TP-Link TL-WDR3600 and WDR4300 preview: N600 and N750 routers

TP-Link is known for providing a lot of bang for your buck, and this was definitely true for the TL-WR2543ND. When we reviewed the 450Mbps router earlier this year, it earned the Bronze Award. It will be interesting to find out whether the new TL-WDR3600 and the TL-WDR4300 will manage to impress us equally.

In terms of looks, the WDR3600 and the WDR4300 are completely different to the WR2543ND. That's fine with us, because while we liked how it performed, the design of the latter router didn't do anything for us. The WDR3600 and the WDR4300 still can't exactly be called stylish, but they definitely look better than the WR2543ND.

The only noticable external difference between TP-Link's two new routers is in the number of aerials - the WDR3600 has two, while the WDR4300 has three. The real main difference between them is that the WDR3600 is a so-called N600 model, while the WDR4300 is a N750 model. The experts among our readers will know that means that the WDR3600 has a maximum theoretical speed of 300Mbps on both bands, while the WDR4300 can achieve 300Mbps on 2.4GHz and 450Mbps on 5GHz.

The WDR4300 costs an average of £84, and the WDR3600 costs an average of £62.50.

Both routers are equipped with four gigabit LAN ports, a WAN port, two USB ports, an on/off button, a WPS button and a switch for enabling and disabling the wireless connection. All of the network chips are from Atheros, and they're the same on both PCBs, apart from the 5GHz one. That's because the WDR4300 supports three data streams on that frequency while the WDR3600 supports two, and why the former has an AR9580 chip and the latter an AR9582. The CPU and 2.4GHz band come from an AR9344 chip, and the switch is an AR8327. Rach router had two 64MB Hynix RAM modules for a total of 128MB of RAM. You can read the rest of TP-Link TL-WDR3600 and WDR4300 preview on Hardware.info.