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TP-Link (Chinese: 普联技术; pinyin: pǔ lián jì shù, stylized as tp-link), is a Chinese manufacturer of computer networking products based in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China.

TP-LINK Technologies Co., Ltd.
Native name
普联技术有限公司
Private
Industry Networking equipment
Founded 1996; 21 years ago (1996)
Founder Zhào Jiànjūn
Zhào Jiāxīng
Headquarters Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Jeffrey Chao (Chairman)
Products Ethernet hubs, Routers, DSL/Cable Gateways, Switches, Wireless Access Points, Storage and security IP cameras
Revenue 12.9 Billion (2013)[1][not in citation given]
Number of employees
21,849 (Dec 2013)
Website www.tp-link.com

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HistoryEdit

 
TP-LINK Global Headquarters in Shenzhen, China

TP-Link was founded in 1996 by two brothers, Zhào Jiànjūn (赵建军) and Zhào Jiāxīng (赵佳兴), with a network card they had developed. The company name was based on the concept of "twisted pair link", a kind of electromagnetic cabling, hence the "TP" in the company name.[2]

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.[3]

In September 2016, TP-Link unveiled a new logo and slogan, "Reliably Smart"; the new logo is meant to portray the company as being a "lifestyle"-oriented brand as it expands into smart home products.[4][5]

Product rangesEdit

 
TP-LINK AC1900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit ADSL2+ Modem Router

TP-Link products include wireless routers, mobile phones, ADSL, range extenders, routers, switches, IP cameras, powerline adapters, print servers, media converters, wireless adapters and power banks. TP-Link also manufactured the OnHub router for Google.[4] In 2016 the company launched the new brand Neffos for smart phones.[6] TP-Link manufactures smart home devices under their Kasa product line.[7]

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.

ManufacturingEdit

TP-Link is one of the few major wireless networking companies to manufacture its products in-house as opposed to outsourcing to original design manufacturers (ODMs). The company says this control over components and the supply chain is a key competitive differentiator.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "About TP-LINK - Welcome to TP-LINK". Tp-link.com. Archived from the original on 2011-11-23. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  2. ^ "Network-gear firm TP-Link thinks big in US market|Across Americas|chinadaily.com.cn". Usa.chinadaily.com.cn. 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  3. ^ Richard Xu (2013-09-15). "Richard Xu, Vice President - TP-Link". Businessinterviews.com. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  4. ^ a b "TP-Link Transforms From Purveyor of Fine Tools to Smart Life Enabler". CNET. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Introducing The New TP-Link®-TP-Link Unveils Completely New Look and Brand Identity". TP-Link. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "NEFFOS PHONES". Gadgets 360. 
  7. ^ "Smart Home | TP-Link". www.tp-link.com. Retrieved 2017-09-16. 
  8. ^ "TP-LINK Targets Aggressive U.S. Expansion, VARs Included". CRN. Archived from the original on 5 January 2012. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 

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