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TP-LINK Technologies Co., Ltd.
Native name
Privately Held
Industry Computer networking
Founded 1996 (1996)
Founder Zhao Jianjun and Zhao Jiaxing
Headquarters Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
Area served
Products Computer networking devices
Revenue $1.9 Billion (2013) [1]
Number of employees
21,849 Worldwide (as of Dec,2013)
Website TP-LINK

TP-LINK Technologies Co., Ltd. (Chinese: 普联技术), stylized, trademarked and marketed as TP-LINK, is a Chinese manufacturer of computer networking products based in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China. TP-LINK is the largest Small Office and Home Office (SOHO) networking market share holder in China.[2][3] TP-LINK was the leader in global shipments of wireless LAN products as of the first quarter of 2013.[2]


TP-LINK Global Headquarters in Shenzhen, China
TP-LINK Canada

TP-LINK was founded in 1996 by two brothers, Zhao Jianjun (Cliff Chao) and Zhao Jiaxing (Jeffrey Chao), with a network card they had developed. The company name was based on the concept of “twisted pair link”, a kind of electromagnetic cabling.[4]

TP-LINK sells through multiple sales channels globally, including traditional retailers, online retailers, wholesale distributors, direct market resellers (“DMRs”), value-added resellers (“VARs”) and broadband service providers. Its main competition includes companies such as NETGEAR, Belkin, Linksys, D-Link and Asus.

TP-LINK began its first international expansion in 2005. In 2007, the company moved into its new 100,000 square meters headquarters and facilities at Shenzhen’s Hi-Tech Industry Park. TP-LINK USA was established in 2008.[5][6]

Since entering the international market in 2005, TP-Link products have been deployed in over 120 countries. In the first quarter of 2013, TP-Link was the largest market share holder in the world for WLAN equipment with a 42.2% global market share.[2]

Product ranges[edit]

TP-LINK products include wireless networking, portable routers, 3G/4G routers, switches, routers, HomePlug Powerline adapters, IP cameras and print servers.

Wireless technology
TP-LINK markets a range of wireless networking products, including the Archer line of dual-band wireless routers using the new “802.11ac” wireless standard, along with other dual-band wireless routers using the 802.11n wireless standard.
Portable routers
TP-LINK’s line of portable “travel” routers are smaller in size than typical home devices, targeting business travelers or families that travel and need to share one Internet connection in a hotel for multiple devices.[7]
3G/4G routers share Internet connections deriving from modems accessing various wireless broadband technology standards such as LTE, HSPA+/HSUPA/HSDPA, UMTS, and EVDO.
TP-LINK markets a range of L2 gigabit managed switches under the “JetStream” brand[8] along with “smart” switches and unmanaged switches.
TP-LINK markets VPN routers under the “SafeStream” brand[9] along with load balance broadband routers.
TP-LINK sells a range of adapters and starter kits using the HomePlug Powerline Alliance networking standard.

Product gallery[edit]


TP-LINK is one of the few major wireless networking companies to manufacture its products in-house as opposed to outsourcing to “ODMs” (original design manufacturers). The company claims this control over components and the supply chain is a key competitive differentiator.[10]


  1. ^ "About TP-LINK - Welcome to TP-LINK". Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  2. ^ a b c "TP-LINK Continues To Dominate WLAN Market Share". 2013-08-09. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  3. ^ TP-LINK ranked 32nd on an annual ranking by Computer Partner magazine of the top 100 IT suppliers in China, and No.1 in SOHO networking companies.
  4. ^ "Network-gear firm TP-Link thinks big in US market|Across Americas|". 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  5. ^ Richard Xu (2013-09-15). "Richard Xu, Vice President - TP-Link". Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  6. ^ "About TP-LINK - Welcome to TP-LINK". Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  7. ^ Lynn, Samara. "TP-Link 150 Mbps Wireless N Nano Router TL-WR702N Review & Rating". Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  8. ^ "TP-LINK Gigabit Jetstream 24-Port Switches Introduced | News, Manufacturer News, TP-LINK Gigabit Jetstream 24-Port Switches IntroducedTP-LINK Gigabit Jetstream 24-Port Switches Introduced". 2013-04-23. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  9. ^ "TP-LINK TL-ER6020 SafeStream Gigabit Dual-WAN VPN Router Reviewed". SmallNetBuilder. 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  10. ^ "Networking News". CRN. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 

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