- Simultaneous Dual Band,300+300Mbps
- USB Storage, Printer, Media Server
- IP based bandwidth control
- Wireless On/Off Switch
- Live Parental Control
- 2 External antennas
- Windows 8 compatible
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Low cost, good performance, but has a few issues. 11/26/2013
1. The WDR3600 Router is basically the TP-Link TL-WDR3500, but with Gigabit Wired Ethernet added. I view Gigabit Wired as a necessity (vs. the old obsolete 10/100).
2. Hardware Version: WDR3600 v1 00000000.
3. Came out-of-the-box with Firmware: 3.13.26 Build 130129 Rel.59449n. I upgraded the Firmware to 3.13.31 Build 130320 Rel.55761n which adds Guest Network functionality to the GUI.
4. Power On/Off Button, Wireless On/Off Switch, and WPS/Reset Button. Some Routers don't even have a Power Switch.
5. Runs cool, and low power consumption (1.5A at 12V).
6. Good performance (Internet, wired Gigabit, USB, and a very "snappy" GUI/Web). Pretty easy to configure via the GUI.
7. Has two USB 2.0 ports. No USB 3.0, but it doesn't really matter because I've yet to find any router that even approaches the maximum performance (MB/sec) of USB 2.0.
8. The Logs are useful, and can be offloaded via email. It would be nicer if the Log was cleared on offload, so you didn't send duplicate information.
Also see my 11/18/2012 review of the TP-LINK TL-WDR3500 (NewEgg product N82E16833704150).
1. The USB Storage has several issues (in my opinion this is the weakest part of the Router):
[a] To access the USB Storage from your PC, you need to execute the Windows command \\192.168.0.1 (i.e. the IP address of the Router). Other Routers will show a Router Icon under the Windows Network.
[b] From time to time (to access USB Storage from my PC) I have to Stop and re-Start Storage Sharing. This is easy but should not be necessary.
[c] I found one rather enormous Firmware Bug. If you re-Boot the Router with the FTP Server active, your USB Storage gets re-Formatted (all files are lost). Turning FTP off before the re-Boot gets around the issue, but if you forget, you loose all your files.
2. My largest functional complaint is, there is no way to see all the devices connected to the router. The DHCP Client Table gives you a partial list, but only shows the DHCP clients which have booted after the last router reboot (and no non-DHCP clients). There is also no way to delete an IP address.
The Wireless Statistics page show only the MAC address of the attached device, and there are two Pages to look at (2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz). TP-Link should add a Status Page which builds a Table of all attached devices, their Device Name, MAC Address, IP Address, and how they are connected (e.g. wired, 2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz, etc.) most other routers have this.
3. Lots of re-Boots required to activate GUI configuration changes. They take about 50 seconds each.
4. Ten very bright blinking Green LEDs on the front. There is no way to turn them off.
5. No QoS latency menu, only Bandwidth Control. Other Routers have this function.
6. No support for: "Wireless Repeater" or "Wired Access Point" modes. Other routers have these functions.
7. New Firmware levels must be Downloaded and Installed manually. Other routers have this function in their GUI.
I have not yet had time to load the third level of available Firmware: TL-WDR3600_V1_130909. If the 130909 level solves any of my issues, I will post another review. TP-Link's Firmware release notes imply it will not.
This Router is good for the price, if you don't need the new Wireless AC protocol. It is missing some function other routers provide, but I like the layout and performance of the GUI. USB Storage has some issues (see Cons).
For the price, I would recommend this Router.
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