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

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

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.

*TP-Link received the highest numerical score among 6 companies in the J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Wireless Router Satisfaction Report, based on 980 total responses, measuring the opinions of customers who purchased a wireless router in the previous 12 months, surveyed October 2017. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com


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I've owned several TP-Link products this being one of the more anticipated products out there for me. Last year this was quite the new pricey router with very promising specifications. I grabbed it when it went on sale. Two day shipping was delayed because of Thanksgiving week (was expecting it Friday). Amazon delivered and got it to me on that Sunday.

Overall, decided to go with this as the two TP-Link Archer C9s (V1) I had were about done (routers typically last 4 to 5 years under constant use). I've tried this router at a cousin's home who purchased a TP-Link router based on my recommendation. I purchased a
TP-Link AC2300 for a friend's home (both my cousin and my friend have high-speed Comcast Internet). And my grandparents farm with DSL have the TP-Link N450 (TL-WR940N). All work without hiccup and needless to say I prefer their products (I've tried several companies and have had terrible experiences -except with TP-Link). I mean dropping WIFI, poor range and a total lack of features. This router sits as the most powerful and anything higher in performance costs $180 plus.

So you can imagine my surprise when this was DOA. It happens. What's frustrating is all signals indicating it was working with the exception of the little globe light (i.e. meaning Internet connectivity). Different Ethernet cables. Several reboots and power on and offs. Nothing, I tried all the firmware available on TP-Link's website and all logical configurations that would work with our network:

V1_170707 (newest)
V1_160704
V1_160202 (oldest version available)

This router specifically as a V1.1 came with the V1_170707 firmware. Defaulting back to it, also did nothing.

So I've had to once again ask of Amazon to do the task of shipping me stuff on Thanksgiving week.
Kiddos have finals and exams. Will update once the replacement is here. Sigh.

Update (11/21/17):

Upgrade from 4 stars to 5 stars. Second one came in and works fantastically. And actually, the first one is fine too! I had to call my Internet provider and it was a problem on their end. Now, I have two ultra powerful routers replacing the Archer C9 V1s. This is excessive for 3,000sqft but a welcome upgrade. Didn't think the issue was my network having to be reset. Both run the latest firmware (V1_170707) without pause. Highly recommended.

Great value, good router. Was on-line with this router in no time flat. Software doesn't necessarily have every bell and whistle, but it is easy to understand and use. Some will say the lights on the front are too small, and that not having a status light for every Ethernet connection is a problem; however, as I have this router in my living room, I greatly appreciate the fact that I don't have to put an object in front of the router to keep from having the room be of a blue glow 24x7. USB ports and Ethernet connections are smartly placed so you can get to one without disconnecting another. Antennas easily fold down for shipping/moving. Doesn't run hot. Has nice tri-mode functionality, allowing me to have one 5ghz channel for me, and one 5ghz channel for guests. Mobile app has some nice functionality as well.

Before buying this TP-Link, I had actually looked at various high-end AC5300 tri-mode routers (Linksys, Asus, NetGear), and bought the Asus. The Asus died after about 2 hours. Not sure if it was the firmware update, or the 2ghz radio/antenna dying. No, not the end of the world,these things will happen, but the more I researched the three brands' mentioned AC5300 routers, the more I saw firmware, radio/antenna, and reliability issues (losing configs, randomly shutting down). Just seems like they rushed to market too fast. I then turned to the TP-Link, as I was looking for a tri-mode WiFi AC router under $200, and it always seemed to get good reviews for reliability.

I've had Asus (1900 and 5300), Apple, Linksys and now TP-Link routers. I think my favorites are the TP-Link and Apple, as they were easy to setup, and they just run.

My TV is all streaming, and I can tell you that this router is more than capable of handling multiple streams and general internet use for a small-medium sized apartment or home. I would definitely recommend and buy again.

The router is amazing... Great speeds and looks visually appealing in a room. It has enough processing power that it is able to route data to many wired and wireless device simultaneously and not have any slow downs and the 6 flip out antennas allow the device to have plenty of range to reach even the far corners of the house.

The 3 bands of wireless signal are great, it consists of 1, 2.4ghz network, and 2, 5ghz networks, so that you can assign wireless traffic it's own separate band in order to prevent congestion of a single band.
Remember that a 2.4ghz band will reach further but will be slower, while a 5ghz band will be significantly faster while not reaching as far.

For the more advanced people out there, there are plenty of options that you would expect from a mid range router like this, custom DNS servers, MAC address blocking, port forwarding, DHCP fine tuning, and it also allows you to plug in a USB flash drive into the USB port to use as a small NAS.

The user interface is also quite nice, it is visually appealing and very modern, while retaining functionality and still having the advanced features available for the people who need it.

This thing is damn brilliant. I bought it, because my old netgear was becoming faulty losing signal strength ended up cutting WiFi speed down to an 1/8th of what I go when hardwired.

However! This device completely kicked my netgear in the teeth with multi-channel, and high-range reception. My entire house loves this thing, because they get WiFi clear out on the front lawn with the full speed.

Simplistic Setup (Requires you to be online for WiFi setup) Just hardwire your computer with an ethernet cable, and the instruction manual has the website.

The only downside was with so many channels open you really do not want it to be near your wireless devices that have wireless controllers like Xbox One, PS4, Smart TV, Etc. I was having a weird issue with my xbox one controller not wanting to connect with my xbox. Totally forgot that the xbox one controller is on a 2.4Ghz channel. So the router being so close to my xbox kind of pinged the signal back to my controller.

Recommend having the device at least: 2 Feet from your other wireless devices.

Also the 2.4Ghz channel is probably the easiest, and most powerful channel on the device so I deffinately recommend you using it for your personal devices. You could open up a 2.4Ghz Guest channel.
(personally I used a 5Ghz channel for guest just do frequencies don't get screwy.)

 Overall great router no issues had over 6 months and have not had to reset it. Downside is connection gets weak very quickly. The 5ghz connection barely covers my 1500sqft home. My previous router had no issues even when I was across the street at my neighbors. Check out my video for more info.

I will give you a comparison (I know everyone will have different set ups but i wanted to help give you an idea of the contrast).
Both Set ups (previous and updated) are on the third floor of my Concrete Block construction (CBS) Town House.

Previous set up:
Model: TL-WR841N
Internet Provider: Xfinity 75MBps
Speed Test: 2.4GHZ Band from bottom floor with 1-2 bar(s) signal strength was 32mbps down/8mbps up latency 32ms

Current set up:
Model: Archer C3200 (AC3200)
Internet Provider: Xfinity 75MBps
Seed test:
2.4GHZ Band from bottom floor with 3 bar(s) signal strength was 86.87mbps down/12.54mbps up latency 17ms
5GHZ Band from bottom floor with 2 bar(s) signal strength was 90.04mbps down/12.49mbps up latency 17ms

I hope this helps if you're making the same decision as me. I had and have multiple devices connected to both routers at all times as my home is fully automated. With the old set up my automated devices like my doorbell and sometimes iPhone and laptops would periodically drop off the network. With my new set up I haven't had a single issue and have far superior connectivity throughout the entire home from third floor to the first floor. Including out side of my concrete block construction town house. I can goto my pool which is about 300-400 ft away(reminder this unit is on my thirdfloor not near any windows) and get 2 bars on my 2.4GHZ band.

Pros:
-Great range. I was able to get a good signal from across the street even though the unit is in the rearmost part of the house
-Looks very sleek
-I've used TP-Link products before. High quality performance/quality.
-All the Cons listed below are not isolated to this unit. Most wireless units have the same limitations.

Cons:
-Solid obstacles affect range quite a bit. Not able to get a good signal from driveway even though I get a much better signal across the street
-Only one band out of the three (3) has good range. The other two (2) frequencies are good for having short-range connections (roku/TV/laptop)
-Once there is a large number of connections saturating one band (frequency), performance becomes spotty and may disconnect

This router really works great. Don't expect increases in range but expect throughput to really increase. You can watch the AC standard working as it increases the the speed to your WiFi devices. The Ethernet wired devices download and upload speeds also increased dramatically. I have a service that is supposed to provide download speeds of 300 Mbps. With my old router the download speeds were near 125 Mbps and upload speeds near 12 Mbps. With this router my download speeds are now around 275 Mbps and uploads around 35 Mbps. For the price this is a terrific router.

I purchased this a while ago, November 2016. I have had it for a while. I have daisy chained it from my Verizon router. I have absolutely no significant complaints. It works fine for me. The reason I purchased this is I was having issues getting the full speed that I pay for from Verizon for my FIOS connection. I had to direct connect to the Verizon router to get that speed and I felt that was ridiculous. So with this router, that I daisy chain connected to my Verizon router, I was able to achieve the connection speed on both upload and download. I have a laptop with AC wifi built in, so I can take advantage of the speed of an AC link.

I've only had one problem. At some point my printer disconnected and I was unable to connect it wirelessly. After troubleshooting the printer I finally rebooted this router and after the reboot the wireless printer connected quickly. My take from this is this router needs to be reset/rebooted every now and then. So long as the interval is very long, I can't really complain. We will see. I have had it for just under a year and a half. Otherwise, the performance has been stellar. I also have my Betternet router daisy chained off of this router and it works fine as well.

WJW
I had a typical 10Mbts DSL rental using 6 phones 2 computers, and two laptops and naturally many complaints from the family... Especially from my son who is a gamer.. I Bought a cheap TP link modem, a ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 Mini video card, 2 TP-link RE500 extenders (one is still in the box) and the Archer AC3200. Now everyone is happy playing, reading and streaming simultaneously. All the aforementioned products are working flawlessly. Much of the success is attributed to the multi band Router but I do believe the TP-Link RE500 made it possible in the three level house with 1.5 foot concrete walls. Without that addition of the RE500 I would give it a 4.0 only because its range is good but I know I would have been disappointed in the basement and 2nd floor.

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