Dual-Band WiFi Router Final Thoughts
If you are looking for the ultimate router with an astonishingly appealing design, the Tenda AC15 is not right for you. Not only does it seem out of place in the year 2015 in terms of appeal, with the industry leaning towards more “futuristic” looks, but it even fails to do things like being placed horizontally on a surface while keeping the antennas facing upwards. However, let’s face it, if you are like most of the world, you will probably end up hiding your networking equipment behind furniture or inside a cabinet somewhere in your house. If that is the case, then the Tenda AC15 makes a really strong case for being the best performing router per dollar Benchmark Reviews has taken a look at.
Tenda AC15 Wireless Router Conclusion
If all you care about is performance, then the Tenda AC15 is the right router for you. Who cares about mounting the router on a wall and flashy features like MU-MIMO compatibility right? The Tenda AC15 gives you the performance of devices that are almost twice it’s price and still maintains a very robust web interface with what is a very easy setup. At 15 meters with some obstacles between the client and the router we had speeds of more than 250 Mbps, which is an excellent result when compared to other AC1900 routers.
Now all that performance at such a low cost means that Tenda needed to cut some corners. Alright, it doesn’t look that bad, but if they had simply left the front with a simple, plain, matte black design with a Tenda logo and the indicator LEDs I think the AC15 would have turned to be more likeable. Instead, the soft plastic is a dust magnet and looks a bit out of date.
When opening the Tenda AC15 we noticed that inside it looks just like most AC1900 models out there with the blue Broadcom PCB and a single large heatsink in charge of maintaining the router cool. Tenda handles this heat with plenty of small openings on the back of the router to allow that hot air to get out from the enclosing. Next time, Tenda should have included removable antennas, as the ones included can not be removed or turned so that they face upwards if you were to place the router horizontally.
As router, the Tenda AC15 has 3 Gigabit LAN and one Gigabit WAN (for internet) ports on it’s back. This is normal number of ports for a home router. The AC15 is average in size, so it is quite surprising that Tenda still managed to include a USB 3.0 port to host a permanent storage device at the back, which means that handling a NAS connected directly to the router will not be as messy.
I was a bit skeptic at first, as for me, Tenda was relatively unknown prior to writing this review. But after writing this review I think that for $89.99 (Newegg l Amazon) you are getting quite a lot. Specially considering that other AC1900 routers retail for almost twice that cost.
+ Extremely inexpensive AC1900 router.
+ Great performance in both the 5 Ghz and 2.4 Ghz radios.
+ Included stand.
– A more detailed manual should be included.
– Antennas are not removable and can not be rotated completely.
– No wall mounting accessories.