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TP-Link N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Cable Router 2x USB £39.99 @ amazon
TP-Link N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Cable Router 2x USB £39.99 @ amazon

TP-Link N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Cable Router 2x USB £39.99 @ amazon

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Amazon currently have this on offer, down from £69.99.

Only £10 more expensive than the TP-Link TL-WR1043ND posted a couple of weeks ago Also back in stock:

amazon.co.uk/gp/…115

But with 2 distinct advantages: its dual band and has an extra USB port.

Basically this thing acts like 3 different pieces of kit. Its a 4 port gigabit hub to support superfast wired connections. Its a dual band wireless AP, which means it supports the newer 5ghz band of which newer electronics are now starting to use (laptops, tablets, mobiles etc) as well as the more common 2.4 GHz band.

The icing on the cake is the fact it features 2x USB 2.0 ports. Connect your USB devices and have them accessible to you on all of your devices independently. Common uses for this include printers, flash drives and external HDDs.

Connecting your USB HDDs to this essentially turns it into a fully functional NAS device, opening up various possibilities (remote access to your files, steaming and all of the other advantages of having centralized shared storage.)

If like me you've got a mish mash of wired, wireless stuff and a couple of usb HDDs floating about this could be the thing that ties them all together.

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I bought this yesterday. I use these routers at work & they're great. even better with dd-wrt or openWRT on there!

hothothot!

will a portable non mains powered drive be fine..?
i have the bog standard talk talk router(naff) will it just be a case of copying the details across ..?

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fr33radicalls

will a portable non mains powered drive be fine..?i have the bog standard … will a portable non mains powered drive be fine..?i have the bog standard talk talk router(naff) will it just be a case of copying the details across ..?



I read some reviews on this. They suggest the power supply that comes with this has enough juice to support bus powered devices (sticks, portable drives.)

would it be possible to connect this router to a wireless signal like an access point and repeat it whilst also being able to connect devices to it like a sky box via ethernet?
Edited by: "kknb0800" 4th Jul 2014

kknb0800

would it be possible to connect this router to a wireless signal like an … would it be possible to connect this router to a wireless signal like an access point and repeat it whilst also being able to connect devices to it like a sky box via ethernet?



With dd-wrt or open WRT you can. Not sure about the original firmware

Does this power down the hdd after a set time and does it support dyndns updating for noip?

kknb0800

would it be possible to connect this router to a wireless signal like an … would it be possible to connect this router to a wireless signal like an access point and repeat it whilst also being able to connect devices to it like a sky box via ethernet?



yes you can with the normal FW and with dd-WRT i have two of them i have just put dd-wrt on one to see it if find it more use but the fw that came with the device is great

great price thanks Op for the post


How to Configure WDS Bridging on TP-LINK Dual Band Routers


tp-link.com/en/…600


tp-link.com/Res…pdf user guide pdf

Edited by: "scooter" 4th Jul 2014

Would this be worth buying to replace a BT home hub 5?

I have had this router for at least 6 months. It's OK. Great functionality with ddwrt, but range and throughout could be better. Still not bad, but I live in a small Victorian terraced house with thick walls and signal strength/quality drops off fast moving more than 1 room away. Also had to do quite a few reboots from time to time.

I'd still say its a good deal if you don't want to spend anymore though.

Personally, I don't need extra usb ports, all my files are held on microservers. Bigger capacity, faster, easily backupable etc. All printers are shared over the network anyway already.
Any printer with a network or wireless connection should be shared that way rather than using MS's potentially dangerous file and printer sharing.
Does this router run hot?
I've got a tp-link which does. I don't like that. Longtermwise, it will cause problems.
Dual band is useful, if phones etc can use the other band.
What would be useful would be a 'real' load balancing filter. It would be very useful to balance on ip address for instance, not just a QOS filter.

Will this work with fibre if I attach it to the BTO box?

rimz790

Would this be worth buying to replace a BT home hub 5?



Be aware that you'd have to use a separate modem with this if replacing the HH (or you could possibly pair them together if the HH has a 'modem only' mode).

I can't see it being worth the hassle to be honest.
Edited by: "dean_brfc" 4th Jul 2014

dean_brfc

Be aware that you'd have to use a separate modem with this if replacing … Be aware that you'd have to use a separate modem with this if replacing the HH (or you could possibly pair them together if the HH has a 'modem only' mode).I can't see it being worth the hassle to be honest.


Ah OK, didn't realise that it would need a separate modem. Was just asking as the home hub 5 is good just wanted to see what the equivalent would be with better wifi signal performance. Thanks!

dean_brfc

Be aware that you'd have to use a separate modem with this if replacing … Be aware that you'd have to use a separate modem with this if replacing the HH (or you could possibly pair them together if the HH has a 'modem only' mode).



Not for BT Infinity as it uses separate modem anyway

HaraldBB

Not for BT Infinity as it uses separate modem anyway



Ah, didn't realise that.

Still the Home Hub 5 is pretty good isn't it? I can't see a £40 router being that much of an improvement unless you need a specific feature this has.

this has not always been £40 its a good price now for this so dont go on the price alone

scoot

This is a Cable Router, for ADSL or Fibre you WILL need an extra modem for it to work.

that said......The HomeHub 5 is part of the new generation of integrated Router/Modems and has a vdsl modem built-in (same as BrightBox2 from EE)
So for Fibre you don't need an extra modem with a HH5, if you've been using a HomeHub4 + separate infinity modem you can get rid of it. It's all part of the new 'self-install' fibre being rolled out where you get the Router through the post and plug it in yourself with a splitter in the same way as ASDL has been, no engineers visit needed (unless you request one) !!!

dean_brfc

Ah, didn't realise that.Still the Home Hub 5 is pretty good isn't it? I … Ah, didn't realise that.Still the Home Hub 5 is pretty good isn't it? I can't see a £40 router being that much of an improvement unless you need a specific feature this has.



Stick with the HH5 every day, this TP-Link Router only has wireless 'N' functionality, the Home Hub 5 and newer Routers are all moving to 'AC' format which is way faster. Future proof your purchase !!!!

scooter

yes you can with the normal FW and with dd-WRT i have two of … yes you can with the normal FW and with dd-WRT i have two of them i have just put dd-wrt on one to see it if find it more use but the fw that came with the device is great great price thanks Op for the post How to Configure WDS Bridging on TP-LINK Dual Band Routershttp://www.tp-link.com/en/products/details/?model=TL-WDR3600http://www.tp-link.com/Resources/document/TL-WDR3600_V1_user_guide.pdf user guide pdf



Thats pretty interesting, I always liked TP-link products for exactly this reason, you can mod them easily.+heat

what would be better to extend wifi in the house, this used as an AP plugged into an old 200 homeplug i already have or buy a new homeplug kit with Wifi built in?

sprite127594

what would be better to extend wifi in the house, this used as an AP … what would be better to extend wifi in the house, this used as an AP plugged into an old 200 homeplug i already have or buy a new homeplug kit with Wifi built in?



This'll likely have better range... but is obviously more cumbersome and requires additional power.

crabby

will this be OK for virgin media..??do u need a separate modem for this. ??

warlock09

will this be OK for virgin media..??do u need a separate modem for this. … will this be OK for virgin media..??do u need a separate modem for this. ??




no not on virgin cable service you can set your super hub into modem mode and fir this or run them together google for some info on how to set this up

good luck and have fun

scoot

This ok to replace sky router, im not on fibre. the one I currently have is Netgear WGR614

Just noticed no connection for ADSL Cable, is there a workaround for this?
Edited by: "sixth_sense" 4th Jul 2014

Cheapest it's ever been on Amazon

sixth_sense

This ok to replace sky router, im not on fibre. the one I currently have … This ok to replace sky router, im not on fibre. the one I currently have is Netgear WGR614 Just noticed no connection for ADSL Cable, is there a workaround for this?



It's a router, not a modem-router. What you have at the moment is a combined modem-router. That's why there is no connection for ADSL - the ADSL goes into the modem, then the modem gets plugged into this via an ethernet cable.

You might be able to put the Sky router into "modem only" mode and connect it to this router. Otherwise you would need an ADSL modem like this: amazon.co.uk/TP-…dem


Edited by: "dean_brfc" 4th Jul 2014

I have sky fibre which requires the use of a VDSL modem, and the one sky supply does not support a modem only mode. The wireless on their unit is rubbish, hence me buying the tp-link.

With ddwrt you can put this router into wireless ap mode with dhcp/firewall/nat etc disabled, allowing it to be connected to another router without any network conflicts. I just disabled the wirless on the other router.

Just an option open to those currently using routers with integrated VDSL modems such as the BT HH5 (although I can't comment on differences in wireless performance).

scooter

this has not always been £40 its a good price now for this so dont … this has not always been £40 its a good price now for this so dont go on the price alone scoot

Current £39.99 is a £5 reduction on previous selling price, and it was hovering around £49 for a while, not that cost is always a true indication of features / quality.
Obviously nobody with any common sense believes the mythical RRP quoted by Amazon (and the OP?), although Amazon were attempting to shift it at around £60 for a while.
Seems decent for the money. Heat.

Flubit offered for £35... Hmmmm... Do I buy?

what would be better to extend wifi in the house, this used as an AP plugged into an old 200 homeplug i already have or buy a new homeplug kit with Wifi built in? Which port do you use to enable this to become an access point

scooter

yes you can with the normal FW and with dd-WRT i have two of … yes you can with the normal FW and with dd-WRT i have two of them i have just put dd-wrt on one to see it if find it more use but the fw that came with the device is great great price thanks Op for the post How to Configure WDS Bridging on TP-LINK Dual Band Routershttp://www.tp-link.com/en/products/details/?model=TL-WDR3600http://www.tp-link.com/Resources/document/TL-WDR3600_V1_user_guide.pdf user guide pdf



Thanks for the info!

Where can you get the best custom firmware from please?

Magnets

Cheapest it's ever been on Amazon


Yes, but it has never been more than £44; certainly not £69.99. I don't know where the OP got that from.

pibpob

Yes, but it has never been more than £44; certainly not £69.99. I don't k … Yes, but it has never been more than £44; certainly not £69.99. I don't know where the OP got that from.




Hi this has been more than £44 and this is a low price for this item its just been passed by other items in the range


scoot

Its a nice item and if it fits your needs it can be a great item if its not for you then you look around for one that meet your needs as always

i think its a good price we all know that MRRP is always off just look in the new samsung shops ( run by car phone ) there RRP they try to say on the phones well any way

if you buy this i hope you enjoy your item and have years of use out of it

as always

scoot

pibpob

Yes, but it has never been more than £44; certainly not £69.99. I don't k … Yes, but it has never been more than £44; certainly not £69.99. I don't know where the OP got that from.



It's been £48+ for pretty much the entire last 12 months.

uk.camelcamelcamel.com/TP-…XI4

Almost every other retailer sells it for £50-£60. Currys/argos/maplins are all £60
Edited by: "Magnets" 5th Jul 2014

Magnets

It's been £48+ for pretty much the entire last 12 … It's been £48+ for pretty much the entire last 12 months.http://uk.camelcamelcamel.com/TP-Link-TL-WDR3600-Wireless-Gigabit-300Mbps/product/B008QBAXI4Almost every other retailer sells it for £50-£60. Currys/argos/maplins are all £60


Yes sorry - for some reason I got through to the wrong product. I "liked" scooter's response but could have been clearer.

rimz790

Would this be worth buying to replace a BT home hub 5?



you'll probably get better wifi due only to the external antenna, but you'll lose the wireless AC standard which means less speed. Depends if you need distance or speed, I guess.

Looks like the price is back up to 49 quid pity was just about to order..

Did anyone order this and receive it without a 'please run CD first' label over the ethernet ports? Mine just arrived and it was sealed and looks new but the lack of that sticker worries me.

The router itself is in a plastic bag with a sealing label that says 'please read quick installation guide before installing device' so I think that it's just a bit different to the videos I've seen on YouTube in that it doesn't have a label on the ethernet ports but this new label on the bag.
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