TotoLink N100RE 150Mbps wireless router - Unboxing & Hands On.


In this article, we're going to unbox a 150Mbps wireless router from TotoLink, the N100RE. Continue reading for full specifications, box contents with pictures.

About Totolink

Totolink is a Korean multinational company that deals in networking computer components. With its products being sold in countries like China, Taiwan, Vietnam, they've recently entered USA and India. Out of the multiple wireless routers that the company offers, I'll be unboxing the N100RE 150Mbps wireless N router.

Packaging

Box
We received the Totolink router in a cardboard box with a lot of company branding in addition to some features of the router and warranty details. Totolink offers a 3 year warranty on this particular router and also has a dedicated toll-free number to call in case of any issues. On one side of the box are listed its complete specifications while on the other are listed various other products from Totolink. The rear side has an overview of this particular router along with a typical network setup pictorial guide.

Also Read: Best wireless routers below Rs 1,500

Box Contents

Contents
The first thing that we get to see upon opening the box is documentation. Surprisingly, there's no CD in the box to help you install the necessary software in order to easily configure this router. The Quick Installation Guide on the other hand has all the relevant details to help you install the router. Here are all the items available in the box:
  • N100RE Wireless N Router
  • Power adapter
  • Ethernet LAN cable
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • Wall Mount Sticker
  • Pamphlet with other products from Totolink
contents open

Looks & Build Quality

weight
The first thing that you realise when you hold the router in your hands is its light weight. I checked the same on our studio weighing scale and got an astonishing light weight of 146 grams. In terms of looks, at first glance, the router looks very sleek and classy and at the same time confusing due to its bare front look.
router front
The dark grey flap on the top gives it a rich look and can also be inclined a bit to help it dissipate heat better (more on that later).
router side1 router side with login
On the sides are some ventilation spots along with Login IP, Login ID and the default password.
router bottom
At the bottom are some more ventilation holes along with branding, wall mount holes and rubber/plastic beads to keep it stable on a table. The top dark grey panel on the N100RE router when pushed down from one side inclines it up from the other side revealing a host of ventilation holes on the top of the router. Keeping the router in this position helps it dissipate heat even better.
router flap2router flap open

Ports

router ports
The N100RE Wireless N Router comes with the following ports as visible in the picture above:
  • 1 X WAN port (Yellow in colour)
  • 4 X LAN ports
  • 1 X Reset/WPS button
  • 1 X DC In port
  • 1 X Power On/Off button

Router Specifications

WAN type: DHCP/Static/PPPoE
Frequency: Single Band 2.4Ghz - 2.4835 Ghz
Standard: 802.11n/g/b
Encryption: 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2

The N100RE wireless router comes with one high gain antenna that is 5dBi and is longer than the entire length of the router. It is non-removable should be able to give you a range of around 20-30 metres. The power supply is usual at 9V DC/0.5A. I will be installing the said router and will be testing its performance over a period of time and will get back with the exact specifics.

LED lights

Router top
There are a total of 8 LED lights (blue) hidden under the top skin of the router which may not be visible if the router is kept at a height.
  • 1 X Power LED
  • 1 X CPU LED
  • 1 X Wireless LED
  • 1 X WAN LED
  • 4X LAN LEDs

Price

The Totolink N100RE router is currently available online for a price less than INR 700 through various e-commerce websites. I hope this article was useful. Please stay tuned for an in-depth review of this router.


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