TP-LinkTL-WR1043ND Wireless N 4 Port Gigabit Router - 3x3 MIMO £44.39@Eclipse - HotUKDeals
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Not as cheap as some of the Wireless N routers posted in recent days but this one is Gigabit if that is important to you. It's also possible that it has a USB2.0 port on the back which would allow it to be used as a basic NAS. This is confirmed on the TP-Link product pages but not mentioned by Eclipse. Absolute bargain if it does though!


Supports 802.11n(draft 2.0), 802.11 g/b, 802.3/3u
1 WAN port, 4 10/100/1000M LAN Ports, equally supports automatic consultation and port transfer
3 detachable omni directional antennas
Supports PPPoE, Dynamic IP and static IP broadband functions
Automatic dialing, On-demand dialing andfixed time dialing
Supports UPnP, DNS, static routing, VPN Pass-through
Supports virtual server, special application and DMZ host ideal for creating a website within your LAN
Supports SSID broadcast contol and MAC access control list
Supports 64/128/152-bit WEP, complies with 128 bit WPA standard (TKIP/AES), supports MIC, IV Expansion, Shared key Authentication, IEEE 802.1x
Built-in firewall features IP, MAC and URL filtering which flexibly controls online access and time
Built-in DHCP server with automatic dynamic IP address distribution
User interface supports free WEB software updates
Supports configuration file backup and restore
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#1
Superb, i quite like the tplink stuff, never had aproblem with any of it, and this is right up my street, been after a router that has gigabit ports, but refused to pay the extortionate prices of the dlink and linksys brands.


hot from me
1 Like #2
Although not mentioned by Eclipse. This is meant to have a USB 2.0 port on the back as well which would allow it to be used as a basic NAS device.

See the following from Amazon USA: http://www.amazon.com/TP-LINK-TL-WR1043ND-Ultimate-Wireless-Gigabit/dp/B002YLAUU8
Also mentioned in following review where it was named Editor's choice router from PC Market magazine in Hong Kong: http://www.tp-link.com/news/shownews.asp?id=54

If you don't know the benefits of gigabit over 100Mb - Gigabit will give a maximum throughput of 125Mb/s and 100Mb only 12.5Mb/s. In practice, true throughput will be roughly half these amounts. Hence, if you are using a NAS or sharing files with computers over a network, the additional speed is very important. Try transferring a 100Mb file on a 100Mb router and it will take you around 20 seconds. On a Gigabit network, about 2 seconds. Accessing the files wirelessly, you will be limited by the N class speed of 300Mb/s and so with Gigabit you would be roughly 3 times faster transferring files than with 100Mb i.e. 7 seconds v 20 seconds.
#3
oh, and although not officially supported, this is meant to support dd-wrt, and yes, forgot to mention the usb port as well.


have some rep for a good explanation of the benfits!!!!!!!!!!!
#4
very tempted by this!!!
#5
preacher;7740436
very tempted by this!!!

With N, MIMO, Gigabit, USB2.0 and dd-wrt - what's stopping you?
#6
will this work with cable internet? been looking for a Gigabit Router, hmm but £44.39 seems a bit expensive. its good that dd-wrt can be used altho i can't seem to find it in the supported section http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/support/router-database which name to search for ?

thanks op
#7
Lowtrawler
With N, MIMO, Gigabit, USB2.0 and dd-wrt - what's stopping you?


The only benefit of my current router is the gigabyte lan and i could pick up a switch for a lot cheaper on ebay..
#8
bestpricebob;7744628
will this work with cable internet? been looking for a Gigabit Router, hmm but £44.39 seems a bit expensive. its good that dd-wrt can be used altho i can't seem to find it in the supported section http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/support/router-database which name to search for ?

thanks op

As cheekymonkey says, it is not officially supported - yet. I would describe it as work in progress. See https://forum.openwrt.org/viewtopic.php?id=22742
1 Like #9
thanks for info, will order 1

more router info http://www.mt-electronics.com/drivers/tplinkrange300NB.pdf

TP-LINK 5-PORT GIGABIT switch for under £15 delivered http://www.esave2day.com/product/5-port-unmanaged-gigabit-desktop-switch/
#10
Thanks for link to switch, rep added.

One question about gigabite, does every device have to be giga? I would be plugging in some homeplugs that arent and didnt know if that wouls slow the whole metwork down to 100 lan? At least with a switch i can just plug what i need into it.
#11
preacher;7746268
Thanks for link to switch, rep added.

One question about gigabite, does every device have to be giga? I would be plugging in some homeplugs that arent and didnt know if that wouls slow the whole metwork down to 100 lan? At least with a switch i can just plug what i need into it.

No - not everything needs to be Gigabit but obviously you will only gain benefit from those parts that are gigabit end-to-end.
#12
Hmm, this router was cheaper a few weeks ago http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/595595/tp-link-802-11n-gigabit-router-with

i feel like ive been robbed now :( - i just paid £25 more
#13
bestpricebob;7746882
Hmm, this router was cheaper a few weeks ago http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/595595/tp-link-802-11n-gigabit-router-with

i feel like ive been robbed now :( - i just paid £25 more

Looks like it was a misprice at the time which they spotted quickly and honoured the few that got in before. Doesn't stop this from being a cracking price and piece of equipment. Good information on the other thread that it picked up a USB hub so you can attach more than 1 USB hard drive to it.
#14
is this an ADSL or Cable router ?
#15
DSL. only, unless you plug an adsl modem into the wan port.
#16
Lowtrawler
Looks like it was a misprice at the time which they spotted quickly and honoured the few that got in before. Doesn't stop this from being a cracking price and piece of equipment. Good information on the other thread that it picked up a USB hub so you can attach more than 1 USB hard drive to it.


yes i don't feel like ive been robbed anymore! :thumbsup:

this acutally is a good deal for that price. altho does say on there more stock coming in 7 days, and stll same price £19.51 http://www.esave2day.com/product/802-11n-300mpbs-gigabit-wireless-router/

strange
#17
Anybody happen to know if the USB hard drive part of this would work as a NAS with sonos equipment?
Sonos web site states that the NAS must support CIFS / SMB file sharing protocol?
A google search didn't return anything helpful!
#18
ssupernova
Anybody happen to know if the USB hard drive part of this would work as a NAS with sonos equipment?
Sonos web site states that the NAS must support CIFS / SMB file sharing protocol?
A google search didn't return anything helpful!


its doubtful, its probably very basic. You probably need to buy a proper nas which is going to set you back about £150 fpr a readynas duo. Its cheap for a nas but does what you want and a lot more.
#19
Think im def going to buy one but do i wait and see if the cheaper ones cpme back into stock??
#20
preacher
its doubtful, its probably very basic. You probably need to buy a proper nas which is going to set you back about £150 fpr a readynas duo. Its cheap for a nas but does what you want and a lot more.



well , that all depends wether or not you can get ddwrt installed on the router. granted even with that it wont offer what a ready nas duo would (i had one for a week, it was the worst bit of equipment i have ever used, granted mine was possibly faulty, but even still, thought is was a bit `locked down` )

however it should offer SMB share / ftp etc etc.


if you want to get your hands dirty and build your own NAS.

pick up a cheap intel Intel atom based D945GCLF2 mainboard and build a system arount it, slap in whatever size hdd you want and install FREENAS BSD on it. fantastic, much more versatile that the readycrap duo and should work out cheaper if you shop about for parts.
#21
thecheekymonkey
if you want to get your hands dirty and build your own NAS.

pick up a cheap intel Intel atom based D945GCLF2 mainboard and build a system arount it, slap in whatever size hdd you want and install FREENAS BSD on it. fantastic, much more versatile that the readycrap duo and should work out cheaper if you shop about for parts.


im happy to build a pc but im going for a synology ds409 next month. thought about building my own but i want it to be low power and an atom will store cost more to run than a dedicated NAS, especially as the synology has a timer for shutdown/startup.

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