The twin-band TP-Hyperlink Archer C2300 router has numerous options, an easy-to-use menu and bonus safety. And better of all, it solely prices $150. At that value, you may get good pace on 5GHz and welcome options like TP-Hyperlink Homecare, which provides parental controls, community prioritization and antivirus.

The small, light-weight TP-Hyperlink Archer C2300 has numerous options and excellent 5GHz protection — its sign was much less spectacular on 2.4GHz although.

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General, the Archer C2300 is value a strive in order for you numerous customization and haven’t got dozens of gadgets in your community. The one challenge I had with the AC2300 machine was that its protection on 2.4GHz was a bit spotty. There’s an opportunity you possibly can expertise lifeless zones or slow-downs in sure areas of a medium or large-sized dwelling if you happen to recreation or stream on a number of gadgets directly.

Easy design with solely three antennas

TP-Hyperlink is not recognized for its crazy-looking routers like D-Hyperlink and its spider-like DIR-890L/R, so the Archer C2300 stays true to what you’d count on. Its easy design seems quite a bit like a slimmed down model of the TP-Hyperlink Archer C3150 V2. The machine is small, light-weight, principally black with a couple of LEDs and has a 3×3 removable antenna array — so that you should not have a difficulty leaving it in plain sight. It even has wall mount brackets if you happen to want them. It additionally has numerous air flow, so ensure you do not cowl it up or it may overheat.

The Archer C2300 is in the identical type of most TP-Hyperlink routers, nevertheless it solely has 3×3 antennas.

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The Archer C2300 has your normal one gigabit WAN port and 4 gigabit LAN ports, nevertheless it additionally features a bonus. You possibly can mix two gigabit LAN ports to create a super-fast two gigabit wired connection utilizing the hyperlink aggregation function. Sort in thoughts although that the linked machine wants to have the ability to use hyperlink aggregation too. Little extras like this are at all times good in a cheaper router and the Archer C2300 has quite a bit to supply, together with a USB three.zero port and a USB 2.zero port.

Simple setup and a customizable menu

Setup was tremendous simple. You need to use a browser or the TP-Hyperlink Tether app; each are quick and work about the identical. You may as well join a TP-Hyperlink Cloud account throughout setup, nevertheless it’s solely required if you wish to handle your router remotely. I like to recommend doing it — it is free.

The TP-Hyperlink Tether app is simple to make use of and provides sufficient customization choices to be helpful, together with a function that permits you to simply share your Wi-Fi password with visitors.

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The one concern I had throughout setup was that the router by no means requested to replace the firmware. It’s best to do that by going to the superior tab, then click on system instruments within the left column, then click on firmware improve after which lastly, verify for improve. The most recent firmware ensures your router can have the latest efficiency and safety updates.

The net interface, typically, is a nice expertise. It is nicely organized with three tabs for setup, primary and superior. Each has just about precisely what you’d count on. Novice customers can keep on the essential tab and nonetheless monitor and management their community with ease. This features a community map of linked gadgets, Wi-Fi passwords, a visitor community and USB sharing for linked storage and printers.

Superior mode is the place you may actually have some enjoyable. The menu has settings for all the things in primary in addition to VPN, IPv6, safety, NAT forwarding, ping testing and extra. It is fairly complete for individuals who like to totally customise their router.

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