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Topic: TP-LINK TD-W8961ND ADSL2+ Modem Router Review  (Read 5170 times)

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TP-LINK TD-W8961ND ADSL2+ Modem Router Review


About the company


 
TP-LINK Technologies CO. LTD founded in 1996 in Shenzhen, is a manufacturer of computer networking product based in China. Product includes router, switch, ADSL MODEM router, Wireless router, 3G Modems and network adapters for PCs. They also produces IP cameras, power line adapters, print servers, media converters for end user.
Since entering the international market in 2005, TP-LINK products have been deployed in over 100 countries. In India also we can find wide variety of TP-LINK products. 

The Story

I was using this cheap BSNL modem with 3 years old Trendnet Wireless router to surf internet wirelessly . My problem started after getting replacement modem from BSNL.
 I notice  that my ping test was very long (892ms-1056ms). Earlier it was around( 100-115ms). I am not getting enough speed on torrent either, the speed was not at all stable. Average speed was below the speed of my connection. Internet connection keep on dropping, I have to restart the modem and wireless router numerous times to get the net connected. Sometimes troubleshooting from Network Sharing Center in Windows 7 corrects my problem related to internet connection. Still this issue didn't forced me to buy new wireless modem router. But after getting connection timeout issue with Android device such as Micromax Funbook, NXG Xtab Plus, and LG Optimus P500 forced me again to reconsider Wireless modem router purchase. From Tab or Android device Google Play store was not opening when you need to configure it for first time. Browsing was not fluid either. In speedtest.net from android device, I found that upload speed pointer was not moving at all. Download speed was fine but zero upload speed. That's the reason I am getting connection timeout issue I think .
 
 So, after all this issue I finally made my mind to buy All-in-one product that is Wireless modem router. Firstly I have chosen a D-LINK 2750U 300MBPS modem router, but thank god I cancelled my order from Flipkart before any thing worst. Why worst? I found that this D-LINK has so many problem like connection dropout issue, wireless range is not good in spite of Dual-Antenna, setting up router is very confusing, and routers interface has so many bugs.
 
 So, after GhorMaanas suggestion I finally got this sweet looking affordable Wireless modem cum router called TP-LINK TD-W8961ND ADSL2+ 300MBPS from M.D Computers, Kolkata @2080 INR only.  There are two models of it one 150MBPS and 300MBPS. 150MBPS will cost less than this model. Ok lets check the specification and main features.

Main Features


   High speed DSL modem, NAT router and wireless access point in one device providing a one-stop networking solution
    Wireless N speed up to 300Mbps makes it ideal for heavy  bandwidth consuming or interruption sensitive applications like online gaming, Internet calls and even the HD video streaming
    Easy Setup Assistant with multi-language support provides a quick & hassle free installation
    SPI and NAT firewall protects end-user devices from potential attacks from the Internet
    WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encryptions provide user networks with active defense against security threats
    Easy one-touch WPA wireless security encryption with the WPS button
    Wi-Fi On/Off Button allows users to simply turn their wireless radio on or off
    QoS enables smooth IPTV streaming and lag-free online gaming
    Port VLAN binds specific LAN ports and PVCs for differential services
    Annex M doubles the upstream data rate
    Auto-reconnect keeps user online indefinitely
    Backward compatible with 802.11b/g products
 

Specification

You can find the official product specifications on their website:
http://www.tp-link.com/en/products/details/?model=TD-W8961ND#spec

Configuring the wireless router modem


It took me 2min. to configure this wireless modem router. Just insert the CD in the DVD RW and do as the instruction suggests. You need to have a wired network connection to configure this router. Before inserting the disc:
(A)connect Ethernet cable from your computer (lan port) to router port (Ethernet or LAN port no-1).
(B) connect splitter to the wall jack using a telephone line( for broadband connection) then use the other telephone line directly connect it the ADSL port on the router and the modem port of the splitter, also have the phone port of the splitter connected to a telephone.
(C) Plug the power adapter and put the power on button there on  the back of the router.

 Now insert the CD and give the username & password of your connection ,and  VPI and VCI number and you are done and connected to the internet.:D


T-LINK Modem Router Settings for BSNL Broadband connection


WAN Connection Type:      PPPoE
 VPI [0-255]:      0
 VCI [32-65535]:      35
 User Name:      XXXXX
 Password:      XXXXX
 Network Name (SSID):      ABCD
 Network Security Type:      Most Security (WPA2-PSK)
 Network Security Key:      XXXXX


Verdict:


Its best product at this price point imo. The range, looks, feature and performance all thing are good in this model. All my previous issue has been solved with this product now I am getting 112ms ping in speedtest.net. From android tab, play store is opening absolutely fine. The signal strength of this product is too good, no dropout in connection from one room to other. Signal indicator is always full thanks to 2x3dBi strong antenna. So, totally satisfied with my purchase and will recommend others also to buy this amazing product. Totally paisa wasool product  :Dv

 
 
« Last Edit: June 26, 2012, 03:47:36 AM by rajan1311 »

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very nice review bro..

Had got a Belkin router+modem a few months ago, at that time, it was the cheapest solution, set me back Rs2500 :(
Do mention the price.. :)
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does it over heat ?? i always find tp-link devices to be heating too much

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very nice review bro..

Had got a Belkin router+modem a few months ago, at that time, it was the cheapest solution, set me back Rs2500 :(
Do mention the price.. :)
Thanks buddy
From now this is the cheapest .:)
Price is only 2080 INR with vat.
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does it over heat ?? i always find tp-link devices to be heating too much
Not at all.It has vents to dissipates the hot air.

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does it over heat ?? i always find tp-link devices to be heating too much

i have a tplink router with ddwrt installed... no heating issues...
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I wouldn tell they overheat, yeah...they do have a higher temperature when compared to other modems. :(
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