TP-Link Archer C3150 Wireless MU-MIMO Gigabit Router - Web Interface and Setup

Article Index
TP-Link Archer C3150 Wireless MU-MIMO Gigabit Router
Features and Specifications
Web Interface and Setup
Wireless Testing and Final Thoughts

Web Interface & Setup:

The interface of the TP-Link Archer C3150 is very nice and is refreshing. Over the years, I've looked at some interfaces that were so graphical heavy that they ran slow on the router and greatly and negatively affected performance. On the flip side, there have been a few router setups that were so text heavy that it took you extra long to read everything and the input fields weren't even lined up to look nice.

TP-Link has pretty much married the best of both. There are some light graphics and a good balance of text, but the overall finish of the GUI is quite good. The performance of the router during setup is great. The pages load fast and many settings are applied almost instantly, a few take a few seconds to apply but there are a few major settings changes that require a reboot. The router boots quickly though and you won't be waiting for too long to get things back working again. 

There are some really great bandwidth management options on the C3150 that look to offer an extra level of configuration and tweaking for people that manage extended networks.  Please check out the video below as we try to quickly do a router interface run-through to help you get a better feel at what you're getting with the Archer C3150.

Please watch full-screen at 1080p for the best viewing experience.

 

 

Testing:

As far as performance goes, we fired up iperf to do a little benchmarking on this router. Iperf results show bandwidth that the network is capable of without the limit of hard drive read and write speeds. In the real world, you don't often see wired transfer speeds reaching 1000mbps due to mechanical drive write speed limits. Also, CPU overhead and other network congestion and such can limit speeds. We use iperf with confidence as it shows how good the network hardware actuall is and if it can perform anywhere close to rated specs. We will be testing both wired and wireless performance.

Gigabit Wired Performance

For reference we compared this router to Trendnet’s TEW-672GR, TEW-691GR, TEW-812DRU routers as well as D-Link's DGL-4500 and DGL-655 units. Also compared are the Linksys' WRT610N, E4200, EA6500, WRT1900AC, E8350 and EA7500 routers as well as one unit from Rosewill – the T600N. Many of the wireless adapters have changed over the years but we have always been using the current equivalents throughout these tests to keep everything as close to realistic as possible. As you can see, the results of the C3150 from TP-Link are listed at the top of the chart and the performance is very good. It is just 3 Mbps shy of the top router we ever reviewed and that difference could be as simple as a cable, connection or a number of things. Either way, it performs right at the top of the chart - with many other routers.

On the next page we'll continue on with testing and cover wireless performance.