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Saturday, 10 September 2016

TP-Link Archer C3200 AC3200 Using 192.168.l.l Review

Posted by Rahul Gandotra
We will start the review of TP-Link Archer C3200 AC3200 by doing a physical overview, setup, specifications and the GUI, look at some numbers and make our conclusions. 3200 is the sum total of all the bandwidth, usual 600 megabits per second for the 2.4GHzband and dual 1300 meagbits per second for 5 GHz bands, this makes the router perfect for using many devices at once, but in theory it should not make it any faster than an average AC 1900 router. It uses 192.168.l.l also.The styling is of the top-of-the-line Archer. The top and bottom are covered in a matt black triangular mesh with six antennas which you sadly cannot replace. When the router stands on all six antennas it looks stunning. There is dual core 1GHz CPU inside with three coprocessors, one for each band width. The router lacks multi user MIMO support it does feature smart connect, a technology which automatically assigns the correct bands and channel to a client device for optimal performance with all connected devices. 
TP-Link Archer C3200 AC3200
TP-Link Archer C3200 AC3200

On the front are LEDs for power, each band of WAN, LAN, WPS and both USB ports, a light for each port is unavailable. There are also buttons that turn Wi-Fi WPS and LEDs on or off. On the rear is a reset button, gigabit WAN and four gigabit LAN ports, USB 2.0, USB 3.0 ports and a power button to power it up or down which is next to the power jack. On the bottom are four rubber feet and two hooks for ceiling or wall mounting. Quite surprisingly the size of it is only 20 cm x 20cm, a lot smaller than expected. 

Also See :-  Xiaomi Mi Wifi Mini Youth Edition Router Review

The user experience and the GUI on this device is a little disappointing. While Netgear , ASUS and Synoilogy have enormous feature sets and settings menus to get lost in for days. TP-Link seems to go for a very simple approach and sadly it is overly simplied to a point where it somewhat limits what the user can do despite the hardware being more than capable. However, this device is more than configurable enough for most users. Wifi testing in AP mode is not available, no bridge mode, no repeater mode. There is lack of firmware updates on the device itself. You still have to download them on a USB drive like. The layout is nice and easy to navigate. But in terms of software Asus and Synology are way ahead. 

The router shines when it comes to performance. At one meter range the performance are comparable to a wired gigabit connection and performs better than Xiaomi Mi WiFi Mini Youth Router, Synology rt1900 AC Router, Netgear Nighthawk R700 router, Asus R7-AC870 Router and TP-Link Ac 2600 router. Performance in the living room, bedroom is exceptional when it comes to download and upload speeds for large and small files. The transfer speed is high and high consistency with perfectly repeatable results each time. Moving outdoors now 15 meters away from the router with multiple walls in between and the performance is still good. TP-Link Archer C3200 AC320A router is definitely to consider, because it looks good and performs even better in and around the house.


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