TP-Link Touch P5

A multi-ta­lented router that can be con­fig­ured with­out a com­puter

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The TP-Link Touch P5 router is that rarest of things – a net­work­ing de­vice that’s meant to be seen and not hid­den. That’s thanks to its ca­pac­i­tive touch­screen, on which you can per­form al­most all of the con­fig­u­ra­tion that’s re­quired.

In hard­ware terms, the Touch P5’s port se­lec­tion is pretty stan­dard. It has four Eth­er­net ports, a clearly la­belled in­ter­net Eth­er­net port for con­nect­ing to your ser­vice provider, one USB 2.0 port and one USB 3.0 port for con­nect­ing a hard drive, which can be shared over the net­work, or to share a prin­ter or an­other pe­riph­eral.

DLNA-en­abled de­vices will be able to stream me­dia, and the man­u­fac­turer even boasts ca­pac­ity for stream­ing 4K video on the faster 5GHz band sup­ported by the router. This trans­mits at up to 1300Mbps, with an ad­di­tional 600Mbps avail­able on the 2.4GHz band for less de­mand­ing tasks. We found sig­nal strength to be ex­cel­lent, thanks in part to the three large an­ten­nae that you con­nect to the rear of the router.

What you make of the Touch P5’s aes­thet­ics will be a mat­ter of per­sonal choice, but you can’t deny it has some grunt when it comes to file trans­fer speeds. Al­though a browser-based in­ter­face is avail­able, you can do most of your in­ter­ac­tion us­ing the touch­screen. In­side the router there is, re­mark­ably, a dual­core 1GHz pro­ces­sor, which makes every­thing fairly smooth. The soft­ware is easy to un­der­stand and has use­ful op­tions like guest net­work­ing, parental con­trols and the op­tion to work as a router, re­peater or ac­cess point. It’s a mat­ter of opin­ion how much a router needs a touch­screen, but this one works very well. Hollin Jones

A full-fea­tured router with lots of band­width and a well-de­signed touch­screen in­ter­face for com­puter-free con­fig­u­ra­tion.

The ca­pac­i­tive touch­screen lets you per­form most tasks with­out us­ing a com­puter.

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