|At a glance|
|Product||TP-LINK SafeStream Gigabit Broadband VPN Router (TL-R600VPN) [Website]|
|Summary||Inexpensive PPTP / IPsec VPN router with Gigabit Ethernet ports|
|Pros||• VPN for not a lot of $|
• Gigabit ports
• Internal power supply
|Cons||• No L2TP support|
• Site-to-site IPsec only
• No IPv6
• No VLANs
Typical Price: $135 Buy From Amazon
I've had the opportunity to review several TP-LINK products, including their TL-ER6020 Dual-WAN VPN Router and the TL-SG2216 Smart Switch. Prior to reviewing these two products, I hadn't heard of TP-LINK, so I was intrigued to read their goal is to become "one of the top 3 networking brands in the world ..." That's certainly a bold goal. At the conclusion of both of those reviews, I found no reason TP-LINK couldn't reach that goal. Both of those products performed well and are competitively priced.
In this review, I'm going to look at another of TP-LINK's VPN routers, the TL-R600VPN SafeStream Gigabit Broadband VPN Router. A look at TP-LINK's product page lists three models of VPN "SafeStream" routers, including the top-end TL-ER6120, mid-range TL-ER6020 and entry-level (and best selling) TL-R600VPN.
The TL-R600VPN is a desktop router measuring 8.2"L x 4.9"W x 1.0"H. Adhesive rubber feet are included for desktop use. I love the fact that the TL-R600VPN is silent and has an internal power supply. The internal power supply means no external power brick, just a cord from the router to the outlet. Very nice! Further, the power supplies on all TP-LINK SafeStream VPN routers include "professional lightning protection," designed to withstand an electrical surge up to 4KV.
TP-LINK TL-R600VPN Front
As shown in the below front and rear shots, the LEDs are on the front panel while the RJ45 ports and power connector are on the back.
TP-LINK TL-R600VPN Rear
Under the Covers
The TL-R600VPN runs on a Realtek RTL-8198-GR ASIC which serves as both the router's CPU and Ethernet controller. It also has 8 MB of Flash and 64 MB of RAM.
Below is photo of the TL-R600VPN's main board. The power components are under the small panel to the left and the Realtek chip is in the center of the board. Note the lack of heatsinks.
Here's a quick summary of the TL-R600VPN's features.
- (4) 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN ports, (1) 10/100/1000 Ethernet WAN ports
- NAT Throughput = 120 Mbps
- Concurrent Sessions = 10,000
- Bandwidth control
- Dynamic DNS
- DoS Protection (TCP/UDP/ICMP Flooding and Ping of Death)
- IP/MAC/Domain Filtering
- ALG (FTP/TFTP/H.323/RTSP)
- Port Forwarding, Port Triggering, DMZ
- IP/MAC/Domain Name Filtering
- (20) IPSec Tunnels and (16) PPTP Tunnels
- IPSec: DES/3DES/AES128/AES192/AES256 Encryption, MD5/SHA-1 Authentication
- IPSec Throughput = 20 Mbps