TP-Link Touch P5 (AC1900) Touch Screen Wi-Fi Gigabit Router Review

TP-Link Touch P5 (AC1900) Touch Screen Wi-Fi Gigabit Router

TP-Link Touch P5 (AC1900) Touch Screen Wi-Fi Gigabit Router

In recent times, most mainstream router manufacturers have been focusing on releasing routers based on the latest AC chipsets within a relatively short period of each other. The release of the TP-Link AC1900 Touch Screen Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (Touch P5) is a welcomed departure from time to market pressures and pushing theoretical speed boundaries with TP-Link instead choosing to focus on innovating the end user experience.

Whilst touch screen routers are not new, as seen by the Securifi product range, this a first from a major player in the consumer router market.

Rear ports on the Touch P5

Rear ports on the Touch P5

Specifications

The Touch P5’s specs closely resemble that of the Archer C9 of the same chipset:

 Touch P5Archer C2600Archer C9
External Ports4 x 10/100/1000Mbps LAN Ports,
1 x 10/100/1000Mbps WAN Port
1 x USB 3.0 Port + 1 x USB 2.0 Port
4 x 10/100/1000Mbps LAN Ports,
1 x 10/100/1000Mbps WAN Port
2 x USB 3.0 Ports
4 x 10/100/1000Mbps LAN Ports,
1 x 10/100/1000Mbps WAN Port
1 x USB 3.0 Port + 1 x USB 2.0 Port
ButtonsPower On/Off Button
Reset Button
Wireless On/Off Button
Power On/off Button
LED On/off Button
WPS Button
Reset Button
WPS/Reset Button
Wireless On/Off Button
Power On/off Button
Touch ScreenScreen Type: Capacitive
Screen Size: 4.3 inch
Screen Resolution: 128 ppi
n/an/a
Wireless StandardsIEEE 802.11ac/n/a 5GHz
IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz + 256QAM
IEEE 802.11ac/n/a for 5GHz
IEEE 802.11n/g/b for 2.4GHz
IEEE 802.11ac/n/a for 5GHz
IEEE 802.11n/g/b for 2.4GHz
Wireless SpeedsUp to 1300Mbps @ 5GHz
Up to 600Mbps @ 2.4GHz
Up to 1733Mbps @ 5GHz
Up to 800Mbps @ 2.4GHz
Up to 1300Mbps @ 5GHz
Up to 600Mbps @ 2.4GHz
Antenna3 dual band detachable antennas4 Detachable antennas3 dual band detachable antennas
Reception Sensitivity5GHz: 11a 6Mbps: -94dBm
11a 54Mbps: -75dBm
11ac HT20: -66dBm
11ac HT40: -62dBm
11ac HT80: -59dBm
2.4G: 11g 54Mbps: -76dBm
11n HT20: -73dBm
11n HT40: -71dBm
5GHz:
11a 6Mbps: -91dBm
11a 54Mbps: -73dBm
11ac HT20: -66dBm
11ac HT40: -67dBm
11ac HT80: -58dBm
2.4GHz
11g 54M: -76dBm
11n HT20: -73dBm
11n HT40: -71dBm
5GHz:
11a 6Mbps: -94dBm
11a 54Mbps: -76dBm
11ac HT20: -68dBm
11ac HT40: -64dBm
11ac HT80: -60dBm
2.4GHz
11g 54M: -77dBm
11n HT20: -73dBm
11n HT40: -71dBm
Wireless Security64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA-PSK2 encryptions64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA-PSK2 encryptions64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA-PSK2 encryption
Guest Network1 x 2.4GHz guest network
1 x 5GHz guest network
1 x 2.4GHz guest network
1 x 5GHz guest network
1 x 2.4GHz guest network
1 x 5GHz guest network
DHCPServer, Client, DHCP Client List,Address ReservationServer, Client, DHCP Client List,Address ReservationServer, Client, DHCP Client List,Address Reservation
QoSWMM, Bandwidth ControlWMM, Bandwidth ControlWMM, Bandwidth Control
Port ForwardingVirtual Server, Port Triggering, UPnP, DMZVirtual Server, Port Triggering, UPnP, DMZVirtual Server, Port Triggering, UPnP, DMZ
Dynamic DNSDynDns, NO-IPDynDns, NO-IPDynDns, NO-IP
VPN Pass-ThroughPPTP, L2TP, IPSecPPTP, L2TP, IPSecPPTP, L2TP, IPSec
USB SharingSupport Samba(Storage)/FTP Server/Media Server/Print ServerSupport Samba(Storage)/FTP Server/Media Server/Printer ServerSupport Samba(Storage)/FTP Server/Media Server/Printer Server
Dimensions284mm (L) x 157mm (W) x 52mm (H)263.8mm (L) X 197.8mm (W) X 37.3mm (H)221mm (L) x 86mm (W) x 168.5mm (H)

Touch Screen

The integrated low resolution screen on the Touch P5 brought back memories of early generation Android devices. That said, the 4.3” capacitive screen is capable of 128ppi which is more than enough for the intended task. Functional is more important than pixel density and TP-Link have this balance about right.

The inclusion of the touch screen enabled us to configure the router without the aid of a computer or tablet. The quick setup process was extremely easy to follow and I found the onscreen keyboard to be both familiar and quite responsive.

Prompted to Create Admin Password on First Boot

Prompted to Create Admin Password on First Boot

The Soft iPhone Style Keyboard on the Touch P5

The Soft iPhone Style Keyboard on the Touch P5

Configure Timezone

Configure Timezone

Quick Setup Successfully Completed via Touch Screen

Quick Setup Successfully Completed via Touch Screen

Touch P5 Home Screen

Touch P5 Home Screen

One annoyance experienced was that the screen does not rotate. This won’t be an issue for most but if you want to wall mount the Touch P5, it means that all of the ports are on top. When fully loaded, the cables can put sideways pressure on the router which can pop it off the mount hooks if they are not deep enough. Tidy cable management is also easier when the ports are facing down.

Ports at the bottom or a screen that auto rotated would have been better for wall mount

Ports at the bottom or a screen that auto rotated would have been better for wall mount

Performance

The standard tests were run to assess the performance of the router. Firstly, signal strength was measured from 4 different locations – same room, same floor opposite end of house, one floor above and outside. The Archer D9 (AC1900) was used as reference.

Signal Strength Test - From Same Room

Signal Strength Test – From Same Room

Signal Strength Test - From the Same Floor but Opposite End of the House

Signal Strength Test – From the Same Floor but Opposite End of the House

Signal Strength Test - From a Floor Above

Signal Strength Test – From a Floor Above

Signal Strength Test - From Outside

Signal Strength Test – From Outside

The second test performed was an ISO file copy using a Microsoft Surface Pro 2. The lower speed is due to the limitations of the wireless chip in the Surface Pro 2.

Windows 10 File Copy - Large ISO files

Windows 10 File Copy – Large ISO files

Wanting to test the 802.11ac performance, the next ISO test was done using an Intel NUC with an Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 PCIe half mini card. The NUC was separated from the router by 2 walls and a staircase to provide a more realistic use case.

Copying Windows 8/10 ISO images to the NUC

Copying Windows 8/10 ISO images to the NUC

The final test performed was using the NUC again to copy files mixed with 3 mobile devices (iPhone and 2 iPads) streaming HD video from YouTube and a desktop connected via LAN also streaming HD video.

Multi device test

Multi device test

As expected, the speed on the NUC dropped slightly to accommodate the other mobile devices sharing the same 5Ghz bandwidth. Note that the CPU load on the Touch P5 still remained quite low.

Conclusion

With the way technology has been moving, I’m surprised it’s actually taken this long for an integrated display enabled router to become more mainstream. This was extremely easy to install and configure without the need for a computer, tablet or any external device. Once configured you can continue to use the touch screen interface to manage most aspects of your wireless environment.

The inclusion of mount holes made a welcomed return and allows for greater flexibility around where to locate the device. However, the inability for the screen to rotate depending on how the unit is mounted may act as a deterrent for some.

The Touch P5 performed on par with its other AC1900 classed siblings and the supplied software (via web interface) continues to be feature packed and provides additional advanced features beyond the simple touch screen interface.

Overall, our experience with the Touch P5 was positive and definitely worthy of consideration if you are in the market for a new wireless router.

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