TP‑Link Archer C2300 Wireless Router Review
Ryan Bloom / Nov 22nd, 2017 No Comments
Wireless internet systems are evolving at a rapid pace. Chunky, antennae-filled devices are still often the best performing routers, but more aesthetically pleasing pieces of tech and networks of gadgets with especially small footprints are beginning to catch up in terms of reliability. With so many options, it can be determine exactly which router is the right one for you.
That’s where the TP‑Link Archer C2300 wireless router comes in. The device isn’t a beast of a router, but it hangs with the best of them in terms of performance. It is affordable, but not lacking in features. In fact, it may be the perfect router for the average consumer.
Design and Setup
The Archer C2300’s design isn’t anything to write home about, but with a smaller footprint and only three antennae sticking out of its back, it is unassuming and easy on the eyes. The glossy black look will easily blend in with different types of household electronics without commanding too much attention.
There are five Ethernet ports on the back of the router, four gigabit LAN connectors and one WAN connection for your modem. Along the side, there are two USB ports (one USB 3.0) and reset and WPS buttons. An interesting inclusion is a button to easily turn WiFi on and off. I’m not entirely sure if anyone would use this feature and why it’s any different from simply turning off the power to the router, but it’s there.
Setup is extremely easy using the free TP-Link Tether app. All you have to do is plug in the router, connect your modem, and open the app. Within seconds, your phone will recognize your router and prompt you through a very brief installation process. There is no need to turn on your computer.
The app also allows users to customize the name and password for the wireless network and configure the router. Shortly after setting up the device, I was able to view connected devices and give the most important ones high priority within the app. Of course, high tech users can access the router management console on their web browsers to change settings to their liking as well.
For a router with an economical price currently around $150, the Archer C2300 is feature packed. The device supports dual band 802.11ac with a maximum bandwidth of 2.25 Gbps. The router also has MU-MIMO technology, allowing it to efficiently communicate with multiple devices at the same time, and a dual-core processor that helps handle tasks without a hitch.
TP-Link says the router is great for streaming 4K content, browsing the web and sharing files. It has all the same features as top-of-the-line gaming routers, but these features are throttled down slightly on the C2300. The company believes avid gamers may need to upgrade to a fancier model, but it handled gaming well in my experience. I never encountered any lag or disconnecting issues.
During testing, internet speeds ranged from about 67 Mbps to 85 Mbps throughout my entire two-bedroom home. I had just begun experiencing issues with my previously installed router, which was topping out at 20 Mbps. Performance was consistent whether playing multiplayer games on Xbox Live, streaming video content and browsing social media on my phone. More importantly, it maintained high speeds while several devices were connected to the internet at the same time.
There is a lot to like about the TP-Link Archer C2300. The average consumer will be attracted to its unobtrusive design and easy-to-use Tether app, while more advanced users will be impressed by its tech features and performance for its price point.
Overall, it may be the best value currently on the market when it comes to routers. You can pay a lot more for a higher performing router, but you’ll likely be left with a hulking eyesore and you won’t get that much more value at the end of the day.
The TP‑Link Archer C2300 wireless router review was completed using a device provided by TP-Link.
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