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Setting up TP Link Archer C6 as new home router

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My earlier router D-Link DIR-600 M has worked well for a long time, however, it was not giving me much desired output for my ISP (Fusionnet) 60 MBPS speed. I observed inconsistency in the network speed and things get ugly in the time of the Covid-19 epidemic when I consistently used my internet for a longer period of time.

πŸ“» My Old D-Link 600 M router

πŸ‘ Decision for TP Archer C6

I decided to purchase a new router with following factors in the mind:

  1. Provide me the most of ISP provided a speed of 60 MBPS with in the area of 1600 square feet on the same floor.
  2. Give me a consistent speed without hiccups.
  3. Connect to 6 devices that can demand HD or 4K videos.
  4. Pocket friendly.
  5. Long shelf life.
  6. At least 3 years of warranty.
  7. Good after sales support presence in my area.

After researching I ordered TP-Link Archer C6 AC1200 Mesh Wifi Router with full Gigabit and MU-MIMO support.

πŸ“¦ TP Link package

TP-Link Package Top side image.
TP-Link Package back side image.
Router and accessories inside out. 4 antennas look cool 😎.

πŸ›  Setup

TP-Link router comes with a quick installation guide which I followed throughout the process.

Quick Installation Guide page 1.
Quick Installation Guide Page 2.

πŸ”Œ Power and Ethernet setup

I removed my old router and its power adapter and replaced it with a new router and power adapter.

I used the old ethernet cable.

I switch on the power and router started blinking.

My ISP technical team needs to update the new router ethernet card number to allow the passage of the Internet. Hence I made a call to the provider’s call center and they scheduled a call from the tech team.

βš™οΈ Router configuration

I downloaded the Tether App from App Store.

TP-Link Tether App is a very convenient tool for configuring the router easily from a mobile device.

When I started the app it asked me for TP-Link id. I created one quickly.

Now App wanted my mobile network to connect to my router wifi network.

Router default network names (SSIDs) and password were printed on the label at the bottom of the router.

Label in the back of TP Link router.

I joined the router wifi network and accessed the Tether app for further configuration.

Tether app provides easy to use wizard for setting up the router quickly with ISP internet. It has a smart connect mode for devices to switch on WiFi bands (2.4G and 5G) automatically based on availability. My ISP hard wired a Mac address at their side, hence I manually entered the same Mac address.

Apart from Tether app I also accessed the web-based router management interface at http://tplinkwifi.net/ or http://192.168.0.1/

Tp-Link dashboard after login. It provides similar functionality as Tether App.

🏎 Speed – Then & Now

Typically my earlier router D Link 600 M within range gave me speed between 20 – 30 Mbps (ISP 60 Mbps). This speed drop as you move away from the router.

My speed test report for TP-Link Archer C6 for 60 MBPS and 100 MBPS plan was really impressive with a 5G band giving me the max juice out of ISP-provided speed.

I did a test and run 4 4K videos on youtube, 2 Full HD videos on Hotstar, 1 Full HD video on FireStick TV with my 60 MBPS plan using a new router and it works without any latency. That was amazing.

2.4G band was not able to perform well when I used it in my home balcony. There are two walls and 80 feets distance between the router and the balcony. Having said It eliminated several dead zones by its 2.4G band if compare to the old router.

Overall I am very satisfied with my upgrade, much needed. Now I have to subscribe some 4K movies to fully leverage the speed at disposal.

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