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on 6 February 2012
Previous to trying this router, I have tried Netgear WNDR3700, Asus RT-N56U and the Linksys E3200.
These three were very unstable for me. The WNDR3700 overheated and caused massive latencies on everything (2k + pings). The Asus had regular wireless dropouts on multiple computers and crashed daily. The E3200 had frequent wireless dropout and WAN to LAN throughput reduced to a mear 1mbps under moderate use (a few hours of 10mbit/s downloding).
This router, while not particularly attractive, is very stable for me. I have 3 wired clients and 4 wireless clients connected to this and all connections are very stable.
The 2.4Ghz has good range, though perhaps the throughput on wireless compared to the above routers is slightly lower.
I can get a full 1000mbps over the wired connection when accessing my NAS.
I had one issue with one wireless computer where it would lose connection every time the router auto switched to a different channel. The computer couldn't connect for a while after this also. However, once I changed the router to a static uncongested channel I've had no disconnects at all.
Also you cannot use the 2.4Ghz and the 5Ghz at the same time, but thats not a huge issue for me.
The range of settings available from the web interface is very impressive. Far more so than the other 3 routers I listed at the beginning of the review.
The print server function has a VERY limited selection of supported printers - you can check them on the TP Link website.
Very good value for money compared to other high end routers.
Update 9th July 2013:
The router is still going strong, still as reliable as the day I purchased it. It is now being used on a 50mbps fibre connection where it provides the full 50mbps WAN to LAN throughput.
Still very happy with this item.