- Very low price for an all-in-one unit, was reliable in our Internet connectivity tests, has good statistics reporting
- Was sluggish in our wireless transfer tests, doesn't have keyword filtering
This all-in-one ADSL2+ modem, 4-port switch and wireless access point is very affordable and does a good all-round job. It was a little slow in its wireless transfers to Centrino notebooks, but for under $100, that's excusable.
Price$ 99.00 (AUD)
It's inexpensive and well featured, but TP-Link's ADSL2+ Modem/Router doesn't excel in any one particular area. However, as a Jack-of-all trades unit, it will please those of you who are after modem, network switch and wireless access point functions in a single chassis.
Setting up the modem part of the unit isn't as straightforward as other ADSL2+ modem units that we've tested. Its 'Quick Setup' process proved to be a little arduous as it didn't detect all of our ISP's settings; we were required to enter the VPI and VCI settings manually, which is something we haven't had to do in most recent modems. In any case, make sure you have all of your ISP's broadband settings to hand before setting up this modem.
Once connected, the modem was reliable over a one-week period. It never once dropped out, nor required a restart. It worked perfectly on a relatively slow ADSL connection (512Kbps, which provided up to 50KBps throughput for downloads) as well as on an ADSL2+ connection -- we're quite close to our phone exchange, so download speeds of up to 2MBps were achieved during our tests.
In the 'Quick Setup' process, the wireless settings followed on from the ADSL account settings, but it didn't follow through to the security settings. After entering an SSID, we had to manually navigate to the security settings, where we selected WPA/WPA2 (AES) encryption for our network. We hope TP-Link adds wireless security to the 'Quick Setup' process for future models.
The wireless access point makes use of a single antenna and SuperG technology to provide a theoretical throughput of up to 108Mbps, as long as you have a SuperG-capable adapter. However, we tested the unit with Centrino-based notebooks, using 54Mbps connections. From 1m away, our Centrino-based notebook achieved a transfer rate of 1.47MBps. At 10m, it achieved 850KBps. Both are sluggish results. The unit also worked with modern 802.11 draft-n adapters, but the speeds were the same.
The TP-Link did provide enough bandwidth for us to stream two DivX-based videos from the same server to our two Centrino-based notebooks -- although we did experience some stuttering at the start of the transmissions. We tested at a radius of 10m.
As for distance, the TP-Link allowed us to stream video at up to 16m away -- again with some stuttering -- and that was with double-brick walls and electrical appliances interspersed between the router and the client. Within a 10m radius, the TP-Link streamed a DivX file to one notebook, yet still allowed us to transfer files at up to 1.2MBps to another notebook.
For security, the unit allows you to block incoming and outgoing traffic from specified IP addresses, and it also has 'Parental Control', which simply allows you to restrict Internet access to specified IPs or MAC addresses on your LAN according to the day and time. It doesn't have keyword filtering.
We like the amount of reporting that is offered in the unit's Web interface; we were easily able to view how much traffic was sent and received from the Internet (in bytes), as well as how much traffic was transmitted over the wireless network. Physically, the unit has simple LEDs to report the status of each function, although the constant blinking of the ADSL light was a little confusing, as we're used to this being a sign of connection problems, rather than a stable connection.
In the end, while its wireless networking proved to be a little slow with our Centrino notebooks, this is a solid all-in-one unit that's worth a look due to its low price point. TP-Link states in its specifications that the unit also has a built-in surge protection circuit, but we were unable to test this particular function.
Join the newsletter!
cloudandco Smart Cane
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Apple iPhone X
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Toys for Boys
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Bose SoundLink Micro
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Xbox One X
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A solid winter flagship that cribs from the best
- 2 Google Pixel 2 review: not quite 'pixel perfect' but damn close
- 3 Huawei Nova 2i review: Flagship features get smuggled into the mid-tier
- 4 Moto X4 review: This is what a world without MotoMods looks like
- 5 Giabyte Aorus X9 Gaming Laptop review: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- D-Link Launches Their Fastest-Ever NBN AC5300 MU-MIMO Modem Router
- Netgear delivers industry first networking devices with remote management from anywhere in the world
- Synology announces slew of new hardware + software at Sydney event
- Linksys signs on as PAX AUS partner
- NETGEAR 4G LTE Modem Keeps You Online
PCW Evaluation Team
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro review
- Get set for Amazon Australia Black Friday launch
- Destiny 2 PC review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- CCBusiness Process Analyst (Green Belt)NSW
- FTSenior Project ManagerOther
- FTEcommerce Technical ManagerNSW
- CCService Delivery Coordinator - TelcoVIC
- FTDesktop Technical LeadOther
- FT.Net Technical / Team LeadOther
- FTBusiness AnalystOther
- CCProject Manager - DeliveryNSW
- FTTechnical Business Analyst / Application Support AnalystOther
- FTGraduate C# DeveloperNSW
- FTTechnical Operations ManagerOther
- CCSolaris / Oracle SPARC administratorVIC
- TPSolution Architect - Cloud InfrastructureQLD
- CCPNI ConsultantVIC
- FTBusiness Analyst | Gold CoastQLD
- FTSenior Business Analyst (Office 365 Project)Other
- FTNetwork Lead AcrhitectVIC
- TPieMR Program Director - Gold CoastQLD
- CCProcess LeadNSW
- FTTechnical Solutions ArchitectACT
- FTAgile Project ManagerOther
- FTSenior Network Engineer - Client TechnologiesOther
- FTHR Business PartnerOther
- TPCyber Security ConsultantNSW