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TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND DD-WRT FlashRouter

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Quick Overview

• 4 Gigabit Ports, 1 USB Port
• 3 External Antennas
• Wireless-N 300 Mbps
• DD-WRT Firmware Installed More Info

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Invigorate any home or office network with an under-appreciated but stellar TP-Link TL-WR1043ND. One of the best 2.4GHz routers available, this TP-Link boasts 4 Gigabit LAN ports, 3 powerful omni-drectional antennae—excellent for wireless connections with an integrated USB Port for external storage devices or networking a printer. The TL-WR1043ND router has won awards worldwide for its exceptional hardware and wireless networking features, including: "Best Product", "Best Wireless Router", "Editor's Choice" and "Best Design" award in Spain, Belgium, Holland and Hong Kong.

The TP-Link WR1043ND hardware offers advanced features such as Signal Sustain Technology (SST) simultaneously transmitting across three spatially-diverse paths and incorporating information from three receivers within the signal processing at the receiver. The TP-Link TL-WR1043ND dramatically increases link robustness and throughput, greatly reduces connection drops, and achieves average 50 percent better sustained throughput than does the 2x2 MIMO system.

FlashRouters takes this high performance TP-LINK hardware and boosts its capabilities by installing DD-WRT firmware. A DDWRT upgrade allows for many upgraded settings and options including Virtual Private Network (VPN). Use the TL-WR1043ND to connect through PPTP, L2TP, or OpenVPN protocols—encrypting previously unsecured network traffic with your own VPN network or using popular VPN service providers.

Popular TP-Link TL-WR1043ND DD-WRT Setup Options

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 that includes all the most popular DD-WRT features:

  • VPN Router: Upgrading to a DD-WRT TL-WR1043ND allows for built-in VPN connections with OpenVPN and PPTP, creating a secure tunnel for any device just by connecting to the router. When you use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection, you get an additional layer of Internet security and encryption that allows you to mask your location or to access regionally restricted video and streaming content. Read more about what VPN can do under the VPN Service tab.
  • Dual Router Setup: In the dual router setup, one router is connected to your local Internet Service Provider and the TL-WR1043ND can be used as a dedicated VPN router. Learn more about the FlashRouters Dual Router Setup.
  • Wireless Extender/Bridge Options: Depending on your build and chip type, you can set up a variety of wireless extender options with a DD-WRT router. This will allow you to extend the current reach of the router, improving wireless range in homes and offices. You can also use DD-WRT to create a wireless bridge. With a wireless bridge, you can establish a wired connection without running actual cables and you can create wired ports for a 3G/4G MiFi device. Get a more extensive breakdown in our post on Wireless Repeaters and Bridges. Please look under the Support Plan tab for additional tech support information if you plan to use one of these setups.

The FlashRouters Difference

The TP-Link TL-WR1043ND FlashRouter arrives pre-installed with a recent, tested, stable DD-WRT firmware build. Forget spending hours deciphering 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.

Each FlashRouter arrives at your doorstep with a personalized setup guide that is tailored to your requested network information, making your network centerpiece installation as simple as possible. The right router, the right firmware, right now!

FlashRouters steps in to offer what many router manufacturers won't: better firmware, network configuration assistance and responsive American tech support that will actually answer your questions.

  • Free VPN Service Integration: If you have a favored VPN provider, we'll configure the FlashRouter for you and ship it out with the setup information or a visual setup guide for your chosen provider. If you need assistance choosing the right service for you, just contact our support staff. Read more about this option under the VPN Service tab.
  • Custom Configuration & Setup Guide Included: Include your preferred router setup options in the order checkout comments or a FlashRouter configuration specialist will be in contact to tailor your new router to your networking plan.
  • Free Online Tech Support: Should you run into an issue during Internet or VPN setup, our skilled DD-WRT techs can assist in getting the connection up and running. Read more about this option under the Support Plan tab.
  • DD-WRT Warranty: DD-WRT firmware installation voids manufacturer warranties. FlashRouters provides a 90-Day Warranty for DD-WRT installations.
  • Worldwide Shipping via USPS.
Want more insight into all DD-WRT firmware offers & how it differs from Tomato?

Review the basics of DD-WRT firmware or watch our DD-WRT info video:


Additional Information

Firmware Upgrade
Wireless Frequency Band(s)
Single Band (2.4 GHz)
Wireless Data Rates
N300 (300Mbps)
Wireless Standards
IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet Port Type
Gigabit (10/100/1000Mbps)
Ethernet Ports
USB Ports
Antenna Type:
Number of Antennas
Wireless Security
WEP, WPA Personal, WPA Enterprise, WPA2 Personal, WPA2 Enterprise
Processor Brand:
Processor Model:
Processor Speed
400 MHz
Flash Memory (MB)
Power Adapter
100v-240v ~50-60Hz (Compatible Worldwide)
Volt Input
12V 1.5A
Hardware Version
Product Condition
Serial Port(s)
Package Contents
A/C Power Supply, Customized Setup Guide, Ethernet Cable
90 Day Limited Warranty
Choose VPN Service
None Required
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What Makes A FlashRouterDifferent?

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.

  • DD-WRT OR TOMATO PREINSTALLED: A tested and stable firmware build with enhanced security by one of our customization experts.
  • FREE PLUG AND PLAY VPN SERVICE PRE-CONFIGURATION: Enter your VPN username, password and preferred server location in final step of checkout.
  • FREE ONLINE TECH SUPPORT: E-mail & remote Teamviewer included.
  • DD-WRT & TOMATO WARRANTY: We include our own open-source firmware warranty.
FlashRouters Dual Router Setup Switch seamleasly between local and VPN network on any device, anytime!
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