|Founder||Zhao Jianjun and Zhao Jiaxing|
|Headquarters||Shenzhen, Guangdong, China|
|Products||Computer networking devices|
|Revenue||$1.9 Billion (2013) |
Number of employees
|21,849 Worldwide (as of Dec，2013)|
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. TP-LINK was the leader in global shipments of wireless LAN products as of the first quarter of 2013.
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.
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, Buffalo, 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.
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.
- Wireless Routers
- 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. High-end products use the latest technologies, such as MU-MIMO and Beamforming.
- Range Extenders
- TP-LINK Wi-Fi Range Extenders are under the repeater mode to work with Wireless router and Access point and help eliminate ‘dead zones’ by boosting wireless networks in home and office.
- Powerline Adapters
- TP-LINK sells a range of adapters and starter kits using the HomePlug Powerline Alliance networking standard. The latest models support speeds of up to 1200Mbps.
- Wi-Fi Adapters
- TP-LINK markets a range of Adapters, including the Archer line of dual-band wireless adapters to match the dual-band routers both using the new “802.11ac” wireless standard.
- TP-LINK provides a variety of switches for business networking solutions. The products are Unmanaged Switches, Easy Smart Switches, Smart Switches, Jetstream L2 Managed Switches, and Jetstream L2+/ L3 Managed Switches.
- Portable routers
- TP-LINK’s line of portable “travel” routers are smaller in size than typical home devices, targeting business travellers or families that travel and need to share one Internet connection in a hotel for multiple devices.
- 3G/4G routers
- 3G/4G routers, also called MIFI, share Internet connections deriving from modems accessing various wireless broadband technology standards such as LTE, HSPA+/HSUPA/HSDPA, UMTS, and EVDO.
- TP-LINK markets VPN routers under the “SafeStream” brand along with load balance broadband routers with functions including IPsec/PPTP/L2TP VPN, Load Balance, Access Control, IM/P2P Blocking, DoS Defense, Bandwidth Control, Session Limit and PPPoE Server, which meet the needs of small and medium enterprises, hotels and communities with large volumes of users demanding a network with security.
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). TP-LINK's quality control is unprecedented. Before a new product is shipped, it gets tested in 7,000 unique scenarios, and it only takes one failed test to start the entire process all over again. The company claims this control over components and the supply chain is a key competitive differentiator.
- Industrial Design
- TP-LINK achieves a great success in Independent Design field and wins all the top three Awards of industrial design —IF award(Germany), Red Dot award(Germany) and IDEA Awards (United States).
- Product Innovation
- TP-LINK’s networking products win more than 300 awards worldwide from over 100 digital medias.
M5350 received Red Dot design awards in Germany,2013.
TL-MR3040 won Product Design Award from IF in Germany,2013
TP-LINK's 150M Mini Wireless Router TL-WR706 won the IDEA 2013 Finalist Award
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