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TP Link TD-W9970 300Mbps Wireless N USB VDSL/ADSL Modem Router

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TP-LINK’s TD-W9970, comes with ITU-T G. 993.2 VDSL2 standard, providing up to 100Mbps speed downstream and up stream, compatible with ADSL, fiber and cable services. For 300Mbps wireless speed over 2.4 GHz band, the TD-W9970 is designed to support the wide deployment of triple play services for example voice, video, data, high-definition television (HDTV) and interactive gaming.

TP Link TD-W9970 Modem Router Key Highlights :

Versatile Connectivity— With DSL and LAN/WAN ports, TD-W9970 is fully compatible with the VDSL2/ADSL2+/ ADSL2/ADSL standards and also works with fiber/cable access.
Boosted Speeds— Superfast VDSL broadband speeds of up to 100Mbps together with 300Mbps Wi-Fi.
Maximized Range— Powerful external antennas supply far-reaching wireless coverage in every direction.
TP-Link Tether App— Simply access and control your network, including remote control and automatic updates, using any iOS or Android mobile device.

TP Link TD-W9970 300Mbps Wireless N VDSLADSL Modem Router

TP Link TD-W9970 Modem Router Spec:

Ports Ports 1× 10/100 Mbps LAN/WAN Port, 3× 10/100 Mbps LAN ports, 1×
RJ11 port, 1× USB 2.0 Port
External Power Supply 9V/0.85A
IEEE Standards IEEE 802.3, 802.3u
VDSL2 Standards ITU-T G.993.2, ITU-T G.993.5 (G.vector), ITU-T
G.998.4 (G.INP)
ADSL Standards Full-rate ANSI T1.413 Issue 2, ITU-T G.992.1(G.DMT),
ITU-T G.994.1 (G.hs), ITU-T G.995.1
ADSL2 Standards ITU-T G.992.3 (G.DMT.bis)
ADSL2+ Standards ITU-T G.992.5
Frequency 2.400 – 2.4835 GHz
Signal Rate 300 Mbps at 2.4 GHz
Transmit Power <20dBm(EIRP)
Wireless Functions Enable/Disable Wireless Radio, WMM,
Wireless Statistics
Wireless Security Supports 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2,
WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encryptions
Operating Modes DSL Modem Router, 3G/4G Router, Wireless Router
Guest Network 2.4 GHz Guest Network
Package Contents DSL Modem Router TD-W9970
External DSL Splitter
RJ11 DSL Cable
RJ45 Ethernet Cable
Quick Installation Guide
Power Adapter

 

TP Link TD-W9970 Router

TP Link TD-W9970 Modem Router Reviews:

The TP-Link TD-W9970 is a low price router with ADSL.VDSL2 modem. It is 802.11 B/G/N compatible and has excellent WiFi performance. Besides power consumption is less than 5 Watts, it has low working costs, network accessible storage and more. This router will work as a replacement router if you have ADSL, ADSL2, ADSL2plus or VDSL service.

ADSL Performance.
You can test your speed on sites for example Speedtest.net Results should be taken as an indication only. To measure accurately would require a site being able to deal with many different simultaneous requests and hence infinite bandwidth. There is no guarantee that the path from your ISP to the site being tested is good. Speed results vary according to time of day and amount of internet traffic. In the UK all internet traffic is routed through docklands, so choosing a server near London will often show a lower latency than a local server.

Power Consumption.
Of all the features of this TP-Link router, among the most impressive is the power consumption. Shown left the power taken from the mains is just 4 Watts! The supplied dc power supply is rated at 12Volts dc at 1 Amp, but the reason TP Link TD-W9970 router runs cool is just its power consumption. Now take a look at the right screenshot. This router has a software controlled WiFi scheduler. When WiFi is turned off, power consumption is up to 3.8 Watts!

One reason for this is that WiFi only transmits on the 2.4 GHz band. The other reason is with two large external antennas are much better at delivering a stronger signal than any other router with an internal antenna. A router with a small 1 inch internal antenna has to send a lot more energy into the antenna to get a similar range Actually my last router consumed about 15 Watts of power night and day, which is typical of many routers with internal antenna.

Firewall.
A good firewall is often a point in choosing a new router. Although you can use a software firewall on your PC, having a decent firewall in your router leaves your CPU cycles free for other tasks.The Shields Up site by Steve Gibson provides a good importunity to probe all common ports on your network.
Lots of router firewalls fail this test but the TD-W9970 firewall passes this test. The firewall setup menu also allows you to create new firewall rules, schedule a rule at a particular time, create inbound or outbound rules or create rules for TCP, UDP or ICMP packets, quite a versatile firewall.

WiFi Performance.
The WiFi performance is one of TP Link TD-W9970 routers best features. Note also, that this router only provides 2.4 GHz, and not the 5GHz band. As all wireless devices are backward compatible with 2.4 GHz this should not be a problem, and for the same transmit power, the 2.4 GHz has twice the reach of the 5GHz band.

WiFi uses the Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) band of the radio spectrum. This band shares frequencies with blue-tooth, wireless alarms and baby monitors, video senders and other devices and can be very crowded. One way to avoid this is to use the 5GHz band, but 5GHz has a shorter wavelength of 6cm and is for that reason much more heavily absorbed passing through walls and ceilings than 2.4 GHz.

When WiFi was introduced in 1997, default channels were 1, 6 and 11. This gave 5 clear channels of separation and no interference between channels. Today, in 2022, these are still the default channels and unless you have numbers of space, or very few neighbours. you will most likely get impaired WiFi performance due to same channel or cross channel interference.

TP Link TD-W9970 300Mbps Wireless VDSLADSL Modem Router

WiFi Scheduler.
The WiFi scheduler is a feature not often seen on some routers. You can control the time when WiFi is enabled. This could be set daily or hourly. Note that the router time is set to UTC, this is the same as GMT but does not move forward for Summer Time. Do you have difficulty sleeping at night? A condition called electrosensitivity is where some people are more sensitive to electric and magnetic fields than others. Although not proved medically Turning off WiFi at night may help.
Also in the wireless menu is transmit power. You can turn the signal from 100%, down to 50% or 20%. This will save a slight amount of power and useful if you only want WiFi over a small area.

Final:
The signal is much better than any router with an internal antenna and you have the ability to select a channel. The firewall is robust and passes the Shields Up test. There is facility for USB network storage and a WiFi scheduler. At under ₤ 40 this is great value for money and for the price I would highly recommend this router.

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