Wireless router photograph.
Product review
February 2019

Wireless routers

We've tested 12 store-bought routers and 10 ISP-supplied models to assess their WiFi performance and security, plus how easy they are to set up.

February 2019

TP-Link

Archer C2300

Price
$299
Score
68
Average

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This dual-band router offers excellent direct fibre speeds, though its 2.4GHz network speeds weren't the best. The overall WiFi performance was good though, due to an excellent 5GHz signal.

Test results

  • 68
    WiFi performance
  • 69
    Ease of use and setup
  • 70
    Security

Good points

  • Good WiFi performance.
  • Excellent 5GHz WiFi performance.
  • Easy to use.
  • Good for security.
  • Excellent fibre speed.
  • Very good for channel switching.

Bad points

  • Only OK 2.4GHz WiFi performance.

Model

  • Avg price

    $299

Speed test results

  • Fibre

    9.6/10

  • WiFi performance 2.4GHz

    4.5/10

  • WiFi performance 5GHz

    9.0/10

  • Obstruction 2.4GHz

    Noticeable interference from obstruction

  • Obstruction 5GHz

    Noticeable interference from obstruction

  • Channel switching ability

    Very good at channel switching

Specifications

  • Fibre

    Yes

  • WiFi bands (GHz)

    2.4 & 5

  • Antennas

    3

  • Antenna placement

    On rear, can fold 90° and rotates 360°, removeable

  • Dimensions (WxDxH) [mm]

    216 x 164 x 37

  • Weight (g)

    635

Features

  • Mesh
  • MIMO

    Yes

  • Beamforming support
  • Ethernet LAN ports

    4

  • USB ports

    2

  • Media sharing via USB
  • DLNA
  • Installation wizard
  • Quality of Service
  • Parental controls
  • Parental control features

    Time scheduling on devices, keyword filter

  • Firewall
  • Guest network WiFi

    Yes

  • WPS support
  • 3G/4G passthrough
  • VOIP
  • Wall mountable

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