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TP-LINK TL-WDR4300 N750 Wireless N Dual Band Gigabit Router w/ 2x USB Ports EXPIRED

DealFinder70 108 February 5, 2013 at 02:09 PM in Mail In Rebate (7) More Amazon Deals
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Promoted 02-07-2013 at 10:03 AM View Original Post
Amazon has TP-LINK TL-WDR4300 N750 Wireless N Dual Band Gigabit Router w/ 2x USB Ports for $81.78 - $30 rebate = $51.78 with free shipping. Thanks DealFinder70

Note, the product is shipping in 3-5 weeks and last day to postmark the rebate is 3/11, so keep an eye on the deadlines.

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Edited February 5, 2013 at 02:18 PM by DealFinder70
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Features

Simultaneous 2.4GHz 300Mbps and 5GHz 450Mbps connections for a totalof 750Mbps available bandwidth

2*USB 2.0 ports, convenient for users to share files through hard drive or FTP server

Built-in media server allows users to share music, video and photos with Windows Media Player, PS3 or X-BOX 360

The device’s built-in print server supports wireless printing from different computers by connecting a USB printer to the router

Full gigabit ports ensure ultimate transfer speeds

Achieves blazing WAN to LAN throughput of over 800Mbps with hardware NAT

Simple wireless security encryption at a push of the WPS button

WDS wireless bridge provides seamless bridging to expand the wireless network

IP-based bandwidth control allows administrators to determine how much bandwidth is allotted to each PC

Live Parental Controls allow parents or administrators to establish restricted access policies for children or staff

External detachable antennas allow for better alignment and stronger antenna upgrades

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#61
What is wrong with stock firmware? Seems like many want to switch back.

It looks like Gargoyle is the best of the other choices.....

But what exactly do you gain? Does it perform better or just more settings that many won't use? I also believe it breaks hardware NAT.

I use DDWRT now but seems like its not ready for is router. Just wondering if there is a real need to go to custom firmware on this one as the stock firmware seems decent.

Any comparisons would be welcome between stock and Gargoyle fro those who have tried both...thanks.
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Quote from rifleman1 View Post :
BH Photo sold 4300 through 12/1 for 40 AR...didn't arrive for almost a month...set up was a breeze, looks like a giant cyclops from a 60s japanese scifi on your desk, worked well for a week then mysteriously stopped connecting/disconnecting lappy and smartphone...hours and hours of aggravation ensued...got returned (refunded for half the price)..still awaiting the rebate for other half..wouldn't really touch TP again....
I have a much less expensive TP-Link (TL-WR841N)... having the same issue, and it started after a couple of months. Was thinking of upgrading to this one nevertheless, because overall I like it and this was a good price... bummer to hear about the same problem on it. Guess I'll keep looking/

I have to restart my router a couple of times a week because of it (and it's not my other equipment that's the problem, it happens on both my laptop's adapters, Mac and cellphone).
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i have the 4300, it replaced a very good TP-Link WDR1043 that after a couple years started to need frequent reboots. The 4300 was better range and all but after a couple months of stable use, started to need frequent reboots. I was very disappointed. I went back to the 1043. After a couple months, I noticed a new firmware and after loading that (I think it was December I loaded it), I've been running the 4300 without issue.
I had download the OpenWRT gargoyle, intending to try that but haven't installed it since the new stock was working fine
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Quote from zerorhythm View Post :
Try OpenWRT not the gargoyle version cause it's limiting in features. Luci is good and a few others. I have 3 routers running in repeater bridge , I've tried DD-WRT and It runs a lot slower on wireless and not as stable as OpenWRT, and I don't like gargoyle's interface and features.
Gargoyle is for basic stuff, if you want more advanced, go to shell
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Quote from kevinmscs View Post :
This or the Asus N66???
N66 is like Ferrari, while this more like Altima.
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Quote from Yoda View Post :
Thanks for pointing that out. I was looking at the openwrt for my N750 and I'll probably give this a try. Do you know if you can set this up in repeater mode using the Gargoyle firmware?
Yes, Gargoyle supports bridge.
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Quote from linuxaddict7 View Post :
N66 is like Ferrari, while this more like Altima.

So is the price $51 vs $164.93 that's a whopping $103 more!

Really HIGHLY doubt you get anywhere near $103 worth of better router/switch/AP. In fact I would say the average user couldn't tell any difference.
They are both TOP TIER routers by their respective manufacturers.

This is a FAR FAR better deal than the Asus N66U .... which is way way overpriced and won't be dropping much in price due to #1 ranking anytime soon.
Never go top...always go second tier to save money. This is a SD.
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calling this altima, would insult altima, this is a Play-Doh car (device), which works decent with third party firmware.
this is piece of junk with stock firmware, the latest firmware will drop DNS capability.

you will be able to go to websites based on ip address but not on domain names.

the previous version was to fix certain phones could not connect to web, even after that firmware none of my android devices can connect.


Quote from linuxaddict7 View Post :
N66 is like Ferrari, while this more like Altima.
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Quote from itsme13 View Post :
calling this altima, would insult altima, this is a Play-Doh car (device), which works decent with third party firmware.
this is piece of junk with stock firmware, the latest firmware will drop DNS capability.

you will be able to go to websites based on ip address but not on domain names.

the previous version was to fix certain phones could not connect to web, even after that firmware none of my android devices can connect.

Um user error?

Most people don't complain about it I mean come on. Its you.

I always laugh when people RMA stuff 90%+ of the time its them and they blame it on the device.
I've never had to RMA anything and built lots of computers.

Nothing wrong with this hardware if stock doesn't work go Gargoyle or other.
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yes user error, why dont you build your own routers insted, Why do you buy yours.

you buy hardware for its stock firmware and not bolthole or gargoyle.
they are used when the stock fails.

Quote from boltman2007 View Post :
Um user error?

Most people don't complain about it I mean come on. Its you.

I always laugh when people RMA stuff 90%+ of the time its them and they blame it on the device.
I've never had to RMA anything and built lots of computers.

Nothing wrong with this hardware if stock doesn't work go Gargoyle or other.
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Quote from itsme13 View Post :
yes user error, why dont you build your own routers insted, Why do you buy yours.

you buy hardware for its stock firmware and not bolthole or gargoyle.
they are used when the stock fails.

At least TP link Firmware seems decent most just assume you go third party.
Many are using stock firmware successfully with this router.

Why build when you can buy for $50
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Quote from brbubba View Post :
What scripts are you talking about? I've been running Attitude adjustment without issue, no scripting necessary.



How did you get DDNS working? I installed the DDNS Luci package and it won't update my dyndns IP.



This is a known issue with the DDWRT firmware, I suggest going to OpenWRT if you have an Xbox.

brbubba,

I installed luci-app-ddns package onto the router. Then I entered which service I am using (DynDns) and entered my username and password for that DNS service. Also my domain had to be added.

I also had to actually go to my account DynDNS webapge and have it update my IP address there and then my DNS was working. It wasn't working at first for me also until I updated the IP at then DynDNS webpage.

I went to Firewall section on OpenWRT to setup the Port Forwards.
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#73
Okay. I finally bit and bought one. I hope this works well for my media sharing, apple TV and wireless printing.
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Quote from yazyazoo View Post :
brbubba,

I installed luci-app-ddns package onto the router. Then I entered which service I am using (DynDns) and entered my username and password for that DNS service. Also my domain had to be added.

I also had to actually go to my account DynDNS webapge and have it update my IP address there and then my DNS was working. It wasn't working at first for me also until I updated the IP at then DynDNS webpage.

I went to Firewall section on OpenWRT to setup the Port Forwards.
Hmmmm, mine wouldn't update for anything, then I manually updated it myself on the website, maybe it's working now. My last update says it was 10 days ago, but I'm pretty darn sure it was way before that since I last worked on it. Hopefully it's been working all along, wish DynDns had logs I could look at. Now to get OpenVPN working properly... grrr, too much to do.
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Quote from itsme13 View Post :
yes user error, why dont you build your own routers insted, Why do you buy yours.

you buy hardware for its stock firmware and not bolthole or gargoyle.
they are used when the stock fails.
The one thing I've learned after setting up over a dozen unique routers is never trust the stock firmware. With the exception of a few commercial solutions, I haven't met a firmware that's been liked or performed better than the third party firmware. You also have to realize that many third party firmwares have been developed for years, so in some cases they are just throwing in a chipset driver for a wireless radio and everything else is set to go. OpenWRT for instance was started in 2004, so that's over 8 years of development.
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