TP-Link TD-W8980 N600 modem-router

This dual-band ADSL2+ modem-router is reliable and inexpensive

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  • Expert Rating

    4.00 / 5
  • User Rating

    3.50 / 5 (of 7 Reviews)
  • Price

    $ 129.00 (AUD)

User Reviews:

Anak

4.5

1

Pros
Good range, Good internet management, great features
Cons
Rather large, Not a lot of ventilation, a bit of heat.
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I upgraded from a tp-link w8961nd. The range was better to reach places in the house where it didnt reach before.
With heavy torrenting the router managed to still provide good internet connection to other devices.
The downside is quite a bit of heat is generated. The router freezed once but found out it was heat related. The router is placed at a constant 34-36C air temp so the router was really hot before it froze. Problem solved with a usb notebook cooler. Never froze again but it's a problem that shouldnt have occurred in the first place.
I still think the features and pro still out weighs the cons.

Your Name

3.0

2

Pros
what's hot
Cons
what's not
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The coverage is poor, on the same floor about 7 meters far is showing only 73%,
I am using TL-WN3800 as wireless adapter.

Ernie

3.5

3

Pros
Great features of the price, current promotion (till 31/3/14) includes free dual band wifi dongle by redemption
Cons
Large footprint on desk.
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For under $100 this is a great buy especially with the dongle as none of my devices are currently dual band enabled.

Luke

4.5

4

Pros
Great Speeds, Dual Wireless Coverage, Great Admin Features, Simple and FAST to configure
Cons
A little large (Takes up a bit of room on my desk), Doesn't seem to cover entire house (cuts off when I'm sitting in bed)
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Great device that was very very very simple to set up, really just keyed in my provider name with username and password then BAM it configured all the defaults for me. Obviously if I want port forwarding or media sharing via USB I have to set them up separate but so far pretty happy. This is the first TP-Link for me after previously using other brands. I'm an avid IT user (for many different devices, ipads, iphones, pc's, laptops, xbox 360/one and ps3). Only disappointment that has me a little frustrated is that neither of the dual wireless networks 2.4 or 5 Ghz reach my bedroom. Still working on it so might have it ironed out but will probably contact Support to see what they can do as my old modem I could at least connect to (by leaning out of bed towards the modem until it connected lol).

SomeGuy

1.0

5

Pros
Overall design good
Cons
failure to meet specs on the box
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I bought 2 tp-link products this being one of them, both were faulty so I returned them and now I'll no longer trust tp-link. The ADSL modem on this router would reduce my bandwidth to about 20% of what it should be so I've gone back to my 5 year old netgear. After 4 days of testing and research I confirmed it wasn't an isolated issue.

Wardy

2.5

6

Pros
Dual 2.4GHz & 5GHz Wi-Fi is great
Cons
Turns out it is not yet "IPv6 Ready"
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Relatively inexpensive but not "IPv6 Ready". Unless there is a firmware update from TP-Link the modem currently doesn't work with Internode's IPv6 service. Also IPv6 could only be enabled (but still not work) when using PPPoE and not PPPoA.

Natilia

5.0

7

Pros
Good WIFI coverage
Cons
None
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Just bought it from one of local store to replace my 4 year old tp link router.

Four bed room, 12 devices, good speed and coverage!

Very happy for that!

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