TP-Link TD-W8961N 300Mbps Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router review

Bargain basement networking with performance to match

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We tested the wireless and WAN performance to see how the TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N ADSL2+ modem router TD-W8961ND performed compared to a similar model, in this case a standard BT HomeHub 2.0.

Compared with the BT box the wireless transfer speeds were shockingly bad, but things did pick up.

The ADSL matched the downsteam and beat the upstream by a substantial amount, both in physical connection and tested transfer speeds. The TP-Link router happily performed at 100BaseT levels on the LAN connection

Wireless transfer speed

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ADSL connection speed

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ADSL transfer speeds

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Tech Specs

Product TypeModem/Wireless Router
Broadband Transmission TechnologyADSL2+
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
ISM BandYes
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports4
Total Number of Antennas2
Wireless Transmission Speed300 Mbps
Brand NameTP-LINK
Form FactorDesktop
ISM Maximum Frequency2.48 GHz
Height27.9 mm
Width175.3 mm
Depth119.4 mm
ManufacturerTP-LINK Technologies Co., Ltd
Product ModelTD-W8961ND
Product NameTD-W8961ND Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router
Manufacturer Part NumberTD-W8961ND
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationThe TD-W8961ND Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router is an All-in-One device that combines the function of a high speed ADSL modem, a 4-Port 10/100Mbps NAT router and a wireless access point. It is designed to give you a one-stop solution to acquiring and sharing high-speed Internet access over a wired/wireless network. Supporting the latest ADSL standards, the TD-W8961ND brings with it much higher speed than a dial-up connection. Complying with the IEEE 802.11n standard, users will get up to 15X the speed and 5X the range of conventional 11g products*. Now you can enjoy more kinds of bandwidth consuming applications like HD video streaming wirelessly which can not be accommodated by 11g products, from anywhere in your entire home or even the yard, imagine all the possibilities with TD-W8961ND wirelessly!
Package Contents
  • TD-W8961ND Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router
  • 1 x External Splitter
  • 2 x RJ-11 Telephone Cable
  • 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet Cable
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • Resource CD
  • 1 x DC Power Adapter