TP-LINK AC3200 Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Wi-Fi Router (Archer C3200)

Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 4.19.34 PMOver the years I have used several routers. I started out with a small Microsoft router, and then moved on to Linksys, Netgear, and a small D-Link routers. Routers have come a long way, in terms of signal strength, accessibility and reliability. This TP-Link router is one of the strongest ones I’ve tested, and in terms of quality is nowhere behind the better known brand routers.

Of all electronic devices that I own and use on a regular basis, the ones that rely on tricky networking setup in order to function are the ones that I usually have the hardest time setting up. This would include Internet routers, network servers and storage, and IP cameras. However, this TP-link router was relatively easy to setup. The reason for this lays in no small part in the intuitive and straightforward simple setup procedure. Once you setup your router, though, you are able to use all the bells and whistles of the traditional router website-based power interface. If you happen to be more tech savvy, and like to tinker with settings and networking configurations, then you will be really pleased with what this router has to offer. I am not an IT professional, but the router configuration interface seemed on the level of the best professional interfaces that I had seen.

One small feature that I really liked about this router is that it has a dedicated power switch on the back. I frequently need to powercycle the router, and unplugging and plugging back in the power is not the most convenient way of doing it. By having a dedicated switch power cycling has been made as convenient as it could possibly be.

The wired speed boost was the most noticeable when it came to downloading large files. The download speed for several torrent files easily exceeded by a factor of five or more the top speed that I had ever achieved with my Linksys router.

The advertised range of this TP-Link router was indeed on par what I had experienced. The WiFi signal was really strong throughout my house, and I was getting full five bar reception even at the far end of my yard. There was no need for signal boosters. I tried streaming an HD video to my iPad all the way across my yard, and it worked without glitches.

The router comes with two USB ports – a USB 2.0 and a USB 3.0 port. This allows you to connect up to two different USB peripherals at the time. (Unfortunately, no daisy-chaining is possible as far as I can tell.) The USB port is primarily intended for connecting a printer. It allows you in principle to turn one of your old printers into a networked printer. This worked, sort of. It took me a bit of tweaking before I was able to access my old HP laser printer this way from my two Macs. However, Macs are notorious when it comes to configuring them to work correctly with networked printers, and in the past I have had issues with getting them to work correctly with such a printer after upgrading from one version of OSX to another. So far, I ahve not had such issues, but will be on a lookout if they pop up.

The USB 3.0 port is a truly great feature. I connected it to a 1 TB hard drive, and had a centralized file storage point for my whole home network. The transfer speeds were really good, thanks to the USB 3.0 and fast network connections, as well as to the fast router processor. I have an old Windows home server, which I’ve been using for a similar purpose for years, but its aging processor and relatively meager memory make it very slow at times. The high file-transfer speed is the most noticeable when streaming high definition videos across the network. I was streaming 1080p home videos to all of my networked devices without a hitch. I do wish, however, that the router had at least on USB 3.0 port in the front. That way I can quickly access files that I put on a USB stick and just plug into the router on the fly.

This is a very large router. It is about twice as big as my old Linksys router, which in turn was about twice the size of my first Microsoft router. It is even bigger than my old Acer netbook. You would want to make sure that you have enough space wherever you intend to position this beast.

This is one of the most powerful and effective consumer-level routers that I have come across. It will future-proof your home network for many years to come. I would also strongly recommend it for small businesses that have substantial data transfer and storage need. Overall, a wonderful product.

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Bojan Tunguz

Bojan Tunguz was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which he and his family fled during the civil war for the neighboring Croatia. Over the past two decades he has studied, lived and worked in the United States. He is a theoretical physicist with degrees from Stanford and University of Illinois. Tunguz has taught physics at several prominent liberal arts colleges and has been writing about physics, science and technology for more than a decade. He also has a wide spectrum of interests, and reads and writes about current events, society, culture, religion and politics. Over the years he has reviewed many of the books that he has read, and posted his reviews on various online outlets. In 2011 he had become a top 10 reviewer on, where he continues to be very active. Aside from reading and writing, Tunguz enjoys traveling, digital photography, hiking, and fitness. He resides with his wife in Indiana. You can follow my review updates on the following pages as well: Facebook: Twitter: Google+:

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