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TP-Link TD-W8980

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TP-Link TD-W8980 review: specs and price

TP-Link TD-W8980
TP-Link TD-W8980
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Why is TP-Link TD-W8980 better than the average?

  • WiFi speed
    600MB/svs506.02MB/s
  • External antennas
    3vs1.01
  • LAN ports
    4vs3.72
  • USB ports
    2vs0.81
  • Height
    32.5mmvs41.65mm

Top specs and features

General info

1.LAN ports

4

With more LAN ports you are able to connect more computers to the network directly using LAN cables.

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8

2.weight

1.1kg

Best

Asus WL-330NUL

17.5g

3.WAN ports

1

A WAN (Wider Area Network) port is most commonly used to connect the router to the Internet. It can also be used to connect to an external private network.

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2

4.USB ports

2

With more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.

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Trendnet TEW-714TRU

2

5.thickness

160.6mm

Best

Asus WL-330N

12mm

6.width

243mm

Best

Asus WL-330NUL

21mm

Performance

1.WiFi speed

600MB/s

A higher maximum Wi-Fi speed results in better performance. This is measured in megabytes per second.

Best

Asus GX1008B V5

2000MB/s

2.Has 802.11n WiFi connection
TP-Link TD-W8980

802.11n is a wireless standard released in 2009. It has faster transfer rates and improved security compared to its predecessors - a, b and g.

3.Has dual-band technology
TP-Link TD-W8980

Dual-band devices can transmit data quickly on the newest 5GHz band, using recent standards (eg. 802.11n, 802.11ac). They can also use the older 2.4GHz band if needed.

Antennas

1.external antennas

3

More antennas result in increased signal strength. External antennas can be repositioned in order to improve the signal, and replaced with a longer antenna if needed.

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Asus RT-AC68U

3

2.internal antennas

2

More antennas result in increased signal strength. Devices with internal antennas often take up less space.

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Sitecom WLR-6100

6

Security

1.Has a built-in network firewall
TP-Link TD-W8980

A network firewall protects a computer network from unauthorized access.

2.Has a static IP address
TP-Link TD-W8980

Static IP addresses remain consistent on each connection. This means the IP address can be used to allow remote access/configuration. Most home devices have a dynamic IP address, whereas larger companies usually use a static IP address.

3.Has a URL filter
TP-Link TD-W8980

URL filters are particularly useful if you want to allow different web access depending on the time of day, for instance allowing employees to use personal email outside of working hours.

4.Has MAC address filtering
TP-Link TD-W8980

This is a security feature in which network access is granted to devices based on their unique MAC address. It can provide increased security, but it can be a risk if the user loses the device.

5.Has PPTP Passthrough
TP-Link TD-W8980

You can enable PPTP (Point-to-point tunneling protocol) Passthrough. This allows VPN connections using PPTP to pass through the router with ease. This method is less secure than L2TP passthrough.

6.Has L2TP Passthrough
TP-Link TD-W8980

You can enable L2TP Passthrough. L2TP (Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol) is a VPN (Virtual Private Network) protocol for carrying data from one device to another securely over the Internet.

Features

1.Has QoS
TP-Link TD-W8980

With (QoS) Quality of Service, you can optimise performance by deciding which traffic to prioritise when a bottleneck occurs. You can decide which traffic is important based on things like IP address and type of Internet service.

2.Has Universal Plug n Play
TP-Link TD-W8980

Universal Plug n Play (UPnP) is a set of networking protocols that permits networked devices, such as PCs, printers, Internet gateways, Wi-Fi access points and mobile devices to find each other and exchange information on the network.

3.IPv6 enabled
TP-Link TD-W8980

IPv6 is a newer version of the Internet Protocol. IPv6 operates as a separate network to IPv4, and has the capacity for more IP addresses and more features.

4.Has static routing
TP-Link TD-W8980

Static routing is a simple form of routing, recommended if you have just one, or a small number, of routers to connect. They need to be configured and updated manually.

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