Internal Analysis. Once we remove the top cover of the router, find all sheet metal components without covering them. On the left side we find everything about the wireless part of the team, with wifi controller, amplifiers and antennas. In the center we find the switch controller and flash memory. On the right side we have the computer\’s CPU, RAM memory and power supply. In detail the wireless part of the team, the wireless controller is the Atheros AR9380-AL1A, supports WiFi a / b / g / n, supports MIMO 3T3R for maximum wireless performance, we will provide up to 450Mbps of wireless transfer through the use of Three Stream. It is compatible with all wireless encryption and also has energy saving features. According to the official website reads, this chip is optimized for P2P applications and supports Wi-Fi Direct. You can see more HERE
Download Firmware Router TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND. This model of TP-LINK features selectable dual-band 450Mbps speed thanks to Three Stream, so it is MIMO 3T3R, has 3 removable external antennas, also has 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports for LAN and Gigabit Ethernet port to the WAN. It includes a USB port for sharing files via Samba, FTP (both local network and internet) and print server and DLNA (Media Server), all integrated into the firmware and WPS button for quick and secure synchronization .
Now that we know the main features of this new model, we go with the specifications.
Technical features: Wireless: It has 3 external antennas, MIMO 3T3R is (3 antennas emission and 3 transmit antennas) reaches up to 450Mbps in each band. It is selectable dual band (not simultaneously).
Ethernet: Realtek RTL8367R. Gigabit connectivity and supports Jumbo packets.
CPU: Atheros AR7242-AH1A running at 400MHz.
RAM: Zentel A4S12D40FTP-G5 with 64MB capacity.
Flash: Spansion FL064PIF with 8MB capacity.
Wireless controller: Atheros AR9380-AL1A
Wireless Amplifiers: SiGe SE 2595L
Power supply: You need a DC voltage of 12V and a current of 1.5Amp.
Once we know their technical characteristics, we go with the external review team.
This router is presented in a green box as the predecessor, but the box is significantly larger. We can see the main features of this router such as 450Mbps wireless transfer, dual band (selectable and not simultaneously) and also has USB for connecting printers and WDS to connect with other routers and expand the wireless signal. In the back we have a scheme in which the new router can operate (mainly domestic environments), we also have all the possibilities afforded us by the USB port. On the right side we have the main features and a comparison with other models of the brand. Once opened the box and pulled out the contents of it, we can see everything very well packaged and with the logo of the brand TP-LINK everywhere including plastic that protects the router.
Download Firmware Router TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND. We should mention that this router is pretty cool, is heated very little. If you touch the top, we see that is tempered, however, below is a little warmer but not too much. It\’s colder than the TL-WR1043ND. The team\’s main LEDs can see here, from left to right are: POWER, WiFi 2.4GHz, 5GHz Wi-Fi, 4 LEDs for LAN, WAN, USB and finally the padlock indicates the activation of WPS fast and secure synchronization of Wi-Fi. If we turn to the router, we can see the main connections. From left to right we have: Current input button on / off, reset button, port USB2.0, Gigabit WAN, 4 Gigabit LAN ports, and finally the WPS button. This is a detail which have integrated the start button unemployed, thus not have to remove the power cord from the router or adapter plug if we turn it off (finally have put it). We can see that has many vents. We also have a sticker with the parameters to get into the router settings via the Web (recommend not using the CD), it is appreciated that they have included these parameters, especially for home users who do not have to know anything about routers or walk guessing credentials.
At the top you can see the 3 wireless amplifiers, one for each UFL connector and for each antenna, so we have a real 3T3R necessary condition for Three Stream, reference amplifiers is: SiGe SE 2595L. Therefore, each time you want to change bands, we must restart the router, serves not only to save changes. You can see the antennas welded to the nameplate are 3 antennas to go directly to external antennas that are removable and you can install other higher gain to expand coverage. We also note 3 UFL connectors that come directly from each of the amplifiers (MIMO 3T3R).
The power supply, 12V and 1,5Amp needs. We believe that the current intensity may be insufficient if we connect an external hard drive 2.5 \”unpowered … ie a hard drive that gets power directly from USB. In tests we have done, we have done with a hard drive of these, and we\’ve had no problems, if they 2Amp would have been better, as do other manufacturers (Sitecom WL-309 Gaming Router). The CPU team is Atheros AR7242 reference-AH1A. This 400MHz CPU works, therefore the speed of USB is not as high as in other teams. For example, the new Linksys E4200v2 carries a 1.2GHz CPU running at speeds in the USB up to 20MB / s.
The Ethernet controller, reference is Realtek RTL8367R has 5 + 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports, operating in 10/100 / 1000Base-T PHY. Each Ethernet port supports full-duplex 10/100 / 1000M and half-duplex 10 / 100M. Support for jumbo packets up 9216bytes. 64 Supports access control rules, support for IEEE 802.1Q VLAN and QoS by IP and MAC.
The yield obtained in this test is really bad, have tried to disable the Firewall if he considered DDoS attack, but the result is the same. This test simulates how to behave with 100 and 250 concurrent connections to P2P, if we have high speed internet can not take full advantage of the connection (all your bandwidth). However, although this test has failed, we tried to use P2P really a Internet speed 1.5MB / s and we have not had any problems since few TCP connections are fully open and in this test, most they are semi-open.
We can say that the wireless performance of this team is pretty good. In the 2.4GHz band has surpassed its predecessor and is on par with the best wireless routers achieving very good transfer rates. In the 5GHz band also acts at the level of the best. It is a shame that this router is not simultaneous dual-band, and we have to choose one side or the other and not both at once because it had been a very positive point. This router also has a single USB 2.0 port, and thanks to firmware can mount a Samba server to share files in local network. It also incorporates an FTP server for both LAN and Internet, as well as a Media Server (DLNA) ..
We believe that the reading speed is acceptable, but expected more. The writing speed is quite low compared to reading. We can use the USB to connect a hard disk and use the router as a central media server continuously since low speeds.
Today, get a new router with selectable dual band simultaneous rather, is to be one step behind your competitors, however, has performed excellently in wireless testing. We must be critical to the performance obtained in the LAN and the WAN as it has been very poor and we expected more. We believe that the difference in price (20 €) compared to its predecessor, is not justified, because although it has slightly improved performance and options USB, wireless performance, and has the ability to work in the 5GHz band the great handicap is found in the LAN and WAN performance. We think that this router is a look at what will be its top-end router, TP-LINK TL-WR2843ND with simultaneous dual-band 450Mbps.