These are three WiFi routers I took part in designing while working at David Lewis Designers.
TP-Link is a global company that makes WiFi networking equipment for home and business. From their experience people hide their routers and place them in the periphery of the home. This makes routers loose some of their capabilities and the internet becomes slower. TP-link wanted to create a new kind of router where people wanted to display it rather than hiding it. The challenge was to create a beautiful router that didn't sacrifice any of its performance.
I was part of the design team creating the routers during my internship at David Lewis Designers in the spring of 2017.
1. TP-Link AC2600
The AC2600 is designed for people who need a reliable and powerful router in their home. The form has been developed to communicate elegant performance. The placement of the antennas and the use of material have been chosen carefully to ensure an optimal function.
The ventilation is an important factor for the performance. The ribs create an airflow that allows the whole PCB to be cooled evenly.
The ribs transitions in a natural way from the ventilation becoming a detail that communicate the function of the antennas.
The LED-light is diffused by reflecting it off the ground to make it more pleasant for the eye.
The cable connection is hidden away underneath the router. The 45 degree angle allows for a lower stance and more harmonious proportions.
2. TP-Link AC5400
The AC5400 is designed for offices that require a powerful router over larger areas. The form reflects the performance which seemingly burst out from the core and directed via the antennas.
The router requires a lot of ventilation. The air flows through small openings between the ribs which conceals the transparency while allowing for the whole PCB to be cooled down evenly.
The eight antennas rotates for adjusting and fine tuning the signal. They are positioned with a distance that minimize interference from each other.
The interface is an integrated feature in the back of the router. The seamless transition emphasize the solidity of the body.
3. TP-Link AC1200
The AC1200 is designed for people who is in need of a smaller router that cover more basic requirements. The router is a light piece of technology with an energetic and proud stance.
The air flows from the base and is vented through the slits on the back. The ventilation transitions to the ribs which emphasizes the flow. The router is made visually thinner with the chamfered sides.
Four antennas are covered by a single surface to create a calm expression. The ribs are repeated on the front which creates a distinction between the antennas and the PCB.