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TP-LINK TL-WR841ND Wireless N300 Home Router, 300Mbps, IP QoS, WPS Button, 2 detachable antennas
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: inexpensive, supported by ddrwt

Cons: not long lasting. kinda unreliable

Other Thoughts: This is a update for my review on 2/5/2014. After running stably for 2 years, it start to ramdonly stuck and need reboot almost every day.
After I flash it using DD-WRT firmware, router won't be dead everyday, but it is unstable and short time disconnect with device after running for more than 1 day. I finally work around it by using cron job to reboot it every day automatically. and it may be fair to increase rating from 2 to 3 eggs.

For everyone who don't want to spend extra money on a new router and risk another unstable router. Try following steps to work around it.

1. update it with dd-wrt firmwire. There is multiple version of 841nd, so don't use wrong firmware.
2. In the dd-wrt web interfaces, administration->management, scroll down, you will see a section for cron, add following line here

30 2 * * * root /sbin/reboot

This line will reboot router at 2:30 am every day. you can put whatever time you want.

3. click "save" button at the bottom of page.

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TP-LINK TL-WR841ND Wireless N300 Home Router, 300Mbps, IP QoS, WPS Button, 2 detachable antennas
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: cheap, easy to setup. signal is good, stable for just 2 years.

Cons: After putting in use for almost 2 years, it begins to die. It randomly halt within 24 hours and I have to reboot it every day. It's fair for a $23 router working for 2 years, but I know a lot of similar cheap router lasting much longer time.

Other Thoughts: I'm some disappointed because it was stable for 2 years and just passed the 2-year-warrety.
I tried to use different channel IDs and updated to latest official firmware. None of above could save it.

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TP-LINK TL-WR841ND Wireless N300 Home Router, 300Mbps, IP QoS, WPS Button, 2 detachable antennas
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: easy to use,
cheap,
supported by dd-wrt firmware which is lot of potential
really strong signal.
reliable

Cons: newegg reduced price from 23.99 to 19.99 just several hours after I placed order at 11/27 night.
It seems newegg usually holds best deals until cyber monday, not traditional black friday.

Other Thoughts: I live in a big house and machines in some rooms always have trouble in the strength of signal. I tried 3 routers(asus, dlink and TL-WR841ND), and 841ND is the only one solving my problem. I guess it gets credits from 2 x 5dBi antenna contrasted with usual 3dBi antenna. I am not saying ASUS or DLink don't have similar products, but they may cost more.

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Display Name: Yao X.

Date Joined: 04/13/09

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 04/23/09
  • Last Review: 02/21/14
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