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This review is from: Rosewill RC-505 - 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Card
Cons: It is slower than the 2.0 ports on my PC. Seagate USB 3.0 external drive with the Seagate provided USB 3.0 cable transfers a 3GB file 16% slower (20MB/sec) than my native USB 2.0 ports (24Mb/sec).
Other Thoughts: don't waste your money and labor like I did.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I am updating a bad review I gave this product below. I jumped the gun and should have given TP-Link a chance.
Firstly, I would say that over a 24 hour period I received the most amazing technical support and for that reason alone I might recommend this product. I called technical support at 9.00am. It was answered in China within a couple of minutes. It would have been about midnight there. Over the next 15 hours, I had an email exchange with their engineers. I sent logs and supplied information and screenshots as requested. At least 6 emails flowed.
Then that evening, an engineer emailed me telling me he had picked up the case as his colleague had gone on vacation. He made a configuration change and my VPN problem was solved. It has been rock solid for 2 days now. Best support I have had in years. English was always impeccable. Clearly TP-Link are making a big effort to make a dent in this market. Excellent feature set for the home. I emphasize though that is it a budget router with a good feature set. Not a high end router.
In my home the router is at one end of the house. There is a 80' length with 2 walls to the other end. I have one PC and 2 printers hard wired; One PC with wireless in the next room; TV and DVD player hard wired using a Powerline device (works great); and Ipad and I have a Netgear WN2500RP wireless extender in the middle of the house. (this works really well and I recommend it highly). I bought it with my previous old Netgear WGR614 router.
My COX bandwidth is limited to 3.3mps down and .85 up. (I could get 12mbps but don't have the need as I don't stream video .. only music. I can play Youtube on my TV just fine).
In home use, I cannot detect a dropped connection in 5 days. I cannot talk to the long term as some have reported. The 2.4ghz has good range on the Ipad. Did rudimentary testing with Speedtest. I got 3mps at about 60 feet. It dropped off slightly after that, but I think I needed the extender at my furthest distance and on my patio. 5GHZ got less distance of course. A strange thing is my Ipad often did not recognize the 5GHZ at about 60 or 70' distance. However, if it was the active network when I walked from the router down the hallway it stayed working at a reasonable rate. I would rate it as good, but not after for you beyond 80', or with obstructions. I think others have reported their findings in detail.
Most routers under $100 get very average and marginal reviews on Newegg and I would not buy them. This is better, but consider what you are buying it for. I do not have an Xbox, nor do I try to stream videos at a 100' distance. Powerline is the way to go. I use a switch with my powerline.
Cons: I have router from my company downstream of the TP-Link. It establishes an IPSec VPN tunnel over which I run a VOIP phone. It kept failing. The engineer had me disable hardware NAT. When I did this, problem resolved. I cannot detect a performance difference, but I don't have a lot going on at one time.
I do also establish a VPN from my PC to connect to my office PC and that has been solid.
So this may not affect most people reading this, but I subtract an Egg.
Additionally, the router has no display for static IP addresses. You can display DHCP clients, but cannot see all devices which is an issue. I run printers and TV etc statically so they are easy to log in to. Engineers told me to use ARP but I cannot figure out what that would do for this issue.
So subtract another egg for the distance wireless gets and lack of static display.
Other Thoughts: If you have random issues, try disabling hardware NAT. For most people who are not router literate, or real geeks, this should work well in mid size houses. I have a single level and no basement.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Nice Router for a basic mid size home. Was fairly easy to set up from the web interface using quick setup. Signal strength was not much better than my old Netgear, but it has 5ghz for my iPad. 5GHZ has less range than 2.4ghz by it's nature and it did not reach the other end of my home (2800')
Cons: It has a number of deficiencies and I will be returning it.
1. I use a secure VPN tunnel to my office from my home PC. This has worked on my Netgear for years, but using the TP-Link, the connection drops every few minutes. It generally recovers after 15-30 seconds but I cannot work like that. I have no clue why, because the internet connection itself is not is not dropping. This is a showstopper.
2. In one of the ports I attach an Aruba router that makes a secure tunnel to my office for a VOIP phone. Again, this works seamlessly on the Netgear WGR614. However, my phone connection drops every 430 seconds or so. It re-establishes after about 20 seconds, but by then the call is dropped. It seems to be a DHCP issue. I have the lease set to 2880 but it does not help. Every time it drops. I see this exchange.
Index Time Type Level Log Content
6 Jan 21 20:58:45 DHCP INFO DHCPS:Send ACK to 192.168.1.50
5 Jan 21 20:58:45 DHCP INFO DHCPS:Recv REQUEST from 00:0B:86:68:68:78
3 Jan 21 20:51:35 DHCP INFO DHCPS:Send ACK to 192.168.1.50
2 Jan 21 20:51:35 DHCP INFO DHCPS:Recv REQUEST from 00:0B:86:68:68:78
These are just over 7 minutes apart and coincide with the drop. The Aruba is closed to me and I cannot set a static address, but it should not drop a connection like this. The Netgear did not.
3. A less important but equally annoying flaw is that it will not display devices connected with static IP address. I have printers; TV sets; Receiver; DVD player all set up with static addresses and the router has no display for these devices.
Other Thoughts: For basic household, I am sure this will work. The reviews are generally positive.
I called support twice, and they answered promptly both times, so I rate support excellent but they have not as yet helped with this.
I upgraded to the latest firmware on receipt, so this is not the issue.