TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless N300 Home Router, 300Mpbs, IP QoS, WPS Button

My seven-year-old router died suddenly at 11am on Easter Friday. I needed a replacement quickly. I didn’t really believe that Amazon could deliver it on the same day, but it arrived at my NYC apartment at 7pm and I paid about $32 all told, of which about $20 was for the router itself. I call that very good service.

The router itself was very easy to set up with the installation disk provided (there is a no-disk option; it’s for Mac users though I think PCs can probably also use it). It doesn’t feel as well made as my old router and the signal is not quite as strong. But it was half the price, and it’s about adequate for my apartment – it’s sited at the front and my workroom’s in the back, about 60ft away. For a small apartment or studio it would be more than enough. It also has four Ethernet connections, useful as one of my PCs is old and a bit cranky with wireless. The admin interface is easy to access and use.

If I have a criticism, it’s that it should be easier and quicker to set up without the installation disk, not just for Macs; many modern devices don’t have disk drives. I also think the cable to the power source is much too short, making it harder to site the router up high. You can use an extension cord of course, but the weight of the transformer means it can’t dangle in mid-air.

Even so, for $20, and $32 for same-day delivery, this was very good value – and good customer service by Amazon.

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