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TP-Link's little C2300 router is full of Wi-Fi features

The TP-Link Archer C2300 router is easy to use for everyone, has lots of features and performs great on 5GHz -- all for a very affordable price.

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The AC2300 rating gives this little router theoretical speeds of 600Mbps on 2.4GHz and 1,625Mbps on 5GHz.

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In testing, 5GHz was very fast at long distances, but 2.4GHz was spotty despite still having average speeds over 100Mbps.

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The router has one USB 3.0 port and one USB 2.0 port for network storage, printers or charging your phone.

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With four gigabit LAN ports, you'll have plenty of room for your wired devices.

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TP-Link's HomeCare is a nice extra, giving you additional security for your network, including parental controls, network prioritization and antivirus -- all for free.

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The dual-band router has lots of helpful features, like RangeBoost to improve how it receives weak signals, MU-MIMO for fast simultaneous connections, beamforming for focusing signals on devices and band-steering to makes sure your devices connect to the best network.

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With plenty of ventilation all around the router, you'll want to make sure you don't cover it up and risk it overheating.

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The TP-Link Tether app offers enough customization options to be useful, including a feature that allows you to easily share your Wi-Fi password with guests.

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Another bonus feature is wall-mount brackets, so you have lots of options when it comes to placement.

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Despite having only 3x3 antennas and three streams, this router has plenty of other features that make it worth the $150 price tag.

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