TP-Link TL-WR720N Router Review: Worth Buying?

By posted on August 30, 2015 4:34PM
TL-WR720N Router Review

A few weeks ago, we added something new in our reviewing section. Till this date, we have reviewed a lot of smartphones, tablets, laptops, games, apps and the list goes on. We have just added the Router Review in our list too. So, for today we have got the TP-Link TL-WR720N Router Review to share. This is a Wireless Router which provides a speed of 150Mbps and it is a very good router in terms of price range as well. This gadget is available at every retailer stores, and you can order this device online too. So, if we check teh company profile, then we find that TP-Link as a company is worth trusting. 

TP-Link has launched a lot of products in India and they have been successful so far. Anyway, this is the TP-Link TL-WR720N Router which was manufactured a few months ago and it is a 2015 router. It has got some additional speeds and stuff. Apart from this router, there are a lot of routers from TP-Link which are available in the market. So, to begin with the TP-Link TL-WR720N Router Review, we will firstly tell you what you can expect in the retailer box.

What’s in the box?

  • TP-Link TL-WR720N Router
  • CD(For UI Setup)
  • User Manual
  • Warranty Card
  • Power Adapter
  • Ethernet Cable

These are the things which you are going to get inside the retailer box. The packaging was nicely done as we received the TP-Link TL-WR720N Router Review loaner from Mumbai and it traveled a lot of distance, so do not worry if you are going to order this piece of gadget online.

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This is the TP-Link TL-WR720N Router Version 2.0, the version 1.0 was released in 2013 and since then, it adapted some new technology and it is better than before. It is a N-type wireless router and it is going to provide you a speed of 150Mbps. the Physical appearance of this device is also good. On the top of the TP-Link TL-WR720N Router, you are going to find a glossy finish which is shiny and there is a TP-Link logo. On the back side of this device, you will find WPS/Reset button, Power port, 1 WAN and 2 LAN ports.

The physical appearance was quite good as it is quite small and it  is 158 x 122 x 32 mm in dimensions and it is also coming with a 5dBi Fixed Omni Directional Antenna which is quite big as compared to the overall size of the router, but t is  going to give you a good range. The wireless range was quite good, we have tested this thing in our house which was having 4-rooms, and a veranda. In that test, we found the router is giving it’s range till the starting of Veranda, and actually the house is quite big.

We normally use a router of different company, supporting the BSNL Broadband and we didn’t even receive the Wi-Fi network range at the extreme corners of the home, but the TP-Link TL-WR720N Router provided range to the extreme corners of the home. In t erms of Wi-Fi range and coverage we are totally satisfied with this product and there is no doubt.

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On the front side of TP-Link TL-WR720N Router, you will find some LED indicator for Power, System, Wi-Fi, WAN, LAN (1,2) and WPS. So, you will come to know, if something is wrong and where your router is on or off. The power adapter which you are receiving is also nice and we have tested out the broadband for non-stop 48 hours and the device didn’t heated up that much as we have expected. AirCondition was in that room, but still it did well.

The TP-Link TL-WR720N Router is going to provide you a signal rate upto 150Mbps. The company is also taking care of the security as it is also a very important aspect. There are a lot of people, who can hack your Wi-Fi system and then start misusing it or using it. So, the company has added 64/128/152-bit WEP / WPA / WPA2,WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK security modules in this system. In our team, we have got Kinshuk, Chief Editor of Gadgetgyaan who hacked a lot of Wi-Fi routers and tried his tricks on this device too.

There is no doubt, it can be hacked, but still in terms of security level we can say that it is quite good as our Editor-in-Chief thoroughly tested out the security issues as well. Also, this router allows you to Enable/Disable Wireless Radio, WDS Bridge, WMM, Wireless Statistics. It is supporting a frequency range of 2.4-2.4835GHz, which is quite fair.

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Actually, this router is quite small, compact, easy to carry and place in the house. So, it is not going to take a lot of space, if you are placing this router on the table, where you need some space for your laptop or desktop too. This router has done well in that that case as well. In terms of quality of service, you are going to get the WMM, Bandwidth Control. Also, you will be pleased to know that in terms of Wide Area Network(WAN), you are going to receive Dynamic IP/Static IP/PPPoE/ PPTP/L2TP/BigPond. DoS, Apart from that the Firewall settings are also difficult to break as it comes with the SPI Firewall, IP Address Filter/MAC Address Filter/Domain Filter and IP and MAC Address Binding.

If you are parent and you want to control this router then the company has also provided you some option as it comes with the support of Parental Control, Local Management Control, Host List, Access Schedule, Rule Management. Thee are some of the important things, which Parents and side by side professionals need in their office.

The disadvantage of this router is that it is coming with 2 LAN ports so you can only connect up to 2 PCs via LAN ports, in comparison to this router the other routers are coming with 4 Local Area Netwok(LAN) ports, as it is a standard. Anyway, there is an another disadvantage. it is not supporting DD-WRT or open source firmware.

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The TP-Link TL-WR720N Router Review is done after 13 days of usage and we are in a good position to tell you it’s advantages and disadvantages. You will be glad to know that it has got CE, FCC, RoHS certifications. The Resource-CD, which is there in the retailer box is going to help you a lot. Using this CD you can setup your router very quickly and easily. Instructions are clearly given in this CD, and you will have to use it. For more guidance, you can always ask Gadgetgyaan or you can check out the quick installation guide too.

What are the System Requirements?

  • Microsoft Windows 2000
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8/8.1/7/Vista/XP
  • MAC OS
  • NetWare
  • UNIX
  • Linux

The TP-Link TL-WR720N Router is going to work on these operating systems and out of these we have tested this thing with Windows 10,8/8.1, Windows 7, Vitsa, XP, Unix, Linus and Mac OS. If you need this router to meet your basic home requirements then it is surely going to meet your requirements. The RJ-45 Ethernet Cable is also included inside the box, so that you can connect your PC to this router using this cable.

Highlighting Features:

  • Up to 4 SSIDs support multiple wireless networks with different SSIDs and passwords
  • 150Mbps wireless transmission rate ideal for Internet surfing, e-mail and online chat
  • IP based bandwidth control allows administrators to determine how much bandwidth is allotted to each PC
  • Easy wireless security encryption at a push of WPS button.
  • WR720N V2 contains one external fixed antenna, while TL-WR720 V1 contains one internal antenna.

The wireless N Router is 802.11b & g compatible and gives users 802.11n performance up to 150Mbps at a remarkably affordable price. Bordering on 11n and surpassing 11g speed enables bandwidth-intensive applications such as video streaming. Users can enjoy a high quality experience when video streaming, using VoIP, or gaming online wirelessly, not previously practical with 11g devices. The key thing is that it also supports IP QoS, which is again quite useful.

The Wireless network was quite stable, but you can always visit the company’s webpage to find answers related to your problems. You can connect many devices at a time, it will effect your broadband speed though. The  TP-Link TL-WR720N Router V2 is available everywhere and it is priced at Rs. 934/-. You can buy it easily from the online retailers as well.

The Verdict:

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Overall, the  TP-Link TL-WR720N Router Review was quite satisfying. We are recommending this product strongly as there are a lot of features, it is best in class providing you a lot of security features, the firewall is also strong. Yes, there are only 2 LAN ports, but still it is quite good. It is small in size, which means that it is easy to place and supports a very stable network. Last, but not the least it supports mostly used operating systems and it is priced very less, where it is providing an awesome range. So, from our point of view you should buy it.

[signoff icon=”attention”]The TP-Link TL-WR720N Router Review is true and it is an honest opinion from our Reviewer. Thanks to folks over at TP-Link India for sending us the TL-WR720N Router(V2).[/signoff]

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