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For around $17, this router gets the job doneDong Ngo reveals why he can't risk getting the cheap, but quite good, TP-Link TL-WR841N Wi-Fi router.
[MUSIC] Hi guys. I'm **** Ngo. This is the WR841N router from TP-Link. Now this one is very simple router with very dated hardware. It is a single band router working only on a 2.4 GHz frequency band. And has on paper the WiFi speed of just 300 megabits a second. On the back it has all the usual ports, 4 LAN ports and 1 WAN port or internet port, but all of these ports are slow, 100 megabits per second ethernet. So this type of hardware was Used more than ten years ago. In fact, the hardware is so embedded that I had to ask myself three times, why should I rebuild it? And every single time the answer was, because it's really cheap, and it's quite popular, too. That's right. You can have this router here for just about $17 So, let's say it's turned out to be a bad deal. Well, just quit coffee for three days and you're fine. Financially. But the thing is, it's not a bad deal. At least, not for everyone. Of course, it cannot compare with other wireless I've reviewed in the last few years. But, in testing, it has a wi-fi range long enough for a small apartment and a wi-fi speed fast enough to do the sharing A modest broadband connection. So, here's the thing. If you live in a small home, have a connection to the internet that about 30 megabit per second for download or less, want to share that with a few devices wirelessly, and most importantly, you want to spend as little as Possible on a router. This one is for you. Or you can also use this as a spare router in case your main one breaks. For more on this one, check out my full review on cnet.com. Now, just to be clear, this is not a router for me, and not because I have a big stack of routers, But mostly because me risking not having coffee for three days is a huge [UNKNOWN] for the world. Really. You don't wanna see me without coffee. And that's because I'm [UNKNOWN] and this has been the first look at the TLWR841N router. Home TP-Link. Well I have one right here, so, beautiful. [MUSIC]