WiFi router

tp-link Archer C3150 v1

AC3150 Wireless MU-MIMO Gigabit Router
tp-link Archer C3150 v1

tp-link Archer C3150 v1
Key Features (as described by the manufacturer)
  • Boost Your Wi-Fi - The Archer C3150 runs at combined speeds of up to 3150Mbps across its 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands
  • Larger Data Streams - Broadcom® NitroQAM™(1024-QAM) technology with 4-Stream lets the Archer C3150 transmit 25% more data
  • Multiple Reliable Connections - MU-MIMO Ready technology lets the router run several devices at the same time to achieve speeds up to 4X faster than standard AC routers.*
  • Smoother Performance - Smart Connect technology assigns each of your devices to the best available Wi-Fi band
  • Powerful Processing - A 1.4GHz dual-core processor ensures simultaneous browsing, streaming, and gaming without delay


tp-link Archer C3150 v1 Test Review (methodology)
Whole Home Internet Speed Coverage

Internet Speed Download

The speed of download from the Internet
in Mbps or
% of subscribed
ISP download speed
All Locations Average: 77.1%
All Locations Average: 77.1%
1st Floor Average: 97.7%
1st Floor Average: 97.7%
2nd Floor Average: 56.5%
2nd Floor Average: 56.5%
analiti @1: 97.8%
analiti @1: 97.8%
analiti @2: 96.5%
analiti @2: 96.5%
analiti @3: 98.7%
analiti @3: 98.7%
analiti @4: 50.2%
analiti @4: 50.2%
analiti @5: 22.8%
analiti @5: 22.8%
analiti @6: 96.5%
analiti @6: 96.5%

Internet Speed Upload

The speed of upload to the Internet
in Mbps or
% of subscribed
ISP upload speed
All Locations Average: 98.9%
All Locations Average: 98.9%
1st Floor Average: 99.6%
1st Floor Average: 99.6%
2nd Floor Average: 98.1%
2nd Floor Average: 98.1%
analiti @1: 99.4%
analiti @1: 99.4%
analiti @2: 100.0%
analiti @2: 100.0%
analiti @3: 99.4%
analiti @3: 99.4%
analiti @4: 97.2%
analiti @4: 97.2%
analiti @5: 98.1%
analiti @5: 98.1%
analiti @6: 99.1%
analiti @6: 99.1%

RSSI Average

Signal strength
average
in dBm
All Locations Average: -58dBm
All Locations Average: -58dBm
1st Floor Average: -53dBm
1st Floor Average: -53dBm
2nd Floor Average: -64dBm
2nd Floor Average: -64dBm
analiti @1: -40dBm
analiti @1: -40dBm
analiti @2: -57dBm
analiti @2: -57dBm
analiti @3: -63dBm
analiti @3: -63dBm
analiti @4: -58dBm
analiti @4: -58dBm
analiti @5: -64dBm
analiti @5: -64dBm
analiti @6: -69dBm
analiti @6: -69dBm

RSSI 95th percentile

Signal strength
95% of measurements
are stronger than
in dBm
All Locations Average: -60dBm
All Locations Average: -60dBm
1st Floor Average: -55dBm
1st Floor Average: -55dBm
2nd Floor Average: -65dBm
2nd Floor Average: -65dBm
analiti @1: -41dBm
analiti @1: -41dBm
analiti @2: -59dBm
analiti @2: -59dBm
analiti @3: -64dBm
analiti @3: -64dBm
analiti @4: -59dBm
analiti @4: -59dBm
analiti @5: -65dBm
analiti @5: -65dBm
analiti @6: -70dBm
analiti @6: -70dBm

WiFi AP Speed Average

WiFi AP Speed Average
All Locations Average: 406Mbps
All Locations Average: 406Mbps
1st Floor Average: 659Mbps
1st Floor Average: 659Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 154Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 154Mbps
analiti @1: 866Mbps
analiti @1: 866Mbps
analiti @2: 585Mbps
analiti @2: 585Mbps
analiti @3: 526Mbps
analiti @3: 526Mbps
analiti @4: 141Mbps
analiti @4: 141Mbps
analiti @5: 100Mbps
analiti @5: 100Mbps
analiti @6: 220Mbps
analiti @6: 220Mbps

WiFi AP Speed 95th percentile

WiFi AP Speed 95th percentile
All Locations Average: 401Mbps
All Locations Average: 401Mbps
1st Floor Average: 663Mbps
1st Floor Average: 663Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 139Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 139Mbps
analiti @1: 870Mbps
analiti @1: 870Mbps
analiti @2: 590Mbps
analiti @2: 590Mbps
analiti @3: 530Mbps
analiti @3: 530Mbps
analiti @4: 136Mbps
analiti @4: 136Mbps
analiti @5: 80Mbps
analiti @5: 80Mbps
analiti @6: 200Mbps
analiti @6: 200Mbps

WiFi AP Speed Maximum

WiFi AP Speed Maximum
All Locations Average: 1252Mbps
All Locations Average: 1252Mbps
1st Floor Average: 1733Mbps
1st Floor Average: 1733Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 770Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 770Mbps
analiti @1: 1733Mbps
analiti @1: 1733Mbps
analiti @2: 1733Mbps
analiti @2: 1733Mbps
analiti @3: 1733Mbps
analiti @3: 1733Mbps
analiti @4: 289Mbps
analiti @4: 289Mbps
analiti @5: 289Mbps
analiti @5: 289Mbps
analiti @6: 1733Mbps
analiti @6: 1733Mbps

Internet Dns Success

Internet Dns Success
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
All Locations Average: 100%
All Locations Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
2nd Floor Average: 100%
2nd Floor Average: 100%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @4: 100%
analiti @4: 100%
analiti @5: 100%
analiti @5: 100%
analiti @6: 100%
analiti @6: 100%

Internet Dns Latency Average

Internet Dns Latency Average
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0ms
All Locations Average: 42.2ms
1st Floor Average: 40.5ms
2nd Floor Average: 43.9ms
analiti @1: 41.2ms
analiti @2: 40.1ms
analiti @3: 40.1ms
analiti @4: 45.4ms
analiti @5: 46.6ms
analiti @6: 39.7ms

Internet Dns Latency 95th percentile

Internet Dns Latency 95th percentile
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0ms
All Locations Average: 55.7ms
1st Floor Average: 50.9ms
2nd Floor Average: 60.5ms
analiti @1: 51.7ms
analiti @2: 50.7ms
analiti @3: 50.3ms
analiti @4: 63.7ms
analiti @5: 68.1ms
analiti @6: 49.7ms

Internet Dns Latency Jitter

Internet Dns Latency Jitter
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0ms
All Locations Average: 5.6ms
1st Floor Average: 4.4ms
2nd Floor Average: 6.8ms
analiti @1: 5.9ms
analiti @2: 3.6ms
analiti @3: 3.5ms
analiti @4: 8.1ms
analiti @5: 8.5ms
analiti @6: 3.6ms

Internet Http Success

Internet Http Success
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
All Locations Average: 100%
All Locations Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
2nd Floor Average: 100%
2nd Floor Average: 100%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @4: 99%
analiti @4: 99%
analiti @5: 100%
analiti @5: 100%
analiti @6: 100%
analiti @6: 100%

Internet Http Latency Average

Internet Http Latency Average
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0ms
All Locations Average: 53.6ms
1st Floor Average: 51.5ms
2nd Floor Average: 55.8ms
analiti @1: 50.7ms
analiti @2: 52.3ms
analiti @3: 51.3ms
analiti @4: 56.4ms
analiti @5: 58.4ms
analiti @6: 52.7ms

Internet Http Latency 95th percentile

Internet Http Latency 95th percentile
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0ms
All Locations Average: 76.6ms
1st Floor Average: 65.1ms
2nd Floor Average: 88.1ms
analiti @1: 61.0ms
analiti @2: 67.3ms
analiti @3: 67.0ms
analiti @4: 93.6ms
analiti @5: 108.7ms
analiti @6: 62.0ms

Internet Http Latency Jitter

Internet Http Latency Jitter
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0ms
All Locations Average: 8.0ms
1st Floor Average: 6.5ms
2nd Floor Average: 9.6ms
analiti @1: 5.4ms
analiti @2: 7.3ms
analiti @3: 6.8ms
analiti @4: 10.1ms
analiti @5: 11.6ms
analiti @6: 6.9ms

WiFi Router Ping Success

WiFi Router Ping Success
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
All Locations Average: 100%
All Locations Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
2nd Floor Average: 100%
2nd Floor Average: 100%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @4: 100%
analiti @4: 100%
analiti @5: 100%
analiti @5: 100%
analiti @6: 100%
analiti @6: 100%

WiFi Router Ping Latency Average

WiFi Router Ping Latency Average
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0ms
All Locations Average: 6.2ms
1st Floor Average: 2.3ms
2nd Floor Average: 10.1ms
analiti @1: 2.0ms
analiti @2: 2.4ms
analiti @3: 2.4ms
analiti @4: 10.7ms
analiti @5: 16.6ms
analiti @6: 2.9ms

WiFi Router Ping Latency 95th percentile

WiFi Router Ping Latency 95th percentile
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0ms
All Locations Average: 18.3ms
1st Floor Average: 3.2ms
2nd Floor Average: 33.3ms
analiti @1: 3.2ms
analiti @2: 3.2ms
analiti @3: 3.2ms
analiti @4: 32.7ms
analiti @5: 62.8ms
analiti @6: 4.5ms

WiFi Router Ping Latency Jitter

WiFi Router Ping Latency Jitter
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0ms
All Locations Average: 4.8ms
1st Floor Average: 1.3ms
2nd Floor Average: 8.3ms
analiti @1: 1.2ms
analiti @2: 1.4ms
analiti @3: 1.4ms
analiti @4: 8.9ms
analiti @5: 14.5ms
analiti @6: 1.5ms

Our whole home WiFi testing methodology

We test whole home WiFi products - but our tests are independent and objective:

  • We test only products that were purchased from well known retailers when they were publicly available. We don't test samples pushed to us by the manufacturer prior to release date that may contain different software and hardware than the actual units that you can purchase.
  • We only test performance, measurable with objective metrics. You will not hear what we think of design, or apps, or functionality that has nothing to do with product performance or subjective preferences.
  • We test with a publicly available tool - the fasTest app. Our tests are repeatable - not just by us, but also by you, in your home or office.

We test whole home WiFi products in a real home lab. It's a two level apartment in multi-family building, comprising of the two top levels. The levels are separated by a concrete slab, making it especially difficult for wireless signals to pass through.

Lab layout
whole home WiFi testing lab

The orange squares are locations where we have routers, access points or range extenders placed, whereas the blue circles are location where we perform measurements. We use the fasTest | speed test app (in the "deep" testing mode) for running the tests (and you can, too - in fact, it is recommended you test your solution at home, before you install it and after you set it up, to make sure you got an effective solution for your specific situation).

We perform the fasTest Deep test (using a single TCP connection for data download or upload) in every location for 3-5 times - measuring and recording multitude of parameters. We then pick the top (best) three measurements and average the measurements fto get the result for the specific parameter using the specific network at the specific location.

We then calculate the average whole home performance by averaging the location-specific results in all measurement locations.

Test configurations

Our test configuration depends on the type of UUT (Unit Under Test) - whether a range extender, a standalone router or a WiFi mesh system - as well as the form factor of the UUT components - desktop or wall-plug

Test configuration for range extenders
  • ISP modem/router in location @A, connected to the ISP provided backhaul
  • The range extender (the UUT) is placed at location @B
  • The range extender is connected to the ISP modem/router using WPS Push Button method.
  • The range extender is configured to use both 2.4GHz and 5GHz for serving clients, regardless of the capabilities of the ISP modem/router (that are limited to 2.4GHz only).
Test configuration for mesh systems
  • ISP modem/router in location @A, connected to the ISP provided backhaul
  • Primary mesh unit of the UUT placed at location @A and is connected using an Ethernet cable to the ISP modem/router
  • Additional mesh units of the UUT are placed at location @C and @E (for the desktop form factor) or @B and @E (for the wall-plug form factor)
  • For UUTs with only one additional unit - that unit is placed at location @E
Test configuration for standalone routers
  • ISP modem/router in location @A, connected to the ISP provided backhaul
  • The standalone router (the UUT) is placed at location @A and is connected using an Ethernet cable to the ISP modem/router
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