Review: TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND Ultimate Wireless N Gigabit Router

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TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND Ultimate Wireless N Gigabit Router - front view

I was sent a TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND Ultimate Wireless N Gigabit Router (List Price: $76.64, Amazon Price: $56.81) for review on my geek dad blog. I’ve been using it for a couple months now and I highly recommend it. To be honest, until I tried it out, I don’t think I would have recommend the TP-LINK wireless router. It has nothing to do with the quality. I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to routers, and I like to stick with a brand like Linksys. But now that I have tried the TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND wireless N gigabit router, I definitely would consider TP-LINK (Facebook | Twitter) when I need another wireless router.

TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND Ultimate Wireless N Gigabit Router - back view

What I like about the TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND

  • Four Gigabit ports — my Internet connection is only a few Mbps so I didn’t think Gigabit speed would make much difference, but now web pages load a lot faster with the TP-LINK router
  • Wireless N — compared to my old router, the wireless signal is stronger and faster
    • Laptop (a few feet from the router): 5 bars and 120-150 Mbps (sometimes even 300 Mbps)
    • Desktop computer (downstairs): 3 bars and 108-120 Mbps (it use to be one bar and 5-8 Mbps)
  • USB 2.0 port — it doesn’t support USB printers, but now I can attach my external USB harddrive to the router instead of my computer
  • Few dropped connections — I use to get a lot of drop connections on my downstairs PC with my old router, but they are rare now
  • Quick Setup Security (QSS) button — I was able to quickly set-up some of my wireless devices with this feature

What I didn’t like about the TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND

  • Problems with auto detect wireless channel — I had all sorts of wireless problems when I used the default auto detect for wireless channel, but very few problems after I manually selected a channel
  • Wireless MAC Filtering — I had to manually look up the MAC address for my computers and devices (Linksys shows you the MAC addresses of the devices connected to the router)
  • Can’t access admin menu — sometimes I can’t access the router’s admin area unless I unplug and replug the power to the router

TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND Wireless Router Specifications

  • IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b wireless standards
  • Four 10/100/1000Mbps LAN ports
  • One 10/100/1000Mbps WAN port
  • One USB 2.0 port
  • 64/128/152-bit WEP, WPA, WPA2, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK (see my tips for securing a wireless network)
  • WAN: Dynamic IP, Static IP, PPPoE, PPTP (Dual Access), L2TP (Dual Access), BigPond
  • DHCP: Server, Client, DHCP Client List, Address Reservation
  • Port Forwarding: Virtual Server, Port Triggering, UPnP, DMZ
  • Dynamic DNS: DynDns, Comexe, NO-IP
  • VPN Pass-through: PPTP, L2TP, IPSec (ESP Head)
  • Access Control: Parental Control, Local Management Control, Host List, Access Schedule, Rule Management
  • Firewall Security: DoS, SPI Firewall, IP Address Filter, MAC Address Filter, Domain Filter, IP and MAC Address Binding
  • Three detachable omni directional antennas
  • 2.4-2.4835GHz frequency
  • Quick Setup Security button
  • Reset button

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