TP-Link Archer C3150 Wireless MU-MIMO Gigabit Router - Wireless Testing and Final Thoughts

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

Testing (Continued):

In the wireless testing we compared the C3150 against the same batch of routers using 5GHz networks at the best speed if possible. For some of the older routers, they are limited to 2.4GHz and we'll remove them in a future review, but for now it helps you appreciate the speed of these new machines. 

When connected to a solid 5GHz client, the router performed like a champ. I was able to consistently run over 420Mbps over a wireless connection to my aging Thinkpad T540p.  The reality is that it beat out the closest competitor - the E8350 from Linksys by over 42Mbps. This is a nice boost and one that you get with fantastic router that is priced for the mainstream market.

Wireless Performance

 

Final Thoughts:

Not only is the TP-Link Archer C3150 an affordable 802.11ac router; boasting features like MU-MIMO and over 3100Mbps of wireless performance, it is the fastest router we've looked at - for any price. This is not a coincidence or something to overlook either. If you need a high-end router, you don't have to pick other brands that cost more. The TP-Link C3150 is solid and it performs like an absolute champ. Wired speeds are approaching full 1Gbps saturation and wireless performance is better than anything we've had the pleasure to test before.

With all that performance at an affordable price, you might be expecting something to be seriously wrong somewhere else. We were too, but were unable to find it at this point. The interface is clean and responsive. The configuration is simple and powerful. The extra features like full bandwidth control per IP range or series of ports is something I've never seen in a router at this price point. If you want those features, you either have to run third-party software on the router, or spend a lot more.

The thing is that TP-Link even lets you know there is 3rd Party firmware available and say that you can use it - but they won't support the software. They appear to still support the hardware though, and that's awesome.

Not only is the TP-Link Archer C3150 an affordable 802.11ac router; boasting features like MU-MIMO and over 3100Mbps of wireless performance, it is the fastest router we've look at - for any price. This is not a coincidence or something to overlook either. If you need a high-end router, you don't have to pick other brands that cost more. The TP-Link C3150 is solid and it performs like an absolute champ. Wired speeds are approaching full 1Gbps saturation and wireless performance is better than anything we've had the pleasure to test before.

With all that performance at an affordable price, you might be expecting something to be seriously wrong somewhere else. We were too, but were unable to find it at this point. The interface is clean and responsive. The configuration is simple and powerful. The extra features like full bandwidth control per IP range or series of ports is something I've never seen in a router at this price point. If you want those features, you either have to run third-party software on the router, or spend a lot more.

The thing is that TP-Link even lets you know there is 3rd Party firmware available and say that you can use it - but they won't support the software. They appear to still support the hardware though, and that's awesome.

Parental controls, access control, DHCP reservations, MAC filtering, virtual servers, port triggering and more - are exactly where they should be. While configuring my first TP-Link router, I expected to get lost or have to hunt to find the appropriate settings page, but the interface is so well thought out that setup and administering the router was a breeze. It is simply a fantastic product.

Pros:

  • Great wireless performance (best we've testing on client devices)
  • Dual-band configuration with robust guest access
  • MU-MIMO works well
  • Full file server/FTP/Print options integrated
  • Real bandwidth control - not just machine priority

 

Cons:

  • I wish I knew it was this good sooner. It would have saved me money.

 

 

I'd like to thank TP-Link for sending this router our way for a review. If you have any questions, comments or general feedback, please feel free to post it in the forum right here.