Tenda just announced the availability on their newest router called the F3 and while it might look a little weird to begin with, it certainly does have its benefits. The Tenda F3 is a slim and low-profile 2.4GHz 300Mbps router which might not sound like much when compared to flagship routers that come with all the bells and whistles attached, but it does have its benefits.
The 2.4 GHz band might not sport the high gigabit speeds you can get off the 5 GHz band, but it does have a much better coverage and allows you to reach the furthest corners of your home without dead zones. Tenda amplified this feature by equipping the router with three external 5dBi antennas that can achieve a full coverage of a 200 square meter home.
The router is advertised as a mainstream router thanks its basic wireless features and low price of just $24.99 USD, but I see it more as the perfect router for the home of tomorrow and powered with all sorts of IoT (Internet of Things) devices. Networking your home appliances and connecting them requires a great connectivity that is both just stable and also covers each and every corner of your home. You need to be able to prioritize traffic and assign bandwidth limitations to make sure your vital IoT devices have uninterrupted and lag-free connections, and Tenda’s router OS has all the features for this built right into the easy-to-use interface.
Naturally, the router will be just as great for sharing your internet connection among all your PCs, smartphones, TVs, and what other devices you might have. The only downside is really the 100 Mbps LAN and WAN ports, but that can easily be rectified by adding a simple Gbps switch between your systems and the router.
- Dimension: 127.4mm*90.5mm*26mm
- Antenna: 3x5dBi external undetachable antennas
- Power Consumption: 1.9W(no load)~3.3W(full-load)
- Power Supply: DC 9V 600mA
- Button: WPS/RESET
- LED: SYS, WiFi, LAN(1-3), WAN, T, WPS
- Frequency: 2.4GHz
- Interface: 10/100M auto-negotiation WAN port ; 3*10/100M auto-negotiation LAN ports
- Standard: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n