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on 15 September 2015
Excellent device
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I've used this as a hub rather than a main router which is a Linksys by Cisco WAG320N Wireless N Gigabit Dual Band Modem Router (for ADSL / telephone line connections i.e BT Broadband), reason being my router is in my work room but also have a few internet based things in my living areas, Wifi is non existent, we live in an old Welsh granite stone built house and it just doesn't work apart from in the work room. In the work room we have an Imac (which I use) and a Dell windows Vista desk top (wife uses).

I have run a cable from my work room into a standard hub a while ago, so discounted the hub and connected the TP-Link N900 instead.

The Wifi results are amazing, we have 5 bars in the living area and even in the our kitchen and bedroom which we have never had, this is great news for my boys tablet and PS vita which need good wifi.

Setting it up was very straight forward the secure password is on the base of the TP-Link, which is great as I won't lose it. I've now wired connected our Sky, Blu-Ray and Xbox to the TP-Links outputs and all work superbly well.

This is an expensive way for me to get Wi-fi but its also the first time we have ever had 5 bars, I think that makes it good value for money.
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VINE VOICEon 20 March 2013
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We have a houseful of wifi devices, some of which operate best on the 2.4 frequency and others (namely Macs) on the 5.0 frequency. The trouble with most routers is that they can only operate (or be programmed to operate) on one or another.

The WDR4900 operates on both frequencies at the same time - and when you search for a wifi signal your device will pick both up (I named mine 2.4 and 5.0 for ease of use).

Anyone who has installed and set up a router before won't have any issues as it's done in the same way as any other router. This specific router is designed for optimum use with cable broadband (in my case, Virgin).

So in a nut shell, if you have an array of different wifi devices this router will give you a choice of two different frequencies to connect them with; if your device supports the 5.0 frequency then this seems to provide the faster of the two connections - on a speed test I got 33 meg average download speed. So all in all, an easily set up, good looking and versatile home router. Recommended.
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on 14 March 2013
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Our home setup -

We live in a 3 bedroom Victorian house, it has very thick walls and is quite a long distance from front to back/top to bottom, we use:

- mainly an iMac
- iPhones
- iPad
- Windows laptop

Virgin router is based downstairs in the lounge and won't transmit its wireless signal to the furthest top bedroom where we have our iMac.

To overcome the problem we use:

- a TP-link wireless network extender (lounge)
- TP-link home plug

This means we can use the iMac via the home plug (it works via an ethernet cable in that bedroom, very quick connection, GREAT!) However this doesn't solve the lack of wireless connection for phones or tablets in that room. No big deal but it would be nice, so I was keen to try this router.

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THE ROUTER -

Appearance is ok for a router. Let's face it though, most of us surely buy routers for their function rather than appearance?

It is as it appears in the picture - piano gloss black and although slim it is reasonably large, especially with the 3 big antennae. Nevertheless if you are like our household a router will be hidden behind a piece of furniture by a plug socket anyway.

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SETUP -

MAC - on the iMac this was actually impossible! Despite it being listed as compatible the disc provided was a miniature CD so was not suitable for the iMac CD drive. There was another way to install without the disc. Great! But that didn't work either. The link provided in the instruction did not work, and I was at a loss for what to do! It wasn't actually a problem with the iMac itself but the fact that the setup just wasn't really designed for Mac, it was clearly aimed at Windows.

WINDOWS - so I resorted to getting out the Windows laptop so that I was able to use the mini installation CD. It was relatively easy using this.

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PERFORMANCE -

The wireless signal was definitely a lot stronger than it had been without this router, but it certainly did not solve the problem for us. The iMac in the far bedroom WAS able to connect wirelessly though the speed was not great. The iPhones and iPad were so slow that you just wouldn't even bother.

Closer to the router the speeds were excellent on all devices, and I definitely noticed that the wireless signal had been significantly increased.

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CONCLUSION -

I think that in a small/medium sized house or office this would be great, because it would allow for fast wireless connections and multi-tasking on different devices simultaneously. Not suitable for larger houses or ones with particularly thick walls.

I haven't lost faith in TP-link though! I think they provide excellent products and I think I've discovered the perfect product to solve our problem...

A TP-link "nano router" for less than £20 (look it up if you have a similar problem!)
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VINE VOICEon 25 February 2013
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I was probably overdue upgrading my Netgear DG834G which I reckoned has probably seen the best part of 10 years service. Hopefully this will last a similar length of time because, although a little large and unsightly (especially when you've got a large number of devices attached and there are lots of blue lights constantly flashing) the connectivity and features it offers have moved on significantly from anything I've previously used.

From the moment you get it out the box you know its going to be a positive and straightforward experience. While it doesn't have its own built in modem so you'll have to use your own separate device and connect via the RJ45 on the back the rest is easy. Then either insert a disk into your computer or go to a dedicated website and it'll guide you through all the rest of the steps to getting a secure network set up for all your devices to connect to. There are also a host of additional features to take advantage of, including the USB connectivity which is well worth highlighting. Connect a USB flash or hard drive into the back of the router and you'll have the option to set up a remotely accessible FTP server, a local shared drive or a media server. Alternatively if you connect a printer the router will act as a print server making it easy to send documents for printing.

As for connectivity the Dual 2GZ/5GZ bands are noticeable, with the additional benefit that if you name and password both networks the same some devices switch to the most efficient at that distance. There is generally a reasonable range on the router and data transfer speeds (including to the remote file server) appeared to be limited more by the other devices than the router. Overall this not only looks like a modern and fully functioning router by also delivers on its promises.
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on 19 March 2013
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TP-Link TL-WDR4900 N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Cable Router

A great product that has improved the wireless connectivity in our household!

The TP-Link TL-WDR4900 operates wirelessly on both 2.4 and 5GHz bands offering the ability to utilise it to best effect will find the 5GHz band will probably offer the better service due to minimal interference with other products, in our case the baby monitor!

We have been able to split our devices (laptops, phones and iPad) onto the two bands to spread the load, extremely useful and definitely worthwhile.

The instructions are in a simple format and arguably for a beginner may not be all that clear. I found the Quick Start Guide easy to follow and the configuration of the router straightforward and was functioning within 20-30 minutes.

The ability to connect four items by hard wire is useful and I have found the USB ports a great addition, the ability to share our printer and external hard drive is fantastic no longer having to swap cables to use them.

Two small criticisms are the size of the router is perhaps larger than most and bright LED's on the front certainly light your bedroom at night!
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Having used some of TP-Link's older hardware that is a bit more primitive in appearance, this model is much more sleek and sophisticated. Some might argue it's a bit on the large side, but in reality, it accommodates a full suite of 4x gigabit LAN ports and a gigabit WAN port, plus 2x USB 2.0 ports as well as the triple external antenna array and concealed triple internal array.

Typically labelled as a "Cable Router", the same rules apply in that this is simply a Router which has no in-built modem, so you are quite at liberty to use high speed non-"cable" (ie. ADSL, Fiber, Satellite etc.) broadband with this device if you choose, provided you have a separate modem for whatever your flavour of broadband and are feeding it the broadband signal via the gigabit WAN port.

The two headline specifications for this product are the 4x gigabit LAN ports combined with the high speed (450+450) dual-band wireless network. For the uninitiated, this translates to being able to move data around your network at high speed not just on hard-wired devices, but also on compatible wireless devices that can take advantage of the 5Ghz wi-fi band. As high-speed internet is becoming wider-spread, speeds of over 100Mbps would not be appreciated if you were using networking hardware that maxed out at 100Mbps (ie. non-gigabit LAN ports and non-high-speed wireless). The wireless system here supports up to 450Mbps on the 2.4Ghz band, and a second simultaneous 450Mbps on the 5Ghz band. People who store and stream High Definition movies in their homes can benefit from being able to get simultaneous distribution of content without hitting the barriers that non-high-speed networking equipment would struggle with.

The 4900 is the top model in this particular range, which pushes for 900Mbps WAN-to-LAN throughput, beating the lesser models which only list as supporting 800Mbps WAN-to-LAN throughput.

Set-up is relatively straight-forward. As always, take a steady approach and you'll get there. There are no major issues that I could ascertain.

The only potential black mark you could throw at this product is the use of USB 2.0 not USB 3.0, which would have allowed connection of high-speed USB 3.0 peripherals.

There are a couple of other competitors in this price-band, but you have to be specifically wanting the full 450+450 wireless performance to warrant spending this kind of money on a wireless gigabit router, else you could save yourself some dough and opt for a 450+300 model which might not offer quite as strong wireless performance but would save you some money.
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on 25 February 2013
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This is quite easy to set up, which is always a plus. Disconnect your original devices, wire this up, pop in the installation disc and you're away (if the cable modem you have from your provider is a wireless router also, it is probably wise to switch off the wireless broadcast!)

The advantage of this router is that you can broadcast over a 2.4GHz band and 5GHz at the same time. I've looked up the specs and it appears that this is handled by two separate chips, which is nice. One band can be used for things like web browsing and so forth, while the 5GHz is better for gaming and HD streaming.

There are also two USB sockets at the back, which you can use for FTP, sharing media over your network and sharing printers (though Windows does make the latter exceptionally easy anyway, so I haven't bothered altering my set up there).

It is quite expensive, but if you are in the market for a wireless router, it's worthwhile.
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I have used several TP-Link items in recent years and have been impressed with them all and apart from the styling this router is no exception. It is well spec'ced as you expect for the price with 4+1 (uplink) Gb ports and 2 USB slots although USB 3.0 would have been preferable. The item actually has 6 antennae - 3 external for the 5Ghz and 3 internal for the 2.4Ghz so I'm assuming this is where the cost comes in as well as the separate chips for each.

Setup is pretty straight forward if you've done this before. You may or may not need the mini-CD provided. The strength of this router is its ability to broadcast on dual band simultaneously (give them an appropriate name e.g. router2.4 and router5) and therefore you can specify which to connect your individual devices on.

In conclusion, for a large household with a plethora of devices this is a well worth considering as it generates a good signal across both bands but can be complemented by the excellent 500 Mbps Powerline Adapters if you have thick walls and wi-fi cold spots. Bit ugly though, looks like something out of a Jetsons cartoon - why did they change from the trademark green and white livery ?
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on 5 March 2013
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Firstly a quick word of warning, if you get your internet through your phoneline then thsi product may NOT be for you - you can connect it to an existing ADSL router, but you CANNOT connect it directly to your phone line.

I have just replaced an old TP-Link Ultimate Wireless N Gigabit Router with this and it really is a good piece of kit. Essentially it is two wireless routers in one - one runs on the usual 2.4 Ghz range and the second on the 5 Ghz range, both use separate chips and antenna (the external ones are for 5 GHz and there are 3 internal 2.4 GHz ones). Configure the device using the supplied quick start disk and away you go - it really is that simple. Most older equipment will still use the standard 2.4 GHz WiFi, newer devices (New Apple iDevices and the latest mobile phones and consoles) will use the 5 Ghz Wifi without any crossover, you can stream movies over wifi without impacting the overall performance of WiFi for computer users.

There are 4 GB ethernet ports if you wish to cable computers to the router and a couple of supplied USB ports. The USB ports are actually quite interesting as you can attach USB storage to them and then quickly access it from any attached device (the router is actually a linux distrubution with SAMBA installed) you do need to ensure that your storage is formatted using either FAT32 or NTFS, I have an external HDD connected to the back of one of the ports and speed of access is sufficient for it to act as a media server. You could also attach a USB printer to the other port and turn it into a WiFi printer.

This looks to be a quality piece of kit.
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