New AC Standard with Backwards Compatability
Overall I have had no problems with it. Everything connects to the wireless flawlessly. I have seen signal and performance increase over my old router. My laptop was getting about 5-6Mbps downloads on speed tests and now it's getting around 25 which is the same as my desktop plugged in.
It's very fast on the 5GHz band and is comparatively affordable
The Buffalo AirStation AC1300 / N900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router WZR-D1800H offers great value by adding support for 802.11ac on top of a high-end N900 router without increasing the price. However, the router doesn't have enough appeal for those who just need simple, low-budget wireless home networking.
Built in PPTP server, NAS feature supports DLNA and Torrent downloads
There is both good and bad news for those itching to run out and buy a draft 11ac router. The good is that, when paired with its WLI-H4-D1300 partner, the WZR-D1800H can produce almost 450 Mbps of aggregate throughput when handling multiple clients. Even better, though, its that the pair can produce around 100 Mbps of usable throughput at my weakest signal test point for a single test client!
Top throughput tested to date
The Buffalo AirStation AC1300/N900 Gigabit Dual Band WZR-D1800H is the first 802.11ac router to come to market, though it's draft 802.11ac. The device is the fastest router we've tested to date with excellent range. A poorly designed interface and no native IPv6 are the only blemishes on this otherwise killer router.
Offers decent performance
If you don't mind its inability to support USB hard drives formatted in NTFS, Buffalo's WZR-D1800H delivers better value than Belkin's AC 1200 router. Both models carry street prices of around £100, as does Buffalo's AirStation AC1300 wireless bridge. Belkin's 802.11ac bridge hasn't reached the market, yet, and its absence sharply curtails that router's usefulness. Moreover, Belkin's router and bridge support only two spatial streams on each wireless network.
Good little travel router
Overall, it is a very versatile and certainly compact device, and your experience may be very different depending on how you use it. As an access or router, simply to give you a wireless signal for devices without an Ethernet port, it will do everything you expect, except, perhaps a great wireless range, as the antenna is somewhat limited.
Great price, Tiny, Many features
While most of us won't see such drastic cuts in download speeds, it may be worth considering a more robust router for your permanent home connection, especially if you have a very fast broadband connection.
For those on more modest connections, and certainly for those who want to take a router with them as they travel, then the TP-Link 150Mbps Wireless N Nano Router is an excellent device.
Super easy setup!
First of all it's a very cool looking product, second of all it is very easy to setup with the included CD and instructions and last I love that I now have Wifi all over my 2 story house and it is made of concrete! so very very happy. I have also found my signal and connection to be much more stable.
Good value for money
The W8691ND is certainly not pretty but it does the job. More expensive routers have lots of extra bells and whistles and better on-board software, but those extras arenÃ¢Â?Â?t necessary for a basic wireless network, and may not use the router's on-board software more than once. As an inexpensive way to upgrade a slow wireless network, this router hits the mark.
Flexible and great performance
This device is great since it runs DD-WRT, so you have many flexible choices on configuring it, but the defaults out of the box work well. For example, if you connect the router via DHCP to a cable-modem then you don't have to specify logins such as PPPoE. If you are technically adept, you can customize many options such as creating a guest-only network for visitors who need to connect to the internet, but not gain access to the rest of your network.
Packs a lot of features
I have to give TP-LINK credit for pushing the envelope for simultaneous N600 routers. The TL-WDR3500 packs a lot of features, including storage sharing, up and downlink bandwidth control and simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi for a mere $50. Unfortunately, its wireless performance is too uneven for me to give it an unqualified thumbs-up.
Very cost-effective dual-band wireless router
TP-Link has delivered a fully-functional and very cost-effective dual-band wireless router in the TL-WDR3500. Even though this model doesn't have gigabit Ethernet, there is nothing that is holding this N600 router as one of the best in its class.
Excellent bargain router, but not without it's quirks
Bought this to replace the shockingly poor D-Link DSL-2640R which was unable to maintain a stable connection (i.e. frequent disconnects) and, more annoyingly still, would not reconnect quickly (or at all sometimes) after it had dropped the connection.
The TP-Link by contrast is a marvel, holds the connection well and - should the line have problems - reconnects quickly and without requiring a reboot.
Full Featured Wireless Router
A final comment about the bandwidth that this unit supports. You need to keep in mind that no matter how fast and how much data a router can pass, it cannot make your Internet connection any bigger or any faster! So, if your Internet connection is capable of 10 gigabits per second and your router is capable of 800 gigabits per second guess what? The fastest connection you can get is 10 gigabits per second!!
Great MiFi/Hotspot for general use, useless for P2P work
I have a Huawei E585 mobile hotspot unit, but the bad limitation of that unit is that only 5 WiFi devices can connect at the same time, which for our family (2 x laptops, 3 x phones, Android Tablet, Wii, WiFi Printer, etc) is not enough, and we have to power units off/on all the time to get things working.
When I saw the new ZTE MF80 I was very happy to order it - 10 x WiFi devices are allowed, 4G capability (faster for me), etc, it seemed great.
Best router I have ever used
Overall this is one of the best routers that I have used and while it does have a few limitations (most of which can be fixed in software (really hoping for the ability to customize what the side buttons do), it offers solid performance and is very reliable (which is to be expected and demanded in this price range.
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