• Ports: 1x WAN, 4x LAN, 1x USB
  • MIMO: Yes
  • Network Standard: IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a
  • Bands: 2.4GHz (300Mbps)/5GHz (867Mbps)
  • Dimensions: 210 x 160 x66mm
  • Pros:
  • Value
  • Minimalistic
  • Dual band
  • Cons:
  • None

Simple But Useful

Totolink is back with another incredibly affordable router, delivering a minimalistic yet fully functional product that checks every basic need, and adds a bit more with extra features. But why get a new router? Because the stock routers that our ISP’s (Internet Service Provider) usually provide us often don’t live up to our expectations. We’ve even seen a 40Mbps router used for a 100Mbps data plan, so you could say that the ISP isn’t providing us the full data we’re paying for.

But back to the router, the Totolink A3000RU is the latest Totolink router to reach the CHIP test lab and is an AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit router. The router sports both the 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands, with the 5GHz band capable of outputting 867Mbps while the the 2.4GHz outputs 300Mbps for a total of 1167Mbps. We recommend using the 5GHz band for devices that will require there to be less signal attenuation, since most devices still use the 2.4GHz band.

The required Gigabit LAN and WAN ports along with a USB port for file sharing and supports DLNA

The required Gigabit LAN and WAN ports along with a USB port for file sharing and supports DLNA

To provide an even better Wi-Fi experience, the router supports MU-MIMO technology and uses the latest 802.11ac wave2 technology with Multi-User MIMO. The latter allows several users to connect at the same time and enjoy three times faster Wi-Fi than standard routers. You can also have multiple wireless networks to provide additional security, such as creating guest networks. A built-in 1GHz processor provides powerful data handling capacity to improve Wi-Fi transfer efficiency.

At the back, you’ll find four Gigabit LAN ports that deliver high speed internet and are suitable for those who subscribe to 200Mbps plans or above. For parents out there who wish to restrict internet access to certain times, there’s Parental Control to set up time schedules for different Wi-Fi networks. Setup is also incredibly easy as all you have to do is power up the router and connect it to a device, go into the router’s gateway and follow the instructions, and you’ll be done in minutes.

CHIP CONCLUDE: If you’re on a budget, then the Totolink A3000RU is a huge steal for those who would like to upgrade from their current stock router, or even to replace a faulty one.

(to be published in issue March 2019)