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If your connection is experiencing frequent slowdowns and lags while watching high video content such as 4K, one reason may be that your router is outdated for such high data streams.

To keep costs affordable, service providers often use routers with built-in antennas and not just the latest technology, but rather old WI-FI standards.

At this point, routers such as the Archer C54, which support current technologies but are not very pocket-friendly, come into play. The Archer C54 is a very light dual band router with a small size and a weight of 167 grams.

“Dual band” means it can broadcast both 5GHz and 2.4GHz networks simultaneously. While your old generation devices are compatible with 2.4 GHz, your new generation devices can be connected to 5 GHz networks for applications that need higher data transfer rates.

Using Wi-Fi 5 technology, this router supports a maximum data transfer rate of 867 Mbit in 5 GHz networks and 300 Mbit in 2.4 GHz.

Beam-Forming and MU-MIMO

At first glance, it seems to have the same features as the routers distributed by service providers stands. But the C54 has more advanced features. For example, high-gain external antennas support beam-forming and MU-MIMO features.

Beam-forming feature can detect devices and direct signals towards them. The MU-MIMO feature also removes the bottleneck that can occur in wireless communication with multiple devices simultaneously.

Physical Specifications

The device has 4 cadolable antennas. You can mount it on the wall with the 2 mounting holes at the bottom. The power it consumes is also very little, it consumes only 2.5 Watts of power. This value is half of a high-efficiency LED bulb.

This router is fiber supported and you need to plug the ethernet cable from your service provider into the blue WAN socket. Next to the WAN slot, there are 4 100 Megabit yellow ethernet slots.

TP-Link did not include a gigabit ethernet port on this router to keep costs low. Therefore, for the highest network performance, the device must be used by connecting to a 5 GHz Wi-Fi network.

Software Features

Let’s take a closer look at the control panel, which we access by typing 192.168.0.1 in the browser address line after connecting to the router via wired or wireless .

The device can work in 3 modes. These are router, access point and range extender modes respectively. You can use the router mode to share the internet from your service provider on your network, the access point mode to convert a wired network to wireless, and the range extender mode to increase the range of your wireless network.

If you have a password and username from your service provider, you can use it in router mode.

QoS

Thanks to the QoS feature, you can view all clients on the network and prioritize the ones you want among them. But first, you need to enter your total download and upload speeds in the QoS window.

Parental Controls

You can limit internet access times.

Port Forwarding

If you’re good with networking technologies, you’ve probably heard the term port forwarding. Archer C54 supports this feature. It’s a bit of an advanced usage scenario, but if you want to access a device from your local network over the internet, you can take advantage of this feature.

LED Lights

All LED lights are located on the front of the device. You can set these lights to come on only during the day or turn them off completely.

Range Test

In our range test, with a Wi-Fi 6 supported Samsung S21 FE smartphone from the other end of the office (approximately 20 meters) Archer C54′ We are connected to the 5 GHz network. Here, the shooting performance was around 12%.

In our Speedtest speed test, we achieved a download speed of 77 Mbit and a sending speed of 46 Mbit. Let’s remind you that our internet speed is 1Gbit download and 300 Mbit send. However, these speeds are far above the average home user’s connection speeds. Considering that the average user has internet speeds of around 100 Mbit today, the C54’s ability to give us 77 Mbit from a distance of 20 meters with a few walls in between is not bad at all.

If we had chosen the 2.4 GHz network, it was possible to achieve even higher range. Of course, this also depends on the number and thickness of the walls in your house. But if you position your router appropriately, you will not have any problems with this device, even in a 2+1 house.

Outcome Review

Archer C54 space-saving for those living alone or nuclear families It’s an affordable entry-level router with low power consumption and a price tag of 350 Dollars. With Wi-Fi 5 support, you can watch high-definition videos and make fast downloads.

Another aspect of the product that makes it attractive, you can use it as a range extender when you move to a bigger house in the future. This makes it a good investment.

The two cons I could see were that the LAN sockets were not gigabit and the web control panel did not support the American language. Apart from these, TP-Link Archer C54 is a product we recommend for your basic networking needs.


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