, I believe I have achieved the best I can with this router for the money I spent on it.

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