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TP-LINK Archer C50 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router
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2 out of 5 eggs Pointless AC Router 05/21/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C50 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router

Pros: The UI was very fast and fluid, it’s one of the more responsive UI’s I’ve used on a router.
Easiest initial setup I’ve ever used on a router.
On initial logon, it prompts to change the default authentication to make the router more secure.
One of the smallest home routers I’ve ever seen.
By default, it automatically grabs its time from an NTP server.
System logs for days on everything and even filters to sort it so it’s actually usable by a human.

Listed below are the performance results after running a series of benchmarks on this router:

Wired Connection (1000 Mbps)
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 11.05 MB/s, Write = 10.68 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 13 ms, Read = 94.96 Mbps, Write = 23.89 Mbps

Wireless-N (2.4 GHz) (5 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -29 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 10.96 MB/s, Write = 10.08 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 13 ms, Read = 95.31 Mbps, Write = 23.90 Mbps

Wireless-AC (5 GHz) (5 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -46 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 11.10 MB/s, Write = 10.23 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 13 ms, Read = 95.44 Mbps, Write = 24.04 Mbps


Wireless-N (2.4 GHz) (50 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -60 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 2.59 MB/s, Write = 2.63 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 19 ms, Read = 16.32 Mbps, Write = 21.99 Mbps

Wireless-AC (5 GHz) (50 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -83 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 2.10 MB/s, Write = 1.51 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 13 ms, Read = 15.37 Mbps, Write = 10.44 Mbps

Power Consumption
• Idle: 4.2 Watts
• Load: 5.8 Watts (Transferring files to USB drive)

Cons: The WAN port is only a 10/100 which defeats the purpose of a Wireless-AC router as the AC radios are severely bottlenecked by that slow incoming connection. Wireless-N can easily saturate 100 Mbps, so why bother making this an AC router if you’re going to give it a 10/100 WAN port. That’s like capping a race car at 100 Mph, who cares if it has 867 horsepower if its top speed is 100 Mph.

The external antenna cannot be removed and therefore cannot be replaced.
As shown below, this is the slowest USB speeds I’ve ever tested on a router.

USB 2.0
• Read: 6.53 MB/sec
• Write: 4.74 MB/sec

No built in check for firmware updates in the admin portal.
Does not have an IPv6 firewall or at least has no way to manage ports on it if it does have one.

Has no way of renaming clients whose names are reported incorrectly, so you’re stuck with unknown on some and android123654….etc. on others for example.

Other Thoughts: To sum things up, I understand that it brings the cost down to not have all of the ports gigabit but on an AC router, the WAN port has to be a gigabit. With the distance performance of this router also being underwhelming I see no reason to buy this router. By not having a gigabit WAN port I would only recommend this if it was a dual band N router because it would at least make more sense that way.

TP LINK C2600 Firmware: 0.8.0.0.1 v005c.1 Build 151109

Wireless-N: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
Wireless-AC: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260

Server and Internet Speed Full Capacity: Wired Connection (1000 Mbps)
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 113.53 MB/s, Write = 102.87 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 12 ms, Read = 211.07 Mbps, Write = 21.74 Mbps

*All tests were conducted three times to ensure accuracy and repeatability of results.

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TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps
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Pros: Very small, they truly deserve their title of being a Nano powerline Kit
Completely plug and play, worked within seconds of plugging everything in
Fairly decent design and build quality
Aesthetically pleasing since the units blend into the outlet
The LED indicator lights are fairly subtle and not overly obnoxious in terms of brightness
Features 128-bit encryption and the ability to add more powerline units
Units remained roughly lukewarm during all use and cooled slightly at idle
Quick start guide was brief and helpful

Wired Connection (10 Feet)
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 10.89 MB/s, Write = 9.8 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 13 ms, Read = 94.42 Mbps, Write = 23.79 Mbps

Wired Connection (30 Feet)
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 1.00 MB/s, Write = 1.99 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 13 ms, Read = 12.10 Mbps, Write = 18.07 Mbps

Power Consumption
• Idle: 1.6 Watts
• Load: 1.8 Watts

Cons: Only features a 10/100 Ethernet port

As others have noted the performance of the device is underwhelming despite the advertised claims. This just gets worse the father away the device is from the other powerline adapter as shown by the benchmarks above.

The included software doesn’t really do much. It doesn’t show any information on connection speed and the firmware update section requires you to go find the firmware instead of checking automatically.

Other Thoughts: To sum things up, this product works fairly well at close distances with good enough speed to rival a cat5 10/100 wired connection but at greater distances it suffers. In a two story house, I wouldn’t recommend this unless used on the same floor due to a good Wireless-AC connection being able to match or beat it in whole home coverage. Despite its sometimes slower speed at grander distances, it does deliver a more consistent experience over a wireless connection.

Server and Internet Speed Full Capacity: Wired Connection (1000 Mbps)
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 113.53 MB/s, Write = 102.87 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 12 ms, Read = 211.07 Mbps, Write = 21.74 Mbps

*All tests were conducted three times to ensure accuracy and repeatability of results.

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ZyXEL NBG6815 AC2200 MU-MIMO Dual-Band Wireless Gigabit Router
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4 out of 5 eggs Impressive Router for the Money 03/30/2016

This review is from: ZyXEL NBG6815 AC2200 MU-MIMO Dual-Band Wireless Gigabit Router

Pros: Status page shows lots of useful information even CPU and Memory load.
MU-MIMO will come in handy, once more devices support it.
By default, it automatically grabs its time from an NTP server.
Can also function as an access point to extend your current network.
The UI is very modern, pleasing looking and functions well.
Has a button to turn off all of the status LEDs even though they are not that bright.

Includes the best bandwidth monitoring features of any router I’ve ever used as it can monitor per device or per application. From live statistics to usage over weekly, monthly or even quarterly basis. It even shows icons for big name items such as YouTube.

First router I’ve used that didn’t have half-baked IPv6 Firewall settings as they were exactly the same options as IPv4.

Features 6 internal antennas which offer great range and performance as shown below:

Wired Connection (1000 Mbps)
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 113.53 MB/s, Write = 102.87 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 12 ms, Read = 223.95 Mbps, Write = 23.49 Mbps

Wireless-N (2.4 GHz) (5 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -25 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 10.18 MB/s, Write = 7.68 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 25 ms, Read = 82.59 Mbps, Write = 23.56 MbpsS

Wireless-AC (5 GHz) (5 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -36 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 35.01 MB/s, Write = 20.75 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 15 ms, Read = 229.85 Mbps, Write = 23.67 Mbps


Wireless-N (2.4 GHz) (50 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -50 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 10.40 MB/s, Write = 5.15 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 27 ms, Read = 88.28 Mbps, Write = 23.59 Mbps

Wireless-AC (5 GHz) (50 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -73 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 25.34 MB/s, Write = 5.23 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 15 ms, Read = 107.85 Mbps, Write = 22.71 Mbps

Cons: The stand on the router cannot be removed despite the fact that the router has mounting holes so that it can be mounted on a wall.

White really isn’t the best color as it stands out too much, unless it was wall mounted on a white wall which as stated earlier isn’t really ideal.

The usage monitor doesn’t always load, so far it has only loaded once from my many attempts.

Slower USB 2.0 performance and high power consumption than expected from a router with such a weak SoC onboard. It has a 700 MHz processor and 256 MB of RAM.

USB 2.0 (ZyXEL)
• Read: 20.53 MB/sec
• Write: 11.48 MB/sec

Power Consumption (ZyXEL)
• Idle: 8.1 Watts
• Load: 10.4 Watts (Transferring files to USB drive)

Other Thoughts: Overall this router offers impressive performance whether you’re close or far away and really doesn’t have any deal breaking downsides. The biggest complaints really being that the stand cannot be taken off and that it is white. So with everything said and tested, I would recommend this router as it is a great product.

Firmware: 1.00

Wireless-N: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
Wireless-AC: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265

*All tests were conducted three times to ensure accuracy and repeatability of results.

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