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TP-LINK TL-WA801ND Wireless N300 Access Point, 300Mbps, Multifunction, Multiple SSID

  • Up to 4 SSIDs and VLAN support
  • Better performance w/ 2 x antennas
  • Access Point/Client/ Repeater/ Bridge mode
  • Detachable antenna for Strong antenna upgrade
  • Passive PoE Support
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Dustin A.
  • 5/7/2014 7:00:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCaps out at 2 connected devices

Pros: Flashy lights. Seems to work. Acceptable interface.

Cons: When I first purchased this Access Point it worked reasonably well - slow, but multiple devices could connect to it. Now it has decided to cap out at a maximum of two connected devices at once, and the only way to get a 3rd connected is to power cycle the Access Point - but then of course one of the first two devices won't be able to connect now that the 3rd one is connected.

I've looked in the settings but I have 20 different ports opened up for wireless connections, but it seems to only use two of them. I've also had two friends who are more educated on networking stuff than I am mess with the interface and AP and they've had no better luck. It just seems that this device is now limited to a maximum of two connected devices.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this AP primarily to grant wireless access when having people over - all my other devices are hard wired into my network. But once two devices are connected, nothing else will connect. Totally unacceptable behavior from an Access Point.

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  • Brandon G.
  • 4/29/2014 7:54:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Well

Pros: Nice 2.4 GHz WAP with Power Over Ethernet, which is really convenient. Has an easy config page and was pretty easy to set up.

Cons: Odd setup IP of 192.168.0.254, I had to change my IP to access it since my network is 192.168.1.x

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  • Scott P.
  • 4/11/2014 7:16:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat for Light Use

Pros: * Cheep
* VLANs
* PoE
* Multi SSID

Cons: * Passive PoE
* Crashes after about 15 clients
* 100mbps LAN

Other Thoughts: Passive PoE works, it's not the best but at lest it allows deployment where there is no power. I haven't had issues with the default configuration besides dropping at 15 users.

I have about 15 of these deployed and they all crash at or around the 15 client mark. They still broadcast SSID but will boot everyone off and not allow new people to connect without a restart of the wireless chip. This is easiest done but changing the channel width. I leave the width at 20MHz and it appears to work a little better. 90% of the users are just cell phones that are asleep.

Luckily these are cheep enough compared to the competition that is possible to just flood the space with APs.

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  • Daniel M.
  • 3/22/2014 11:33:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsit's okay

Pros: Works half decent once it's finally set up.

Cons: Bad default settings. Signal is weak.

Other Thoughts: It took me months of returns and tests to finally figure out what the heck was wrong with the thing. Turns out there was a setting that had it sending a refresh request to connected devices every minute which kills most devices.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer,

Thank you for checking out our Access Point.

We are glad to see that the device is up and running for you and we apologize for any inconvenience that you may have had.

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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  • Edward L.
  • 2/27/2014 8:27:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAP

Pros: It is a nice access point for cheap. It has multi-SSID as stated, it serves out DCHP IP addresses. It does not route. The 300 Mbps is obviously not fully accessible through a 10/100 Mbps LAN port

Cons: Could have used a 1 Gbps LAN port to use the full 300 Mbps Wireless access rate.

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  • Travis S.
  • 2/18/2014 7:36:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA great little Access Point

Pros: Honestly, for the price you can't go wrong. Tons of built in features such as VLANs and included POE injector. My unit HAS mounting points on the bottom of unit. Front LED's have no rhyme or reason, they seem to blink at random. Unit replaces my WRT54g and signal strength has definitely improved. Also, the config menus are simple and intuitive. I would highly recommend this device

Cons: No cons identified so far.

Other Thoughts: I haven't yet had an issue with a wireless connection, but the device does support a ping watch dog. This will reboot the device if a ping fails

The reviewer below who claims only 5 users can join isn't accurate. Why would a device that supports 4 VLans or 254 DHCP addresses (on default network) only allow 5 users? I personally tested 9 devices at the same time on youtub@ without issue. .

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  • Vincent M.
  • 2/14/2014 11:04:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPowerful Device, Works as Advertised.

Pros: Fairly easy set up, Small and stylish, works well. POE is a major plus.

Cons: No way to mount on bottom, Indication lights on front are a little confusing, Needs firmware update right out of the box if more than one is being installed on the same network.

Other Thoughts: Around 8 months ago, I bought 5 of these for my 100 year old all concrete and brick church building. The building is fairly large with its three floors and 2 sections. These devices cover the entire church well, to be safe I purchased (10) 10dbi gain antennas to boost the power some. However, the extra boost from those antennas would not be needed.

When i first got the devices, and installed them on my network and set their locations (which could be up to 100ft away from a power outlet thanks to the included POE adapter) I started having a broadcast storm on the network. It was a bad enough storm to cause no connectivity to the router. after some research I found that it was these devices talking to each other that was causing the problem and that to fix it they all had to have a firmware update. If you know what you are doing with that kind of thing its fairly simple, just a little time consuming and a little annoying.

I just discovered about 3 weeks ago that one of them was not connecting to my network after a few hours of diagnostics i discovered that it seemed the Ethernet port on the one device had stopped working. It took that long to diagnose because of how confusing the lights on the front of the device are. I am in contact now with the manufacturer getting it replaced, and that has been a fairly pleasant process.

The only other thing i would say is that i had to use some Velcro-type adhesive strips to install them anywhere than a flat surface. Not that big of a deal if you are going to be setting it on a shelf or a desk, but inconvenient if it needs to be hung on a wall or attached to a ceiling.

I would highly recommend this product. it works well, has great coverage, and does not take much effort to get them set up as long as you don't need more than one on the same network. if you do then it becomes a little more than plug and play, so it is best to have some tech background to make that happen. Also try to find a flat surface to keep it on. The 4 in my large church building are still providing great coverage and service.

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  • Scott W.
  • 2/10/2014 5:37:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsnot very good

Pros: nice unit design outside and easy to use menus inside

Cons: company states it can only handle 5 users at a time, so that mkes this a worthless paper weight! they will not replace any of the units i have for a newer unit that will allow more then 5 users connecting to this device at one time, signal drops off and on like crazy has latest firmware, support will not help. i decided to sell them to companies using 2 people connecting and changed the channel to a new number and hope it works.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer,

Thank you for checking out our Router.

I am not sure where you got the information that only five people can connect at one time, but you can definitely have a lot more by Ethenernet or Wireless.

I would say a safe number is after 12-15 clients connecting is when you will probably see some lag in the bandwidth. That is assuming that all Clients are doing some heavy web surfing.

If you are having issues with your particular device then feel free to contact me directly at howard.he@tp-link.com and I will be happ to further trouble-shoot your issue.


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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  • Eric H.
  • 1/27/2014 6:00:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks ok

Pros: Well uses vga and usb keyboard and mouse

Cons: seems to lock up once and a while, and video seems to go crazy once and a while. NOT A PRODUCT FAULT but the dang windows dinging and having to reconize it all over again once you switch back and forth. Also pc wont boot up (locks on no keyboard) when you power up.

Other Thoughts: it works ok for what i do but i do some fast switching and somethimes it will lock up. do not know if it is pc or switch. I went away from ps conn so this is what i got. i run 2 older win xp machines.

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  • Stuart R.
  • 12/23/2013 4:44:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Works.

Cons: Can be difficult to set up if you have a complex network. Need 192.168.0.100 to set up. Means work arounds in network settings. Can produce duplicate devices at that IP.

Other Thoughts: Box type shape for stack-ability would be nicer.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer,

Thank you for checking out our Access Point.

By default this Access Point is in the Network 192.168.0.0, but you may definitely change it to fit your Network.

The DHCP is also off by default so it will not assign any ip addresses and it will only let the Main Rouer do the assigning.

You can find more information on the setup of this device on our site at: http://www.tp-link.us/resources/document/TL-WA850RE_V1_QIG_7106504280.pdf

If you have any issues or concerns then 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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