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25/10/2017

Test of TP-Link Archer MR200 4G Router

The TP-Link Archer MR200 Router is a feature-rich router built to maximize performance in your mobile broadband. We had a simple test to show more about TP-link MR200 router.

 

TP-Link Archer MR200 is a desktop 4G router. Unlike the Netgear AirCard 810 Mobile Hotspot we tested recently, Archer MR200 is not a router you can take to town (unless you know you'll be near an electrical outlet). It is relatively large and clumsy and has no rechargeable battery. Instead, it is supposed to be used indoor where the router can get continuous power supply and then the broadband connection would be done quickly and easily.

 

It is also there, in a poor reception reception, the TP-Link Archer MR200 is supposed to show its strength, as it is equipped with a pair of solid external antennas to enhance the 4g reception.

 

User-friendly and feature-rich

 

Getting Started with TP-Link the Archer MR200 is really friendly. Just plug in with the 4G SIM card, turn on the router, enter the preset password that is written on the bottom of the router and start surfing. When it is time to configure the 4g LTE router, this appears to be as easy and smooth as the installation itself. The interface is exemplary quickly, easily and clearly, even when we enter the more advanced settings.

 

 

Despite its rather simple exterior, the TP-Link Archer MR200 proves to be a truly functional and configurable router. Here it is in the top layer compared with competitors in the market.  

 

Reception Good

 

Initially, the TP-Link Archer MR200 manages well in our performance tests. Reception is normal under normal conditions. The connection is always stable during the time we tested it. The WiFi results are slightly better. Here, the TP-Link Archer MR200 puts itself in the top level. The same good results goes for range tests, the TP-Link Archer MR200 gets good values ​​and performed better than most of tested routers.  

 

But when we come to what will be the strength of TP-Link Archer MR200, the reception under difficult conditions, we will be a little bit disappointed. Instead of getting to the top, the TP-Link Archer MR200 turns out to be worse than the average. In fact, the TP-Link Archer MR200 is far below the newly tested mobile router Netgear AirCard 810. If you are located at somewhere with bad signal, you’d better choose a wireless router with connectors for external outdoor LTE antenna, which may help the router to get better 4G/LTE network, so you will enjoy the fastest possible network.

 

 

 

Conclusion

TP-Link Archer MR200 is not a bad router, but does not do all as what we expect from a powerful 4G router. When the router work in good network condition, it performs good, but if in bad condition areas, it has much space to improve to shorten the distance to its competitors. There are many similar 4G routers on the market that are more affordable than this one such as Huawei E5186, ZTE MF286 etc. At last, we have a look at the basic features of TP-link Archer Mr200:

 

Features of TP-Link Archer MR200

ManufacturerTP-Link

Function : 4G router with ac-wifi

System Requirements: 2G/3G/4G LTE Mobile Broadband.

Wi-Fi: 802.11ac/b/g/n, Dual band 2.4/5 GHz.

Security: Wep, WPA, WPA2

Network Ports : 3 pcs, 1 pc wan/lan.

Connections: Charging connector, external antennas.

Screen: 2.4 inch color touch screen.

Size: 20.2 x 14.1 x 3.4 cm.

Other: 3 internal wifi antennas, 2 external 4g antennas.  

 

 

23/10/2017

Huawei E5186s-22a 4G LTE Router for Home Use

Whether you had read our blog post, reports from some webistes, or other news, but you've surely noticed the incredible progress which has been made in mobile technology. Not long ago, 3G was the peak of the peaks, compared to 4G networks now, 5G is on the road to dominate.

 

 

Huawei E5186s-22a 4G LTE wireless router has been available in many countries for long time. As a pure 4G LTE router, it may not be cool like Netgear Nighthawk series router, but it do good job as expected for a 4G router. In terms of Huawei CPE's goals, it is no different from the similar wireless terminals used at home. Its job is to share the internet between different devices, supplementing them with a few extra amenities. Huawei E5186s-22a has more than usual gadgets that can accommodate a SIM card.

 

 

The E5186 router itself has a sleek design, much more beautiful than the predecessor 3G routers such as Huawei B683 and B970b Router. At the front, you can find a few white and mainly blue LEDs, including the power, mode, WiFi, Voice and signal indicators. The indicators tell users the current working status of the router.  

 

The start-up goes exactly like a common device. Under power button, insert a SIM card, find your Huawei WiFi with your computer, enter the WiFi key on the sticker on the back of the gadget, open a browser window and enter 192.168.8.1. Here is an interface that will make you ready to complete all the security, administration, and other settings that people have on a router.  

 

 

And that's all we are and the internet connection would automatically be done. Of course, no matter what location you use, there is exactly the kind of network coverage or other environmental factors (walls, mountains, etc). The most important is that Huawei CPE E5186s-22a also supports the most advanced Cat6 LTE networks.  

 

So far, I was pretty happy with my home provider and after running a speed test, it turned out that the download speed is far from the official saying about download speed of 300mbps. And the uploading can be done (33.57 Mbps / 16.20 Mbps / 20 ms ping), which is not quite exciting.  

 

 

Actually, there is an alternative to provide better solutions to get a higher level LTE router such as Huawei B618S-22d. However, when ordering a new net, it is worth thinking if we are not going to do better with the 4G. Perhaps it’s not the problem of the Huawei E5186 CPE, what if the problem comes from the network environment fators?  

 

Anyhow, the Huawei E5186s-22a could meet current home use for internet surfing. Even though 5G is coming, I think there is a long way to go to make the 5G devices budget and practical for common use. So let's get E5186s-22a in white boxes, especially with a Huawei logo and a valid SIM card in them to enjoy the LTE surfing!  

 

 

 

19/10/2017

TP-Link Archer MR200 4G LTE Router Review

With the growing demand for 4G wireless routers, the manufacturer are continuing presenting new LTE routers to the market. As the competitor of Huawei routers, TP-Link offers two new 4G routers this year; we are very interested in the most high-end router named TP-Link Archer MR200. Let us have a close look at its characteristics:

 

 

TP-Link Archer MR200 Highlights:

 

* High-end 3G/4G Routers

* Ideal for use on the road or in rural areas without DSL availability

* Supports the 4G/LTE mobile phone standard with download rates of up to 150Mbit/s

* No configuration required - simply insert the SIM card and put the LTE hotspot into operation

* Simultaneous dual band according to 802.11ac: up to 300 Mbit/s on 2.4 GHz and 433 Mbit/s on 5 GHz

* Freely configurable LAN/WAN port for the alternative connection via cable or fiber optic modem

 

 

TP-link Archer MR200 is ideal for use on the road or in rural areas without DSL availability. It supports the LTE/4G mobile communications standard with up to 150 Mbps in the download and 50 Mbps in the upload for uninterrupted video streaming and online gaming. Thanks to a built-in modem, you only need to use a valid 4G/LTE SIM card to set up your own WLAN hotspot for multiple users/devices.  

 

 

Dual-band Connection with 802.11ac  

 

Via WLAN, the Archer MR200 provides data rates of up to 733 Mbit/s according to 802.11ac. It works on both the 2.4 GHz and the 5 GHz band and thus ensures incredible WLAN performance. This simultaneous operation gives you the flexibility of two dedicated WLANs to which you can assign various purposes: email, chat, and surf at up to 300Mbps on 2.4GHz and simultaneous online gaming and HD video streaming at up to 433Mbps on 5 GHz.

 

 

Easy commissioning of a 4G/LTE connection  

 

The Archer MR200 has an integrated 4G/LTE modem and an SIM card slot. You just have to plug in an unlocked SIM card and you will have your 4G/LTE hotspot in operation. Setting up a fast and stable mobile connection has never been easier!    

 

WLAN where you need it  

 

The Archer MR200 allows you to quickly and easily set up a 4G/LTE hotspot for multiple devices. This gives you an Internet access wherever you need it - whether in the meeting room, on the building site or in the holiday home.

 

 

WAN port for more flexibility  

 

With its LAN/WAN port, the Archer MR200 offers another option for broadband connection via DSL, cable or fiber. This means that you are more flexible when choosing your Internet service provider, and can have the option of a backup solution. you can connect several PCs to ethernet directly, which is always better for performance.  

 

Below are the detail features and specifications for TP-link Archer MR200:

 

Hardware Features
InteIrface 3 10 / 100Mbps LAN ports
1 10 / 100Mbps LAN / WAN port
1 SIM card slot
Button WPS / Reset
WLAN
Power
Antenna 3 internal for WLAN
2 removable for LTE
External power supply 12V / 1A DC voltage
Dimensions (B * T * H) 202mm * 141mm * 33,6mm
Wireless Functions
WLAN standards 5GHz:  IEEE802.11ac/n/a
2.4GHz:  IEEE802.11b/g/n
Frequency 2.4GHz & 5GHz
Signal rate 300Mbps to 2.4GHz
433Mbps to 5GHz
Receiver sensitivity 5GHz:
11a 54M: -74dBm
11ac HT20: -67dBm
11ac HT40: -64dBm
11ac HT80: -60dBm
11n HT20: -71dBm
11n HT40: -70dBm
 
2.4GHz:
11g 54M: -76dBm
11n HT20: -73dBm
11n HT40: - 67dBm
Transmission power CE:
max. 20dBm to 2.4GHz
max. 23dBm to 5GHz
WLAN features WLAN on / off
WDS Bridge
WMM
WLAN statistics
WLAN security WEP with 64 / 128Bit
WPA / WPA2
WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK
Network Type (V2) 4G: FDD-LTE B1 / B3 / B7 / B8 / B20
4G: TD-LTE B38 / B40
3G: DC HSPA+ / HSPA+ / HSPA / UMTS B1 / B8 (2100 / 900MHz)
2G: EDGE / GPRS / GSM Quadband (850/900/1800 / 1900MHz)
Network type 4G: FDD-LTE Cat4 (800/900/1800/2100 / 2600MHz),
TDD-LTE (2300 / 2600MHz)
3G: DC-HSPA+ / HSPA+ / HSPA / UMTS (900 / 2100MHz)
2G (EDGE / GPRS / GSM 850/900/1800 / 1900MHz)
Software Features
Quality of Service Traffickertrolle (IP-QoS)
Modes 3G / 4G router
wireless router
WAN type Dynamic / Static IP address
PPPoE
PPTP (Dual access)
L2TP (Dual access)
Administration Access control
Local administration
Remote maintenance
DHCP Server
Client
DHCP client list Address
reservation
Port Forwarding Virtual server
port triggering
UPnP
DMZ
Dynamic DNS DynDNS
No-IP
VPN passthrough PPTP
L2TP
IPsec
Access control Parental Control
Local Management
Host List
schedule
policy management
Firewall Security DoS protection
SPI firewall
IP address filter / domain name filter
IP / MAC address binding
Logs IPv4
IPv6
Guest network 1 per WLAN band
IPsec VPN Up to 10 IPsec VPN tunnels
OTHERS
Certification CE
FCC
RoHS
Package contents AC750 dualband LTE wireless router MR200 Archer
2 Antennas
RJ45 Ethernet cable
power adapter
Quick Install Guide
Micro and Nano SIM Card Adapter
System requirements Microsoft Windows® 98SE, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 10
MacOS®
NetWare®
UNIX®
Linux
Microsoft Internet Explorer 11, Mozilla Firefox 12.0, Google Chrome 20.0, Apple Safari 4.0 or higher
Surroundings Operating temperature: 0 ° C..40 ° C
Storage temperature: -40 ° C..70 ° C
Operating humidity: 10% .. 90%, non-condensing
Storage humidity: 5% .. 90%, non-condensing

 

 

 

The TP-link MR200 has undeniable strengths, including the possibility of changing the two LTE antennas for more powerful. It is also possible to turn off the wifi with a button, which allows ecologists to avoid permanent exposure to the waves.  We would take full test of the performance of this TP-link Archer MR200 and present a report for potential users’ reference.