Jun 13, 2016
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TP-LINK AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router Review

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The TP-Link Archer C3200 is quite unusual in the realm of AC3200 routers because of its relative compact size. It’s shaped like a Mini-PC and channels much of the same aesthetic spirit as the Linksys EA9200. The antennas are especially nifty, because while they aren’t removable, they can be neatly folded away into special cut-out tunnels on the top panel. The top panel also has vents that allow heat to escape to keep the router cool.

Look at the front panel, you will find a row of LED status indicators, which are less comprehensive than we would have liked them to be. There are no individual indicators for the Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports – a fault found in many other routers. So, if the lights for the LAN ports go off, you’ll need to spend some time to figure out which exact port is malfunctioning.

TP-LINK AC3200 Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Wi-Fi Router is powered by the same Broadcom 5G XStream chipset found in other AC3200-class routers. This chipset consists of a single dual-core Broadcom BCM4709A running at 1GHz and three additional offload Broadcom BCM43602 processors, each dedicated to one of the router’s three radios.

Setting up was not easy for a beginner because the Archer C3200’s user interface isn’t as polished as its rivals. In many times, it isn’t apparent where some of the options are. Most of all, the QoS option is a pain to configure because you must manually define applications, IP and port ranges. However, the Archer C3200 also comes with preconfigured and a sticker on the router will indicate its preconfigured SSID and password.


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Like most high-end Wi-Fi routers today, TP-LINK AC3200 can also be remotely controlled and managed using TP-Link’s Tether app, which is available for iOS and Android devices. The app is a pretty basic, but it shows you a network map that lets you see devices connected to your router, and also allows you to manage your Wi-Fi and guest networks settings, and also activate or deactivate your parental control settings.

The Archer C3200 uses Tri-Band technology to run three separate Wi-Fi bands at once, creating a network that can connect to more devices without sacrificing performance. With the fastest combined Wi-Fi speed available, the router supports simultaneous 4K Ultra HD video streaming and online gaming across multiple devices. Smart Connect helps devices run faster by assigning them to the best available 5GHz channel, and six high-performance external antennas maximize coverage area and stability.

Product Highlights

  • Tri-Band technology creates 3 separate Wi-Fi bands for connecting more devices to your network
  • Smart Connect helps devices run faster by assigning them to the best available channel
  • Combined 3200Mbps Wi-Fi for lag-free 4K video streaming and gaming across multiple devices
  • 6 high-performance antennas with Beamforming maximize coverage area and stability
  • 1GHz dual-core CPU and 3 co-processors handle simultaneous connections without interruption
  • Intuitive interface and Tether app for easy installation and network management
  • Industry-leading 2-year warranty and unlimited 24/7 technical support
  • Beam forming for stronger, more reliable wireless connections

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

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