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Pros: On paper it looks like it should be amazing but falls short of it's full potential. + Battery (user replaceable) + Battery can be re-charged with a standard Micro-USB cable + USB port + Ethernet port + Physical mode switch + Allows for re-configuration of ethernet port as WAN if no 3G/4G and vice-versa. + AP mode works. + USB port is only fully powered when in 3G/4G mode. (can be good and bad) + Can be used as an emergency USB power source/phone charger if you're desperate. (YMMV)
Cons: Disclaimer: I do not have access to a true 3G/4G usb stick so as part of my testing I connected a couple EDGE data capable Motorola feature phones that I have used to tether in the past using Dial-Up Networking in windows. Only one was partially detected and even then only the signal strength showed on the router's status page.
3G/4G Mode: - Limited list of officially verified modems. (seems to use old-school dial-up networking but requires specialized configuration scripts instead of a more robust and universal implementation. Check official device support list before buying or prepare to be disappointed. Contact TP-Link support if you find your unlisted modem works.) - No support for USB tethering a smartphone. (main reason I purchased) - Previous products are known to have weak USB power supplies, further limiting compatibility with devices that require more power. - USB port is only fully powered when in 3G/4G mode. (can be good and bad)
WISP mode: - Does not support roaming to multiple access points with the same SSID, it locks onto a single AP/MAC. - Router only broadcasts its own SSID after it connects to a network, because of this you are forced to reconfigure using a wired device, or constantly use the reset button as that is the only time you can access the router from a wireless device. - Does not appear to support joining an AD-HOC network. (potential workaround for USB smartphone tethering if the phone doesn't support creating an infrastructure based wifi hotspot - which was the reason for my purchase)
AP Mode: + None so far.
Firmware: - Auto refresh can be a annoying if you take too long while configuring. - Right click menu is disabled throughout. - Help panel on the right side can be re-sized but not disabled and can limit screen space on small screens. - Can only configure settings based on the physical switch. No web-based way to access "other mode" options. - Supports internet time sync, but only when there is an active "WAN" connection. (Not a big deal but can be annoying if using logging features since the time and date get reset if the battery is pulled)
Other Thoughts: The product designers at TP-Link seem to have completely missed the point of giving a router a battery, _Mobility_. The lack of thought put into this device other than adding a battery is painfully obvious in the firmware and how the device behaves, WISP mode in particular.
Since WISP mode seems to be using some combination of repeater+bridge that highlights the fact that this router only has one wifi transceiver, you'd need two MR3040 connected via ethernet, in order to have a more useful and truly mobile experience.
While there technically are a couple third party firmwares floating around for this device they're not entirely supported and sound high risk/buggy based on what I've read.
- Ethernet port is only 100Mbit. (could slightly limit max wired to wireless throughput) - USB storage (NAS) support would have been nice. - 5ghz support would be nice in future products.
Note: I purchased an MR3040 at a local retailer. I had intended to USB tether my smartphone and provide an infrastructure AP for a tablet which does not support bluetooth or AD-HOC wifi.
Dear customer, Thank you for your detailed review and suggestions to the TL-MR3040. Unfortunately the MR3040 is not designed to tether smart phones or provide USB sharing.
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8/21/2012 12:52:02 PM
Tech Level: 5/5
Rating: 5/5Great Portable Gadget !!!
Pros: I have an apple tablet 2 no 3g that I need to tether. I don't want to use my phone plan since it is just 200mb/month. I bought an internet stick from T mobile and got prepaid broadband card. It worked with no problems during my out of town trip to Vegas. Hurray. Easy to set up. I hope they make a black model. Great job TP-link. Great job N-egg for getting this product.
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