It's pretty fun to see an integrated touchscreen on a router, but the usefulness of it is still a question. In our opinion the utility it provides when installing the router is more than enough to blow away any doubts. Thanks to the screen this is the most easy to install router we've ever tested up until now. This is because you only need the router for installation, no other devices such as computers, smartphones or tablets are required. After unboxing the router, you only have to connect it to your modem(router). Then you only have to test the connection to finish the installation process.
Down below you can find some steps of the setup process of the Touch P5 via the touchscreen:
The screen reacts well and accurately to input with our fingers. We barely made any typos with the virtual keyboard. The rest of the interface is also quite large-sized, so we didn't run into any problems here as well. The screen also processes swipe gestures well.
The interface has been designed in a familiar way, with a home screen and an overview of all installed 'apps'. Any problems regarding the connection are found on the home screen. The names and passwords of the two radios and a button to turn on/ff the guest network is also present here. If you swipe to the right, you'll find the a list of settings. You can find the list of available settings in the pictures down below.
It should be noted that on the touchscreen you not only have the option to set up the Touch P5 as a router, but also as an access point. We haven't found an option like this in the standard TP-Link firmware, even when looking inside the web interface.
Lastly it should be noted that there quite a few settings. Things like parental controls, qos and ddns are all configurable here. You can also turn on/off the printer server, where the device will also immediately tell you how to share an USB printer with the network using the router.
The TP-Link Touch P5 uses the same web interface we've before with the Archer C2600. The same story applies to the app. In general we're quite happy with the interface of the newest generation of TP-Link routers. Users who aren't as familiar with routers will definitely appreciate the very extensive help texts.