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TP-Link announces (and ships!) its first 802.11ac tri-band router, the Archer C3200

Michael Brown | Aug. 13, 2015
Paper launches have become all too common in the router industry. A company announces a new product and basks in the uncritical news coverage before seeding eval units with reviewers like us. These early press opinions are invariably uncritical because the manufacturers haven't given reviewers anything to benchmark. That typically comes a week or two later.

When I publish my full review, I'll have benchmarks measuring the C3200's performance as a dual-band router (2.4- and 5GHz 802.11n) and one measuring its network-attached storage chops. I'll also go into more depth about the C3200's firmware and feature set. It looks as though TP-Link intends to compete hard on price: the new router is priced at $260, which is well below the current street prices of the tri-band routers it's competing with. Is that enough to make it a good value? Stay tuned to find out.


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