Around the FlashRouters office, the TP-LINK is quickly becoming the go-to, high-powered dual band N600 device. With its powerful dual external antennas and USB ports, peppy processor, and its sleek exterior design from our favorite under-the-radar router manufacturer, it is easy to see why it has quickly become the apple of our eyes.
Dual band routers are basically two wireless routers in one. The TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 is a performance-optimized simultaneous dual band Wireless-N router, joining the blazing fast speeds of 600 Mbps on the crystal clear 5GHz band with the traditional 2.4GHz band.
Hand off the day-to-day applications (such as e-mail and web browsing) to the standard 2.4 GHz band. Devote the clearer, less-interfered 5 GHz band to bandwidth intensive or latency-prone applications (i.e. those that like to buffer when you least want to see it) such as streaming HD video (think Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video) or online console gaming on Xbox 360 or PS3. Using the ample power of the external antennas, you'll likely have speed to spare and share.
Still a wire lover? The WDR3600 excels at wired performance. Utilizing five Gigabit ports and 800Mbps+ hardware NAT, wired Internet devices will now have lightning-fast, lag-free connections. Users can power a robust home media network for streaming media players (Roku, AppleTV, Boxee) along with 2 networked USB ports capable of sharing flash storage, networking printers, FTP servers, and more.
Flashing the WDR3600 with DD-WRT introduces advanced network security in the form of the ability to connect to VPN service providers. Using VPN allows you to create a secure tunnel for connected devices just by connecting to the router, giving you an additional layer of Internet security, advanced encryption, and allowing you to mask your location.
Using DD-WRT can make your network infinitely more stable and easier to tweak. FlashRouters creates a complete out-of-the-box, plug and play, DD-WRT-upgraded router solution. No more CDs or installation software. The product is set up to perform prior to shipping.
The TP-LINK WDR3600 FlashRouter is an excellent choice for those who crave top-notch streaming video from Netflix, MLB.tv, HBOGo, Hulu, Crackle, Amazon Instant Video, and BBC iPlayer, among others. Tired of buffering? Go with the stability and customizability of the open source DD-WRT Linux kernel!
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The TP-Link WDR3600 is not the Crown Jewel of the FlashRouters collection, but it isn't the bottom of the barrel either. A solid middle of the road device for anyone looking for a basic VPN connection. Not the best, but definitely reliable.
This is the first router I have ordered from FlashRouters. I am very unfamiliar with firmware and the like but the support team was very helpful. Definitely recommended.
Forget spending hours deciphering and testing the DD-WRT forums/website/Wiki for the correct hardware version and proper build only to discover that you've improperly flashed your device and bricked it.
FlashRouters offers what many router manufacturers won't: better firmware plus basic network and VPN service configuration assistance from responsive and highly trained USA tech support that will actually answer your questions.