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Pros: Inexpensive router. Good range. Wireless N. Good transfer speed both wired and wireless.
If you are buying to use only as a router, this is a good deal.
Cons: Just a router... other advertised functionality such as WDS bridge mode does not work. Only way to use this as wireless is to use hard wired WAN connection. You can bridge this router through wired connection but not using wireless WDS function.
Overall Review: I bought this because I already have a Buffalo router with WDS built in. Buffalo WDS mode worked flawlessly. Entered the SSID of my main network and it bridged the two networks. This TP LINK will not bridge the wireless networks. I set the WDS SSID to my main router and the status showed it was working. The only device I could access in WDS mode was the TP LINK router -- nothing else. It will not even show you the wired devices hooked to the router. The router's web interface is the only site you can navigate to when in WDS mode.
Pros: Cheap (when on sale). Runs great. Solid Lite N router with DD-WRT.
Cons: Stock firmware does not work well. Mine locked up every few hours until I installed DD-WRT, which is an absolute must for this router.
Overall Review: Wireless N does in fact work with this router- read the DD-WRT instructions for setting it up! N only works with WPA set to AES encryption, and you must manually set the band and channel. Google the DD-WRT wiki for proper setup- just setting it to N will not give you N if you don't set everything else up!
Pros: First off, I received the most current hardware version of this router - version 3. For me, this was a slight con, but only a temporary one (see Cons for more details).
- Easy install/setup
- The stock config interface is actually pretty decent and easy to navigate
- The most recent firmware from TP-Link for this model has a surprising number of config options compared to most others in this price range (easily comparable to routers 2x its price)
- DD-WRT compatible (kinda...see Cons)
- Strong signal and surprisingly good range
Cons: The only con I have so far is that I received the hardware version 3 (the newest one) of this router. While this is not necessarily bad, at the time of this review, DD-WRT firmware only lists support for hardware versions 1 and 2 of this device. It's possible that 3 is supported, but it's not listed yet on the download section of the DD-WRT website and I'm not taking a chance with the older versions (I wouldn't recommend you do it either). Fortunately, it's just a matter of time before DD-WRT releases support for version 3 of this device.
If you're planning on loading up DD-WRT on this router, make sure you check which hardware version you received, and only use the corresponding DD-WRT firmware.
Overall Review: Uhh, for $25 I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a better router. It's easy to think "if I spend more money, surely I'll get a better piece of equipment!" Wrong. Especially in this industry. Do your homework and know what you are buying, because more $$$ does not necessarily = better.
If you are looking for an inexpensive yet very capable router, look no further.
Pros: Fairly easy to setup and the menus are laid out very nicely. Has almost all of the security features of more expensive routers. I'm getting a full signal across a 2 story house. The router's browser can still be accessed and adjusted even when the network isn't up yet..my old D-link couldn't do that.
Cons: Feels cheap and i had to manual set some things that my older D-link did automatically. At one point during setup i was close to calling tech support but i figured things out. The menus really are helpful.
Overall Review: I'm very pleased so far..but i'll be back to write a followup review a year from now if things aren't still good with this thing.
Pros: cheap and small
Cons: not as easy to set up with ATT DSL as most routers
Overall Review: I bought this router for my fathers house and wanted it for it's range which is good. It will reach a seperate building on the property after going through multiple walls. I could not get it to recognize the default gateway and had to enter it manually. No big deal for me but an average user would likely spend an hour on the phone with tech support so 1 egg off for that.
Pros: Works great with DD-WRT. It made it much more stable and it improved the signal strength.
This makes a great inexpensive router.
Cons: Stock firmware SUCKS!!! This thing is useless without DD-WRT. I had to constantly reset it because it kept getting so slow.
Overall Review: Quck DD-WRT tutorial:
1) 30/30/30 reset. With the device powered on, hold down the reset button for 30 seconds. After 30 seconds unplug the power cord (Don't let go of the reset button) and wait 30 seconds. Finally, plug it back in and wait for 30 seconds. You may now let go of the reset button.
2) Login to the web GUI and upgrade the firmware with the factory-to-ddwrt.bin.
3) Give it a couple of minutes, then upgrade the firmware with the tl-wr740n-webflash.bin.
4) Give it another couple of minutes then one more 30/30/30 reset. (This is what the website says to do. I just did a regular hard reset and mine works fine.)
5) Done! Now you may configure your new router. Enjoy!
*You can get the .bin files from the dd-wrt website by going to the router database and typing in "wr740n".
**Make sure you have a compatible hardware version. You can find the hardware version on the sticker on the bottom of the router.
Pros: After having issues with losing connectivity all the time. Installed the dd-wrt firmware and now it works like a champ.
Cons: Could not stay connected until dd-wrt was installed.
Pros: cheap (on sale), decent signal strength, decent web interface, finally does what I wanted it to do (sort of, see Cons).
after around 6 hours of struggling around, I was actually able to get a bridged wireless access point set up to host ethernet connections to the components in my entertainment center.
Cons: instructions on bridging inadequate, support online also lacking.
Overall router has too large of a footprint for what it is... the Rosewill N-router I have is ~60% the footprint size.
While bridging is finally working, it is NOT the TP-link TL-WR740N which is acting as the access point -- I had to use it as the primary router and bridge with another router. It took a long time to come to that conclusion, and I don't know why, but it works and I'm not touching it now!
Overall Review: I started with a Rosewill RNX-EasyN400 Router (black friday deal last year) as my primary router for my home network. It supports WDS, but is no longer available; so I looked for a complimentary cheap N-router with WDS to act as the access point for my entertainment center .
instructions didn't work, so I spent hours googling and contemplating trying to set up DD-WRT . Eventually, after much trial and error, I found a setup that worked:
= Primary Router: TP-Link - IP: 192.168.1.1
= Secondary Router (access point): Rosewill - IP: 192.168.1.2 - Disable DHCP
Set both access points to have the same SSIDs and WEP passwords
= Use the TP-link WDS setting to "survey" the networks and select the SSID chosen by the Rosewill router.
= Keep resetting the routers in different orders until they sync the bridge properly (I think the secondary AP needs to be powered on before the primary TP-link router)
in the end, it works; but it's been only 12hr since I figured it out... we'll see i