TP-LINK TD-W9980 N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit VDSL2/ADSL2+ Modem Router @ Amazon £60.58
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TP-LINK TD-W9980 N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit VDSL2/ADSL2+ Modem Router @ Amazon £60.58

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Found 23rd May 2015
Manufacturer link:- tp-link.com/lk/…980

Excellent VDSL2/ ADSL2+ high speed Modem Router , providing up to 100Mbps broadband speeds. Simultaneous 2.4GHz 300Mbps and 5GHz 300Mbps connections for 600Mbps of total available bandwidth. All Gigabit ports ensure ultimate transfer speeds.

Two USB 2.0 ports support Storage Sharing (Samba or FTP), Media Server, Print Server and multi accounts. Ethernet WAN (EWAN) offers another broadband connectivity option for connecting to Cable, VDSL/ADSL or Fiber modems.

Guest Network Access provides secure Wi-Fi access for guests sharing your home or office network. Parent Control allows parents or administrators to establish restricted access policies for children or staff. IP based Bandwidth Control makes it easier for you to manage the bandwidth of devices that connected to the modem router

Wi-Fi On/Off Switch allows users to simply turn their wireless radio on or off. Easy one-touch WPA wireless security encryption with the WPS button.

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.

Both built-in antennas and external detachable antennas allow for better alignment and stronger antenna upgrades.

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Original Poster

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Amazon seem to be price matching Dabs but with free delivery.

Potential for perhaps discount with Flubit / Bespoke offers.
Edited by: "gupsterg" 23rd May 2015

Nice price and a decent fibre and adsl router....the 3 year warranty is good, my 2 year old TP Link modem went faulty and they supplied a brand new sealed replacement once I'd sent mine back at my own cost for postage (£3.50)

Good router, purchased to replace the two boxes provide by Plusnet....

Original Poster

Been keeping an eye on this, was tempted by the last deal on it but I think I'm gonna buy this now.

Good feature set and like the external aerials plus wall mountable.

Fast router but if you want it for dual band wifi don't bother. The 5ghz bandwidth continually loses connection and firmware updated have so far failed to fix this. I had two of these and ended up sending them both back to amazon. Read the reviews.

strikerman

Fast router but if you want it for dual band wifi don't bother. The 5ghz … Fast router but if you want it for dual band wifi don't bother. The 5ghz bandwidth continually loses connection and firmware updated have so far failed to fix this. I had two of these and ended up sending them both back to amazon. Read the reviews.


A reply by TP-Link suggests changing the channel to 48....not had a problem personally, but might make a difference.

Got the cable version of this. Its pretty good but it has a few issues when connecting a 2tb+ HDD. Think I only paid 40 or 45 for it 6 months ago from Amazon.

I've had openwrt and ddwrt (amongst others) running on it.

Get a decent signal off it too.

It is prone to lose settings if you turn it off periodically so if you are gonna customize then best to back up your settings to a file for when it happens.

Definitely one of the better mid range routers.

There's loads of these available on Amazon.de warehouse deals for around £35.

amazon.de/gp/…sed


Edited by: "cossy3" 24th May 2015

Original Poster

That isn't bad , IIRC the W8980 can be crossflashed to W9980.

gupsterg

That isn't bad , IIRC the W8980 can be crossflashed to W9980.



I am clueless over routers. I thought they were the same model? The site says it's the N600. What are the differences?

Quacksta

What's better. This router or this … What's better. This router or this onehttp://www.wildarc.co.uk/billion-bipac-8800nl-wireless-n-vdsl2-fibre-adsl2-firewall-router-white


This is only a single band router and I think fails to support G.IMP for VDSL so not comparable.

cossy3

There's loads of these available on Amazon.de warehouse deals for around … There's loads of these available on Amazon.de warehouse deals for around £35.http://www.amazon.de/gp/offer-listing/B00JMHOFLC/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used


Careful with non UK versions - I've read that German VDSL Fibre is different to the UK version so may not work. So research before buying non UK models

Quacksta

What's better. This router or this … What's better. This router or this onehttp://www.wildarc.co.uk/billion-bipac-8800nl-wireless-n-vdsl2-fibre-adsl2-firewall-router-white


Very similar overall - Some say the Billion matches better to certain fibre cabinets (Broadcom) and some say the TP Link's chipset (Lantiq) matches the ECI cabinets installed elsewhere.... basically they both probably perform about the same for most people. The Billion may have slight performance gains on certain line types but TP Link has released firmware to resolve G.Inp and 5GHz issues apparently

Kitz review (when first released)
Discussion on Kitz forum

Edited by: "spannerzone" 24th May 2015

HotBot

This is only a single band router and I think fails to support G.IMP for … This is only a single band router and I think fails to support G.IMP for VDSL so not comparable.


Latest firmware (I think) resolves G.Inp reading the Kitz forum link in my post above. - and improves 5GHz wireless apparently
Edited by: "spannerzone" 24th May 2015

spannerzone

Very similar overall - Some say the Billion matches better to certain … Very similar overall - Some say the Billion matches better to certain fibre cabinets (Broadcom) and some say the TP Link's chipset (Lantiq) matches the ECI cabinets installed elsewhere.... basically they both probably perform about the same for most people. The Billion may have slight performance gains on certain line types but TP Link has released firmware to resolve G.Inp and 5GHz issues apparentlyKitz review (when first released)Discussion on Kitz forum


Thanks for the link. I'm going to give that firmware upgrade a try, I did notice that the speeds on BT Infinity using the TP Link were slightly slower than my previous 8800nl. I've not yet managed to get the TP Link working with multicast and BT Sport, the Billion is configurable for that.
Edited by: "KeithD" 24th May 2015

KeithD

Thanks for the link. I'm going to give that firmware upgrade a try, I … Thanks for the link. I'm going to give that firmware upgrade a try, I did notice that the speeds on BT Infinity using the TP Link were slightly slower than my previous 8800nl. I've not yet managed to get the TP Link working with multicast and BT Sport, the Billion is configurable for that.



I'm seriously thinking of getting the TP Link, I currently use the BT openreach VDSL modem with my own TP Link 8968 adsl modem via the E-WAN socket and it works really well but using 1 box instead of two plus this has gigabit ports is tempting. £60 is also a bargain really.... we don't know how lucky we are when you think back to 56k modems were more than this when new as were adsl modem routers

spannerzone

Latest firmware (I think) resolves G.Inp reading the Kitz forum link in … Latest firmware (I think) resolves G.Inp reading the Kitz forum link in my post above. - and improves 5GHz wireless apparently


Yes, the Billion BiPAC 8800NL supports G.IMP with he latest firmware but is still only single band so defeats the point of upgrading your router.

Original Poster

spannerzone

Careful with non UK versions - I've read that German VDSL Fibre is … Careful with non UK versions - I've read that German VDSL Fibre is different to the UK version so may not work. So research before buying non UK models



It had crossed my mind now don't need to do my own research So cheers for the info

Original Poster

cossy3

I am clueless over routers. I thought they were the same model? The site … I am clueless over routers. I thought they were the same model? The site says it's the N600. What are the differences?



Checked spec's on TP-Link site and both have the same except VDSL2 supported by the W9980, I think the hardware is the same due to crossflashing between the 2 but only skim read some threads.

HotBot

Yes, the Billion BiPAC 8800NL supports G.IMP with he latest firmware but … Yes, the Billion BiPAC 8800NL supports G.IMP with he latest firmware but is still only single band so defeats the point of upgrading your router.


I meant the TP Link has firmware upgrade to improve 5GHz wireless, apologies that it wasn't clear to what I was referring to as you were referring to the Billion.

strikerman

Fast router but if you want it for dual band wifi don't bother. The 5ghz … Fast router but if you want it for dual band wifi don't bother. The 5ghz bandwidth continually loses connection and firmware updated have so far failed to fix this. I had two of these and ended up sending them both back to amazon. Read the reviews.



I have the router, and use the 5ghz channel upstairs so the signal strength in the tp link utility is only around 25% (a/n) whereas the 2.4 is around 75% using 802.11n as usual. 5ghz is more stable for me apart from when windows does not see it, the fibre download speeds I have still download at the same speed as when on the 2.4ghz currently around 3.1mb/sec using a good download manager. 5ghz signal does not stretch as far as the 2.4ghz mode but is less prone to interference so that's why I use it.

Windows 7 which I use has a very hard time actually finding or seeing the 5ghz in the built in windows wifi monitor even with ssid broadcast enabled on the router. If I manage to connect to the 5ghz network successfully with the tp link utility windows will create a profile in 'manage wireless networks' section but most of the time INCORRECTLY making the security mode WPA instead of what it is really (WPA2-Personal) and will also connect with the wrong encryption type (TKIP instead of the correct AES which will only work anyway with WPA2 on the 5ghz channel) so I have to change it!

Sometimes if I remove my tp link usb wifi adapter from the pc and connect it back suddenly it will see the 5ghz network but its very hit and miss. Just read here that turning the 5ghz wifi channel to 48 helps so I've just changed mine now.

My tp link usb adapter has certain settings if you right click on the device and select properties you can select it to recieve just 2.4ghz, 5ghz or both and also select if you prefer to connect to one or the other.


Edited by: "Alex87" 24th May 2015

A couple of the comments on here match up with my experience with my last router - which was a TP-Link one. (Can't remember the model number but it was a dual band)

Their firmware was garbage. Nothing would maintain a stable connection. I had to use Open WRT to make it usable.

Binned it now and use an Asus one which is much better.

Sf2rox

Got the cable version of this. Its pretty good but it has a few issues … Got the cable version of this. Its pretty good but it has a few issues when connecting a 2tb+ HDD. Think I only paid 40 or 45 for it 6 months ago from Amazon.I've had openwrt and ddwrt (amongst others) running on it.Get a decent signal off it too.It is prone to lose settings if you turn it off periodically so if you are gonna customize then best to back up your settings to a file for when it happens.Definitely one of the better mid range routers.


Can you point out how you flash a custom firmware onto this please? Can't see a guide online
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