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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little router, 10 Jan. 2011
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This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND 300 Mbps Wireless N 4 Gigabit Port Cable Router with UK 3 Pin Plug (USB Port for Printers, Files or Media Sharing) (Accessory)
Edit: Please note that this review is for version 1 of this router and may not be applicable to the current version 2 that has replaced it.

I cannot comment on this router in terms of its DHCP as I have never used that function, similarly for the NAS.
However everything else is quite commendable. Most of the negative reviews on this site are as a result of improper setup as opposed to problems with the actual unit.

Firstly, please note that if you plan to expand your wireless range with this router and you only have "G" devices, you will not notice any difference. You will also need up upgrade your devices to "N" to gain the increased range. This is not a restriction of the router, this is a restriction of the wireless standard itself.

Very simple to set up with a very easy to use interface; in fact the TP Link firmware is one of the easiest to navigate I've come across. The router was set up in no time at all and offered a very high level of stability. A nice touch is the ability to enable QoS, meaning that if someone decides to start downloading a movie then they don't immediately hog all the bandwidth for the other users!

I then installed DD-WRT onto it very easily, and configured it as a custom wireless bridge point. The beauty of this router is that it even states in the manual that the DD-WRT firmware is supported, although they will offer no technical assistance if you choose to use it.
The router was easily reconfigured as part of my wireless bridge setup and has been stable ever since I turned it on, both before and after the firmware change.

I cannot fault this router in any way; it is stable, has a good signal range and has effective native firmware - supporting DD-WRT to boot. 5 stars.
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Initial post: 2 Aug 2012 16:33:34 BDT
G. Samara says:
Hello, hope you don't mind answering a simple question since now you have used for some time and more experienced :-) I am thinking of buying this and would like to attack an external harddisk via the USB connection. Have you used this feature? Does it need any special sort of HDD drives or any external will work?

thanks for your review, it was helpful. and thank in advance.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Aug 2012 16:36:13 BDT
Hi and thanks for your comment. Unfortunately I have not utilised the HDD via USB option so cannot comment on the exact setup, however I would assume that any HDD would work as there is nothing to stop an individual drive working correctly.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Oct 2012 05:55:02 BDT
SPY says:
Any external HHD with a USB port will work on this device.

Posted on 25 Oct 2012 10:22:46 BDT
jas says:
Regarding the use of N class wireless adaptors - it is important to realise that the wireless adapter at the remote computer end has to transmit data back to the modem router as well as receive it.

The use of G class adaptors will restrict the speed of data transfer even if it can actually receive and transmit usable signals to and from the base modem router.

I use TP-Link WN821 wireless adapters on each of my three remote computers quite successfully with speeds of 150Mbps, 75Mbps and 56Mbps, the latter being the most remote computer on the network.
jas

Posted on 24 Mar 2013 12:06:11 GMT
A J O'Brien says:
Useful review thanks, i assume you are not suffering the lockups documented here and elsewhere. I have a recent version 1.1 and was interested in your mention of DD-WRT. I cannot find any mention of support for this in the manual, it is referred to at the bottom of the page here;
http://www.tp-link.com/en/support/download/?model=TL-WR1043ND&version=V1
but of course installing it voids the warranty so that's a bit of a catch 22.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2013 14:31:14 GMT
Hi A. J. Obrien - you are correct in that I'm not experiencing any lockups and this device is still performing as expected. It is likely that the lockups are due to the original firmware and as I have replaced that with DD-WRT I have not experienced any problems.

Unfortunately it's been quite a while since I bought this router and the manual has long since been recycled... however I do remember it saying something along the lines of the fact that DD-WRT was supported on the hardware, but no technical assistance would be available. I think the warranty voiding is a recent addition; probably more for TP-Link to cover themselves!
I just checked my router and it is version 1.6.
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