If you don’t want to spend too much money on Wi-Fi router and still buy a device with reasonably good speed, then TP-Link Archer C5 AC1200 serves the purpose well. We got hands on with latest mid-range model for detailed review. Apparently the device maker is targeting low cost market through this stepped down variant from its predecessors. Does this latest variant manage to deliver the same premium experience as its revels and high speed predecessors? We try to find out in our TP-Link Archer C5 review.
Very good network coverage, no need for another range extender. Speed up to 867Mbps, decent enough for HD video steaming and online games. Round the clock technical help-desk for installation and troubleshoot guidance. Two USB ports to support wireless printing and network storage. Stylish LED backlit display.
This Wi-Fi router provides very good coverage, thanks to its six antennas, we could use internet anywhere from the house. This model has three internal (2.4GHz) and three external (5GHz) antennas which gives incredible coverage. The speed of 897Mbps is not state-of-the-art. But we feel it’s more than sufficient for HD video streaming, if less than five gadgets are using the bandwidth simultaneously. The device also has four gigabit LAN ports for wired connections. You would find this feature quite useful if your computer doesn’t sport Wi-Fi receiver.
It was very easy to install and start using the router minutes after unboxing. One of the highlight feature of TP-Link Archer C5 is Parental control. You can lock inappropriate data being transmitted though the router. Another useful feature in this model is that setup, configuration and user control can be managed through android and iPhone apps. The device looks stylish and premium. Plastic used in this device feels superior and durable. With its four external antennas and attractive backlit LEDs, the router looks like a spaceship just landed on your desk. Of course, aesthetics are of subjective matter, but we personally feel this model will add some attraction to your desk.
The device maker’s intent was to offer the same experience as that of premium router at a relatively lower price. Has it been able to achieve that? We feel it has succeeded. TP-Link Archer C5 AC1200 redefines the term ‘value for money’ and is certainly a best Wi-Fi router you can buy at this price band. If you’re looking for a good quality router with decent speed, this device should easily meet your expectations. However, if you can stretch your budget further, then you should go for Belkin AC 1750 DB, which reviewed earlier.
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