The TP-Link TL-WDR3500 (starting at $40, Amazon) has a couple of extra features that aren't usually available in a router as cheap as this one, but its durability is questionable. In a TP-Link TL-WDR3500 review for Legit Reviews, an expert admires the router's features, which include a USB port for connecting and sharing a printer or flash storage device. Testing showed that this N600 router runs well, providing good speed, up to a theoretical maximum of 600 megabits per second, without dropping connections. Another plus is the router's interface, which the reviewer considers well organized. A wizard guides novice users through a quick and logical setup process. All in all, the reviewer found this router worthy of the site's Value Award.
Consumers give the TP-Link TL-WDR3500 good reviews on the retail site Newegg. In particular, buyers praise the router's easy setup and clean interface. Some also appreciate that the router has a USB port and can act as a media server, storing and streaming entertainment content such as movies and music to other devices connected to the network. On the other hand, several users complain that the router's range is subpar, and a few warn that the router has stopped working relatively quickly.
The TP-Link TL-WDR3500 is an 802.11b/g/n router. It has the usual four 10/100 LAN ports on the back, in addition to the USB port. This is a dual-band router that runs on the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. For security, the TL-WDR3500 relies on WEP or the newer WPA/WPA2 protocols. Users can set up a guest network with this router, which also includes a firewall.
TP-Link manages to slip in some nice features while keeping the price of this model low, and clearly buyers and experts appreciate that effort. However, the router doesn't seem to be the most durable on the market, and its range is not as good as competitors. Given its low price, this router is worth checking out. Just make sure to keep the receipt handy in case you need to return it, and don't park the router too far away from the devices that need to use it.