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    • TP LINK W8960N 300Mbps Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router (TD-W8960N)

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  • Shopbot Review
  • 4.5 / 5
    • The good:
      Easy To Setup, Strong Signal Strength
    • The bad:
      Speed Not Very Stable, Runs A Bit Hot
    The TP-Link TD-W8960N is a single band (2.4 GHz) wireless N/B/G wireless router with four physical Ethernet RJ45 ports, a standard phone line connection, and is rated to handle up to 24mbps download and 3.5mbps upload. It includes built in VPN tunnel capability, QoS protocols directly supporting most popular applications, a 300mbps Wireless N transmission rate, and just about any security protocol. The quality of internet connection depends on many factors including the distance from your house to the closest telephone exchange or roadside cabinet and the number of customers subscribed to that exchange or cabinet. Then there is the type of technology used in the exchange or cabinet, the quality of the wiring in your house, and the hardware you use to connect to your ISP’s service. The TD-W8960N Wireless-N ADSL2+ Modem Router from Chinese networking giant TP-Link is designed to be the final piece in this puzzle by providing ADSL2+ connectivity to your home network via four 10/100Mbits/s Ethernet ports plus high-power Wireless-N (otherwise known as IEEE networking standard 802.11n). All the common security standards are supported by the TD-W8960N such as WPA2, SSID and WEP. It also has a “Quick Secure Setup” (QSS) button on the front. This feature makes secure integration into an existing home network as easy as pushing a button. Also featured in this modem router are dual active firewalls (SPI and NAT) to help protect your network from internet attacks plus it also has IPSec Virtual Private Network (VPN) functionality. This enables you to connect to the TD-W8960N from any computer on the internet (username and password protected of course) to securely access and exchange data from any computer connected to the modem router via encrypted “tunnels”. Setting up the TD-W8960N involves attaching the two antennas to the rear of the unit (which provide a maximum wireless transmit power of 19dBm), hooking it up to a PC via an Ethernet cable for initial setup, then powering it up and following the installation instructions on the setup CD. The installation and configuration process was simple and straightforward. Once it was up and running, the maximum download speeds jumped from 12Mbits/s to 16Mbits/s. Connection stability was also rock solid, with 0% packet loss on 3 consecutive tests, and less than 1% loss after sending 1,000 packets to the ISP. Signal strength was another bonus -other Wireless-G network are good for about 15 metres with a few walls in the way, but the TD-W8960N coupled with a Wireless-N access point kept on chugging up to about 30 metres. The only issue is that the speed isn’t very stable. Overall, the TP-Link TD-W8960N is a great wireless modem router with solid performance and excellent features.