TP-Link Archer C6 Review

TP-Link Archer C6 is the latest Cellular AC router from TP-Link. It has a fresh glossy black style and 4 exterior antennas. It includes the latest systems such as for example beamforming and MU-MIMO. TP-Link didn’t say what’s the get of these antennas but they are usually pretty massive.

Design

The Archer C6 helps Wireless AC1200 with a maximum hyperlink speed of 867Mbps on 5Ghz and 300Mbps on 2.4Ghz. With that, you may expect an optimum real speed of 500Mbps on 5Ghz and around 100Mbps on 2.4Ghz after considering system overheads.

TP-link also included MU-MIMO assistance with this particular router which enables you to enjoy improved performance with the MU-MIMO compatible gadget. The router furthermore supports beamforming to have a better still coverage increase. Both of these aren’t enabled by default. Nevertheless, it doesn’t possess a USB interface, likely because of the really inexpensive price of the router.

Specifications

WIRELESS
StandardsWi-Fi 5
IEEE 802.11ac/n/a 5 GHz
IEEE 802.11n/b/g 2.4 GHz
WiFi SpeedsAC1200
5 GHz: 867 Mbps (802.11ac)
2.4 GHz: 300 Mbps (802.11n)
WiFi Range3 Bedroom Houses
4× Fixed High-Performance Antennas
Multiple antennas form a signal-boosting array to cover more directions and large areas

Beamforming
Concentrates wireless signal strength towards clients to expand WiFi range
WiFi CapacityMedium
Dual-Band
Allocate devices to different bands for optimal performance

MU-MIMO
Simultaneously communicates with multiple MU-MIMO clients
Working ModesRouter Mode
Access Point Mode
HARDWARE
ProcessorQualcomm CPU
Ethernet Ports1× Gigabit WAN Port
4× Gigabit LAN Ports
ButtonsWPS/Wi-Fi Button
Power On/Off Button
Reset Button
Power12 V ⎓ 1 A
SECURITY
WiFi EncryptionWPA
WPA2
WPA3
Network SecuritySPI Firewall
Access Control
IP & MAC Binding
Application Layer Gateway
Guest Network1× 5 GHz Guest Network
1× 2.4 GHz Guest Network
VPN ServerOpenVPN
PPTP
SOFTWARE
ProtocolsIPv4
IPv6
OneMesh™OneMesh™ Supported
Without replacing your existing devices or buying a whole new WiFi ecosystem, OneMesh™ helps you create a more flexible network that covers your entire home with TP-Link OneMesh™ products.
Parental ControlsURL Filtering
Time Controls
WAN TypesDynamic IP
Static IP
PPPoE
PPTP
L2TP
Quality of ServiceQoS by Device
NAT ForwardingVirtual Servers
Port Forwarding
Port Triggering
DMZ
UPnP
IPTVIGMP Proxy
IGMP Snooping
Bridge
Tag VLAN
DHCPAddress Reservation
DHCP Client List
Server
DDNSNO-IP
DynDNS
ManagementTether App
Webpage
PHYSICAL
Dimensions (W×D×H)9.1 × 5.7 × 1.4 in
(230 × 144 × 35 mm)
Package ContentsWi-Fi Router Archer C6
Power Adapter
RJ45 Ethernet Cable
Quick Installation Guide
OTHER
System RequirementsInternet Explorer 11+, Firefox 12.0+, Chrome 20.0+, Safari 4.0+, or other JavaScript-enabled browser

Cable or DSL Modem (if needed)

Subscription with an internet service provider (for internet access)
CertificationsFCC, RoHS
EnvironmentOperating Temperature: 0℃~40℃ (32℉ ~104℉)
Storage Temperature: -40℃~70℃ (-40℉ ~158℉)
Operating Humidity: 10%~90% non-condensing
Storage Humidity: 5%~90% non-condensing
TEST DATA
WiFi Transmission PowerFCC:
<30dBm(2.4GHz & 5GHz)
WiFi Reception Sensitivity5GHz:
11a 6Mbps:-93dBm;11a 54Mbps:-78dBm;
11ac HT20 mcs8:69dBm;11ac HT40 mcs9:-65dBm;
11ac HT80 mcs9:-62dBm;
2.4GHz:
11g 54Mbps:-78dBm;
11n HT20 mcs7:-74dBm;
11n HT40 mcs7:-71dbm;

Pros

  • Affordably priced.
  • Easy to install.
  • Supports MU-MIMO streaming.
  • Solid 5GHz performance.

Cons

  • Middling 2.4GHz performance.
  • No USB ports.
  • Non-removable antennas.

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