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TP-Link TL-WDR3600 and WDR4300 review: two shades of black

N600 and N750 routers from TP-Link

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Introduction

TP-Link is known for providing a lot of bang for your buck, and it was definitely true for the TL-WR2543ND. When we reviewed this 450Mbps router earlier this year it earned the Bronze Award. It will be interesting to find out whether the new TL-WDR3600 and the TL-WDR4300 will manage to impress us equally.


In terms of looks the WDR3600 and the WDR4300 are completely different than the WR2543ND. That's fine with us, because while we liked how it performed, the design of that router didn't do anything for us. The WDR3600 and the WDR4300 still can't be called stylish exactly, but it's a bit better than how the WR2543ND looked. Also, we can't help but be reminded by how Netgear routers are named.

TP-Link TL-WDR3600
The TP-Link TL-WDR3600...

The only external difference between TP-Link's two new routers is in the number of antennas, the WDR3600 has two, while the WDR4300 has three. The main difference between the two is that the WDR3600 is a so-called N600 model, while the WDR4300 is a N750 model. The experts among our readers will know that it means that the WDR3600 has a maximum theoretical speed of 300 Mbps on both bands, while the WDR4300 can achieve 300 Mbps on 2.4 GHz and 450 Mbps on 5 GHz.

TP-Link TL-WDR4300
...and the TP-Link TL-WDR4300

The WDR4300 costs an average £84, and the WDR3600 costs an average of £62.50.


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