Good day everyone! I’m so excited this week as I’ve got my hands on my new TP-LINK wireless router, namely the TL-841N. Not to mention, I bought it yesterday, June 2, in PCHub SM Fairview branch, while I was with my girlfriend, for 1820 bucks. Check it out.
Along with the TL-841N Wireless Router, the box comes with its designated adapter, an RJ45/LAN cable, Setup CD and product manual.
The TL-841N is a TP-LINK Wireless-N Router product that is designed mostly for Home & Office use, or the so-called SOHO (Small Office/Home Office). Technologically, it packs with the latest Wireless-N or the IEEE 802.11n, which transmits data for up to 300mbps. A router that is capable of transmitting Wireless-N (IEEE 802.11n) data, which is up to 300mbps, is 6x better than a Wireless-G (IEEE 802.11g) which is capable at a maximum of 54mbps. Also, there exists routers that transmits 150mbps which is what they call as Wireless-N draft routers or Wireless-N lite.
300mbps is good enough in sharing media files and/or streaming HD videos. I have tried watching the latest Girls’ Generation-TTS – Twinkle music video that is stored in my desktop’s harddrive to my ASUS K73SV notebook. It streams the video flawlessly, considering that it is a 1080P mkv video with a file size of not more than 200MB. The TL-841N is still using the currently common 2.4GHz transmitting frequency. In my own test a while ago, it took me 12 minutes to copy a total of 7GB folder from my notebook to my PC, which is quite impressive. Seeing that, I was glad that I can utilize the 300mbps Wireless-N feature of my new TP-LINK router.
Using Windows 7’s HomeGroup, I decided to connect all my devices, including my Desktop PC, my ASUS notebook, and even my older sister’s Toshiba notebook, so we can share files easily, or stream them on-the-go. I configured the router using my web browser and utilized the MAC Filtering feature so that, only our devices can access the router’s signal, that also includes my PlayStation 3 (I use the internet to access PlayStation Network, sync my trophies, download demos and stuffs, and also to stream my media files straight to my TV) and my older sister’s Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S Android Phone (so she can access the internet).
The router is placed on the 2nd level of my house, right next to my Desktop PC, near my ISP’s Modem device, and to my surprise, my PlayStation 3 (which is located in the 1st level of my house) can still receive the best signal from the internet. Thanks to the built-in Dual 5dbi Antenna. In a test I made together with my older sister, using her Android phone, we learned that she can still access the router even outside our house, near the residential highway. Take note that it also depends on the receiving device’ capability, and in our test, it was her phone. I wonder if a better device, like a notebook, can reach. Anyhow, we concluded that the router performs very well, more than what it should meet.
The router is easy to configure, as it comes with a setup CD that can guide you to modify the settings of the router, based on your preference.
Alternatively, you can access the control center of the router and change the common stuffs, as well as perform advanced features of the device through your web browser, by typing the IP address: 192.168.0.1.
The design of the TL-841N is quite simplistic, mostly made of plastic, but if you can notice, the designers of the product considered that not all countries has cold weather. It comes with light indicators, together with the corresponding symbols so users can easily understand. Check it out, lots of holes for ventilation!
At the rear part of the router, aside from the un-attachable omni-directional dual 5dbi antennas, comes the Power button, the Factory Reset button, the QSS button, a DC IN, a WAN port for connecting your ISP’s Modem, and 4 extra 10/100 Gigabit LAN ports for wired devices.
Before I conclude, here’s the Unboxing video of the TP-LINK TL-841N Wireless Router:
In conclusion, the TL-841N Wireless Router is a very good performing full Wireless-N router by TP-LINK. It wasn’t my first Wireless Router, by the way. My old one is a Wireless-G Edimax BR-6204WLG I bought as a bargain (and now I’m selling it) from an old student which is so hard to configure. In that experience, I became sensitive upon choosing which brand to buy, and which model. I wasn’t good in Cisco networking too, back in college days so I have less idea on the technologies used in networking (but learned a lot when I started configuring this device). I’ve been choosing between the 150mbps TP-LINK WR740N or this one. But I was relieved that there’s no regret, I bought a very good product, and TP-LINK also. Check this product out in the official website. Hope to get my hands on another TP-LINK product!
|> 소녀시대 (Girls’ Generation) TTS (TaeTiSeo) – Twinkle