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TP Link Archer MR400 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band 4G LTE Router

TP-Link Archer MR400 router is a 4G LTE modem router in which lets you to insert a SIM card and share the 4G Internet connections over WiFi. We reviewed the Archer MR200 quite time ago and found that it really is a decent affordable 4G modem router.

TP Link Archer MR400 AC1200 Wireless Router Feature:

Cutting-edge 4G network— share internet access with up to 64 Wi-Fi devices and delight in download speeds of up to 150 Mbps
AC1200 Wi-Fi— creates simultaneous dual band Wi-Fi networks, with max speeds of up to 300 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band and 867 Mbps on the 5 GHz band
Plug a SIM card and play— no configurations needed, compatibility for SIM cards in 100+ countries are assured by years of field tests
Two detachable advanced LTE antennas— take pleasure in stable and efficient connections to every device thanks to the two external antennas
Wi-Fi router mode— plug an Ethernet cable into the LAN/WAN port for flexible access if you can’t get a 4G connection

TP Link Archer MR400 Router

TP Link Archer MR400 AC1200 Wireless Router Spec:

Interface 3× 10/100Mbps LAN Ports, 1× 10/100Mbps LAN/WAN Port,
1× Micro SIM Card Slot
Antenna 2× Detachable External 4G LTE Antennas
Wireless Standards IEEE 802.11a/n/ac 5 GHz, IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4 GHz
Frequency 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
Signal Rate 300Mbps at 2.4GHz, 867Mbps at 5GHz
Transmit Power < 20 dBm (2.4 GHz), < 23 dBm (5 GHz)
Wireless Security 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encryptions
Operating Modes 3G/4G Router, Wireless Router
Guest Network 2.4GHz guest network x 1, 5GHz guest network x 1
Package Contents AC1200 Wireless Dual Band 4G LTE Router, Archer MR200
RJ45 Ethernet Cable
Power Adapter
Quick Installation Guide

 

TP Link Archer MR400 AC1200 Wireless 4G LTE Router

TP Link Archer MR400 AC1200 Wireless Router Reviews:

The TP Link Archer MR400 Router is an updated version of the Archer MR200 Router. The are some improvements on the Archer MR400 mainly on the WiFi capability. The wireless capabilities have been strengthened to AC1200 from AC750. Everything else is still the same. Such as the Archer MR200, it only support LTE CAT 4 150Mbps and it only have 100Mbps Ethernet LAN port.

If you ever used other TP-Link routers, you will be very acquainted with the interface on the TP Link Archer MR400. It supplies quite a comprehensive set of features you would need on a 4G modem The single most important is the Archer MR400 may be used on all telcos in Malaysia. I also like the fact that it can support SMS and sending USSD code. It will be handy for receiving TAC and checking data usage on some Telco.

The TP Link Archer MR400 also features a data usage counter and limitation feature. Sadly, it does not support band selection, something I hope it will be available in the future. But, it does support custom DNS not like Huawei 4G modem router.

TP-Link Archer MR400 also features a simple QoS and parental control feature. I do not suggest using QoS on 4G connection. As for the parental control, it is a simple time limitation and content keyword web filter. Nothing fancy like TP-Link Homecare parental control. TP-Link also included a VPN server but most if not all mobile ISP provide private IP so you can’t really run a VPN server on 4G LTE mode.

TP Link Archer MR400 AC1200 Wireless 4G LTE Router

The 4G LTE specs on the Archer MR400 only support LTE CAT4 150Mbit/s thinking about some devices supporting up to CAT11 now. Yet for some cases, using a CAT4 LTE modem is adequate considering that the area may not support faster speeds or maybe the ISP plan does not support fast speed. The Archer MR400 is a good choice if your carrier does limit the speed or you do not stay in city areas with a faster 4G+ or LTE-A network.

I tested the speed of the Archer MR400 with Celcom. The signal coverage at my location is not well and I am staying in an apartment. I am just getting more than 10Mbps on the Archer MR400 and yet sufficient to say that my iPhone X gets the same result as the Archer MR400 here. So, at least the Archer MR400 is performing the same as a CAT12 device at a location with no LTE-A.

Final:
TP-Link Archer MR400 is a decent 4G wireless router. It is a device to share a 4G LTE internet connection over WiFi. The Archer MR400 with updated WiFi ability is definitely a welcomed upgrade.

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