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2.0 out of 5 stars TP-Link TD-W8960N Router, 8 Nov 2010
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This router was easy to set up and get working. While I had no problems with accessing the internet from my PC, as it was connected via the ethernet cable, I did have problems with wireless connection. The wireless signal kept on dropping out, which meant I had to power off/on the router to re-gain a wireless signal. My phones/laptops/netbooks/xboxes/ps3 etc (all wireless devices) had great trouble in connection to the access point (AP), or staying connected. I consider myself fairly experienced in this technology, so I did the usual things like selecting a channel that was not in use by neighbours etc, but it still kept dropping out. In the end after trying all channels, I concluded that this product was not suitable and returned it to Amazon and got a refund. I reverted back to my old D-Link G router, (which was fairly reliable), but I have now purchased a Billion 7800N Router which has been very reliable, and I've had no problems with it. I originally chose the TP-Link N router because it was cheap and had good reviews, but alas it didn't work at all for me. The Billion 7800N was 120, but it works and has so far been very reliable and hasn't lost wireless signal once. I guess you get what you pay for.
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Initial post: 10 May 2011 17:52:16 BDT
n mann says:
i understand the frustration with trying to get wireless devices and transmitters working in harmony. when they do its bliss, but when it doesnt its a living nightmare and gets you annoyed. i noticed in your review that you stated that you returned to your d-link G router. the TP link N router is a 802.11n router and your previous is a 802.11g router. the key differences are the letters "g" and "n". these are different standards of WiFi. g wireless devices will not work on "n" network devices. there are options on them to change the standards to "g" and it will work :) note for future reference

In reply to an earlier post on 23 May 2011 22:29:41 BDT
S. Davies says:
Thanks for your comment. The only thing I would say in reply is that all my wireless devices work great with the Billion 'n' router without having to change any settings on the devices, while none of them worked for very long (if at all) with the TP Link 'n' router.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Dec 2011 21:06:18 GMT
M. Carter says:
I've been getting periodic dropouts too. It's very annoying, especially as I bought the TP-Link to replace a BT home hub which was always dropping connections!

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Apr 2012 12:29:42 BDT
Aude Noughty says:
Phone tp-link's hotline. they sorted me out in seconds!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2012 14:33:11 BDT
I don't get why people talk without having a clue of what they are saying. The "n" standard routers are backwards compatible with "g", "b" and even the old "a" standard.
Its ok to know and share, its ok to not know and ask .. sucks though when someone doesn't know yet they feel compelled to share.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jul 2012 01:09:00 BDT
A.Bell says:
Without sharing, there can be no knowledge passed on. Deep, but true.................

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Feb 2013 08:21:34 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Feb 2013 08:27:37 GMT
N. Mann: I'm affraid your statement is not true. Wi-Fi base stations (built into the router in this case) will negotiate the appropriate connection standard with the connecting device, settling on the highest speed that both devices can support. an 'n' standard router should fully support all older technology standards in the 802.1 family - mainly 'b' and 'g'. The wireless 'n' standard is technically complex and supports multiplexing over different frequency ranges - this is why some devices are 150mbps and some 300mbps, there is also a new sub standard supporting 600mbps. This complexity can be an issue for some combinations of hardware - usually changing base station (router) settings will resolve this.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2013 21:27:42 BDT
Narz says:
It's unfair to act like you know and share your helpful tips when in reality, you haven't a clue and are merely confusing people.
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