TP-LINK Archer C2600 Review – Packaging and Bundle
TP-LINK Archer C2600 Review – The Router
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TP-LINK Archer C2600 Review – Setup and Software
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TP-LINK also make an app available to users (called Tether) which can be downloaded for free from the various app stores. This app allows you to manage your router/network from a phone or tablet rather than desktop/laptop.
TP-LINK Archer C2600 Review – Conclusion
Starting with the design of the Archer C2600 we have a router which we initially thought looked a little dated. Having lived with it for a while now it probably falls into the discrete category. We’re not fans of glossy finishes on routers, they just gather dust and so matt hides it a little better but we do like the low profile of the router and the fact the LED’s can be disabled for those who like that function. Key connectors and buttons are located in the ideal area on the right which is easy to access. Maybe one of the USB 3.0 ports could have been located on the back as printer sharing would not require plugging/unplugging but that is a minor quibble.
As we noted earlier the setup of the C2600 is exceptionally easy. We plugged ours in and immediately it connected through the cable modem. Great. Accessing the quick setup was easy (and is recommended) allowing us to set our own administrator password, WiFi password and the like. The basic options available in the main control panel screens will be enough for most users and our advanced features offer that bit of extra configuration that some will need. We also very much like the appearance of the TP-LINK admin panel. It is clean, clear and intuitive. Our only minor issue is that firmware updates are not automated. We need to go to the TP-LINK site, search for the latest and then download and install. A one click solution from inside the admin interface would be appreciated.
As far as day to day use and performance goes, the Archer C2600 was very impressive. In our location serving multiple smartphones, desktops, network storage and smart devices (over 10 devices in total) it offered flawless performance across the board. More often than note the limit to performance was the Wi-Fi on each device, rather than the router. Or alternatively the internet connection, despite us having the fastest cable connection available. We were able to stream 4k without issue and the router remained stable at all times throughout our testing. As an added bonus the range of the C2600 was similar to our Linksys AC model and slightly better than our Netgear AC model.
Summary: Decent looks, nice interface, easy set-up and top notch performance.