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Tenda N301 WiFi router: Pros and Cons

300 Mbps
IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Broadcom BCM5357C0 @ 300 MHz
16 MB / 2 MB

The Tenda N301 (N301) router released in 2013. It is powered by Broadcom BCM5357C0 @ 300 MHz chipset, 16 MB of RAM and 2 MB of flash. The N300 router is compatible with IEEE 802.11b/g/n standards, and the maximum speed that you can get with N301 is 300 Mbps. The router has 1 x 10/100 Mbps WAN and 4 x 10/100 Mbps LAN ports.

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Our personal experiences and opinions form the basis of this article. We aimed to share insights on a topic, and we hoped others would find it useful and inspirational. The specs below rely on official manufacturer data, but we also consider user reviews. If you noticed any mistakes or missing details about the Tenda N301, please let us know. Furthermore, we strive to deliver a thorough and precise overview.

Tenda N301 / N301

If you need more features, you may want to consider better Tenda routers. Or, you can look at other routers on the market. Tenda is another well-known manufacturer in the networking industry.

Tenda N301 specifications

BrandTenda
NameN301
TypeN301
Rating
Rated 4/5 based on 1480 user votes.
Launch2013

Body

Dimensions127.4 x 90.5 x 26 mm

If you plan to move or travel a lot and need to take your router with you, the size is important. It needs to be small to be easy to carry.

System

ChipsetBroadcom BCM5357C0 @ 300 MHz
RAM16 MB
Flash2 MB
OSTenda
Power supply9 V / 0.6 A

The Broadcom BCM5357C0 @ 300 MHz CPU provides processing power. It handles tasks and services within the N301 router. The amount of RAM in a router can affect its performance. It also affects its capacity to handle concurrent operations and traffic. The 2 MB flash memory in the router serves as the storage medium for the router's firmware. The firmware upgrade process may vary depending on the router model. However, it often involves accessing the router's web-based administration interface. The Tenda packages the N301 router with 9 V / 0.6 A PSU.

Network

ProtocolsIPv4
LAN ports4 x 10/100 Mbps
WAN ports1 x 10/100 Mbps
Mobile networkno
VPN supportno

Like many modern routers, the N301 supports many network standards too. The IPv4 uses 32-bit addresses, represented as four sets of numbers separated by periods (e.g. 192.168.0.1). The N301 features a Fast Ethernet WAN port that has a maximum speed of 100 Mbps.

Tenda N301 (N301) / 1

Wireless

Antennas2 x 5 dBi
fixed
2.4 GHzyes
5 GHzno
60 GHzno
StandardsIEEE 802.11b/g/n
ClassN300
Speed300 Mbps
Transmit power20 dBm
SecurityWEP
WPA
WPA2
WPS
Guest networkno

A well-positioned antenna can reduce interference and signal weakening. This leads to a more reliable connection. The 2.4 GHz band is widely supported by many devices. This includes older ones that may not work with the 5 GHz band. This is a Wi-Fi 4 router, with slower data transfer speeds. This can result in slower downloads, video buffering, and reduced performance. Real-world N301 router speeds are lower than its theoretical maximum speed.

WEP was the first Wi-Fi security protocol. But it is now seen as weak and easy to hack. The introduction of WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2) improved upon WEP. It provides stronger security. WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) provides an easy method. It connects devices to a Wi-Fi network.

Connectivity

USB portsno
Print serverno
File serverno

The N301 router doesn't have file-server or print-server functionality.

Administration

Default IP192.168.0.1
Default usernameadmin
Default passwordadmin

If you can't log in to your Tenda router's setup panel, try resetting it. A reset can help you troubleshoot. It is highly recommended to change the default password of your N301 router. Do this after the initial setup.

Pros and Cons

Every router, including this Tenda one, has its good sides and not-so-good sides. Let's take a closer look at both to get a full understanding of what this router can do. We'll talk about what it does well and also where it could use some improvements. Just remember, this is just what I think, and you might see things differently.

Pros

  • WPS friendly

Cons

  • insufficient memory
  • insufficient flash
  • lack of Gigabit LAN
  • Non-gigabit WAN port
  • missing Wi-Fi 6 support
  • lacks Wi-Fi 5 compatibility
  • reduced Wi-Fi bandwidth
  • incompatible with WPA3
  • no USB connectivity

Tenda N301 photos

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Robert Miller
For over 15 years, I've immersed myself in the world of networking devices as a tech aficionado. I've dedicated myself to thoroughly testing and analyzing routers and other networking gear. I aim to provide thorough reviews. They will give you the knowledge needed to improve your network.
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