TP-link Archer C3150 Vs Nighthawk X4s

TP-link offers various models of wireless AC router ranging from AC750 up to AC5300, and the latest one is the next generation of wireless AD technology – the Talon AD7200 multi band router. In the middle tier, TP-link offers Archer AC3150.

What this product does

The design of the body is similar and almost the same as the TP-link AC2600 – Archer C2600. There must be something similar between Archer C3150 and Archer C2600 besides the body style. Yes, both models are designed to support MU-MIMO, Beamforming and 4-stream wifi technology, features that mostly applied to high performance wireless AC routers such as Nighthawk X4S AC2600 router by Netgear and still more routers from different vendors.

Archer C3150 is designed based on 4-stream and NitroQAM technology delivering total bandwidth of up to 3150Mbps. With this technology, the wifi is boosted up to 2167Mbps in 5GHz band and in 2.4GHz band the wifi is boosted up to 1000Mbps. Moreover, the Smart connect and beamforming technology allow the router to assign clients the best available band automatically and connects solidly to the network while roaming within homes.

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TP-link Archer C3150

Main features

  • Two band technology router with total bandwidth up to 3150Mbps
  • Ideal for 4K video streaming smoothly and play online gaming simultaneously
  • Designed with 4-stream and NitroQAM technology to boost the wifi signal in both bands
  • Smart Connect technology to automatically assign client to the best available band
  • Beamforming technology to lock the clients with strong signal while roaming within network
  • Gigabit Ethernet ports and two USB ports
  • MU-MIMO technology ready

Currently there are few models of wireless router are applied with similar technologies including Asus RT-AC88U wireless AC3100 router and D-link DIR-885 wireless AC3150 router.  this product is tagged with medium price of around $220 in some online stores including Amazon.

The price of TP-link Archer C3150 is slightly lower than the competing router that has been around in the market for a while – the Nighthawk X4S which is tagged with the price around $240, this product is getting good rating in Amazon. Now which one is worth to purchase based on the technical specs offered by the manufacturers.

TP-link Archer C3150 Vs Nighthawk X4S

Most people compare two products before purchase the best product that meets their need, and the easiest way to compare the products is by knowing technical spec comparison table. The following table 1 is comparison between TP-link Archer C3150 with Netgear AC2600 Nighthawk X4S.


Each of the product is designed with different wifi technology. TP-link Archer C3150 is designed based on wireless AC3150 dual band technology with total bandwidth up to 3150Mbps. NitroQAM technology boosts the wifi speeds up to 2165Mbps in 5GHz band and in 2.4GHz band wifi speed is boosted up to 1000Mbps. The three band version router uses the same NitroQAM technology such as D-link 895 and Asus AC5300; Netgear Nighthawk X8 and still coming more.

Connect your clients using high speed wifi AC adapters such as D-link DWA-192 which is designed with AC1900 technology and is support Beamforming (Smart-beam) technology for solid wifi connection to the router. for desktop, you may connect wireless AC PCI-e wifi adapters Asus or TP-link both are based on wireless AC1900 technology.

Netgear AC2600 is not featuring NitroQAM, with quad-speed technology the speeds is boosted up to 1733Mbps in 5GHz band and up to 800Mbps in 2.4GHz band.

Beamforming & MU-MIMO

Both routers are naturally designed with the same Quad-Stream technology with each of stream using high performance antennas and are MU-MIMO ready for sending beam of data to the clients simultaneously. Standard non MU-MIMO router sends data one device to another device, but in MU-MIMO routers sends data in one go to multiple wifi clients. Thus faster speeds to each of the clients when they run high intensive bandwidth applications simultaneously such as video streaming and online gaming.

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Archer C3150 Interfaces

The constraint is are you having clients with Beamforming and MU-MIMO ready? D-link DWA-192 is ready with Beamforming technology, but not ready with MU-MIMO.

Smart Connect

Smart connect technology connects the clients to the best available band automatically. The slower devices won’t compete with the speedy devices. Archer C3150 supports this feature but Nighthawk X4s doesn’t.

Have a look at the following spec comparison table to help you decide which one is suitable to your need.

Table 1 TP-link Archer C3150 Vs Netgear AC2600

 TP-link Archer C3100Nighthawk X4s AC2600
Wifi technologyWireless AC3150Wireless AC2600
SpeedsUp to 2165Mbps in 5GHz and up to 1000Mbps in 2.4GHz bandUp to 1733Mbps in 5GHz and up to 800Mbps in 2.4GHz band
Quad-Stream technologyYesYes
Smart Connect technologyYesNo
Ethernet Ports4x Gigabit LAN Ports

1x Gigabit WAN port

4x Gigabit LAN Ports

1x Gigabit WAN port

USB Ports1x USB 3.0 Port +  1x USB 2.0 Port2x USB 3.0 and eSATA port
IPSec VPNUp to 10 IPSec VPN tunnelsVPN support
Processor1.4GHz dual core processor plus 2 co-processor1.7GHz dual core processor
Price (Jan 2020)$99.99$177.90


TP-link Archer C3150 comes with higher speeds with richer wifi features compared with Netgear AC2600 Nighthawk X4s, moreover TP-link is tagged with slightly lower price. Both routers are receiving positive reviews in Amazon with above 4 stars averagely.

Click the links here for more detail information, spec and features and purchase in Amazon.

Cheers, Ki G

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