TP-Link TD-W8970 Wireless N Gigabit ADSL2+ Modem Router


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TP-Link TD-W8970 Wireless N Gigabit ADSL2+ Modem Router
South Africa
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Paul, South Africa. 23 August 2014

Easy to install and configure. Good interface. Took only a few minutes to have the unit fully operational. Has a Wi-Fi "On/Off" switch at the back of the unit. Support USB. Good Wi-Fi range. Stylish and good value for money. Recommended.

Pieter, South Africa. 22 January 2015

This router looks like it's using a simplified version of the open source router software called dd-wrt. The interfaces is responsive and work well and it has advanced features like parental control and bandwidth management which was missing on my previous routers. Setup was easy and both printing and scanning to the built in print server works from my Windows 8.1 machine. This router is definitely an upgrade from the Netgear(s), D-Link, and Zyxel I've used before.

Gideon, South Africa. 21 November 2014

Good value for money.

The device actually has 3 antennae not 2 so the product image as of this review is wrong (I'm not complaining though :) )

Lyn, South Africa. 24 October 2014

Smart looking product and does the job. I thought it would help to push my signal up a couple of bars from about 8m away (through a wall), but it didn't. Also had a problem setting up from the CD, but just went onto the Website and it was quick and easy.

Ken, South Africa. 25 February 2016

Very good router - fast speeds all around. Gaming wirelessly, or streaming Netflix, I am impressed with the speed. Range of the router could be better - I get a very poor connection on the other side of the apartment, where as my previous (cheaper) Netgear was able to reach the corners without any problem.

Firoz, South Africa. 30 October 2014

Possibly one of the best routers i have purchased for the price. Extremely quick setup and has tons of features. The pic is incorrect though, it has 3 antennas, not 2. it is quite bigger than previous routers i have had and sits neatly on my desk. The front panel is easily readable and you can see exactly what is going on, even in the dark.

Bruce, South Africa. 28 November 2016

Had this router for over a year now. Working perfectly. Wireless was a bit iffy at the start until I set it at full 40MHz all the time and changed the channel to one that was not being used in my area. If you are having problems with the WiFi make sure you change it to at least 40MHz as the router will try to connect you to the best one and end up disconnecting you while switching.

ANZ, South Africa. 9 April 2015

Good product. Easy and fast connection.
No hassle, no fuss!

Trevor, South Africa. 26 August 2014

The product is brilliant covers my entire house with Wi-Fi works really well. Setup was easier than I thought it would be its been a week now and no problems I really recommend this product.

Sugan, South Africa. 24 August 2014

Wonderful replacement to the typical Telkom routers we get. Improved internet performance was immediate.

Willie, South Africa. 19 January 2015

Ek is werklik beindruk met die modem.
Dit het baie maklik ingestel, en mens kan hom om sy "default" verstellings hou.
Al wat ek omtrent moes doen, was om die ISP (Internet Service Provider) se username en pasword in te tik.
Ek het 'n iMac, iPhone, MacAir op die modem en ander produkte wat ek ook nog wil opkoppel.

Met die WiFi, kry ek 'n sterk syn die hele huis deur, en gee my omtrent 6o meter met my iPhone.
So dit is belangerik dat mens die WPA/WPA2 opstel, veral as mens in 'n stad bly.

Die ander funksies het ek nog nie getoets nie. Bv. die USB's.
Op die boks staan dit dat mens 'n printer, eksterne hardeskyf en 'n flashdrive kan opsit.

Die modem het 3 attennas en nie net 2 soos op die foto nie.

Maar so ver is ek baie gelukkig.

Louis, South Africa. 1 July 2014

Easy to install, good value for money

Devan, South Africa. 9 December 2014

Nice sleek design performs well and a great price. Thanks Takealot

Dimitri, South Africa. 30 June 2014

The interface is great. I am only concerned about speed via my movie server. Its really slow but need to test more. I would recommend or wish I could swap for a Belkin (like what I had)

Josh Smeda, South Africa. 1 May 2015

Great router, fast and easy interface, many cool little features, great coverage and wireless speed is another plus. This router is worth every penny, and is bound to last a long time! My router only came with 2 attentenas and not 3 :(

rory, South Africa. 11 June 2014

This is a really good adsl router with backup 3G. Vpn also quite stable so far.
Have installed others without issues. This one seemed to have some issues with internet connectivity to start with but once I reset to factory settings for the second time and configured again all is working well.

Sauge, South Africa. 11 September 2014

Excellent router for the price. I now get coverage throughout the whole house. Lots of options in the interface. Very happy with this router

Jaco, South Africa. 17 April 2015

Wireless is problematic. Stay away, biggest mistake I made. Tried a firmware update and reset but wireless still iffy.

Hermanus, South Africa. 24 January 2015

Very happy with this product, haven't had any issues.
Also very easy to configure

regan, South Africa. 12 October 2014

Had the router for three months and have had endless issues
It totally packed up today

Stanton, South Africa. 7 June 2014

Easy to set up. Easy to understand interface. Hooked up an external HDD to the USB port and it streams HD flawlessly to my tablet on the other side of the house! Took a few minutes to figure out how to set that bit up but it works and works well.

Johann, South Africa. 27 November 2016

Great product, good value for money!
Has good range, user friendly interface and nice variety of features(QOS, Guest wifi, Parental control etc)

Connor, South Africa. 15 November 2016

This was the best budget modem router for my home connection needs and was reviewed as such. It is the best and i have had no dead time or loss of signal in the 14 months i have been using it. I highly recommend it. I often have a PC connected to the LAN port, the wifi to my laptop and to my cellphone all at the same time and i get no loss of signal or packets of data. Really love it and recommend it to everyone.

Durand, South Africa. 4 November 2014

Despite the descriptions and pictures you'll read around the Internet, mine came with 2 USB ports and 3 aerials (imagine an extra one in the middle between the other two). It's quite a sleek looking thing. I would like a slightly smaller form factor - it's about 24 x 16 x 2 cm.

IP6 support is there with a DHCP server or RAD. It also supports IP6 tunnels so if you have an IP6 node on the Internet somewhere, you can switch to IP6 now on your home network and tunnel everything out until your ISP supports IPv6.

It only supports an IPSec VPN. Nice thing, though, you can redirect traffic from specific IPs to use different routes - namely the VPN.

The Media Server works well and I stream stuff from a 64GB stick I have plugged into it. It serves the whole network as a media streamer and network file share which also seems to work flawlessly. Unfortunately, limited to only 5 users but that's enough for a home network.

I bought this router under the mistaken impression that it did L2TP but it doesn't. I only allows pass-through of L2TP/IPSec. So... oops.

If it had support for more VPNs and L2TP, I would have given it 5.

Download the manual to preview the admin screens before you buy.

Very good router. Fast.

Samkelwe, South Africa. 3 February 2016

It is a good product and very easy to setup. The only setback it is that TAKEALOT does not exchange nor refurbish any products purchased on their website. They tell you to speak to the supplier.

Rudi, South Africa. 8 February 2015

Worth every cent slightly bulky on size but hey Go Big or Go Home!!!

Ursula, South Africa. 15 August 2014

Easy setup. I even connected my printer via USB and setup my devices to print via WiFi. Good router.

Adel, South Africa. 23 April 2015

The installation disk does not include a .dmg file for Apple users, but the web interface works well for installation. We live in a 2 bedroom flat amd the wifi coverage is good in the whole flat.

Marius, South Africa. 7 October 2014

Excellent router, easy setup and has a lot of features. Great value for money I would highly recommend it.

Allan, South Africa. 15 December 2014

Recently purchase the router TP-Link 4-Port 300Mbps Wireless N Gigabit ADSL2+ Modem Router for home use.
Took about 4min to configure the ADSL port to connect to Telkom. Had to reset the unit to get the login to work, which was not an issue.

The Wifi connect was configured in a few minutes as well.

First Impressions - Works well, easy to configure, gigabit network ports to the NAS make a huge difference in the shared files storage and backup. Automated weekly backup of all the home systems is a real dream now, takes a lot less time.

WiFi Range of the unit appears to be much better than the previous unit which is a big plus for me.

Price was great from Takealot :) Thanks Takelot

Min-Hsiung, South Africa. 12 February 2015

Good product and easy setup. coverage also good.

Kevin, South Africa. 24 December 2014

Fantastic and has a strong, wide-range wifi signal.

Quinn, South Africa. 22 December 2015

Very easy to setup and incredible value for money. Works well with my TP Link Extenders. Also great service from Takealot.

Cedric, South Africa. 22 January 2015

Simple to install and setup. Works 100%. Has great range and loads of feature. Definitely worth the money spent.

Zeeshan, South Africa. 27 April 2017

stable , good coverage.

Ina, South Africa. 20 April 2015

Excellent product. Easy to connect.

Ingrid, South Africa. 30 November 2016

Excellent modem with a good Wifi range.

Willem, South Africa. 10 November 2016

Good product, nice UI.

Jade, South Africa. 7 August 2017

Have it about 4 months now, and wifi keeps on dropping when downloading or streaming, should have chosen a different one when the first one packed up

Hayward, South Africa. 18 May 2016

Upgrading from a D-Link DSL Wifi Router - this was a joy. The setup interface is great. It works in all my browsers (d-link had issues with Chrome).
This is an ideal router for a family setup. The rules and firewall settings are highly configurable. You can set up schedules when which devices can connect and even set up bandwidth limits to certain sites (if you don't want kids downloading half the internet while you try watch Netflix between 7 and 10pm etc).

I'd highly recommend it.

Steve, South Africa. 19 August 2016

Quick to install - lots of customisable options. Bandwidth control per device is awesome for a house filled with electronics all fighting for a slice of internet bandwidth.

Ken, South Africa. 14 January 2016

Good product. The wifi coverage isn't as good as I expected it to be. Oftentimes, the internet cuts off and the unit needs a restart in order to get things back on track. Transfer speeds are good - I have no problems playing online games wirelessly via the PS4, or streaming netflix wirelessly.

Christo, South Africa. 2 April 2017

Pretty solid Router

Cornel, South Africa. 19 January 2017

This unit got a lot of great reviews and that's why I bought it. My experience however was very different. Not all my devices see the Wi-Fi and some that see it just can't connect. For the devices that do connect it works very well. Ended up buying something else and all my devices see and connects easily to that one. I thus cannot recommend this router.

Adriaan, South Africa. 6 September 2016

Good all round ADSL modem. Quick and easy set-up. Range could be better for such a pricey router but overall well rounded. Recommend that you update firmware as soon as it is delivered.

best value for money, South Africa. 3 July 2016

Excellent value for money. Great user interface and features to effectively manage your home or small office network. Very powerful and useful bandwidth allocation feature with prioritisation.

Andrew, South Africa. 2 April 2017

Good router. This is the v2 version with 2 anttena. The original v1 had 3 antenna.

Francois, South Africa. 4 July 2016

Great Product,Setup was more than easy,good WiFi coverage,Fast speeds,lots of features and overall very happy with my purchase.....Like always great service from Takealot!!!

Nicholas, South Africa. 12 July 2016

Nice design, easy to setup under 5mins.
You can manage and control everything similar to my old Draytek.
Wifi range is good, you can set a channel or leave it on auto which helps a lot!
USB media sharing built into device, have not used it but could be handy later.
Power lead is very short though.
Happy with purchase at the end of the day.
It is stable and works.

Johan, South Africa. 7 July 2016

Excellent. Easy setup.

Cameron, South Africa. 22 August 2016

Was really excited to receive this router, but unfortunately it has only worsened our WiFi situation at home. Some devices now battle to connect for no apparent reason, and when they eventually do connect, the WiFi is unbearably slow. Direct Ethernet into the PC proves that the connection is not the source of the problem, but rather the WiFi router.

Andrew, South Africa. 18 January 2017

Great modem - easy to setup. great guest network options.

Iggy, South Africa. 12 January 2016

very pleased with this router. range is excellent for its price. looks very sleak with gloss black top finish. happy with my pricase.

Russell, South Africa. 6 April 2016

Does the job - at a good price. Marked increase in wired network speeds..... amazing to see files transfer at 100MBs and more! Only downside is no wan / internet traffic monitor on router - I use Softperfect NetWorx which works like a bomb! Set the router to SNMP, NetWorx to monitor the router and you're away.

Norman, South Africa. 31 May 2016

I've had the router for a week at my office now. I'm happy enough with it to order another 1 for my personal use at home.

The range on the Wi-Fi could be better (hence the 4 star rating), but it was not bought for its wi-fi, but more the gigabit speed of the wired connection.

Wayne, South Africa. 31 May 2016

Im currently in the Internet Service provider game , selling all the top brands.
This little "Big" router blew me away. Very simple easy install for the less technical. For the technical , amazing reports are available to offer ISP's when there are faults that occur.

A great option when running media centers at home where file transfers are used often. 300Mbps on the Wifi and 4 x 1Gig ports , what more can you ask for?

Will recommend any day

Bodo, South Africa. 23 January 2017

Perfect replacement for my network.

Don, South Africa. 10 June 2016

This TD-W8970 300Mbps Wireless N Gigabit ADSL2+ Modem Router is not the cheapest modem you can buy. I bought mine two months ago and it is really an improvement on my previous TP-Link modem. I bought it for the 3G failover feature, which works fine, but I also enjoy its faster CPU. Its more snappy navigating thru its intuitive interface & seems to manage the ADSL line better, quickly authenticating and bringing the connection online. For me, this is important as I have two ADSL usernames, and this device allows me to configure both usernames permanently on the device, and then switch my default route, at the click of a button. Plus it maintains both usernames in a "connected" state, so I can select my primary route, and configure a static route, to force traffic to a specific IP via the secondary connection (consider Telkom’s e-mail server…).

I really recommend this product, and I am glad I bought it.

David, South Africa. 12 July 2016

Easy to set up and works really well

Willem, South Africa. 2 June 2016

Good range, it has a huge amount of features and settings which is perfect for me. Had no issues so far,also looks sleek and stylish. If you consider to buy, dont wait.

Christiaan, South Africa. 15 June 2016

The modem works like a boss and the delivery service is amazing, thank you!

Seth, South Africa. 2 June 2017

Has great functionality over your generic router for your power users, just lacks some proper features along the lines of bandwidth allocation for those that want to limit specific users on their network.

Ling-yi, South Africa. 8 September 2017

Easy set-up , easy to use , good distance of wireless use

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