Budget Wireless-N Router Comparison: EnGenius ESR-9850 vs. TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND
Based in China, TP-LINK is a manufacturer of computer networking products. The company is a global provider of SOHO networking products claims to be the #1 market share holder in China. Also, it has successfully started its first four overseas branch offices in Singapore, India, USA and Germany.
The TL-WR1043ND that we are looking at today is TP-LINK’s top-of-the-line product for their 300Mbps 102.11n router line-up. What makes it different from the other models is that it has Gigabit WAN and LAN. It is also equipped with a USB port for resource sharing over the network.
In its two tone white and black casing, the router (unfortunately) looks identical to its lower end models. There is a Quick Security Setup (QSS) button on the front which basically does WiFi Protected Setup (WPS). WPS allows devices to connect to the router securely with ease.
The router has three large removable RP-SMA antennas. They may be mistaken for a 5dBi but TP-LINK has specfically stated they are only 3dBi.
The back of the router contains a power jack, reset button, one USB port and RJ45 jacks for LAN (four) and WAN (one) ports.