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Buyer beware - Service Fees Required, Pitiful features
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 11, 2020
I have to give this router a DO NOT BUY recommendation.
***WARNING*** Before you consider purchasing this router, understand that full functionality *REQUIRES* a subscription. This is not disclosed in the product description on the Amazon website.
The hardware and specifications of this router sounds great, and maybe it is, but the software is not. This router cannot be fully configured from the web interface of the device, you are *REQUIRED* to install the "TP-Link Tether" application on your phone to configure anything in the "HomeCare" class of settings. This includes Antivirus, Parental Control, and QoS.
All of the HomeCare features require a paid subscription to fully function. The router comes with a 6 month trial of these features at which time you pay up $5.99/month or $54.99/year or the full functionality is terminated. Antivirus will be completely terminated. Parental Controls and QoS will be crippled to "basic" features.
I don't really care about the Parental Controls, but QoS is critical for VoIP, Gaming, and other services that depend on real-time service. Even in the fully-enabled trial, the QoS settings are pitiful. You can only select general categories. You have no access to control specific devices, transports, or ports. You can only select from generic configurations like Gaming, Streaming, and Chatting. As far as I can tell, there is little to no effect of QoS and there is no was to disable the feature.
Signal coverage is mediocre at best. My ancient Linksys E3200 had much better coverage in my home and much better controls.
This router is at a low price point, but unfortunately it is just cheap, not inexpensive.