TP-Link TL-WR841HP

TechLife Australia - - HOTSPOT -

LONG RANGE CON­NEC­TIV­ITY.

WI-FI WOES ARE a truly aw­ful first world prob­lem, and while range ex­ten­ders are an op­tion, the TP-Link TL-WR841HP is a more fea­ture packed so­lu­tion to elim­i­nat­ing dead spots - and all for $55. The key dif­fer­ence is dual large 9dBi an­ten­nas (most routers use 5dBi) and in­de­pen­dent high power am­pli­fiers for each. While the unit has no mo­dem, it can be used like a nor­mal Wi-Fi router, or con­fig­ured just as an ac­cess point or range ex­ten­der along­side your ex­ist­ing net­work. The WR841HP is only 802.11n 300Mbps spec, but pro­vides plenty of band­width for stream­ing YouTube videos in the back­yard. Not sur­pris­ingly, it gave us the best long range re­cep­tion of the routers tested.

The unit also has four 10/100 LAN ports, a WPS but­ton, and can be plugged di­rectly into FTTP NBN con­nec­tions thanks to a WAN port. The in­ter­face and router OS is straight­for­ward and makes con­fig­u­ra­tion easy, but also has some more in depth fea­tures such as sta­tis­tics mon­i­tor­ing and parental con­trols.

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