TP-LINK is making a good name for itself as it aspires to be one of the top three networking companies serving the SOHO market. The TL-WR1043NDT is a good example of why the company is so competitive.

The TL-WR1043ND 300Mbps billed as the “Ultimate Wireless N Gigabit Router” offers incredible value and performance in a small footprint that will be equally at home inside or outside a wiring closet. We popped it in a small Leviton box.

We replaced a D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme N Gigabit Router with the TP-LINK TL-WR1043NDT and instantly experienced more reliable performance. The two products resemble each other in design and features and we wouldn’t be surprised if TP-LINK was an OEM for D-Link.

Compared to the DIR-655 the TL-WR1043ND has a cleaner software interface and can be flashed with open source software such as DD-WRT. We tested it streaming media via a Synology NAS to a smart TV and it was noticeably faster than the D-LINK. Web browsing while moving large files via FTP was still pretty snappy. 

Primarily the biggest difference compared to the D-LINK DIR-655 wasn’t peak levels of performance but rather a consistent level of sustained and predictable performance. The TL-WR1043NDT works well and doesn’t randomly drop connections very often. We got kicked offline randomly only once during our testing and found the TL-WR1043NDT to be a very stable router.

With a street price currently hovering about $50 you simply can’t go wrong with the TP-LINK TL-WR1043NDT. It offers outstanding value and upgradability with a straightforward and easy to use design.

Check out all the specs and learn mor about TP-LINK here.