TP-Link, which was founded in 1996, is one of the largest network product manufacturers in the world. They are currently the number one provider of WLAN products to over 120 countries. With their award winning great quality products, TP-Link managed to get trust, recognition and respect from consumers all around the world which will hopefully be that way in the future.
Now when you are trying to choose the best TP-Link router, it’s not a tough decision, because almost all of the TP-Link routers are quite good from their price points. But still you have to choose one that’s right for you and fits your need.
Single Band vs Dual Band and Which One You Should Get
Most households still use single band routers that are very cheap and it’s probably okay for most houses. But if you are going to buy a new router we highly recommend that you go for a dual band router for a little more money to have a better home Wi-Fi.
A dual band router supports both 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz bands where the single band ones supports only 2.4 GHz band which is weaker and slower in terms of signal strength and speed than 5.0 GHz band. Most modern phones and laptops supports the 5.0 GHz band that you can use to get a robust range and speed while accessing the network from multiple devices.
Now lets jump to the reviews and find the best router to fit your need. All the routers reviewed below supports dual band and was highly consistent and reliable during their testing. These are also the latest releases from TP-Link for the year of 2016 as well as 2017.
TP-Link Archer C9 (Our Choice)
The Archer C9 is currently the king of the town with a 1 GHz Dual Core processor at it’s heart. It has a great user interface and a USB 3.0 port along with a USB 2.0 port. It’s AC1900 WiFi capability is it’s key selling point with the support of 600Mbit/s transfers through 2.4GHz and 1,300Mbit/s through 5GHz. The reliability of this router is top-notch.
After the TP-Links highly successful Archer C8, they decided to release a slightly improved version of it which is the Archer C9. They managed to fix some issues such as connection drop that used to happen quite often with the C8. The C9 also has a 1 GHz processor where the C8 had a 800 GHz processor.
With the elegant design of this router, it easily grabs eyeball. Although it’s not very practical because a stand router seem to tip over easily. But the chances are that you will leave it alone once you have set up everything. It’s suitable for large houses with multi-rooms.
TP-Link Archer C7 (Best Value)
If you are on a budget, then you can’t go wrong with the Archer C7. With a price tag of just under $100 dollars this 11 ac router offers almost the same performance of the Archer C9. It can easily cover multi-room houses or apartments with fast WiFi.
This router comes with 4 Gigabit LAN port and one Gigabit WAN port along with 2 USB 2.0 ports. Although an USB 3.0 port would be great but you can’t complain because of the price point. It also offers some great features like most TP-Link routers such as IP and Mac address filter, domain filter, DoS and SPI firewall.
The design of this dual band router is not so bad. Those three 5dbi 5GHz antennas can provide a solid range with very minimal dead zones in most medium to large houses. It has 11 indicator lights to monitor power, WiFi signal, network connection, USB and so on. But the bad thing is that you can’t turn off this light show which is maybe annoying to some users.
TP-Link AC1200 (Best Around $50)
If you are very cheap but still want a dual band AC router to power your house, then this router is for you. Despite being priced very low, this router will still provide you with most of the features of it’s expensive cousins at a fraction of the cost. But it comes with Fast Ethernet ports instead of Gigabit Ethernet ports which is a little down side.
This is the cheapest TP-Link router with 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology and dual band support. It can provide you upto 867Mbps of speed through 5GHz and 300Mbps through 2.4GHz. Guest Network & Parental Controls are available like it’s other cousins. It also has 4 Fast Ethernet ports along with one USB 2.0 port.
The AC1200 is a pretty simple but nice looking router. It’s suitable for small to medium sized houses. The signal strength is also very consistent like most TP Link routers. It’s also a great choice to replace the router provided by your ISP that are usually crappy.
TP-LINK AC3200 (For Enthusiasts)
This router might be overkill for most houses but a good choice for Enthusiasts. This tri-band router contains a dual core processor along with 3 other co-processors to handle the 3 bands and many devices at once. The 6 antennas provide robust range.
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The AC3200 comes with support of three bands that work sententiously allowing multiple devices to connect without compromising the performance. This router is one of the best TP Link routers and suitable for office use or large households where streaming media and heavy gaming is very frequent.
The design of this router stands out from the crowd and a thing to show off. The 6 antennas can cover up large multi-story houses with no dead zones. It’s much much better than the D-Link and Netgear routers that are similarly priced.
So, which one should you buy?
If you are not on a budget but also don’t wanna spend a fortune then we highly recommend that you go for the Archer C9. It has the features and performance of some other routers that cost twice as much as the C9.
On the other hand the Archer C7 is very similar to the Archer C9 in terms of performance and features but cost much less which makes it best performance per dollar router. If you want performance but can’t spend more than $100 dollars then this router is for you.
The AC 1200 is the entry level dual band ac router which is not so bad for the price. It’s for those who are on a really tight budget but still don’t want to compromise performance and features.
Now the AC 3200 may not be suitable for for everyone but if you have the money then you can go for it to get. It’s a great choice for office use or households that uses many devices to stream media or heavy gaming.
I hope this TP-Link router review post helped you to decide your next router. But if you are still not convinced or not sure which one to get or have any question regarding any of the routers, then please comment below and we will answer to help you out.