Don’t Waste Your Time with the TP-Link TL-R600VPN WAN Load Balancer

I recently ordered the TP-Link TL-R600VPN router for the WAN load balancing capability. I saw several “reviews” and YouTube videos gushing over how amazing it was, and the WAN load balancing feature looked exactly like what I was looking for.

Unfortunately, the unit was disappointing. I have gigabit internet (download) and the TP-Link wouldn’t get anything over 200 Mbps, even though the ports themselves are gigabit.

Gigabit ports

I thought maybe I was doing something wrong, so I did a quick Google search to see if anyone else had the same problem. I was not alone as I found several other posts stating the same thing that I was experiencing. Here are some of them:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3ARWDLQBB28VD/ref=cm_cr_othr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B007B60SCG

https://forums.xfinity.com/t5/Your-Home-Network/Only-233-Mbps-on-1000Mbps-connection-Solved-NAT-Router-too/td-p/3353201#

So back to Amazon it went. Hopefully this post will help others from making the same mistake.

Instead, I’m currently using the Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Machine Pro as the main router, which currently supports 2 WAN interfaces (both at true gigabit speeds) and does support using the second WAN port as a failover. There were a few posts and YouTube reviews that showed how you can use “weighted load balancing” on the Dream Machine Pro, but that feature has since been disabled within the recent software updates. I’m hoping that Ubiquiti will re-enable that feature soon.

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