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TP-Link TL-WR842ND

details: 300Mbps Multi-Function Wireless N Router
hardware type: Wireless Router
date added: 2011-11-09
updated: 2016-07-08
The TL-WR842ND integrates 4-port Switch, Firewall, NAT-Router and Wireless AP. Powered by 2x2 MIMO technology, the 300Mbps Multi-Function Wireless N Router delivers wide range and high speed, which can fully meet the needs of users demanding higher networking performance.

Additionally, the TL-WR842ND provides a USB port which supports storage/FTP/Media/Print Server.

With multiple protection measures, including SSID broadcast control and wireless LAN 64/128/152-bit WEP encryption, Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA2- PSK, WPA- PSK), as well as advanced Firewall protections, the TL-WR842ND provides complete data privacy.
 TL-WR842ND Features
 Availability: currently available
 LAN / WAN Connectivity
 WAN ports: 1
 WAN port(s) type: 10/100 Base-TX (RJ-45)
 WAN port auto cross-over: yes
 LAN ports: 4
 LAN ports type: 10/100 Base-TX (RJ-45)
 LAN ports auto cross-over: yes
 USB port(s): 1
for printers and storage devices
 USB port type: USB 2.0
 NAT routing: yes
 Multihomed: yes
 DMZ: yes
 Port forwarding: yes
 Port triggering: yes
 DHCP server: yes
 DHCP client: yes
 Dynamic DNS client: yes
 QoS: yes
 UPnP: yes
 MAC Address clone: yes
 Maximum Wireless Speed: 300 Mbps (Wi-Fi 4)
 WiFi standards supported: 802.11b (Wi-Fi 1)
802.11g (Wi-Fi 3)
802.11n (Wi-Fi 4)
 Wifi security/authentication: WEP
Wireless MAC Address filtering
SSID Broadcast disable
 WiFi modes: Access point
Wireless bridge (PtP)
 external antenna(s): 2
 ext antenna(s) removable ?: yes
 Antenna connector: RP-SMA (Reverse SMA)
 Antenna gain: 5 dBi
 Receiver Sensitivity: -68 dBm
 Multiple SSID: yes
 WDS compatible: yes
 WMM (QoS): yes
 WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup): yes
 VPN Authentication: IKE (IPSec) Key Management
 IPSec passthrough: yes
 IPSec simultaneous tunnels: 5
 L2TP passthrough: yes
 PPTP passthrough: yes
 SPI firewall: yes
 DoS / DDoS protection: yes
 Filtering: Domain/URL blocking, IP Address filtering, MAC Address filtering
 Device Management
 Default IP address:
 Default admin username: admin
 Default admin password: admin
 Administration: Web-based (LAN)
Remote configuration (WAN)
Quick Setup Wizard
 Firmware upgradeable: yes
 Configuration backup/restore: yes
 Usage Statistics: yes
 Diagnostic functions: yes
 Misc hardware info
 Print Server: yes
 Product page:

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  User Reviews/Comments:
by anonymous - 2013-05-07 17:19
I have used this router for 1 year so far. Bought it because it has a feature of being a print server. Unfortunately, this did not work for me. It supports mostly newer printers and my older Brother laser printer is not supported. That is the only reason why not giving it rating 5. Everything else is excellent:
- range - covers entire house,
- speed - actual throughput is 50 - 80 Mbps when using mixed mode b/g/n and 75 - 100 Mbps when using n-only mode,
- stability - after upgrading firmware, did not restart for months,
- features - I specifically liked access control - to restrict Internet usage to kids, but there is also bandwidth control and multiple SSIDs,
- USB file sharing - I put external USB HD and shared it on the network.

range, wireless speed, stability, USB file sharing
limited printer support, no gigabit LAN ports
by dikbozo - 2018-04-09 23:10
I have been using this router for several years. I don't recall exactly when but it has replaced my old blue Linksys WRT54G v2.0 that died an untimely death for no apparent reason after only 11 years of service. :(

This device has served my needs well. I discovered it is compatible with DD-WRT and has a near constant stream of updated betas. All functions work as advertised. All seems to be within spec. I get long uptimes measured in months. No drop outs in wireless and usually have three devices running simultaneously. The wired ports work as well as could be expected, no drop outs. The thing never gets more than slightly warm even when hammering downloads.

Over all this has been a worthy successor to my venerable and still missed Blue WRT. I would suggest anyone wanting a cheap and capable router that can run DD-WRT and needs a stable and trouble free device consider one of these.
by dikbozo - 2018-12-27 20:58

As of today the good news is this little saucer box still works tickety boo. Continuing string of betas from DD-WRT have continued to be trouble free. I almost forgot about the switch that turns the wifi off and on. I wish more had this feature.
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