In praise of the TP-LINK TD-W8960N.

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It’s not very often I get enthusiastic enough about a piece of kit to write about it.  Today, I’m going to make an exception.  I’ve had a few combined router/firewalls in my time, and none of them have lasted more than a few years.  And none seem to be able to keep a DSL line open for more than a few weeks without having to be rebooted.  Only electric kettles are, in my opinion, less reliable.

Well, when my 3-Com OfficeConnect thing blew up last year (who says the faulty capacitor plague is over?), I thought I’d spend some time reading reviews, instead of just getting something that had a famous name.  I need something that can do true port address translation, so that narrows down my choice a little.  I read lots of good reviews about the TP-LINK TD-W8960N.  I have to admit I’d never even heard of TP-LINK, but I bought one anyway.  I am so glad that I did.  Rarely have I bought anything that has just worked so well.  Compared to the several other routers I’ve owned, it is simply outstanding.  While there is little I can say about it, other than ‘it just works’, that is (in the field of routers), saying a heck of a lot.  It has been working for about a year, and has not once needed to be rebooted.  It also does that PAT that I need.  The price is great, too.  So, if you are in need of a router/firewall, and you stumble across this article, I can heartily recommend the TP-LINK TD-W8960N.

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