January 05, 2015 07:35 ET

TP-LINK Debuts 11ac Wave 2 Performance Routers, Delivering Enhanced Wi-Fi Connectivity in the Home

AC2600 4x4 MU-MIMO and AC3200 Tri-Band Smart Connect routers create faster, more efficient Wi-Fi connectivity for the growing number of smart devices

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - Jan 5, 2015) - 2015 International CES -- TP-LINK®, a global provider of consumer and SMB networking products, today announced the Archer C2600 and Archer C3200 Wi-Fi routers utilizing advanced technologies to help meet the heavy networking demands of today's homes and small businesses. The Archer C2600 is ideal for supporting a large number of wireless devices simultaneously, while the Archer C3200 delivers the highest combined Wi-Fi speeds with two 5GHz bands for an optimized entertainment experience when gaming online or streaming 4K videos.

"There is a limit on what a simple increase in bandwidth can do to improve the performance of Wi-Fi routers in the home," said Lewis Wu, executive vice president of TP-LINK U.S. "To continue improving the speed, reliability, and overall quality of our routers we are utilizing advanced technologies that allow them to serve connected devices with far greater efficiency."

Archer C2600

The Archer C2600 utilizes Qualcomm® VIVE™ 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology delivering speeds of up to 2.6Gbps using the 2.4GHz band at 800Mbps and the 5GHz band at 1733Mbps. It also features Qualcomm® MU | EFX -- the multi-user MIMO technology designed to make Wi-Fi work more efficiently to multiply performance for all devices on increasingly crowded networks. Qualcomm VIVE and Qualcomm MU | EFX are products of Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. Until now, the traditional Wi-Fi router data transmission was a point-to-point connection in which the router sends and receives data from one device at a time, while other devices in a network would wait in queue. This process obviously impacts network performance due to wait times.

The Archer C2600 employs a multi-user input and output architecture, allowing it to establish a point-to-point connection with up to three devices at once. This architecture drastically improves speeds and reduces device wait times by as much as three times in comparison to traditional "round-robin" architecture, allowing the router to serve more Wi-Fi clients simultaneously while minimizing bandwidth bottlenecks.

Though MU-MIMO EFX architecture allows for up to four point-to-point connections, the Archer C2600 dedicates one of these connections to monitoring, optimizing and minimizing interference for the other three connections in order to provide faster and more reliable overall data transmission. The architecture also has the ability to perform "Dynamic Grouping" of devices based on usage and network demand, ensuring each connection operates at the fastest capacity possible.

Archer C2600 Key Features:

  • Four high gain external antennas and amplifiers to boost range coverage.
  • Beamforming enhancement due to the Qualcomm MU|EFX architecture, which delivers a more focused wireless connection to the device.
  • Gigabit Ethernet ports for fast, reliable wired connections.
  • USB 3.0 ports for high-speed data transfer with connected storage devices.
  • Qualcomm MU|EFX connects and serves more devices at once (instead of one at a time), reduces wait times and increases connection reliability; network speeds increase by approximately three times.

Archer C3200

The Tri-Band router operates at a combined speed of up to 3.2Gbps, with two 5GHz bands that reach up to 1300Mbps each and one 2.4GHz band that reaches up to 600Mbps. The router transmits data simultaneously across its two 5GHz bands, and achieves its highest combined speeds in part by automatically balancing network demand. The Tri-Band router avoids bottlenecks that occur when multiple devices demand high amounts of bandwidth at the same time for intensive tasks like gaming online or streaming 4K videos.

Archer C3200 Key Features:

  • Smart Connect Technology automatically assigns devices to the most appropriate band.
  • Two 5GHz bands, each operating at speeds of up to 1300Mbps.
  • One 2.4GHz band operating at speed of up to 600Mbps.
  • Six high-powered amplifiers and six external antennas.
  • Substantial RAM for reduced buffering times.


TP-LINK's Archer AC2600 and AC3200 routers will be shown from January 6-9, 2015 at the Las Vegas Convention Center - Booth No. 36206 South Hall 4, Upper Level.

The Archer C2600 and C3200 routers are planned for availability in Q3, 2015 at and leading online and retail stores.


TP-LINK is a global provider of consumer and SMB networking products and the world's No.1 provider of WLAN and broadband CPE devices1, with products available in over 120 countries to tens of millions of customers. Committed to intensive R&D, efficient production and strict quality management, TP-LINK continues to provide award-winning networking products in Wireless, ADSL, Routers, Switches, IP Cameras, Powerline Adapters, Print Servers, Media Converters and Network Adapters for global end-users.

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1. According to latest published IDC Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker Report, Q2 2014 Final Release

All information and pricing provided are subject to change without notice. TP-LINK is a registered trademark of TP-LINK Technologies CO., Ltd. All trade names are the property of their respective owners. Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE standard 802.11 specifications. Actual data throughput and wireless coverage will vary.

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