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Old 12-03-2020, 08:09 PM
 
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Don't be offended I don't agree, like it's not normal. LOL

TP_LINK is and always has been the "value brand". Nothing wrong with the "value" brand but I prefer to support the more well known and IMO better ... major brands I guess we can call it? Same reason I don't buy or recommend Acer.

I don't care about reviews or that "they are both made in China". Acer has good reviews too. Netgear is absolutely a more reputable company. And when it comes to the important gear, I prefer the better brands.

You can tell a lot IMO about a company by the "About Us Page" of their website.
https://www.tp-link.com/us/about-us/corporate-profile/

https://www.netgear.com/about/

I'll support the brand that has a significantly better online presence.
And it's not that I've never bought TP... I have. Had a wifi USB adapter from them. It was trash. So it's not just branding or support that I like.
I use TP-Link switches all the time without fail. Most of this low end 5- and 8-port hardware is extremely commoditized anyway.

However, a router is a bit different than a switch given the potential to either slow down your traffic or let someone through that you shouldn’t. I’d probably pay a few dollars more for a better brand. But I’m an outlier anyway, running Untangle as my router on an i5-4590 system with around 80 IP devices in my house.
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Old 12-04-2020, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I'll take 30k reviews over ONE person on an internet forum. Sorry, but that's just me. Fact is they both work just as well.
I would hope I have earned a little respect on this forum by now. I would hope my word would hold a little more weight around these parts.


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I use TP-Link switches all the time without fail. Most of this low end 5- and 8-port hardware is extremely commoditized anyway.

However, a router is a bit different than a switch given the potential to either slow down your traffic or let someone through that you shouldn’t. I’d probably pay a few dollars more for a better brand. But I’m an outlier anyway, running Untangle as my router on an i5-4590 system with around 80 IP devices in my house.
Agree on this. I would be much less choosy on a wired device. Wifi is so important these days and I've had a lot of issues both personally and professionally by going with "value brands". Firmly believe it's worth an extra $20 to get a, even marginally better, 'name brand'.
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Old 12-04-2020, 11:58 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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I would hope I have earned a little respect on this forum by now. I would hope my word would hold a little more weight around these parts.
The guy asking for a router doesn't frequent this forum so I assume has no idea who you are. Your word in this case is as good as anybody else's word.

These are general suggestions. I post my opinions and of course you are free to post your own. I don't believe it has to turn into an argument or that you have to take it personal.

You not liking TP-Link as a brand is based on your experience. I would compare that to the one person giving a 1 star review when the majority are giving 5 star reviews. Maybe he got a defective product or had other connectivity issues and blamed it on the router. He had a bad experience but it's one person, doesn't mean everybody else did. Consensus matters.

But if the OP is still around, buy the best you can afford. Since I had the Netgear, I've had zero problems and have had it 3 years.
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Old 12-05-2020, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Not really arguing bro. Y'know I love ya'. More like discussing.

Oh and yes, I absolutely put stock into a companies webpage. You've been around since 1996 TP LINK and that's your about page? You couldn't find any time to add a little more detail to your webpage? I certainly don't demand an entire ABOUT US section like Netgear has, but maybe I would like to know a little more about you. If that is as much effort as you can put into ABOUT US, how much effort do you put into anything else???

It's the little things.

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Old 12-11-2020, 07:25 PM
 
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I'm finding that some routers (like Netgear) uses a smartphone + app for setup. Is that the only way, or is it possible to access the settings from a web browser?
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Old 12-14-2020, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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I have a netgear (AC1700?) and can access the settings from my browser.
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Old 12-14-2020, 08:31 AM
 
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I'm finding that some routers (like Netgear) uses a smartphone + app for setup. Is that the only way, or is it possible to access the settings from a web browser?
Should be able to do both from Netgear. I can control the major stuff with the Orbi app. Web interface lets you get into the nuts and bolts.
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Old 12-14-2020, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Yes, they still make an interface for the browser. They all do.
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Old 12-14-2020, 10:25 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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Yes, they still make an interface for the browser. They all do.
Of course they do.

I would prefer that to any app. Some people don't have PCs I guess.
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Old 12-14-2020, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I prefer it, as well, but the app is great for initial setup. Couple of clicks and it's working. Then I login to the browser and tweak. It's great for remote control, too.
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