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TP-LINK N600 Wireless N Dual Band Gigabit Router w/ 2x USB Ports (TL-WDR3600) EXPIRED

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Newegg.com has TP-LINK N600 Wireless N Dual Band Gigabit Router w/ 2x USB Ports (TL-WDR3600) for $68.99 - $15 w/ promo code EMCXVWL24 - $15 rebate = $38.99 with free shipping. Thanks Discombobulated

Price Research: Our research indicates that this TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router w/ 2x USB Ports is $27 lower (41% savings) than the next best available price from a reputable merchant with prices starting from $66. - brisar

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#241
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wait. QOS for tomato is only enabled on the WAN port. how are they testing it on internal transfers?
I misspoke sorry. You are right, this is routing performance as smallnetbuilder tests (see http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/la...revision-3). This is actually a key point because virtually no one has a 20+ megaBYTE internet connection, at least at home. I pick that number because that is the routing speed of this router with QoS on using either Asus or Tomato, with Tomato being slightly faster and having a better QoS implementation.

QoS is essential if you push your internet connection speed with simultaneous VOIP (e.g. Vonage, Ooma, Skype), gaming, large high speed downloads, high bandwidth streaming (e.g. Netflix HD), and/or have a lot of users. Codel will help keep latency low for real-time applications (e.g. VOIP, gaming). Using any of these applications solo will be fine without QoS (as long as you have enough bandwidth).
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#242
I received my router today. Based on initial test, its about 3 - 3.5 times faster than my previous router, a Linksys (Cisco) WRT120N router. This is using the stock firmware. So, this is very impressive for the price. Why all the hate for the stock firmware? Anyone know where the QoS setting is in settings?
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#243
Just checked. It is oos.
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I received my router today. Based on initial test, its about 3 - 3.5 times faster than my previous router, a Linksys (Cisco) WRT120N router. This is using the stock firmware. So, this is very impressive for the price. Why all the hate for the stock firmware? Anyone know where the QoS setting is in settings?
Stock is fine on this router. Sometimes it definitely is not, but this is not one of those cases. 3rd party firmware just lets you do some other fancy things Smilie
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#245
Any chance of this coming back in stock?
Came late to the party...
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#246
I really hope so dealgeek007, I was almost late going to work so I wasn't able to buy earlier today. Now I wish I just would have went in late. Wink
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Quote from dealmonkey View Post :
I received my router today. Based on initial test, its about 3 - 3.5 times faster than my previous router, a Linksys (Cisco) WRT120N router. This is using the stock firmware. So, this is very impressive for the price. Why all the hate for the stock firmware? Anyone know where the QoS setting is in settings?
Could you confirm if the router came with the latest stock firmware?

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Any chance of this coming back in stock?
Came late to the party...
Quote from night_51501 View Post :
I really hope so dealgeek007, I was almost late going to work so I wasn't able to buy earlier today. Now I wish I just would have went in late. Wink
Umm might be a couple of months before they are back on sale again. The last deal was around BF?
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Umm might be a couple of months before they are back on sale again. The last deal was around BF?
The 4300 was on sale on 02/05/13 and the 3600 was on sale on 01/11/13, which is when I bought it.
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The 4300 was on sale on 02/05/13 and the 3600 was on sale on 01/11/13, which is when I bought it.
any major difference between the two besides the extra antenna= better range on the 4300? Did it come with the latest firmware?
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any major difference between the two besides the extra antenna= better range on the 4300? Did it come with the latest firmware?
Higher max theoretical throughput its an N750 (300/450) vs N600 (300/300) firmware I got was latest DEC 2012 mine was $11 more than this one is.

Also different chips
AR9580 chip and the latter an AR9582 (4.1 watts vs 4.6 watts on)
WDR4300 supports three data streams on that frequency while the WDR3600 supports two
Read more: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/buying...z2LXujRToR


"N600, N750 and N900 all make the guarantee that simultaneous dual-band usage won’t impede the performance of any single network. With N600, users get 300 Mb/s on both the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands. N750 ups the 5 GHz band to 450 Mb/s, and N900 gives you two simultaneous 450 Mb/s connections."
http://nerdblog.londondrugs.com/w...s-n-speeds

In realty as long as you are N600 or above you'll be happy... below is where you sacrifice by losing the simultaneous dual-band usage.

In most tests the 3600 performs the same as the 4300 (actually outperforms it in some tests at 2.4 GHz wheras the 4300 does better at 5Ghz)...but three antennas look cooler and it was at the time a better deal. My kids use 5GHz for games so for me the 4300 was a better choice.
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any major difference between the two besides the extra antenna= better range on the 4300? Did it come with the latest firmware?
http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/3...-identical


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Higher max theoretical throughput its an N750 (300/450) vs N600 (300/300) firmware I got was latest DEC 2012 mine was $11 more than this one

Also different chips
AR9580 chip and the latter an AR9582 (4.1 watts vs 4.6 watts on)
WDR4300 supports three data streams on that frequency while the WDR3600 supports two
Read more: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/buying...z2LXujRToR


"N600, N750 and N900 all make the guarantee that simultaneous dual-band usage won’t impede the performance of any single network. With N600, users get 300 Mb/s on both the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands. N750 ups the 5 GHz band to 450 Mb/s, and N900 gives you two simultaneous 450 Mb/s connections."
http://nerdblog.londondrugs.com/w...s-n-speeds

In realty as long as you are N600 or above you'll be happy... below is where you sacrifice by losing the simultaneous dual-band usage.

In most tests the 3600 performs the same as the 4300...but three antennas look cool
I never knew the "Nxxx" is the industry's standard when it comes to describing the specs of the routers. Cant wait to get mine today!
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#255
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any major difference between the two besides the extra antenna= better range on the 4300? Did it come with the latest firmware?
What Boltman said...

The extra antenna is for that extra bandwidth. 450Mbps is 75Mbps x 3 streams x 2 non overlapping channels. See this Cisco whitepaper [cisco.com]. Says you need the third antenna for the 3rd stream. They are even implementing a 4th antenna to boost the real world transmit distance for 450Mbps coverage, from like 15ft out to 30ft.

EDIT: Now that I think of it, that 3 streams/channel would explain why I see three distinct bars on my WiFi when I do a site survey.
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