Modems, routers and switches are probably some of the most tucked away critical equipment. However with much more interestingly designed products these days, you might want to reconsider their placements. Likewise, TP-Link thinks that its time they took the plunge to make their wares more pleasing for their customers and brought out a whole new range of routers and modem routers that have a spaceship inspired design.
Supporting 450Mbps throughput on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz spectrums simultaneously (hence the unofficial N900 moniker), the TL-WDR4900 is a pretty large 802.11n dual-band Gigabit router. It has all the usual functions you would come to expect from a high-end product like quad Gigabit LAN ports, dual USB ports for shared storage, FTP/media/print server needs. Other features include a one-button WPS setup function and triple high gain dual-band antennas.
When we asked TP-Link on the need to have such an imposing router, they were quick to mention that it’s part of their new design direction to create a pleasing looking router that consumers and businesses alike would like to incorporate them as part of their home/office décor when strategically placed. It’s not bulky, but rather it occupies a footprint twice of what you would normally expect out of wireless routers. As a design piece, we think it’s interesting and might even complement your home/office to kick off a conversation. The downside is that you need a certain amount of space to accommodate it, but it’s a trade off you’ll have to weigh if space is a premium for you.
If you’re looking for a modem router, TP-Link has one that can manage Wireless N750 speeds with the TD-W8990. It looks identical to the TL-WDR4900 mentioned above, except that it incorporates ADSL modem functions.