Wireless router photograph.
Product review

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 C60

Price
$127
Score
37
Poor

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While it may seem like a bargain we don't recommend you pick up this TP-Link router. All of the performance scores are very poor and and its 5GHz suffers noticeably from obstruction interference.

Test results

  • 18
    WiFi performance
  • 62
    Ease of use and setup
  • 70
    Security

Good points

  • Easy to use.
  • Good for security.
  • Very good for channel switching.

Bad points

  • Very poor WiFi performance.
  • Very poor 2.4GHz WiFi performance.
  • Very poor 5GHz WiFi performance.
  • Very poor fibre speed.
  • Very noticeable interference on 5GHz signal.

Model

  • Avg price

    $127

Speed test results

  • Fibre

    1.6/10

  • WiFi performance 2.4GHz

    2.5/10

  • WiFi performance 5GHz

    1.0/10

  • Obstruction 2.4GHz

    Noticeable interference from obstruction

  • Obstruction 5GHz

    Very noticeable interference from obstruction

  • Channel switching ability

    Very good at channel switching

Specifications

  • Fibre

    Yes

  • WiFi bands (GHz)

    2.4 & 5

  • Antennas

    5

  • Antenna placement

    Three on rear, one on each side, can fold 90° and rotates 180°, unremovable

  • Dimensions (WxDxH) [mm]

    230 x 144 x 37

  • Weight (g)

    320

Features

  • Mesh
  • MIMO

    Yes

  • Beamforming support
  • Ethernet LAN ports

    4

  • USB ports

    0

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

    Time scheduling on device, keyword filter

  • Firewall
  • Guest network WiFi

    Yes

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