TP-Link TD-W8970 300Mbps Gigabit Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router @Amazon £41.98
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TP-Link TD-W8970 300Mbps Gigabit Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router @Amazon £41.98

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Found 2nd Dec 2013
This has been on here before for the same price, but expired some time ago and I've been keeping an eye out for it to drop. And it has, back to the same price as last time. Hope I've got the etiquette right: post new as a heads up or should I have tried to un-expire the previous post?

All-in-One Device: ADSL2+ Modem, NAT Router, 4-Port Switch and Wireless N Access Point
All Gigabit ports ensure ultimate transfer speeds
Wireless N speed up to 300Mbps makes it ideal for heavy bandwidth consuming
Two USB 2.0 ports support Storage Sharing, Media Server, Print Server and multi accounts
Easy one-touch WPA wireless security encryption with the WPS button

Right menu amazon, still in stock sorry.
- solidsponge

2-4 weeks wait for stock now. £44.48.
- solidsponge

23 Comments

I got one of these the last time around on UKHD. Mine is flashed to 0.6.0 2.1 v000c.0 Build 130415 Rel.34164n.

My phone line quality is poor (yes I know that I need to get this sorted!). I had issues with this router dropping off-line and requiring a power reset to come back on line. I'm currently using the cheapo TP-Link router that cost around GBP 6 on these forums, and this works just as well or better for the DSL connection.

Reading the forums there are DSL connectivity issues with these TP-Link routers that don't appear to have been fixed. Others report that from time to time the router just 'freezes' for a short while.

YMMV

Ralph

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fladda

I got one of these the last time around on UKHD. Mine is flashed to 0.6.0 … I got one of these the last time around on UKHD. Mine is flashed to 0.6.0 2.1 v000c.0 Build 130415 Rel.34164n.My phone line quality is poor (yes I know that I need to get this sorted!). I had issues with this router dropping off-line and requiring a power reset to come back on line. I'm currently using the cheapo TP-Link router that cost around GBP 6 on these forums, and this works just as well or better for the DSL connection.Reading the forums there are DSL connectivity issues with these TP-Link routers that don't appear to have been fixed. Others report that from time to time the router just 'freezes' for a short while.YMMVRalph



Mine is super now - did drop connection on your firmware though.

Running the latest TP-link official firmware which is V1 130828.

Solved all issues for me (so far). Hasn't dropped out or paused since in fact.

Edited by: "Byron78" 3rd Dec 2013

Caught this one. Got it at this price b4 it went back up to £44.48. Thankx!!!

This series of TP-link devices has very limited functionality with factory firmware (personally i'm using TL-WDR4300). Luckily, there is plenty of 3rd party firmware around, like dd-wrt or Open-WRT.
Unfortunately, ADSL versions of routers in most cases cannot have factory firmware replaced, as 3rd party firmware is open-source based and ADSL-part code is proprietary.
Models without ADSL (so called "cable") can be found in same price and used with router given by your provider in modem-only mode. "Cable" version can be used with any broadband type: ADSL, fiber-optic (VDSL in most cases) and Virgin media.

I currently have a Home Hub 3 which will drop wi-fi connections most days (Hub is in bedroom) - is this likely to improve the situation - I know there are masses of variables but like for like in the same set up is this likely to perform better? Was also considering getting a Home Hub 4 from BT for £35 plus postage - any thoughts? Thanks in advance

I have fibre broadband what would you recommend ?

The description on Amazon says "For BT Connections" whereas the TD-8980 says "For phone line connections". What's the difference?

Also, price is now £44.98

If you're not using a recent firmware, it's probably a good idea to check it's not backdoored.

http://sekurak.pl/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/tp-link-diag.png

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Tp-link stuff is awesome. Blows away BT home hub for stability and performance, you also can't beat external aerials!

mantamagic

Tp-link stuff is awesome. Blows away BT home hub for stability and … Tp-link stuff is awesome. Blows away BT home hub for stability and performance, you also can't beat external aerials!



Thanks - even HH4 - with its dual band, or is it still poor (no external aerials still!)

Gutted, just bought this 3 days back@ £46 , to replace single antenna speed touch modem. It is easy to setup, checked signal all over the house and looks good so far.

Dual band performance is poor on hh4. I had so many issues with hh3 that I personally would never use a BT home hub again.

Hammondhammond

I have fibre broadband what would you recommend ?



I have the TP-Link WDR3600 for my Fibre connection
amazon.co.uk/TP-…XI4
Its stable and can cope with a lot of wireless connections, it has 2 USB ports for a printer and a USB hard disc.
I bought it because it can take either OpenWRT and DD-Wrt firmwares but I've never had the need of them.

I find that the 5ghz wifi band is only useful in the same room. On the 2ghz band I get 40Mbits/s at best, Wired gets 50Mbits/s

With the latest firmware you can use the TP-Link ios app which is good because you can see who is connected and you can ban individuals as you see fit. I've never needed it but could come in handy to stop the little blighters using minecraft/youtube/on shopping/etc.

Gone up in price now

home hub 4 is terrible

I have one of these - had it since January and it's head and shoulders above the ISP supplied router.

Firmware updates are something everyone should do irrespective of brand

I think this is basically a 1043nd with adsl modem? seems the same spec.


It doesnt do 5Ghz 802.11N though if anyone is wondering

bit of a silly question but would it work with all ISPs? I am with PlusNet which is owned by BT anyway but they might have a different set up

perfidalbione

bit of a silly question but would it work with all ISPs? I am with … bit of a silly question but would it work with all ISPs? I am with PlusNet which is owned by BT anyway but they might have a different set up



It works with Plusnet and pretty much all of ADSL broadband providers.

mrunderhill2

I have the TP-Link WDR3600 for my Fibre … I have the TP-Link WDR3600 for my Fibre connectionhttp://www.amazon.co.uk/TP-Link-TL-WDR3600-Wireless-Gigabit-Storage/dp/B008QBAXI4Its stable and can cope with a lot of wireless connections, it has 2 USB ports for a printer and a USB hard disc.I bought it because it can take either OpenWRT and DD-Wrt firmwares but I've never had the need of them.I find that the 5ghz wifi band is only useful in the same room. On the 2ghz band I get 40Mbits/s at best, Wired gets 50Mbits/sWith the latest firmware you can use the TP-Link ios app which is good because you can see who is connected and you can ban individuals as you see fit. I've never needed it but could come in handy to stop the little blighters using minecraft/youtube/on shopping/etc.



Ah I probably should have said I've Plusnet Fibre broadband VDSL is this suitable for this ?

Hammondhammond

Ah I probably should have said I've Plusnet Fibre broadband VDSL is this … Ah I probably should have said I've Plusnet Fibre broadband VDSL is this suitable for this ?



Yes I believe so.
I have talktalk fibre, which uses the same openreach modem as plusnet and BT fibre I think.

TP-Link simulator if you are interested
uk.tp-link.com/res…htm
Edited by: "mrunderhill2" 4th Dec 2013

Silly question buy can I use this instead of my Sky router?

Also can I plug a USB harddrive into this to use as a shared drive over the network with my Macs?

tonynz

Silly question buy can I use this instead of my Sky router? Also can I … Silly question buy can I use this instead of my Sky router? Also can I plug a USB harddrive into this to use as a shared drive over the network with my Macs?



Don't think so. Sky will not issue username & password to you. There is a website for calculating them for you, but that never worked for me. Also considering security for yourself better not use that. It will ask your Sky Router's MAC address and some other info (sorry cannot remember).
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