TP-LINK TL-WR841HP 300Mbps High Power Wireless N Router Review

Internet use has become essential nowadays and people have become highly dependent on good internet connections.  Be it mobile or wired, internet is as necessary as the basic needs of people since a lot of services, entertainment or productivity related tasks now need the internet.  More homes are now internet connected but with this comes a very common problem – the limited range or reach of the Wi-Fi modem or router. If your home is big or has many floors to it, the reach of the Wi-Fi is a problem especially if you have thick walls.

This certainly was our problem at home.  PLDT’s router wasn’t cutting it and the Wi-Fi signal was constrained to the ground floor of the house.  Rooms at the upper levels were not getting any signal so I had to look for an effective solution.  There are many options to expanding your Wi-Fi signal and I even tried a good but limited option in the past.  Then someone recommended a high power router and my search landed me the TP-LINK TL-WR841HP 300Mbps High Power Wireless N Router, an affordable router priced at only P2,200.

What’s it the Box

Inside the box, you will find the router, two 5dBi antennas, a Quick Installation Guide, a Power Adapter, Ethernet Cable and a Resource CD.

Design

The TP-LINK TL-WR841HP 300Mbps High Power Wireless N Router is a well-designed router with a predominantly black finish.  It is modern-looking by router standards and is quite compact as well.  Being a high power router, however, the TP-LINK TL-WR841HP employs two long antennas which you might find unappealing but this is necessary for this type of router.

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TP-Link WR841HP 300MBPS High Power Wireless N Router

The main box uses a beautifully done piano-black finish in the middle but the rest of the device is made of hard plastic.  The notification lights are on the top of the router, near the bottom edge.

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TP-Link WR841HP 300MBPS High Power Wireless N Router

The box is tapered towards the front and is thick at the back where the internet and power slots are located.  Overall, the TP-LINK TL-WR841HP is well made and the materials feel sturdy enough.

Set-Up

Setting-up the TP-LINK TL-WR841HP 300Mbps High Power Wireless N Router is fast and easy.  You just need to install the antennas to the routers and use the supplied bracket to adjust the position of the antennas for optimal performance.  Then you connect the Ethernet cable from the modem and plug in the router.

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The username and password is found at the bottom of the router but if you want to change this, you can configure the router easily, either via a web browser or through the CD that came in the box.  Both options are surprisingly easy.

iOS and Android App

One of the things I like about the TP-LINK TL-WR841HP 300Mbps High Power Wireless N Router is its companion app which is available for both iOS and Android users.  The app can be used to monitor the connections so you can easily block users who are connected to the router.  You can also easily change the password of the router through the app.

For parents, the app will be a welcome tool since it also has a Parental Controls feature which can control the sites a specific device can access and can even manage the time spent on the internet.

Use and Performance

The TP-LINK TL-WR841HP 300Mbps High Power Wireless N Router is versatile.  Users can connect up to four desktop computers directly via the LAN slots at the back of the device.  The TP-LINK TL-WR841HP router also comes with wireless standards like IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g and IEEE 802.11b, making it a dependable router with backward compatibility.

As a range extender, the TP-LINK TL-WR841HP 300Mbps High Power Wireless N Router shines.  It simply worked as advertised.  Its high power amplifier and two detachable external 5dBi high gain antennas provide superior wireless range.  With the TL-WR841HP, users can get wireless network signal indoors and even outdoors.  The TP-LINK TL-WR841HP provides excellent signal without interruption and has exceptional range for a router.   The Wi-Fi signal of this device cuts through walls and obstacles and reaches even the upper floors.

With its Wireless N technology, the TL-WR841HP provides high speed connection and good coverage. Its speed of up to 300Mbps makes it good for video streaming, online gaming and Internet calls.  Indeed, in our experience, the TP-LINK TL-WR841HP delivers good speed for browsing, video streaming and even online gaming.  I have had no issues with this router so far as it serves its purpose well.

Verdict

The TP-LINK TL-WR841HP 300Mbps High Power Wireless N Router is an excellent choice if you are looking for a high power router at home.  It’s an affordable router, priced at only P2,200, which works advertised.  It provides superior wireless range with excellent signal, handily cutting through walls and obstacles.  It is also a high speed router, with speed of up to 300Mbps, making it good for internet browsing, video streaming and online gaming.  The companion app is an excellent add-on as it lets users easily manage the router, offering a quick way to change the password and manage the users.

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