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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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Just curious is it still valid on a fufilled by amazon order?
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I got one on the Black Friday deal (still waiting for rebate).

I tried to set it up using as a wireless access point using stock firmware, but had many issues. As soon as I flashed gargoyle on it, everything worked flawlessly. The flash was super-easy. I highly recommend putting gargoyle on this router.

Range and signal strength is much better than the Cisco E4300 I was using previously.

I'm happy with it and would buy it again, especially for the price. I couldn't find anything close to it in this price range.
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It was My FIRST Front Page deal got Posted..!!! Great!!

Thanks twitter@Slick2Buy
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Quote from brufener View Post :
Range and signal strength is much better than the Cisco E4300 I was using previously.
Typo ??
I've never heard of an E4300.
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This or the Asus N66???
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Quote from pug_ster View Post :
I've brought this on BF sale at newegg, installed Gargoyle and it works great. You get all the bells and whistles of the high end router, 3x150mbps at 5ghz and 2x 2x150mbps at 2.4ghz, 2 usb ports for usb drives and printers, and gigabit ports. The signal strength is very good compared to other rouiters.

One big con about this router is that it only 8mb of flash, only enough room to install the router OS. I wish I know of a way to install something like transmission for bittorrent or a .nzb client.
I got the lower version of this router the N600 and put OpenWRT Attitude Adjustment with Luci. It has been running rock solid and I had to install a package for DDNS service. I also noticed that there was a NZB package called NZBget for this router.

I tried stock, DD-WRT and OpenWRT with the N600 version. OpenWRT wroked best for my wireless. stock and DD-wrt would lose my 5G band and my phone wouldn't connect to 2.4 N on DD-WRT. Also router would drop connetion when doing large downloads 30 -40 GB from internet.

So far OpenWRT has been the best. Both bands have been solid and no drops during large downloads.
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Quote from kevinmscs View Post :
This or the Asus N66???
Asus N66 heads down the best router right now
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I picked this router up when it was posted for 40 after rebate. Posting my personal experience with it thus far.

Configuration-wise, there are a few interesting things about it. For starters, you can rename the admin account, along with the usual setting your own password. This is a good security point since it eliminates the admin account attack vector. The router also features dynamic DNS and NTP support but it may not work in unique networking scenarios like mine (internet to FiOS router/modem to N750).

Be aware that if you want to set a lot of options or turn things on or off, you're going to have to prepare some added time as many of the settings, including basic ones like wireless SSID, SSID broadcast, protocol mix (n-only, g-only, b-only, mix), will have you rebooting the router countless times just to have it all set up. Prepare a cup of tea before you start setting up the router.

There seems to be an issue with WDS on the initial firmware. There is a new version out at this time but I have yet to test it. The issue lies in maintaining a WDS connection as the initial setup would result in the two devices seeing each other but then dropping out after a few hours (give or take). I have reported this to their tech support staff and they are aware of the quirk. The secondary device was a Linksys WRT54G v3 hardware running Tomato. It's unknown as to where the problem lies but a power-cycle of the Linksys device did not solve the WDS connection issue. Only a reboot of the N750 rectify the problem but temporarily. Your mileage may vary if you seek to use WDS in your setup.

If upgrading the firmware, be prepared to re-set all your options and settings, along with having to access the device from its default IP, username, and password. This quirk freaked me out as it made me thought I had bricked it. But it wasn't so since basic network traffic was still going through. I later confirmed the upgrade did work but all settings reverted to default when I peeked on my phone's wireless network list and seeing the default SSID name on it.

Signal strength on the 2.4GHz band seems pretty good, as I was able to maintain a connection with the phone and Nexus 7 in my room (2nd floor) while the N750 sits in the living room (1st floor). The 5GHz band, though, has issues with passing through walls and objects. I guess that's to be expected. Should be no problem if using 5GHz while on the same floor.

Wired connection seems pretty good... and while the network cables I used for the desktop PCs are not certified for gigabit connection, it somehow worked right off the bat. I haven't tested file transfers on it yet but I doubt I'll do the test any time soon.
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Wired connection seems pretty good... and while the network cables I used for the desktop PCs are not certified for gigabit connection, it somehow worked right off the bat. I haven't tested file transfers on it yet but I doubt I'll do the test any time soon.

assuming that you're using standard four pair network cable, it should be gigabit ready.

I get gigabit connections on cat 5e leftover from a project 15 years ago (dated on the cable from 1997)
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Why do need gigabit for xbox? It's only 10/100 port on the xbox 360. That being said, 100mbps is plenty to stream HD
is that on stock firmware? For some reason when i flashed to gargoyle, i could not connect my xbox to the wireless no matter what i tried. Installed different firmwares, static ip, etc. Nothing worked.
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3-5 weeks to ship and rebate must postmarked by 3/11...thats cutting it pretty close. Knowing me I would not send it out on time. Good luck to the rest of you.
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Just curious is it still valid on a fufilled by amazon order?
I hope so
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Quote from sammysamsam View Post :
is that on stock firmware? For some reason when i flashed to gargoyle, i could not connect my xbox to the wireless no matter what i tried. Installed different firmwares, static ip, etc. Nothing worked.
this info is from the dd-wrt thread on the wdr3600, but it may be the same issue/solution

"Someone sent me a suggestion to try setting the WPA to just TKIP which I had thought I had done before but apparently not.

WPA2 Personal Mixed + TKIP now lets my Xbox 360 connect and get an IP and gain access to the internet."


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"Regarding the Xbox 360 I found a slight work around to get it working instead of making a new virtual wireless network. If you take and set it to TKIP and then connect the Xbox to the network you can take and set it back to TKIP+AES after successfully connecting. It seems the Xbox will remember to keep using TKIP after the first successful connection.
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Router is climbing. Up to $85 today
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Quote from tiyantiyan View Post :
It's a very good router.

For anyone interested, I'd suggest to use the OpenWrt based Gargoyle firmware, instead of the plain OpenWrt firmware.
It has all the features one could expect and it's much much easier than OpenWrt to get everything working.

Go to gargoyle-router.com, click download, and search for gargoyle_1.5.9-ar71xx-generic-tl-wdr4300-v1-squashfs-factory.bin to flash the device.

Using plain OpenWrt will require installing many additional pkgs and writing your own scripts. After that you better save them on your own desktop cause they will be gone next time the device is flashed or powered off for long assuming some of your scripts are saved at /tmp which is a virtual memory drive.
What scripts are you talking about? I've been running Attitude adjustment without issue, no scripting necessary.

Quote from yazyazoo View Post :
I got the lower version of this router the N600 and put OpenWRT Attitude Adjustment with Luci. It has been running rock solid and I had to install a package for DDNS service. I also noticed that there was a NZB package called NZBget for this router.

I tried stock, DD-WRT and OpenWRT with the N600 version. OpenWRT wroked best for my wireless. stock and DD-wrt would lose my 5G band and my phone wouldn't connect to 2.4 N on DD-WRT. Also router would drop connetion when doing large downloads 30 -40 GB from internet.

So far OpenWRT has been the best. Both bands have been solid and no drops during large downloads.
How did you get DDNS working? I installed the DDNS Luci package and it won't update my dyndns IP.

Quote from sammysamsam View Post :
is that on stock firmware? For some reason when i flashed to gargoyle, i could not connect my xbox to the wireless no matter what i tried. Installed different firmwares, static ip, etc. Nothing worked.
This is a known issue with the DDWRT firmware, I suggest going to OpenWRT if you have an Xbox.
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