CES 2013: TP-LINK Announces New Networking Kit – Some Beautiful, Some Not So Hot

Here at WGS we love TP-LINK. They manage to continually push out networking kit that deliver awesome features at a low price that must make their competitors howl. The company’s industrial design has always been a little on the “robust” side and at CES 2013, the company unveiled new designs that you’ll love and some you won’t.

In the “won’t” category is the all-new TL-WDR7500 AC1750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router. With theoretical speeds up to 1300 Mbps, it’s quick but it sure ain’t pretty.




Let’s hope it has bags of personality to go alongside its features:

  • Simultaneous Dual Band, maximum speed up to 1300Mbps at 5GHz and 450Mbps at 2.4GHz
  • Gigabit ports achieve WAN-to-LAN throughput of over 900Mbps with hardware NAT
  • Dual USB Ports – easily share printers, files or media with your friends or family locally or over the Internet
  • Built-in media server allows users to play music, video and view photos with Windows media player, PS3® or Xbox 360®
  • Built-in print server supports wireless printing from different computers by connecting a USB Printer to the router
  • Easy wireless security encryption at a push of the WPS button
  • Wireless On/Off switch
  • Bandwidth Control / Live Parental Control
  • Supports Guest Networks
  • IPV6 Supported

Fortunately, the aesthetics are rescued with the TL-WR706N Halo 150Mbps Portable Wireless Router. It’s one of the smallest routers we’ve ever seen, with a built in power adaptor – in fact, it pretty much is a power adaptor.





The Halo is classed as an 802.11n wireless router, with transfer speeds up to 150 Mbps. Expect to see it in Q2 2013 boasting:

  • Portable design, for travel and home use
  • Built-in power supply – no power adapter required
  • Internal antenna
  • Supports Access Point, Wireless Router, Client, WISP Router and Repeater modes
  • 150Mbps Wireless Speed
  • Hardware-based mode switch to swap between Router and AP functions
  • IP-based Bandwidth Control allows administrators to determine how much bandwidth is allotted to each PC
  • Live Parental Controls allow parents or administrators to establish restricted access policies for children or staff

Also shipping in Q2 will be the 300Mbps Wireless N Mini Pocket Router, TL-WR810N. We’re filing this one under “cute” too, courtesy of its integrated power pins. One day, all routers will be like this.





It’s designed predominately for travel, but is a great solution for those who love minimalist design. It delivers transfer speeds up to 300 Mbps and obviously won’t take up a lot of space in your suitcase. Features:

  • Portable design, ideal for travel and home use
  • Built-in power supply design without external power adapter
  • Support Access Point, Wireless Router, Client, WISP Router Repeater modes
  • 3000Mbps Wireless Speed
  • 2* RJ45 ports convenient for wired connection in wireless router mode
  • USB port supports charging for smart phone and tablet
  • USB port supports storage sharing, media server function
  • Pre-encryption prevents unauthorized access from users outside of the network
  • IP based Bandwidth Control allows administrators to determine how much bandwidth is allotted to each PC
  • Live Parental Controls allow parents or administrators to establish restricted access policies for children or staff

If you’re looking to hook up your PC and laptop to that new 802.11ac router, then pretend it’s 2006 and slap in a USB adaptor! All of the networking vendors are pushing the new wireless standard at CES this year, and TP-LINK are no exception with the TL-WDN5200 AC600 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter.



  • 802.11ac technology provides wireless speeds of up to 433Mbps over 5GHz or 150Mbps over 2.4GHz
  • USB 2.0 interface
  • Compact design
  • Easy wireless security encryption at a push of the WPS button
  • Compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n products
  • Supports Windows 8 32/64bit, Windows 7 32/64bit, Vista 32/64bit, Windows XP 32/64bit

Behind the curve ripped by Netgear and Linksys at previous shows comes the N600 Universal Wireless Dual Band Entertainment Adapter. The device provides a wireless bridge for up to four AV devices that generally require a wired connection, with support for N600 dual band speeds of 300Mbps at 2.4GHz and an additional 300Mbps at 5GHz. You’ll like love or be indifferent to the device design, but we’ve seen the “toaster” aesthetic before.



  • Universally compatible – works with any device with an Ethernet port
  • 300Mbps wireless speed over the 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands, ideal for smooth HD video and music streaming and online gaming
  • Connect Ethernet-enabled devices (TVs and Game Consoles) to your existing home network and the Internet
  • Works seamlessly with all 802.11b/g/n devices
  • Easy wireless security encryption at a push of the WPS button
  • Supports domain name-based login, ( for a simpler setup experience
  • CD-less installation

Swinging back to the designs you may want to bag up, the TL-WA850RE Wall Socket Mounted Range Extender is a power socket-mounted wireless N range extender designed to improve the coverage and signal of existing wireless networks in large areas such as homes, hotels or small offices.




Let’s talk Powerline. Unless you’re wired up everywhere, there’s always a place for a Powerline connection in today’s digital home. TP-LINK’s new AV200 (TL-PA2010KIT) and AV500 (TL-PA4010KIT) Nano Powerline Starter Kits offer 200/500Mbps data transfer rates over distances up to 300 meters.



If you’re seeking a little Powerline based extender action, TP-LINK’s 300Mbps AV200 TL-WPA4220 and TL-WPA4220 AV500 Wireless N Powerline Extenders extend a network connection to every room within a home’s electrical circuitry. Plug in and expect to experience up to 200Mbps/500Mbps Powerline and 300Mbps wireless data transfer rates.




All in all, a strong showing from TP-LINK, although pricing was not revealed. Expect it to be good value, based on previous offerings from the company.

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Terry Walsh is the founder of We Got Served. He started the community in February 2007 with a mission to help families, tech enthusiasts everywhere figure out the technology needed to run the modern home and small business. He's the author of a number of guides to Windows, Windows Server and OS X Server and runs his own successful publishing business. Born and raised in Liverpool, England, Terry has been awarded Microsoft's prestigious Most Valuable Professional Award each year since 2008 for his work on We Got Served.
  • cooldadd

    Had to do a mental reset on your title, living on the other side of the pond where kit=set-of-parts-for-building-something, rather than kit=gear! Nice work as usual.

    • wibbling

      The word means both!

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