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I'm Connected: A TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 Wireless N600 Dual Band Router with 2 USB ports and a Wireless On/Off Switch Review

  • Apr 10, 2013
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We were using a highly annoying D-Link Xtreme N Dual Band Gigabit Router. The wireless field constantly seemed to expand and shrink as well as routinely collapse all together. Connectivity was unreliable in our house as a result. When the option to review an alternative was presented to me, I eagerly opted to do so.

The TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 Wireless N600 Dual Band Router, made in China, comes packaged with the router, two antennas, a power cord, and an Ethernet cable along with documentation and an install disc. Features and benefits include 600Mbps wireless speed, a 5GHz band with less interference, gigabit wired speeds, printer sharing, file and media sharing, wireless on/off switch, easy setup assistant, WPS button, bandwidth control (IP QoS), and live parental control. This router is promoted as being the middle performing unit between the higher TL-WDR4300 and lower TL-WDR3500 routers.

The instructions say to connect all the hardware then install the software. However, a sticker on the back of the router states "Run CD before connecting cables." So I chose to start by running the CD first. The CD brings up a setup Wizard where one selects their product and what action they wish to take. I selected the "Easy Setup Assistant" and got the install started. The first step was to connect the router to my computer. Then I answered a few questions and the router was set up in about 10 minutes. Then I started resetting all the other wireless devices, pointing them to the new router.

In the process, I noticed my internet connectivity was extremely slow to non-existent. I had a strong wireless signal, so I pulled up the router settings in my browser and took a look. Under wireless security, I noticed the wizard had set this to AES. I updated the setting to Automatic and rebooted the router. This resolved my issue and I was now getting expected results. Then the real problem hit, the Hawking Range Extender wouldn't recognize the new network. I tried on and off for hours with no luck, before calling Hawking for assistance. As it should be, they had everything resolved in a matter of minutes. My Home network was back to normal.

The TP-LINK USA Corporation provides a 2 year limited warranty on TL-WDR3600 Wireless N600 dual band routers purchased in USA. The warranty covers the main device, antenna and external power supply failures due to defects in material or workmanship. The maximum liability of TP-LINK is equal to or no higher than the product's purchased price.

A few days after the transition was made, I finally gave up looking at device connectivity. I can watch a full episode of a show on Hulu in the TV room without having the internet connection disconnect. I'm no longer watching a wireless field expand, shrink, or collapse. The wireless network simply works the way it should, unnoticed in the background.

If you're an online gamer, the TP-LINK TL-WDR4300 may be a better option. Otherwise, the reliable TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 Wireless N600 dual band router is worthy of consideration.

PROS:
2.4GHz 300 + 5Ghz 300Mbps simultaneous dual band
Two USB ports for sharing printers and/or storage
Gigabit wired speeds
Compatible with Windows 7, Mac OS, or Linux based operating systems
Easy setup assistant provides quick and hassle free installation
Live parental control
Supports IP QoS (Quality of Service)
24/7 technical support
2 year limited warranty

CONS:
None

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