TP-Link Archer C3150 802.11AC Router Review

Author: AkG
Date: November 24, 2016
Product Name: Archer C3150
Part Number: Archer C3150
Warranty: 2 Years
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Setup & Installation

The process for setting up the Archer C3150 is extremely straightforward, but as we'll explain in the paragraphs below that is part of the problem. To start the setup process, simply plug the router in and either wirelessly connect to one of the two networks that it will automatically start broadcasting or plug a RJ45 cable into the back. Either way will work, but we recommend the wired option as otherwise you will have to first flip the router over and write down the default password for the 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks.

Once the connection is made, simply type in or tplinkwifi.net into your favorite web browser. There is one caveat with using the latter and not the former, and that is if the WAN port is not connected to the internet it will not work. As such, typing in is the easier option.

At this point things do take a turn for the worse if you're a power user. As expected, once you connect to the router its built-in setup routine will be initiated. This process will literally take seconds to accomplish as it is extremely simplistic and really only covers the absolute basics. To actually setup any of the more advanced features, users will need to either click on the basic or advanced tabs and do things manually. In either case, the Archer will technically be setup and ready for use, but maybe not your exact preferences.

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