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TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N Nano Router

Bought the TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N Nano Router [1] (TL-WR802N) from Hachi.tech [2]. Hachi.tech is a online tech-focused marketplace by Challenger.

The nano router cost S$45 with a 5% rebate. In Challenger stores, they are selling it for S$50 (member’s discount is S$45).

I need a small router in my master bedroom to cover a small dead zone. The router has to be small enough to be hidden in Bluelounge CableBox [3] and needs to be powered by USB. The only two devices that will connect to this router is probably Li Xiang and my phone.

I initially thought of getting the Apple AirPort Express [4] but it was too expensive at S$148.

The next alternative was the Asus WL-330NUL (World’s Smallest Router) [5] at S$59 but I thought it might not be as powerful as the TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N Nano Router. And given the price, it is more expensive than the TP-Link’s one and hence I ended up going for the TP-Link.

TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N Nano Router - Box Front [6]
TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N Nano Router – Box Front

TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N Nano Router - Box Back [7]
TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N Nano Router – Box Back

TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N Nano Router - Box [8]
TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N Nano Router – Box

TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N Nano Router - Box Contents [9]
TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N Nano Router – Box Contents

TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N Nano Router - Instructions #1 [10]
TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N Nano Router – Instructions #1

TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N Nano Router - Instructions #2 [11]
TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N Nano Router – Instructions #2

TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N Nano Router - Top [12]
TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N Nano Router – Top

TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N Nano Router - Bottom [13]
TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N Nano Router – Bottom

The TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N Nano Router is powered by USB (Micro USB) and it measures 57mm x 57mm x18 mm. It supports IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b and comes with one 10/100Mbps WAN/LAN Port.

The only complaint I have is the 10/100Mbps WAN port. I wish it comes with a 10/100/1000Mbps WAN port instead. I don’t mind paying a higher price for that given my Internet connection is 1Gbps.

I am also not sure how it can archive the theoretical 300Mbps wireless speed given that the bottleneck is the 100Mbps WAN port.

TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N Nano Router - Ports [14]
TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N Nano Router – Ports

In my living room, I am able to achieve about 94Mbps down and 92Mbps up with a ping of 3ms on my iPhone 6s Plus.

Speedtest - Asus RT-AC88U [15]
Speedtest – Asus RT-AC88U

Using the TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N Nano Router in my master bedroom, my speed is about 77Mbps down and 91Mbps up with a ping of 14ms

Speedtest - TP-Link TL-WR802N [16]
Speedtest – TP-Link TL-WR802N

The speed is good and better than what I expected considering the size and the price for the router.

TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N Nano Router [17]
TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N Nano Router