Impressive speed and range, plenty of advanced features and a great price
Reviewed by Barry de la Rosa, Expert Reviews,
Setup is reasonably straightforward: a guide on the supplied disc explains how to attach the router to a PC and phone line, and logging into the routers web interface reveals a wizard to set up Internet access and a wireless network, including security. For most people, this should be enough to get them up and running.
Despite the extra antenna, we got the exact same results in our close-range wireless test for both the TD-W8961ND and the single-antenna TD-W8951ND. The difference in results in the Far test was within a fairly narrow margin of error. However in the Very Far test, the TD-W8961ND managed almost twice the speed, coming in at an impressive 11Mbit/s – faster than most broadband connections and more than enough for streaming video.
Wired connections are less impressive, with Fast (100Mb/s) rather than Gigabit (1000Mb/s) Ethernet ports and no USB ports. However, this is the least expensive router weve seen that supports MIMO. Whether its worth paying the extra £7 over TP
If you have an average size home then this Router would perform well. But if you have your computer next to a large chimney surrounded by concrette walls, and have a room 5 walls away which needs wifi, I would say buy a premium router as I have just done. Otherwise its very good. and whatever happens is so much better than the free crap from TT.
I bought this to establish up a Wi-Fi network at home. Very easy to set up using the CD. Bonus is that broadband speed is now 3 times faster than
with TalkTalk supplied modem. Very good value and worthy of the good reviews.
A no-frills router with surprisingly good wireless performance
Reviewed by Orestis Bastounis, PC Advisor,
The TP-Link W8961ND doesn’t disappoint when it comes to
performance. In our short range test it managed a whopping 9.3MBps, a rate that matches the performance of routers costing three times as much. It didn’t do quite so well in the long-range test, but a transfer speed of 2.9MBps edged it slightly ahead of Tenda’s W300D.
The TP-Link W8691ND is certainly not pretty but it does the job. More expensive routers have lots of extra bells and whistles and better on-board software, but those extras aren’t , and may not use the router’s on-board software more than once. As an inexpensive way to upgrade a slow wireless network, this router hits the mark.
I have received the modem yesterday and it didn't even take me 2 minutes to get my Internet connection working!!! Both internet and Wi-Fi work like a charm; the modem delivers a stable Internet connection and my Laptop (which is one floor away from the modem is getting a strong Wi-Fi signal). I'm really glad that I puchased this TP-Link modem.
Haven't had it long enough to test properly but it does all it is supposed to at this stage. Didn't realise that I needed an ethernet cable connection between router and computer - thought it was wireless, however, am expecting other network components soon.