CNET First Look
The Totolink A2004NS is a great home Wi-Fi router, with a little catchCNET editor Dong Ngo compares the Totolink A2004NS AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router to dating. So whether or not it's a great experience depends a lot on you, too. Care to find out why?
[MUSIC] Hi, guys. [UNKNOWN] and this is the A2004NS AC1200 wi-fi dual band gigabit router from Totolink. Now, Totolink is from the same country that also gives us Samsung, Hyundai and, of course, kimchi. South Korea, that is. And this product here is quite interesting. First, it's basically impossible to figure out where it's from. [INAUDIBLE] you can place this however you want and it still looks quite good. Also these four antenna here, they can be folded on top like this, if you want to pick it up or simply want to reduce the wi-fi rate. Now, other than that, the router here comes with the usual four gigabit lan ports and one gigabit, one, or internet port. There's also this USB port right here to host a storage device. This is quite a good design that makes working with a router very convenient. In my testing, the router has the top sustained wi-fi speed of some 130 Mbps and some 80 Mbps for the 5Ghz. And 2.4 giga hertz band, respectively. Now that's not super fast, but not slow either. The router also has very decent range, and most importantly, very stable Wi-Fi signal. basically performance wise, it's a very good router. However, it can be tricky to make it perform well, at least in the sticks, that's because even when set to WEP in this region, the router still announce for silly thing wi-fi channels that is not allowed in the North America,. On the fact that you have frequency band for example only channels 36, 40, 44, 48, 149, 153, 157, 161, and 165 are allowed. Yet you have the option to pick any other channels too, such as channel 60, channel 100, etc. And here's the kicker... The router has the functions of picking the best channel for you, a tool that basically scans and finds the channel that's currently not used by surrounding routers and access points. And every time you use this tool, it will pick a channel that's not allowed. Simply because it's available. It's available because it's not allowed in the first place. It's frustrating. It's like using a dating service that always matches you with a nun, just because you're single. So, calling this one the smartest network device is quite a far fetch. Also the web interface here is not the most intuitive I've ever seen. If you're going to take your time to figure things out, but if you're impatient. It can be a cast of characters and for new user, all these menu items here can be intimidating. The good thing is, I'm neither impatient, nor am I a new user. And for that reason I like this new version here quite a bit. And why it's worth the current $90 price tag is a hit. Now for more of this router here check out my full review on cnet.com. You know, it can be a great experience or a headache. Depending on who you are, where you're from. But not so much on how much on how much you have in your pockets. And for that alone issue is very [INAUDIBLE]. Don't ask me why. Cause I'm Longo and this has been a first look at the A2004NS wi-fi browser from Toro Link.