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

Bargain basement networking with performance to match

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Our Verdict

A low-cost wireless ADSL modem router that fails to provide ease-of-use or performance


  • Low cost


  • Poor interface
  • Poor wireless performance
  • Complex for the novice user

TP-Link's TD-W8961ND is an unapologetic budget, no frills 300Mbps Wireless N ADSL2+ modem router.

This basic box seemingly provides everything a home or SOHO user might need to get ADSL broadband over a landline and share it around the home with Wireless N networking.

If you're looking to upgrade from an existing out-dated BT Home Hub 1.0 or other 802.11g wireless equipped ADSL modem router, then this could be an ideal low-cost solution.

The TD-W8961ND is squarely aimed at the entry-level market, yet still features a ADSL2+ modem router with 300Mbps Wireless N.

So coming in at under £40 it certainly succeeds on the value front.

It comes with a number of ease-of-use features that should help even the basic user through setting up their broadband connection, along with securely connecting wireless devices to the ADSL2+ modem router.

Alongside these are a host of far more complex features that add greater interest to this otherwise somewhat dull budget ADSL2+ modem router.

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