TP-LINK TD-W8970 V3 Gigabit Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router for Phone Line Connections (300 Mbps, Media/Print Server and 3G/4G Modem, USB Ports for Storage Sharing) – Bargain

TP-LINK TD-W8970 V3 Gigabit Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router for Phone Line Connections (300 Mbps, Media/Print Server and 3G/4G Modem, USB Ports for Storage Sharing)

  • All-in-one device: ADSL2+ modem, NAT router, 4 Gb-port switch and wireless N access point
  • 300 mbps wireless speed and Gb ethernet ports, ideal for multiple HD video streams
  • Versatile connectivity: ADSL, ethernet WAN or 3G/4G modem for multiple internet connection types
  • One USB 2.0 port for storage sharing, printer sharing, FTP server, media server and 3G/4G modem
  • Three-years warranty

TP-LINK TD-W8970 V3 – TP-Link Wireless N Gigabit ADSL2+ Router

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3 Responses to TP-LINK TD-W8970 V3 Gigabit Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router for Phone Line Connections (300 Mbps, Media/Print Server and 3G/4G Modem, USB Ports for Storage Sharing) – Bargain

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    Dave Ensor says:
    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Does the job well, but admin features are far from perfect., 22 Sept. 2015
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    Dave Ensor (London, UK) –

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    My internet connection became unstable a couple of weeks ago; Talktalk support denied there was any fault on their side so I tried to work out whether anything had changed at my end. I then realised that my broadband speed had increased to over 15 megabits/sec from the 13 or 14 that it had been running at for the past few months.

    Looking at other reviews on Amazon I started to wonder if the problem was simply that my modem couldn’t cope with the increased line speed and decided that it was worth trying a new modem/router, preferably one that had only recently been released in the hope that it would cope better with higher bandwidth.

    The good news is that the Archer D20 has all the features I need (and a great many that I’ll never use) and I once again have a stable broadband connection, now at over 17 megabits/sec. Not only that the box included a new splitter which I thought was a nice touch along with a CAT5e (RJ45) cable. But you don’t need to hard wire a user device to this router in order to configure it because a default SSID and password are on the label on the bottom of the device. I can read the insanely small 5 point paragraph that the optician shows me when I collect a new pair of spectacles but I struggled to read the security info on the label; I can’t see any excuse whatever for the print being so small. Gotcha.

    As soon as you connect your device to the router you have to supply a new password but this is not the new wireless password, it is the admin password for the device. Gotcha. So now I needed to change the admin password because I wanted the new router to use the same SSID and wireless password as the old one, but I didn’t want the wireless password and admin password to be the same. So I downloaded the full manual from the TP-LINK website and tried to follow the instructions for changing the admin password. The relevant menu did not fit on my HD screen and it took me a couple of minutes to work out how to scroll it down to get to the option I needed – you don’t scroll the window, you find the almost invisible scroll bar next to the menu and scroll that. Gotcha.

    The rest of basic configuration was really easy and I was up and running on 2.4 GHz and switched off the guest options. Then took a look at the basic network map which told me that the internet was disconnected. Worrying, except that both my browser and my email client were happily using the bandwidth. Contacted TP-LINK support who politely told me that this problem “takes a long time to fix” and suggested that, as my internet connection was working, I could afford to ignore the diagnosis. Gotcha. I decided to agree, and noted that the Advanced Network Status display agreed that there was an internet connection.

    Last gripe – even the Advanced Network Status display does not say for how long the internet connection has been held. This was a useful piece of information on my previous TP-Link modem as it told me whether Talktalk were suffering service interruptions.

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    Paul says:
    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent replacement for Sky’s useless router – a brilliant and versatile router, 19 Nov. 2015
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    Paul

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    Bought this as a replacement for a near useless Sky router – it adds the all important 5ghz wireless frequency and gigabit Ethernet. Frankly, a router without these in the days of HD streaming is a waste of time.

    The router is a doddle to set up, but has a wealth of settings, from setting up a DMZ, set top box related settings, guest network etc. should your needs extend beyond those of the average user.

    Performance wise I cannot fault it – I’m realising my full bandwidth through very thick stone walls some 18 or so metres away from the router, even on 5ghz. It has also played nicely with different brand power-line systems and Ethernet switches.

    Aesthetically it is a fairly anonymous box – likewise the indicator lights are not too bright; a big plus for many I would guess. Despite appearances I have managed to stnd it on it’s side – this way you do not notice the antennas and in my setup you barely notice the router at all.

    As previously mentioned, I bought this to replace a useless Sky router- should you be doing the same the following settings will be required.

    Encapsulation: PPPoA (PPP over ATM)
    login/username: [email protected]
    Idle Timeout: 0
    Internet IP Address: Get Dynamically from ISP
    Domain Name Server (DNS) Address: Get Automatically From ISP
    NAT: Enable
    Multiplexing Method: VC-BASED
    VPI: 0
    VCI: 38

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    S. Fretwell says:
    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good Product, black mark against Amazon, 6 July 2015
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    S. Fretwell
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    I borrowed one of there from a friend to see if wireless would reach to all parts of my bungalow (rather long and thin), as this has caused problems for other routers in the past. So far this router has been excellent, hence now ordering one from Amazon.

    The bad news is: If I order a new item from Amazon, I expect a new item – not one that has been returned. Finding someone’s ADSL and wireless configuration on the device is a dead giveaway that this is a previously returned item. To be fair to Amazon, I raised with them and it was immediately sorted and the replacement should arrive today – But it shouldn’t have happened in the first place.

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