TP-Link Archer C3150 Review

Armed with double Wi-Fi bands that mix to provide (theoretical) throughput speeds as high as 3,167Mbps and a complete array of I/O ports, the TP-Link AC3150 Wireless MU-MIMO Gigabit Router Archer C3150 is made for homes that want enough bandwidth to take care of gaming, movie streaming, and multiple clients connecting simultaneously. You obtain fast file-move speeds and an excellent collection of management configurations with this particular router, and it’s really a snap to set up and configure. It is also Multi-User Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) prepared.

Design

The Archer C3150 appears identical to the TP-Link AC2600 Wireless Dual Band Router Archer C2600 that people reviewed this past year. It functions exactly the same two-tone gloss-black/matte-dark complete and has the same sizes of 1.5 by 10.4 by 7.8 ins (HWD). It utilizes four removable, flexible antennas and will be powered by a 1.4GHz Broadcom processor chip. The C3150 can perform maximum data rates of just one 1,000Mbps on the two 2.4GHz band and 2,167Mbps about the 5GHz band, but much like every router out there, they are theoretical speeds rather than anywhere near real-world data prices.

The four Gigabit Ethernet ports guiding the router are joined by way of a WAN (Web) port, a power jack, and an electrical switch. The remaining side includes a reset button, a Wi-Fi On/Off switch, a WPS key, a USB 2.0 port, and the USB 3.0 slot. A silver strip at the top of the router keeps Directed indicators for energy, 2.4 GHz and 5GHz action, Internet connection, and USB activity.

Specifications

HARDWARE FEATURES
Interface4 10/100/1000Mbps LAN Ports,
1 10/100/1000Mbps WAN Port
1 USB 3.0 Port + 1 USB 2.0 Port
ButtonWPS Button, Reset Button, Wireless On/Off Button,
LED On/Off Button, Power On/Off Button
External Power Supply12V/5A
Dimensions ( W x D x H )10.4×7.8×1.5 in. (263.8×197.8×37.3mm)
Antenna4 Detachable Antennas
WIRELESS FEATURES
Wireless StandardsIEEE 802.11ac/n/a 5GHz
IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz
Frequency2.4GHz and 5GHz
Signal Rate2167Mbps at 5GHz, 1000Mbps at 2.4GHz
Reception Sensitivity5GHz: 11a 6Mbps: -91dBm
11a 54Mbps: -72dBm
11n HT20: -70dBm
11n HT40: -69dBm
11ac HT20: -60dBm
11ac HT40: -61dBm
11ac HT80: -56dBm
2.4GHz: 11g 54Mbps: -73dBm
11n HT20: -72dBm
11n HT40: -69dBm
Wireless FunctionsEnable/Disable Wireless Radio, WMM,
Wireless Statistics
Wireless Security64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA-PSK2
encryptions
Quality of Service
Transmission PowerCE: <20dBm(2.4GHz), <23dBm(5GHz)
FCC: <30dBm
Guest Network2.4GHz guest network x 1, 5GHz guest network x 1
SOFTWARE FEATURES
Quality of ServiceWMM, Bandwidth Control
WAN TypeDynamic IP/Static IP/PPPoE/
PPTP(Dual Access)/L2TP(Dual Access) /Bigpond
ManagementAccess Control, Local Management, Remote Management
DHCPServer, Client, DHCP Client List, Address Reservation
Port ForwardingVirtual Server, Port Triggering, UPnP, DMZ
Dynamic DNSDynDns, NO-IP
VPN Pass-ThroughPPTP, L2TP, IPSec
VPN
Access ControlParental Control, Local Management Control,
Host list, Access Schedule, Rule Management
ProtocolsSupports IPv4 and IPv6
USB SharingSupport Samba(Storage)/FTP Server/Media Server/
Printer Server
VPN ServerPPTP, OpenVPN
OTHERS
CertificationCE, FCC, RoHS
Package ContentsAC 3150 Wireless MU-MIMO Gigabit Router
Archer C3150
4 Detachable Antennas
Power Supply Unit
Ethernet Cable
Quick Installation Guide
System RequirementsMicrosoft Windows 98SE, NT, 2000, XP, Vista™ or Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10, MAC OS, NetWare, UNIX or Linux
Internet Explorer 11, Firefox 12.0, Chrome 20.0, Safari 4.0, or other Java-enabled browser
Cable or DSL Modem
Subscription with an Internet Service Provider (for Internet access)
EnvironmentOperating Temperature: 0℃~40℃ (32℉ ~104℉)
Storage Temperature: -40℃~70℃ (-40℉ ~158℉)
Operating Humidity: 10%~90% non-condensing
Storage Humidity: 5%~90% non-condensing

Pros

  • Simple to set up.
  • Plenty of ports.
  • Relatively good performance.
  • Lots of management settings.

Cons

  • Middling 2.4GHz range performance in testing.

Conclusion

The TP-Hyperlink AC3150 Wifi MU-MIMO Gigabit Router Archer C3150 is a good choice if your home has several wired and wireless products vying for bandwidth. It includes a lot of management choices and delivers good file-move speeds, but if you are hoping to make use of its MU-MIMO function, you need to await a firmware update before it’ll function. This router’s throughput overall performance is a lot more than sufficient, but you can find faster routers on the market for around exactly the same cost, like the Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 and the Asus RT-AC88U

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