TL WR2543ND 1 TP Link launches its first dual band router

Wireless routers are a dime a dozen these days, but we're quickly moving towards faster devices and 450Mbps routers seem to be the next common standard, the current limit of the Wi-Fi standard. TP-Link is now finally joining the part with its TL-WR2543ND, rather than the TL-WR2843ND which we spotted back at Computex in early June. It's the company's first dual-band router, but it has a slight drawback compared to the TL-WR2843ND.

Wireless routers are a dime a dozen these days, but we're quickly moving towards faster devices and 450Mbps routers seem to be the next common standard, the current limit of the Wi-Fi standard. TP-Link is now finally joining the part with its TL-WR2543ND, rather than the TL-WR2843ND which we spotted back at Computex in early June. It's the company's first dual-band router, but it has a slight drawback compared to the TL-WR2843ND.

TL WR2543ND 1 TP Link launches its first dual band router

The TL-WR2543ND looks rather stylish in silver and black rather than the glossy red and black TL-WR2843ND that was on display at Computex. The TL-WR2543ND is a dual-band 2.4 and 5GHz router with four Gigabit LAN ports and one Gigabit WAN port as well as a USB 2.0 port. The downside of the TL-WR2543ND is that it's not a simultaneous dual-band router, so you either end up with it running at 2.4GHz or 5GHz which is a bit of a downside if you have devices that don't work on the 5GHz band.

TL WR2543ND 2 TP Link launches its first dual band router

Overall, the TL-WR2543ND seems to be very similar to TP-Link's older TL-WR1043ND, but with a new chassis and the addition of the 5GHz band option. There's no mention of what hardware is inside the router, but some information we found online seems to point towards it being an Atheros based router. No word on pricing as yet either we're afraid, but judging by TP-Link's usually affordable pricing, we'd imagine the TL-WR2543ND will be competitively priced, just make sure you understand what you're buying if you're getting one, or wait for the TL-WR2843ND which offer simultaneous dual-band operation.

Source: TP-Link