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4.0 out of 5 stars Compatibility, Signal Strength and Firmware Updates., 11 Mar 2013
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This review is from: TP-Link TL-MR3420 300Mbps 3G/4G Wireless N Router (Personal Computers)
After some initial confusion about firmware updates I was very impressed with this router. I would have rated 5/5 if it wasn't for the firmware issue as it's not mentioned in the manual.

Vote useful if you need a firmware installation guide, I have included below.

Compatibility - Purchased a 3 network (using in the UK) Huawei e353 dongle and it worked straight out of the box with no firmware updates. Had an old e1550 dongle by Huawei that I couldn't get to work, even though was stated on the TP-Link website that it was supported.

Signal Strength - I love in a large old 3 bed flat with solid brick walls between every room and I get full signal on my mac, and cheap 100 tablet in every room.

THERE IS NO INSTRUCTIONS on how to do a firmware update. So, for those people who have dongles that should be compatible with this device and cannot figure this out, here's how:

Download the latest firmware from the TP-Link site.

Save it to desktop for ease of access or wherever you please.

Plug in the router and connect to you're PC/Mac via the ethernet cable as described in the user manual.

Type the TP-Link IP address (192.168.0.1 is default) and enter you're user/account name and password (admin, admin is default).

Look down the left hand side menu and select 'System Tools'.

In this drop down menu select 'Firmware Upgrade'.

Copy and paste the location of the firmware upgrade you downloaded or select browse and locate the file that way.

Click upgrade.

VOILA.

Hope this helps someone.
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Initial post: 22 Mar 2013 10:28:57 GMT
B Cridford says:
Can you tell me if you received the MR3420-V2 version of the router? I see that Amazon have changed the picture to the V2 (the new curvy design) but not updated the description.
The MR3420-V2 is compatible with the new 4G modems, but the MR3420-V1 is supposedly not. I don't want to end up with the wrong one.
Thanks.
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