TP-Link Archer C2300 Wi-Fi router overview: three online cinemas in the house

Appearance, design, equipment

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we are always happy to show you. Remember, we tested the top router Archer C3150? So, Archer C2300 is almost the same, only antennas here are not four, but three (and not three Wi-Fi bands, but two, like most routers - 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz). And its main advantage is the support of the MU-MIMO technology, which allows to aggregate radio frequencies and simultaneously serve up to three devices that consume a large amount of traffic (streaming video in 4K, for example) in this mode.


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Layout standard - antennas, gigabitLAN and WAN ports, connector and power switch are located on the back of the router. On one of the sides there are two USB ports (one version 2.0, the second 3.0), as well as WPS buttons, Wi-Fi off and a hidden reset button. All the information needed to configure the network (the MAC address of the router, the administrator password and the wireless network password) is on a sticker on the bottom of the case, and is also duplicated on a separate card included in the document package.


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The router for home and office should not make noise, thereforeactive cooling is inappropriate here, and the “hardware” inside is quite powerful — a 2-core Broadcom BCM4365E processor with a frequency of 1.8 GHz and 512 MB of RAM. Therefore, the entire bottom wall of the case and half of the top are perforated to improve heat dissipation, and there are a number of holes on the front and sides.

The power supply is integrated with the power plug, itsmall and fairly easy, because, unlike the AC3150's five-amps, it produces “only” 2 A at a voltage of 12 V. The cable length (non-removable) is one and a half meters, in most cases this will be enough.


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Interface and functionality

The web interface of the router is the same, with the separationThree levels of difficulty (see the tabs at the top of the page): a step-by-step “master” of six steps, basic settings and advanced. Although it would be more correct to say “advanced” or “detailed”, because this tab contains, among other things, the basic settings, but with a large number of parameters and options. That is, a novice, an advanced user and an experienced system administrator can simply select the desired tab and work at their own level of competence. The difference in levels can be seen in the screenshots below.

Quick configuration of TP-Link Archer C2300:


The basic setting of TP-Link Archer C2300:


Advanced settings TP-Link Archer C2300


Among the interface languages ​​are Russian andUkrainian, in both versions of localization there are small flaws - not critical and not affecting the usability, but still it is worth paying a little more attention to this.

The router has a handy Smart Connect feature,which combines two access points (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) into one virtual one, that is, the user can see only one network identifier (SSID), and the router itself connects client devices to a particular network and switches between them depending on the capabilities of the clients and their removal from the router (5G network, as is known, has a coverage of less than 2.4G).

The functions of the built-in antivirus, parental control, VPN, and some others are described in some detail in the AC3150 review, so we will not repeat here.

It’s easy to plug into a USB portorganize access both from the local network and through the Internet (in the presence of a permanent external IP address). Copying a randomly selected folder with 488 files totaling 56 MB from a flash drive in a router to a computer via a 2.4 GHz network took about 70 seconds (transfer speed of about 800 kb / s), and to download the same files to a smartphone via a 5 GHz network just 20 seconds, that is, the average download speed was 2.4 MB / s, and instantaneous, displayed in the AndFTP application, reached 6-7 MB / s.


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With a printer is not so easy - you need to install onPC printer driver and utility to run and configure the print server. In the advanced settings for the USB drive, there is another function - it can be used to save backups from Apple computers using the Time Machine function. I failed to test this function in practice due to the lack of Apple technology.


Impressions of using TP-Link Archer C2300

As expected, problems withperformance did not arise, it is more than enough for home use. The signal level with the high power turned on at the maximum distance for the apartment from the router (10 meters and one barrier in the form of an interior partition) in both bands was about -70 dB. I tried to simultaneously watch YouTube videos in 4K and 1080p on two smartphones connected at 5 GHz, and 1080p video on a computer also connected via Wi-Fi, but at 2.4 GHz - everything works fine, no slowdowns, fast load when going forward and backward. At the same time, one of the smartphones and the computer were located at the same point where the signal level was measured. With low power in the same place, the Wi-Fi Analyzer showed about -80 ... -75 dB, which is more likely "satisfactory" than "good", but the repeated test with the video went just as well, without any noticeable difference.

When working, the router was slightly heated, whichno wonder - in fact, he stood in an apartment without air conditioning, where the air temperature reached + 27 ° С. This had no effect on the performance of the device, and indeed, during the whole time of testing, no malfunctions were noticed. Unfortunately, I simply do not have the equipment on which to unleash the full power of this router, and I could load it with what I could load it without straining.

In the dry residue

AC2300 - one of the top devices of the companyThe “younger brother” of the AC3150, noticeably simplified in hardware, but equally functional in software and still too cool for a regular home network from a laptop, several smartphones and (even) a smart TV. It seems to me that this is an excellent choice of a home router for a system administrator or another IT specialist who has a static IP and a small home server, which is not such a rarity now. Or for a small office, somewhere up to 100 square meters, which uses mostly laptop / laptop computers and, in addition to accessing the Internet, you need general access to a printer and additional file storage. The price corresponds to the equipment - if the AC3150 now costs about 6000 UAH, then the most common (apparently recommended by the manufacturer) price is AC2300 - 4499 UAH. In principle, this is not so much, and the AC2300 can be purchased simply “for growth” for future devices and tasks, so that later you don’t have to change it.

3 reasons to buy TP-Link Archer C2300:

  • you really like the AC3150, but its price is too high for you, and the possibilities are redundant;
  • you know exactly why you need two USB ports in the router;
  • you have young users in your family, and additional protection from malicious content will not hurt you.

1 reason not to buy TP-Link Archer C2300:

  • components of your home or office network do not match the performance level of the AC2300, which means there is no point in overpaying for it.

Technical characteristics of the router TP-Link Archer C2300

Interface
4 10/100/1000 Mbps LAN ports
1 10/100/1000 Mbps WAN port
1 USB 3.0 port and 1 USB 2.0 port

Dimensions (without antennas)

216x164x37 mm

Antennas
external, removable, 3 pcs.

Power supply
external, 12V, 2A, cable length 1.5 m

Wireless Standards
IEEE 802.11ac / n / a 5 GHz, IEEE 802.11b / g / n 2.4 GHz, MU-MIMO

Transfer speed
5 GHz: up to 1625 Mbit / s
2.4 GHz: up to 600 Mbps

Wireless security
Encryption Modes: 64/128-bit WEP, WPA / WPA2, WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK

Transmitter power
<20 dBm or <100 mW

WAN connection type
Dynamic IP / Static IP / PPPoE / PPTP (Dual Access) / L2TP (Dual Access)

DHCP
Server, client, DHCP client list, address reservation

Port Forwarding
Virtual Server, Port Triggering, UPnP, DMZ

Dynamic DNS
DynDns, NO-IP, TP-Link (with a TP-Link ID account)

VPN traffic pass
PPTP, L2TP

Protocols
IPv4 and IPv6 support

USB sharing
Samba (storage device) / FTP server / media server / print server support

VPN server
PPTP, Open VPN Server

TP-Link Archer C2300

Router for those who know how to load it

This wireless router is capablework in parallel with three devices that consume a large amount of traffic. Thanks to the effective use of radio frequencies, it allows you to simultaneously watch movies in 4K, play productive online games with minimal lag and upload files. What makes it a popular gadget in a modern house, stuffed with Internet-connected appliances, including Smart-TVs, tablets, smartphones and game consoles.

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