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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value wireless router that can also become a server, 11 May 2011
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This review is from: TP-Link TL-WR1043ND 300Mbps Wireless N 4 Gigabit Port Cable Router (USB Port for Printers, Files or Media Sharing) (Accessory)
I have owned wireless routers from Netgear, D-Link, BT, Linksys (i.e. Cisco) and I can say confidently that the TP-Link 1043ND is the most impressive I have used. Not only does it perform all the standard wireless routing functions flawlessly but it can also be customised as a small reliable general purpose server when upgraded with the open source linux-based OpenWRT operating system. So far, I have been able to configure the TP-Link 1043ND/OpenWRT as a file server, a USB multifunction printer and scanner, a USB webcam server, a secured key-based SSH server, an rsync backup server, a kerberos domain server, a filtering web-proxy; and from what I have seen the TP-Link 1043ND hardware with OpenWRT should also allow functions such as multiple ADSL/Cable modems with load balancing, VLANs, openvpn client/server, a small asterisk VOIP telephone server (performance is probably fine for a handful of simultaneous lines), a nagios monitoring server and a caching web-proxy amongst many other available features!
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Initial post: 6 Jan 2013 19:48:05 GMT
GjT says:
Regarding "OpenWRT should also allow functions such as multiple ADSL/Cable modems with load balancing".

Maybe a stupid question, but how can we accomplish load balancing with multiple WAN modems [ADSL, Cable or other] when there is only one WAN input port for the TP-Link 1043ND? Or maybe the USB port can be used for a USB based modem?

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2013 20:46:16 GMT
Fcr Vincent says:
As I remember it you can use one of the Ethernet LAN ports as a second WAN port connected to a second ADSL or cable modem. You may also be able to use the USB port with a USB/Ethernet converter or a 3G USB dongle as the WAN port.
Please see http://wiki.openwrt.org/doc/uci/multiwan
This is all possible thanks to the router's virtual LAN (VLAN) configurability.
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