pathetic modem, never got a full signal on my laptop even when I am connecting from within 10metres
disconnects or speeds down when I work on most critical things in my office work and when you need it the most
will never buy from tp-link again, won't even give it away for free on gumtree, if this does not work better anymore my $99 goes to the bin :(
Unreliable adsl connection
This provided great adsl for a few months then gradually became more and more unreliable requiring constant reboots. Died altogether after less than 18 months. Crappy service from TP-Link who took more than 2 weeks to authorise replacement under warranty.
Box advertises USB device sharing but no support provided for Macs.
All in all a most disappointing purchase. I'm not often moved to write bad reviews, only good ones but on this occasion felt others should be warned as it's still a current model.
A price/performance leader in ADSL modem routers.
First, a disclosure. As a long-time poster and reviewer on Whirlpool, I was invited by TP-Link Australia to review this product. They supplied a retail unit for testing and I'm returning it after this, with no payment other than the reward of tinkering. Having said that, I ended up buying another for my own use. Here's why.
It's hard to get excited about ADSL products when we're all waiting for fibre to arrive. Unfortunately the fibre's taking some time to reach most people. Companies like Netcomm, Netgear and TP-Link are all releasing..."cross-over" products that can do ADSL now and fibre (or cable) later. It sounds good, but any weakness in either ADSL, wifi or general routing reduces the idea to nothing more than marketing spin. TP-Link's use of a Lantiq chipset was interesting, especially in the lower price range it targets. We see those chips in expensive Draytek products, but the Lantiq platform hasn't otherwise been used since the days when the chipset was owned by Texas Instruments. Back then, the TI AR7 chip was king. How does it fare now? For ADSL, I had a really close link to the exchange (<200 metres) to test with. My Internet provider, iiNet, had Broadcom equipment at the exchange end and had enabled both Annex M and the highest "Thrillseeker" speed on my line. I compared this modem with the following: Netcomm NB16DG (Mediatek aka Trendchip) TP-Link 8840T (Mediatek aka Trendchip)
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