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TP-Link TL-WR1043ND review

The TP-Link TL-WR1043ND is a great no-frills option for upgraders on a budget

Our Verdict

For

  • Great price
  • Fast speed (despite being single band)

Against

  • Not many features
  • Not the easiest to set up

Just £42 for a superfast modem? Seems fishy. That's the price you'd pay for a standard Wireless G router, not a dual-band Wireless N model.

The TP-Link TL-WR1043ND – one heck of a mouthful – isn't actually a dual-band router; it's just a lowly single-band. Surely that means it has no chance against the dual-band devices in this test.

Well, no. In fact, it's quite the opposite. Although the TP-Link doesn't benefit from the 5GHz transmission band, it has a crude way of making up for this, using three antennas to ramp the standard 2.4GHz signal to its maximum. And it works, with the fastest recorded transmission speed of the 1GB test file over wireless.

There wasn't much different between this and the other routers at short range, but at the 10 metre range with two walls separating each laptop, it took just four minutes 20 seconds.

Aside from being the fastest router in the test, the TP-Link TL-WR1043ND doesn't really have all that much to offer – not that it really needs to.

The installation proved to be one of the trickiest of the test, which is probably what you get for paying just over £40 for the privilege. After scouring TP-Link's simple but extensive web interface trying to figure out why it wouldn't connect to the internet, we pinpointed it to a conflicting IP address. A beginner would have given up long before we did.

Other than an additional USB port on the back, which can be used to attach storage devices and access media on them, the TP-Link doesn't really have any other features that help it rise above the others.

But then again, not everyone wants all the gimmicks under the sun – there are plenty that just want a no-frills router that delivers what they're really interested in – fast wireless internet.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeWireless Router
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
ISM BandYes
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
USBYes
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports4
Number of Broadband (RJ-45) Ports1
Total Number of Antennas3
Wireless Transmission Speed300 Mbps
Brand NameTP-LINK
ISM Maximum Frequency2.48 GHz
Height28 mm
Width200 mm
Depth140 mm
ManufacturerTP-LINK Technologies Co., Ltd
Product ModelTL-WR1043ND
Product NameTL-WR1043ND Ultimate Wireless N Gigabit Router
Manufacturer Part NumberTL-WR1043ND
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.tp-link.com
Marketing Information

The TP-LINK Wireless N Gigabit Router TL-WR1043ND is a combined wired/wireless network connection device integrated with internet-sharing router and 4-port Gigabit switch. Adopting advanced MIMO (Multi Input Multi Output) and SST technologies, it provides incredibly high wireless speed of up to 300Mbps; at the same time it features Gigabit Ethernet ports for wired connections, these two options for robust, guaranteed throughput ensure that you are more free to enjoy multiple simultaneous bandwidth consuming and interruption sensitive applications such as streaming HD video, making internet calls, sharing large files and playing online games. The TL-WR1043ND is specially equipped with a USB Storage port on the back of the router for connecting USB storage devices to the network, which makes centrally storing and sharing media content and files from a USB storage device for everyone more convenient.

Package Contents
  • TL-WR1043ND Ultimate Wireless N Gigabit Router
  • 3 detachable Omni Directional Antennas
  • Power Supply Unit
  • Resource CD
  • Quick Setup Guide