TP-Link - AC3150 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router - Black

  • Model: ARCHER C3150-V2
  • SKU: 5844806
Share your network for multiple activities with this TP-LINK Archer dual-band gigabit wireless router. Its advanced technology achieves combined speeds of up to 3150 Mbps, so you can play online games while streaming 4K movies without slowdown. This TP-LINK Archer dual-band gigabit wireless router automatically selects the best Wi-Fi band available for each device.

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Overview

What's Included


  • 4x Detachable Antennas
  • Network Cable
  • Owner's Manual
  • Power Adapter
  • TP-LINK Archer C3150

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
80% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 5)

Features


Compatible with 802.11ac

Backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n networks, so you can easily upgrade.

Up to 3167 Mbps data transfer speed

For fast, efficient operation.

4 high-performance antennas for thorough coverage

Large, overlapping Wi-Fi patterns remove dead spots and widen the router's range.

MU-MIMO technology

MU-MIMO gives every compatible device its own dedicated full-speed Wi-Fi connection, so that multiple devices can connect at the same time without slowing down the network.

Beamforming technology

Locates Wi-Fi devices and focuses the router's wireless signal toward them instead of sending it in all directions at once.

NitroQAM and 4-Stream technologies

Provides the speed and performance that you need to support your most demanding online applications, including simultaneous 4K streaming and online gaming.

1 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0 ports

Allow you to connect a printer and enjoy 3G and 4G file sharing.

Parental control

Lets you automatically block specific content on connected devices.

Print and file servers

Along with a guest network to suit a variety of uses.

Tether app

Allows you to easily adjust network settings or manage your home network from your phone or tablet.

Complies with a variety of standards

Including FCC and RoHS.

Gigabit Ethernet connectivity

Offers a high-speed wired network connection.

Auto detecting and auto sensing

To simplify device connectivity.

Encryption

Includes 128-bit WEP, 64-bit WEP, WPA, WPA2, WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK to keep your network secure.

Plug-and-play operation

Makes setup simple.

System requirements

UNIX, Apple MacOS, Novell NetWare, Linux, Microsoft Windows NT, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition/Windows 2000, and more.


Customer rating

4.4
80%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Loaded With Features & Excellent Performance

    Posted
    TechOnDeck
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    There are currently two versions of this router, this is version 2. Looking over the specs for each, they both appear to have the same hardware and features, so I am unsure what has changed internally between them. There are a few cosmetic differences between the two, and the packaging is different as well. Maybe TP-LINK will respond with an answer on what differs between them. Below are the cosmetic differences between V1 and V2. V1 Old TP-LINK logo located on top right of the router TP-LINK name is displayed on each antenna V2 New TP-LINK logo located on top left of the router Antennas do not have anything displayed on them Has newer shiny packaging with newer logo Note: As of the posting date of this review, Best Buy is showing images for the older version of this router. Please see my images below for what the version 2 packaging and router looks like. First, Let's Have A Look Around The Router The Archer C3150-V2 wireless router has a glossy black finish. On top, you will find the LED panel for the various indicators. These LEDs may be turned off by pressing on the white LED located on the long metal strip on top of the router. You can also have these LEDs automatically turn off at certain times to prevent distraction at night, if you wish. You can set the time you want them to turn off, and the time when they will automatically turn themselves back on. You do this through the router’s web-management page. On left side of the router, you will find a Wi-Fi On/Off button, a Reset button, a WPS button (Wi-Fi Protected Setup), a USB 2.0 port, and USB 3.0 port. On back of the router, there is the Internet cable port, four Gigabit Ethernet ports for your devices that require a wired connection. The power cable socket and the Power On/Off button. The 4 antenna connectors are also at the back of the router. There are also vent-holes for heat dissipation on the top and bottom of the router. So be sure to place your router in a location these vent-holes will not be blocked. Performance I do not have a high-tech, super duper wireless testing facility, so to test the performance of the router, I simply had a couple of my friends over with their desktops to help me. We had planned to have a LAN party anyway, so this just made things a little more interesting. Once we were all setup, we all surfed the net and watched a few HD videos on Youtube at the same time. Neither one of us had a single issue streaming them. All of our videos played flawlessly. Now for the main reason I had them over, we also played a few hours of Battlefield 1 together. Not only did we have a great time gaming, but our wireless connections were all strong and stable. Not sure if it was due to the router, or the wireless adapter he was using, but one of my friends did briefly lose connection a couple times during the first few minutes of gaming, before clearing up. Heck, it may have also been due to Windows 10 needing to be updated on his system. Regardless, it happens. After that, none of us had a single issue. I live in a smallish 4 bedroom home with a very large backyard area, and the router provides awesome coverage in and around my home. Also, accessing/uploading files to a USB 3.0 drive connected to the router, performed nicely as well. This worked much better than I expected, actually. What Can Impact Wi-Fi Performance The size and layout of your home can impact performance. The farther you are from your router, the slower the connection may get. Walls and certain electronics can also impact the Wi-Fi signal and shorten its range. Router Placement Tips Do not place your router on or near the floor. For the strongest signal and widest coverage area, place your router in the center of your home, if possible. Tether App The free TP-LINK Tether App will allow you to manage your router or range extender from any Android or iOS device. You can set up parental controls, check the status of your device, see who’s online and what their privileges are. Also, if you were to spot anyone that you do not recognize connected to your network, you can block them with a simple touch of a button. And for those of you who have children, you can choose which websites they are allowed to visit with a URL-based white list. Access will only be given to websites that you have added to this list. You can also control and limit access to the network on certain days and times of the day for users in the child list. I find the app to be laid out nicely, all the settings are easy to find and navigate. You can always adjust your router settings by logging into the web-management page from your desktop or laptop, which is what I prefer to do anyway. Final Thoughts If you want to stream movies over Wi-Fi, play games over Wi-Fi, and are going to have several devices connecting to your router at the same time, you will need a router that can efficiently handle all of that bandwidth. And if you own newer devices that support the latest 802.11ac wireless standard, you should consider upgrading to a router that supports this standard for optimal performance. And of course, your older wireless devices will still work with these newer routers. Also, if you are using an older router, which the manufacturer hasn't updated the firmware for in several years, it may be vulnerable to security flaws. And that alone ought be enough to make you consider an upgrade to something much newer. The Archer C3150 was designed for homes and offices requiring high bandwidth usage across multiple devices. If that’s yours, the Archer C3150 is certainly worthy of your consideration. And if you’re one who likes to dig into advanced settings, you’ll have plenty to dig into with this highly advanced router. If you will only be using one or two devices with your router, this one may be overkill for your wireless networking needs, and TP-LINK has several inexpensive AC routers for you to choose from. Do consider going with an AC router, though, which will allow you to future-proof your network. Best of luck with your wireless network. Submitted as part of a free sample program

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid Wifi Router

    Posted
    SL001
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    It's honestly very difficult to provide any guidance on which router to choose. For most people, most modern wireless routers will do the job. I've owned well over 20 routers from various companies, and helped friends and family set up another dozen. Over the long term, I wouldn't say that I'm partial to any given brand. I've gone through phases where I'd decide that only the newest fanciest router on the market would do the job, and phases where I decided any $20 router was sufficient. The AC3150 is closer to the new fancy side of things, and that makes it pretty pleasant. I would recommend this router for someone looking at a top of the line yet simple router. The USB 3.0 port is a pleasant addition if you want to use your router to share files across your network. The specs are about as good as you'll find anywhere, and the setup is pleasantly simple. I wouldn't recommend this for a hardcore technophile who wants to tweak every little setting. (I'm done with that game - it's too much work, and chances are tech will change enough that you'll be upgrading anything within a few years) I also obviously wouldn't recommend this to someone who has one or two wireless devices and doesn't use the internet much. In that case - this is overkill - there are a ton of routers by TP Link and others that will serve your needs fine for a quarter of the price. The Archer 1200 happens to come to mind - but there are tons of options - unless you have fast internet, a bunch of devices, or some specific need, buying a router like this is overkill. Wait until you upgrade the rest of your tech, and then spring for whatever the new hotness is.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Router is Worth the Price

    Posted
    Eagles81
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This router was more expensive than my previous one but worth the price. i was impressed with the easy set-up and instructions. I had no problems with installation or connections.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great product

    Posted
    socalchef00
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    After reading the reviews and dealing with a lower end router, I decided to purchase this router. I am glad I did. I have perfect wifi throughout all of my home .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    WiFi signal cuts out a lot.

    Posted
    andy
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    The router needs a soft ware update. It is too unstable. The link speed was very low. That affected all devices.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      TPLinkSupport

      Hi Andy,

      Wireless signal and connection can be optimized in multiple ways to ensure you get the most out of your router. To ensure optimal performance of your wireless router please check, and if needed, update its firmware using the steps outlined in our FAQ: http://www.tp-link.com/us/faq-1369.html

      If you'd like assistance with any of these steps, please send an e-mail with your contact information and a link to this review to USSupportTeam@TP-Link.com and we'll gladly have a Support Agent follow up with you directly.

      Thank You,
      TP-Link Support tplink





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