TP-LINK TL-WR2543ND 450Mbps Dual-Band Wireless Gigabit CABLE Router
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- Achieves a maximum theoretical throughput of up to 450 Mbps
- Built-in media server allows users to share music, video and photos with Windows Media Player, PS3 or Xbox 360
- Simple wireless security encryption at a push of the WPS button
- Live Parental Controls allow parents or administrators to establish restricted access policies
- Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
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With 450 Mbps dual-band wireless, Gigabit ports and USB sharing for files, media, or printing, the TL-WR2543ND is the most robust networking foundation available for work and play. The 3 dual-band antennas generate a maximum theoretical wireless throughput of 450 Mbps over the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz channels utilising a 3 X 3 Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) configuration. Compared with legacy 802.11n 300 Mbps products, the router has the speed to provide advanced and stable wireless connections, allowing users to benefit from the full potential of their wireless networks.
With the majority of devices working over 2.4 GHz, wireless interruption - from cordless phones, microwaves, and neighbouring wireless networks - has become commonplace. The TL-WR2543ND supports the establishment of a 5 GHz wireless connection for home networks at 450 Mbps, transmitting data on the less crowded 5 GHz band to avoid interference, and offering significantly improved wireless stability and overall performance.
The multifunction USB port can be used to connect a printer or external USB storage device directly to the router, instantly sharing the USB-connected device with other users on the network. Printing is effected through a Printer Setup Wizard, and USB storage devices are easily and conveniently available for users to access their data, either locally or through the Internet (with FTP server functions). A built-in Media Server lets users share music, videos, and photos with PC, PS3, XBox 360 and other compatible devices. The inclusion of a gigabit Ethernet switch enables the TL-WR2543ND to offer more powerful data processing abilities, eliminating bottlenecks in transferring speed between megabit wired and 11n wireless connections. Meanwhile everything users do will be faster and more efficient, thus allowing for larger file sharing.
Compatible with Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), the TL-WR2543ND features a Quick Security Setup that allows users to almost instantly setup their security simply by pressing the WPS button on the router and automatically establishing a WPA2 secure connection. Not only is this faster than normal security setups but more convenient in that users needn’t remember a password.
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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.
Works fine with the TP-Link firmware, but with very slow USB Samba support and not many other options, and EVERYBODY loves more options.
So I immediately installed Open-WRT instead. Which went well, up until I started to configure it as a client bridge to the 300MB/s VirginMedia WiFi hub.
Long story short I ended up unable to talk to it in any way, and Open-WRT DISABLES THE BUCKIN RESET BUTTON!
No 30/30/30 sec hard reset!
So time to break out the soldering iron and populate the serial header. That with a £2 ebay USB ->TTL serial dongle (dont connect the 3.3V line) plus a TFTP server (I used the free Tftpd64-4.00-setup.exe ), and the PC set to 192.168.1.27 let me wipe and reinstall the firmware.
Now using DD-WRT and working well. Samba/USB still flakey, (PC's TCP/IP stack blue screens Win7 x64 Ult when writing anything larger than an mp3 to the USB drive), but more tinkering may improve it.
Will try an ext4 formatted HDD instead, current is an 8Gb NTFS USB stick (only because the util I have for generating ext4 partitions/drives wont talk to flash drives and I've been too lazy to sort out dual boot with Linux, although I suppose a live CD would do).
Useful info on serial/TFTP recovery with annotated photos of serial header can be found on the Open-WRT page for this router.
I found the information there to be accurate and useful, if a bit sparse. All the good stuff is there, you just have to fill in the blanks a bit yourself. Could be a bit intimidating if you haven't fiddled with this sort of stuff before.
Obviously because I'm the King of The World and all that I was fine.Read more ›
If you have a cable connection then this is a good choice if on a budget. Persoanlly think it is on par with most £100 routers on the market such as Netgear and Cisco Consumer(LinkSys).
Could also be good for geeks as you can load OpenWRT firmware on it at your own risk !
1) Wi-Fi signal was pretty strong for consumer grade kit compared to other kit in use.
2) Web Admin Interface clear,concise & fast but router does need rebooting a lot during configuration.
3) Wired Gigabit ports was a plus in my set up ( Great if you have a NAS,Server, AppleTV etc near router )
the not so good....
1) I really wanted "Dual Radio" Most consumers will not be able to use 5GHz mode as many devices do not support it. I really wanted two networks 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz and have iPads/Macs on 5GHZ and older devices iPhones/Wii on 2.4Ghz.
2) European 2 prong power supply and no adapter...damn annoying as these are rubbish with adapters but replaced with a suitable 12v 1.5A power supply which i had anyway.
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Quite happy with the router, is very stable, dd-wrt and OprnWrt works well on it.Published 19 months ago by Alex Revetchi
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This is a great Router! I was told that netgear was better- I tried both and this is better!Published 23 months ago by RTB
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I bought this to replace a Sapido unit which burnt out. It's not top of the range but it has good range and through put. Would have liked Telnet.Published on 13 May 2014 by Tim