TP-Link aren't a brand that most people think of when they are after high-quality networking gear, but the company have been making some truly stellar products of late, at prices that the big boys just can't compete with.
TP-Link is a Chinese company that has been around for 17 years and now has over 14,000 employees across the world. So, if you've never heard of TP-Link, it's definitely a big company. I received their TL-WDR4300 Wireless Dual Band gigabit router to test, and while I'm not a networking professional, I'm going to come at it from a consumer point of view.
We'll do some testing on the Gigabit Ethernet ports, the Wi-Fi, and a quick skim through how to set it up, too.
Specifications, Pricing and Availability
First, we'll tackle the huge list of specifications that TP-Link have crammed into the TL-WDR4300.
The router has four Gigabit Ethernet ports, and two USB 2.0 ports for some simple sharing of printers, or files between systems over the Wi-Fi network. But, wireless is where it's at for the TL-WDR4300. It supports Dual Band Wi-Fi, meaning 2.4GHz and 5GHz. With the 5GHz band, we have the ability to crank up to 450Mbps and the 2.4GHz can ramp up to 300Mbps.
There's three detachable antennas, which are quite good quality, and big, too. We have the usual wireless security with 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA 2 and WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK.
There's a gigantic list of software features, so if you're after something specific, you'll be able to find that in the specifications above.
As for pricing, TP-Link has the router very competitively priced - and by very competitive, I mean dirt cheap. Newegg is listing it for just $78.99 at the time of writing, which I find nearly unbelievable for the amount of bells and whistles the TL-WDR4300 throws at you.
We'll finish off with the looks on the WDR4300, which are stunning. It's a fingerprint magnet, sure, but it looks great.