It's worth noting that the hardware version we had in for testing is V1 and TP-Link has since launched a V2. I'm unsure what the differences are at this point but Version 2 does support the new homecare firmware so there may be more memory or additional flash.
The build quality of the solution in-house is quite good. Half of the plastics are glossy so it will gather prints and dust rather quick, apart from, there were no issues found with the C3150.
Wired performance of the C3150 was on par and equal to every other solution I have tested. At 942 Mbps LAN to LAN and 913 Mbps for WAN, the C3150 can handle anything up to a single Gig connection from your ISP.
Wireless throughput for 2.4GHz touched 228 Mbps which appears to be normal for our new test system. 5GHz was quite good at 909 Mbps, just a touch under the quickest we have seen.
For range, the C3150 could use some help on 2.4GHz. In testing, we quickly lost almost all the throughput at 30Ft, but switching to 5GHz, we gained it all back and much more. USB performance was admirable with read performance hovering around 92 MB/s. Write performance came in at half that at 53 MB/s.
The firmware interface for the C3150 is average. I do enjoy the HomeCare platform slightly more because of its additional features, but if you do end up grabbing a hardware Version 1 solution, the default interface is quite easy to navigate.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Overall TweakTown Rating||86%|
The Bottom Line: TP-Link's C3150 is a well built Wave 2 solution with remarkable 5GHz performance but lackluster 2.4GHz performance. For those in the market, I would look for Version 2 with the better WebGUI.
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