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Pros: Best Mobile Router for different purposes for simple networking hotspot sharing and even photography with a smartphone with the DSLR Controller App.
Overall Review: Used with a Canon 60D. Needed some a faster time to process when you're doing photography work alone without assistance. This speeds the process up with the DSLR Controller app for Android/iOS. Synced to a Galaxy Note 3. Avg around 30ft from router with good latency.
This router is very easy to re-flash to Mfg Spec if you are willing to read and research.
Pros: Portable, lightweight, backup battery, easy to use interface.
Cons: The only con I found is that the battery needed to be fully charged before the device would coonect to 3G. I was about to call tech support for an RMA until I read somewhere else about the battery charge. Sure enough I waited overnight and voila', it worked like a charm. Granted I'm only using this for 3G on a Novatel USB760 to use a mobile credit card machine (ingenico 5100) at our farmers market. Still gets 5 stars in my book.
Overall Review: All is good, congrats to TP-Link for such a nifty little device.
Pros: The options for on every mode this router has is amazing. I bought for the 4G capabilities and that along works great, but if you want this device to work as a redundant back up to your wireless devices, it will do that. great product.
Cons: It seems like in the morning trying to connect to 4G, it struggles a little and i have to reboot at least once. The rest of the day its just fine.
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.
Pros: Top Shelf. Fast ship exactly as advertised for lowest price.
So good I ordered 3 more.
Overall Review: n
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)
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.
- 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)
- 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)
+ None so far.
- 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)
Overall Review: 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.
Pros: the internal battery lasts about 4-5hrs in a full cycle powering a USB 2.0 the whole time, so good life span comparatively.
Cons: range is only ~30 feet, (only 2 cinder block walls in between) which isnt bad, just really wish i could get more like ~100 out of it.
Overall Review: I bought this to turn into a pirate box, loved it so much i got two and made one a permanent installation on a college campus.