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Reasonable price and great performance router.
I bought this router December 2016 and still been using it very happily. When I bought it there were no reviews except only this site, so I couldn't decide to buy it easily. Actually, that review was a great influence on my decision.
I have used several routers made by different makers during 3 decades years. One of them, Iptime which is made in Korea was my favorite router but it was not enough to play games with a wireless connection. My gaming PC is about a straight-line distance of 13m from my router and there are several plaster-board ...walls. At that time, my internet product was 25 Mbps NBN, I thought its speed is enough to play a game. Thus, I decided to change my router to a better one and researched and compared many routers in $300 budget. As a result, I got 4 routers as a summary such as Iptime A6004NS, Netgear R7000, TP-Link C3150 and ASUS RT-AC68U. I evaluated product price, CPU, DRAM, Flash Memory, Lan speed, wireless speed (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) and Firmware and marked points for each item. C3150 has fastest 5Ghz speed and over average hardware. This website of Smallnetbuilder will be very helpful to decide to choose a better router. Until now 10 months have never trouble with this but I realized 25Mbps NBN is not enough to enjoy games even though this router connect my PC with 867Mbps full speed. Now my internet plan is 100Mbps NBN. Another tip is that mine is version 1, now you can buy version 2 which is improved for multi devices. After I wrote this review, I found this router's price is much higher than what I purchased. I bought C3150 for $259, it included a redemption of RE350.
Amongst the best of 2016 router technology.
After a couple of happy years with an Asus RT-AC68U, curiosity got the better of me. I didn't have any wifi clients on my home network that could use the latest MU-MIMO technology, but I had read that you could get SOME improvement by changing up to a 4T4R (4 transmitting and receiving antennae) from a 3T3R. According to Smallnetbuilder, the Archer C3150 currently has the best 5 Ghz performance, so when I found a special price, I took the bait.
Unboxing the C3150 produced no surprises. I've owned TP-Link stuff in the past, and in general ...it's solidly built. This is a nice looking product, although its gloss black front topside will show dust and fingermarks readily. It's quite heavy, owing to some good internal metal heat-sinking. The website pictures show its sleek look, but it's no mini router - you'll need a good 30 cm of shelf width (including a little room for ventilation). The power supply was unexpected. Rather than a 'wall wart' power adapter, it has a fully separate brick that attaches via a standard (IEC C13) office appliance cable. It's made by Huntkey and it runs fairly cool, which is re-assuring. The router itself runs mildly warm - again a good sign. All of the above compares well with the Archer VR600, which I bought for a friend recently and reviewed separately. The VR600 looks like a scaled down version of this router, but it cuts some serious corners on heat management and the case is flimsy compared to this larger model. Thankfully the C3150 has a premium build to match its premium look. Setup was simple. I'm a veteran in router setup, and this is the easiest I've seen. The downside is that a lot of the settings that you might 'tweak' on an Asus router simply aren't there on the TP-Link. The obligatory smartphone app that accompanies most modern routers - called 'Tether' in TP-Link's case, for some reason - is also simple, but again the simplicity comes from the lack of adjustable features. It's as though the choice between Asus and TP-Link is a comparison between advanced clutter and limited simplicity. Pick your poison!
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