External Storage Testing
In our external storage performance test, we map the USB 3.0 storage port on each router as a network drive, then run ATTO Disk benchmark and record the best results over three runs.
External storage performance for the Archer C3200 was not the highest we have recorded, but was respectable at 40 MB/s read and 55 MB/s write.
Picking a router in the current market is like a kid in a candy store. There really are so many choices that it's probably one of the most difficult solutions for those wanting to upgrade or expand their network. For those that want the latest in technology, AC3200 solutions afford you the option of upgrading to 802.11ac, while maintaining a level of backwards compatibility for legacy devices using 5GHz 802.11n.
The TP-LINK Archer C3200, like all other AC3200 solutions, is a solid platform for a consumer network. Build quality is really top notch, but perhaps the biggest selling point of this router is its small form factor. I have seen nearly every AC3200 solution come through the lab here at TweakTown and the Archer is about three fourths the size of the Linksys EA9200 and half the size of the mammoth Nighthawk X6. With that said, it still does carry a bit of weight thank to all the components being packed in a tighter space.
Performance of the Archer C3200 was quite impressive as well. In my testing, we found this solution to offer top notch LAN and WAN throughput. The same can be said with the wireless throughput on the C3200, as the 2.4GHz band was close to being the best we have seen with the 20MHz band reaching 124 Mbps and the 40MHz band touching 234 Mbps.
5GHz performance was equally impressive as the device was able to produce 153 Mbps on the 20 MHz band, 18 Mbps more than the X6 and moving over to the 40MHz width 196 MBps. 802.11ac performance of the Archer was very nearly the quickest we have seen coming in at 437 Mbps, just below the 439 Mbps benchmark set by the Nighthawk X6 for AC3200 solutions.
As stated in the past, performance may not be everything for all consumers and as such, the WebGUI and ease of use comes into play for the TP-LINK C3200. We have seen many routers come through with solid management options and the same can be said for TP-LINK, the GUI is very easy to understand and navigate through basic mode, and for those needing a little more in terms of options, switching to advanced takes things to another level with more control. It's also priced fairly well, so with all considered, this is a router for you to add to your list of considerations.
|Quality including Design and Build||90%|
|Bundle and Packaging||90%|
|Value for Money||89%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||90%|
The Bottom Line: TP-LINK's Archer C3200 carries all the performance of the larger AC3200 solutions, yet comes packaged in a small form factor for those wanting an elegant solution for the home.
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