Updated 5 Apr 2016

TP-Link

Archer C2600

Snapshot: The TP-Link Archer C2600 is a dual-band wireless router that has 4 ethernet ports. How did it perform?

Archer C2600
Consumer score
SCORE
Price guide

$337

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Test results

Overall score
82
Performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Good performance.
  • Good speed on the 5GHz band.
  • Extremely easy to use.
  • Has WPS.
  • Came with a secure network setup.
  • Supports MIMO.
  • Supports beamforming.
  • Is Fibre ready.
  • Has 4 ethernet ports.
  • Supports 802.11 n/ac.
  • Has a guest WiFi network.
  • Is wall mountable.
  • Is DLNA compatible.

But

  • Just OK speed on the 2.4GHz band.
  • No integrated modem.
  • Isn’t tri-band.
  • Doesn’t have 3G/4G passthrough.
  • Doesn’t have preset parental filters.

How we test

Overall score

  • Performance (60 percent)
  • Ease of use (40 percent)

Performance is based on throughput speed on 2.4 and 5 GHz including the performance of the dual 5GHz smart features and manual performance on tri-band routers.

Ease of use is based on assessment of installation, software install/wizard, menu layout and configuration.

Key data

Model

Price guide
$337

Specifications

Total throughput (Mbps)
388.8
2.4GHz speed (Mbps)
79.2
5GHz speed (combined throughput, Mbps)
309.6
5GHz speed (single band, Mbps)
316.8
Maximum claimed speed 2.4GHz (Mbps)
800
Maximum claimed speed 5GHz (Mbps)
1733
Tri-band
×
Antennas
4
Antenna placement
External, removable
Dimensions (W x D x H) [mm]
263x248x150
Weight (g)
856

Features

MIMO support
Beamforming support
Fibre ready
Ethernet LAN ports
4
USB 2.0
0
USB 3.0 ports
2
DLNA
Default Wi-Fi access
Secure
Installation wizard
Quality of Service
Preset parental filters
×
Parental filters (URL/keyword)
No/Yes
Controls for wireless access or internet scheduling
Integrated modem (ADSL2+)
×
USB drive sharing
Guest network WiFi
WPS support
3G/4G passthrough (via USB cable not supplied)
×
VOIP
×
Wall mountable