|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
TP-Link AC1200 Wireless Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (Archer C5)
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- Supports 802.11ac, the next generation of Wi-Fi
- 1.2Gbps of total available bandwidth
- Simultaneous dual band networks, 2.4GHz (300Mbps) and 5GHz (867Mbps)
- Two external dual band antennas for faster, more reliable wireless performance at greater distances
- Dual USB ports to easily share printers, files, and media across your network
- Manage your network settings easily with the TP-LINK Tether app
- Full gigabit Ethernet ports (10/100/1000Mbps)
- TP-LINK Live 24/7 technical support for assistance with setup and configuration
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Smooth Gaming and HD Streaming
- Upgrade your network to 802.11ac, the latest, most powerful Wi-Fi technology.
- Experience smoother HD streaming and online gaming with high-performance AC1200 Wi-Fi, delivering up to 1200Mbps of Wi-Fi speed over dual 5GHz (867Mbps) and 2.4GHz (300Mbps) bands.
- Superior, far-reaching Wi-Fi coverage with two high-quality detachable dual band antennas.
Connect More Devices
- Give every device the bandwidth it needs, setting limits and controlling traffic with IP-Based QoS.
- Set limits on when and how devices can connect to internet and keep children safe with parental controls.
- Guest Network provides visitors with Wi-Fi access separate from your main network.
- Easily set-up your Wi-Fi devices with a secure connection using the WPS button.
- Advanced security encryption protects your data.
TP-LINK Tether App
Adjust settings from mobile devices with the TP-LINK Tether App (Android, iOS).
Connect and Share
Using four Gigabit Ethernet and two USB Ports.
Supports 802.11ac and is backwards compatible with 802.11 a/b/g/n.
2-year warranty, 24/7 unlimited technical support by phone and email.
|Archer C50||Archer C5||Archer C1200||Archer C7||Archer C9 - Amazon's Choice for Essential Wi-Fi Router||Archer C2300|
|Wireless Combined Speed||AC1200||AC1200||AC1200||AC1750||AC1900||AC2300|
|Wi-Fi Speed||Up to 1167Mbps||Up to 1167Mbps||Up to 1167Mbps||Up to 1750Mbps||Up to 1900Mbps||Up to 2225Mbps|
|CPU Processor||Single-Core||Single-Core||Single-Core||Single-Core||1GHz Dual-Core||1.8GHz Dual-Core|
|Ethernet Ports||4x Fast Ethernet||4x Gigabit||4x Gigabit||4x Gigabit||4x Gigabit||4x Gigabit|
|USB Ports||1x USB 2.0||2x USB 2.0||2x USB 2.0||2x USB 2.0||1x USB 3.0 + 1x USB 2.0||1x USB 3.0 + 1x USB 2.0|
|Antennas||2x External||2x External||3x External||3x External + 3x Internal||3x Dual Band External||3x Dual Band External|
|Online Gaming and HD Video Streaming||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Guest Network, Parental Controls, and IPv6 Support||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
TP-LINK's Archer C5 comes with the next generation Wi-Fi standard - 802.11ac, 3 times faster than wireless N speeds and delivering a combined wireless data transfer rate of up to 1.2Gbps. With 867Mbps wireless speeds over the crystal clear 5GHz band and 300Mbps over the 2.4GHz band, the Archer C5 is the superior choice for seamless HD streaming, online gaming and other bandwidth-intensive tasks.
Item is SLIGHTLY USED.Has a few minor surface scratches. Doesn't affect unit performance. No returns after seven days
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I tested this router for several weeks to establish that it was, indeed, the single point of failure for my spotty WiFi connections. I isolated and tested various router settings, my WiFi devices, my ISP, and any objects near the router that could possibly interfere with the signal. Nothing worked to increase the router's reliability. After a month, I had enough and finally swapped my old router back in, and it completely fixed my reliability issues.
And now, here I sit writing a negative review because I've tested this router too long to get a refund. Don't buy this. It'll only cause you grief and suffering.
One note about the setup, the easy setup guide suggests using the auto detect option to determine the type of connection to your ISP. Mine is Time-Warner. As other reviewers have noted this may come back recommending the static IP setting, which it did for me. But I selected dynamic (and no to MAC clone), which is the option most users will want, and it worked perfectly. So, auto detect may not give the simplest option.
I had previously tried a more expensive, highly rated Netgear router which was a disaster, and was returned. So far this TP-LINK is working perfectly. I realize there are many factors involved in router and wifi performance, but based on my experience this model is definitely worth trying.
Update: One more note. The channel selected for wifi can make a huge difference in speed. Using the "auto" option to let the router find the best channel may not be best. Also, for 2.4Ghz using 1, 6 or 11, as is often recommended, may not be best. It all depends on the interference in your location. If you have a smartphone get the 'Wifi Analyzer" app, which will show the channels in use in your area. Pick one that is least used. In my case channel 8 is 3x faster than the "auto" channel, or 1, 6, or 11. Just a little testing can help find the fastest channel. You're welcome. :)
The Archer C5 V2 has no recent firmware updates from TP-Link. The latest firmware is dated 2/1/2016.
That being said, i purchased two of these routers a couple of years ago because I thought they were supported by DD-WRT and because they support wireless bridging. One is setup in our home and connected to a fiber internet connection, the other is out in my shop about 200 feet away. Both are metal bulidings The wireless bridging worked well until I could get wire run to the shop. Wifi worked at all points between the two buildings and phones and computers could travel between the two without losing signal. Inside the buildings, we have good signal throughout.
About the only problems are a need to reboot both routers about once a month, and this has to be done manually, since the only available firmware does not allow for scheduled reboots.
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HOWEVER. After owning for 6 months this has caused me no end of troubles. The router would randomly loose PPPoE connectivity with my broadband supplier. I was adamant that it was the suppliers modem causing me a problem, I had call after call with my broadband supplier holding them at fault, engineer visits and all new kit installed in my home including a shiny new BT Openreach modem for this to connect to, it continued to fail, even used the router as a slave to pass through the plus net router and it would still fail. I eventually got to the point where it would just power off, all WiFi and LAN connectivity would fail and it would come back up with nothing in the logs and the current date reading "Day 1"? The router was kept in immaculate condition and was wall mounted the entire time on a surge protected power supply, sometimes these things just fail.
I've been a fan of TP-Link for a while and I hope it was just a bad router. But I've had not choice but to return it to Amazon UK and instead buy something a bit more reliable from a different supplier as I need reliability for my job.
The problem with modern wifi modems is unless you buy a really expensive unit, there is unlikely to be a) a heat sink/ heat extractor fan or b) very good venting. The problem with all these units is that they transmit vast amounts of data and the heat build up can wreck the electronics (it warps the connectors) permanently in about 12 months.
It will be almost written into the firmware that the device will stop working 1 day after the 12 month guarantee expires (that was tongue-in-cheek)....!!
Switched the Virgin hub to 'modem mode' and connected its LAN1 to the WAN port on this and it immediately worked and configured itself which saved me some time and frustration.
Wireless speed is good, getting 780Mbps from 2 metres away using a twin antenna AC card in my laptop. and android phones have a speed boost from 65mbps to 135mbps compared to the virgin hub.
mine has 3 external antennas not 2 like the picture.