This was a Christmas gift from my husband last year coz I was having trouble with another router. We were in a nearby mall and wasn’t really planning to buy but since the problem with the old one became consistent, he gave in to my wishes, lol.

I’ve already researched and asked my techy friends on what is the best router for them, a brand that they’ve been using for some time now. I have this friend who owns a computer shop just outside our village and she said that she’s tried most of the branded ones already. Her last one which she’s been using at home and in the shop for almost 3 years now, is a TP-Link. So, in short, that what I bought..

TP-Link Wireless Router

Price: Php 2,400 or $60

I wasn’t really sure how to install one and I don’t want to call my service provider to install it coz then I have to pay extra for that. Luckily, the model I bought, a 150 Mbps Wireless N Router, No. TL-WR740N, has a manual and a cd so I was able to easily install it. The instructions were easy to understand so I didn’t have trouble finding where to insert the cables.

TP-Link Wireless Router

It’s obvious that the cd needs to be run first. I think, I hardly looked at the manual coz there’s a label or mark for each button and terminals. What I did was insert the cd and followed the instructions from there.

TP-Link Wireless Router

HARDWARE FEATURES
Interface 4 10/100Mbps LAN Ports
1 10/100Mbps WAN Port
Button Quick Setup Security Button (WPS Compatible)
Reset Button
Power On/Off Button
External Power Supply 9VDC / 0.6A
Wireless Standards IEEE 802.11n*, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b
Antenna 5dBi Fixed Omni Directional
Dimensions ( W x D x H ) 6.9 x 4.6 x 1.3 in. (174 x 118 x 33 mm)
WIRELESS FEATURES
Frequency 2.4-2.4835GHz
Signal Rate 11n: Up to 150Mbps(dynamic)
11g: Up to 54Mbps(dynamic)
11b: Up to 11Mbps(dynamic)
EIRP <20dBm(EIRP)
Reception Sensitivity 130M: -68dBm@10% PER
108M: -68dBm@10% PER
54M: -68dBm@10% PER
11M: -85dBm@8% PER
6M: -88dBm@10% PER
1M: -90dBm@8% PER
Wireless Functions Enable/Disable Wireless Radio, WDS Bridge, WMM, Wireless Statistics
Wireless Security 64/128/152-bit WEP / WPA / WPA2,WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK
SOFTWARE FEATURES
WAN Type Dynamic IP/Static IP/PPPoE/
PPTP(Dual Access)/L2TP(Dual Access)/BigPond
DHCP Server, Client, DHCP Client List,
Address Reservation
Quality of Service WMM, Bandwidth Control
Port Forwarding Virtual Server,Port Triggering, UPnP, DMZ
Dynamic DNS DynDns, Comexe, NO-IP
VPN Pass-Through PPTP, L2TP, IPSec (ESP Head)
Access Control Parental Control, Local Management Control, Host List, Access Schedule, Rule Management
Firewall Security DoS, SPI Firewall
IP Address Filter/MAC Address Filter/Domain Filter
IP and MAC Address Binding
Management Access Control
Local Management
Remote Management
OTHERS
Certification CE, FCC, RoHS
Package Contents TL-WR740N
1 fixed omni directional antennas
Power supply unit
Resource CD
Quick Installation Guide
System Requirements Microsoft® Windows® 98SE, NT, 2000, XP, Vista™ or Windows 7, MAC® OS, NetWare®, UNIX® or Linux.
Environment Operating Temperature: 0℃~40℃ (32℉~104℉)
Storage Temperature: -40℃~70℃ (-40℉~158℉)
Operating Humidity: 10%~90% non-condensing
Storage Humidity: 5%~90% non-condensing

For more details on this product, click HERE

A few minutes later and my internet was up and running. The salesman/technician at the computer store said that it could run 24 hours straight, 7 days a week, and I bought it specifically for that reason. So, I tested it and really wanted to see if what I’ve researched was true.

Alas! I found my “true companion”! I’ve been using it for 4 months now and I only turned it off when the whole family is out and no one is home. It hasn’t failed me yet and not even a hint of problem!

Some of you know that I work online, so having a good internet provider and a reliable router is important. The router, I use for my gadgets and 2 laptops. Yeah, I multi-task, so knowing that I have the best router (for me), makes my life a little easier.

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