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TP-LINK Archer C2 AC750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, USB Port, IPv6, Guest Network

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsEggcellent price for an AC router!

Pros: Finally, it's about time that AC routers became affordable- this is one of the best priced routers for wireless AC on the market right now. Yes, it is not as fast as the top of the line routers but for a fourth of the price, I really don't mind. Keep in mind that most people will never even use the full bandwidth capability of their router, and this is more than enough to stream videos and media, play games, and occasionally transfer files. Also very pleased that it also has gigabit LAN built in so your wired network stays just as fast as the wireless side (believe it or not some routers leave this out and then the faster wireless speed is ABSOLUTELY USELESS because the bottleneck is in the wired ethernet portion of the network).

Also for a budget router it is very well featured, including a USB port and a guest network. Neither of these I use intensively but it's very nice that they're there if you need them.

Setup is painless- call me old fashioned but I never run the junk on the included CD for networking equipment, I simply type in the router default IP and set it up from there. Love that it's easy to do that and it doesn't make you load some weird software you'll use only once onto your computer (like some other major names... Linksys cough cough).

Cons: No major complaints. So far my router has been running flawlessly without any downtime. My recommendation for those experiencing signal drops or disconnections is to make sure the router is cool- in my experience, these boxes are not meant to be stacked on top of each other and 90% of the problems I have experienced with router freezing can be fixed with adequate airflow.

No DD-WRT support yet, although hopefully that changes soon- those guys are very fast at developing firmware.

Finally, a very minor complaint- I personally am not a fan of gloss black boxes and prefer matte- shortly after opening there's already hairline scratches and fingerprints all over an otherwise pretty router. Oh well, not a big deal.

Other Thoughts: Again did I mention the price is only 50 bucks?

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5 out of 5 eggsStupendous Router

Pros: Detachable Antenna
Power Button
WiFi Button
USB Port
Fast AC Wireless

Cons: No wall mount slots
Wifi On/Off and WPS/Reset button locations

Other Thoughts: The Archer C2 AC750 router is another solid and affordable router from TP-LINK. The only shortcomings I found where with the psychical design. It includes detachable antennas, a USB port, a power button, and a WiFi on/off button. However, these switches become less accessible as they are located on the back of the router and the WiFi on/off button is located right next to the WPS/Reset button. During testing, this resulted in turning off WiFi a few times when trying to use the WPS button. Additionally, unlike other TP-LINK routers I have used, it does not have slots to mount to the wall. The setup of this router was very easy, by simply navigating to the router IP then following the wizard to configure the most common wireless settings.

Before testing this router, I was using the TP-LINK Archer C7 AC175. The C2 router achieved about half the speed of the C7 when using an AC wireless connection, but still a respectable 47MB/s average when copying several m4v files. Unlike the C7, the C2 has weak signal strength on the far side of my house or in the driveway. But for half the price, it is still a great router for smaller homes.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat low priced router

Pros: I am not sure if this is because there was abnormally low interference when I tested it, but this router had some of the most steady WiFi strength of any router that I tested. The interface is the same as just about every other TP-Link router but I like it overall.

-cheap
-stable speeds
-cool design on top
-TP-Link is a great affordable brand

Cons: I surprisingly don't have any huge complaints about this router. It is actually really good for being such a cheap router. My only concern is many times cheaper routers become more inconsistent quicker than a more expensive one. Remember though, that has not happened to me on this router yet. Also, it only has 2 antennas and therefore will have a slightly harder time if you have a lot of devices connecting to it at the same time.

Other Thoughts: I actually highly recommend this router for anyone on a budget who wants a good reliable router. It may not have all of the features an expensive router has but it is a great standard router.

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5 out of 5 eggsTP-Link Dual Band Router

Pros: Good range on the 2.4Ghz band.
Lots of goodies for a decent price (USB port, dual bands, guest network, etc.).
Easy setup.

Cons: None that I was able to find.

Other Thoughts: For testing purposes I benchmarked the TP-LInk router against one I've been using for guests (a late model dual band wireless router slaved to the primary router as a wireless bridge). I used the same setup for an apples-to-apples comparison: I hard-wired the router to my Surface Pro 3 tablet and disabled DHCP in setup menu so that this router wouldn't create conflicts with the primary router/modem in my house (a Comcast device), hooked it into my LAN using a powerline adapter, and ran some comparisons using the Xfinity Speed Test on Comcast's site.
Both the old unit and the TP-Link showed consistent results no matter where I was in the house (download speeds ranged from 10 to 14 Mbps). Not as fast as the primary router/modem because there's some signal loss caused by the powerline adapter but certainly enough to do the job. You will likely see better results if you use this as your primary router.
To test the quality of the wireless signal I streamed a movie I own in the Microsoft Movies & TV app, the latest Hunger Games movie (high definition), still using the Surface Pro 3. The movie streamed flawlessly and the signal didn't drop. Also, after using the TP-Link router for several days I've yet to experience a need to reboot the device, so I suspect a firmware update has solved the problem many reviewers were experiencing.
Included with the hardware is an installation disc and Quick Setup guide which will make setup even easier than my process (since I imagine most folks will be using this as their primary router rather than a wireless bridge like I have).
I really couldn't find anything to complain about with the TP-Link router, and Newegg has it listed at a very affordable price, so I'm giving it 5 eggs.

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4 out of 5 eggsC2 AC750

Pros: +
Novice friendly easy setup with built in wizard.
Advanced features for more experienced users.
ac/a/n/g/b Wi-Fi modes.
Gigabit LAN.
Dual Wi-Fi broadcast frequencies of 5.0GHz and 2.4GHz.
Decent Range.
Good link speed.
USB Expansion slot provides ability to utilize an external drive as a NAS, or act as a wireless printer hub.
Built in power switch.
Configurable Guest Network
Dual bi-directional antennae.
TP-Link Tether App available, provides basic configuration and control options for iOS and Android devices. (compatible once router Firmware has been updated to latest version)

Cons: -
4 Glitches in 30 days, requiring power cycle reset.
One of these glitches happened as I was trying to access the router, causing it to refuse the log-in credentials 10x in a row, to which I discovered another Con:
If you fail to enter the correct credentials 10x in a row the router will refuse all log-in attempts for 7500 seconds, or a little over 2 hours. This should not be such a long duration by default (I ended up having to hard reset the router to regain access, and yes I was entering the correct user and password. In my instance the router kept responding the device was being accessed by another user, even though it wasn't.)

NAS access using an attached USB storage device is clunky and not very user friendly. No portal or web page based access. In Windows environment you must access the drive by entering \\192.168.0.1 in the Windows Run interface; web browser is not supported.

Firmware updating requires manual download, decompression and install. No automatic updating or direct to router download. This feature seems out of place with the ease of setup and access features, and likely would prove difficult for novice users, and is required if you want to use the TP-Link Tether App.

Other Thoughts: ~
Overall this router has provided decent service during my testing, and has easily handled a fair amount of connected devices simultaneously. The test environment supported a PC, 2 laptops, roku, android tablet and an iPhone. The QOS has been seamless and connections did not seem bottle-necked by other devices demanding internet access, even while streaming HD content on the roku.

This router was very easy to setup and get running with the built in wizard and has a plethora of features available in the advanced menus.
Some of the more advanced features includes:
Assigning a separate guest network, with separate password, you can even configure an automated schedule for the guest network to operate at defined times during the day, even days of the week.
Ability to connect a USB Thumb or External Hard Drive as a Network Attached Storage (must be enabled in the advanced options). Although TP-Link needs some polish with accessing a USB drive with this router, I am a fan of having the option to have a NAS function available.

The menus have some of the standard features you would expect: Firewall, Bandwidth control, Access control, Parental controls, NAT, Port Forwarding. And some features that you may not expect: Advanced Security featuring: DOS protection, locking down Router control by MAC address, and remote management.
Additionally you can manage the router with the TP-Link Tether App, which allows basic control of the router including parental control, blocking specific devices on the network, and rebooting the router.
This is a nice layer of convenience should you desire to control your router from your smart phone.

This router did glitch 4 times in the course of 30 days, and required a power cycle reset (pulling the power cord out for 30 seconds). This was disappointing, as I have not had this experience with other TP-Link routers in the past, and may or may not have been a result of the Firmware that was shipped with this router.

I might recommend this router to people looking for an entry level AC band router, if my experience with the glitches proves to be a unique, or at least narrowed down to the Firmware that was shipped with this unit. I would likely recommend a higher link speed AC router for those looking for frame intensive FPS online gaming.

For general use, streaming and moderate gaming, this router should suit most needs.

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4 out of 5 eggsNeweggspert review of TP-Link Archer c2 AC750

Pros: Pro’s
+ CHEAP GB and dual band router
+ Simple to use and setup
+ Great Range!!
+ Runs cooler
+ Button to disable wireless!
+ Good bandwidth
+ Tight port security
+ Parental controls blockout style!

Cons: Cons
- Size is a little large
- Poor Built in “help” does not really explain how options or settings work.
- Did not support WDS with the original firmware.
- Firmware update is not an automatic download therefore not idiot proof.

Other Thoughts: I received this router from Newegg to review. My overall feeling is good at this price point. I would put it in the same realm as a Netgear equivalent. It is no ASUS router though. I did not update the firmware. I primarily used this router as an AP point for my entertainment center up stairs. Note; If you actually pay attention to directions, and set up BOTH sides of your routers, the AP will work flawlessly. I was impressed with the detect settings to help with this. I connected equipment wired and wirelessly and had No issues once I had isolated an issue with my main router. I was able to stream HD broadcasts to my television with no slowdowns or loss of quality. I didn’t get a chance to test any gaming, because I have been sick with a sinus infection and have been lethargic the past two weeks. Onto the GUI, it is adequate, and functional. The features of the firmware are pretty robust. However it is not overly helpful. It reminds me of a bios help menu. In most instances it does not really “help” you, it just says to turn on this function put the option to on. There are very few explanations that can help inexperienced users understand how to properly setup this router and that is its biggest downfall. I can compare this directly to my outstanding ASUS N66U dual band router directly, which blows this unit out of the water when it comes to a useful GUI. For example, My Asus router, tells me when a setting may conflict with another setting in another tab. It gives me a link to click on and follow. Then it even highlights the setting that needs changed. When the option is changed in the Asus, the warning links disappear. That is how a GUI should work in a router. That is really my biggest gripe with hardware manufactures today. Build better GUI’s it isn’t hard, you just need to hire better programmers that care about how the end product is used by the CONSUMER. This inspires brand LOYALTY! I took this router to work, to test the wireless range of the 2.4 Ghz band. Remember, the higher the frequency, the smaller the range radius. The building is a very well grounded, and is made from concrete and steel. It was able to penetrate the 3 foot thick concrete and give me a usable connection radius of about 80ft. Which is actually very impressive. At my home, I had no problems connecting anywhere in my 2000 sq ft house, It even made into my garage. Awesome job! I did not experience drops! This is because I pay attention to the wireless channels being used, around me and use channels that do not have overlap with other electronics. Signal interference is the primary cause for dropped connections. Honestly, I think the poor reviews of this router are un-warranted. I cannot speak to this routers longevity, but seems to be built decent Honestly, I would buy this router, or a step up model now that I have used it. At this price point you would be hard pressed to find a more robust option.

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1 out of 5 eggsDisappointing Wireless Performance

Pros: Stylish, affordable, on paper it's everything a home router should be, and everything the average home should need.

If you never use the wireless portion of this wireless router, you'd probably think it's really good.

Cons: Despite appearing to have a solid wireless connection, it can't seem to maintain a stream for any extended period of time. Also appears to drop connections randomly. Even after a driver update, this problem persists.

There doesn't appear to be any settings that would allow me to turn this into a repeater, and there doesn't appear to be an option to load OpenWRT.

Functionally, this amounts to little more than a glorified switch.

Other Thoughts: This is frustrating. I've reviewed multiple wireless TP-Link products and been very happy with all of them, and the router (of all things) ends up being the weak product in the series. It doesn't appear to just be this model, either. Even the C7 seems to suffer from the same issues.

I could be wrong, but I don't believe this is actually a hardware issue. I believe this is a driver issue, and is possibly solvable. Unfortunately, until that happens, I can't recommend this to anyone.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer,

Thank you for checking out our AC Router.

You are correct as this device does not yet support OpenWRT or DDWRT.

We do have the latest firmware on our site that may help you with some of the problems that you are seeing.

You may download the firmware from our site at: http://tplink.com/en/download/Archer-C2_V1.html#Firmware

If you are still having issues then please feel free to contact our Technical support team for any assistance.


Best Regards!

TP-LINK Support Team
support.usa@tp-link.com
(866) 225-8139
http://www.tp-link.com/us/support

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4 out of 5 eggsPerfect for average needs

Pros: Lightweight, simple to set up, gigabit ethernet ports (some routers don't even have this), clean UI

Cons: 5GHz band acted weird (see below), range is about average for this price range, less than stellar throughput, not recommended if your internet speeds are above 50Mbps.

Other Thoughts: The Archer C2 AC750 is more of a budget oriented router, carrying a wireless chip that supports 2x2:2 MIMO on the 2.4GHz band and 1x1:1 "MIMO" on the 5GHz band. It supports up to 433Mbps on 5GHz and 300Mbps on 2.4GHz.

With the ethernet cable directly plugged in, I was able to achieve my ISP's maximum stated speed of 120Mbps. Wireless performance however, was disappointing. Being 4-5ft away from the router, I was only able to achieve 80Mbps on the 5GHz band and 70 on the 2.4G band. The furthest point away from the router, which is about 100ft, the router was able to achieve 67Mbps in the 5G band and 14Mbps on the 2.4G band.

The results are a little disappointing, given that the max speeds are well above my ISP's stated speeds. While the routers aren't expected to top out at the rated speeds, the fact that I received speeds under my maximum internet speeds was disappointing. The range is quite average for a router in this price point.

I also had a slight problem with this router, for awhile I absolutely could not connect to the 5GHz band. It would connect, and proceed to disconnect me. When I looked at available SSIDs the 5GHz was simply not there. It wasn't until I renamed it that it showed up again and I was able to connect to it. I am not sure if a defective device is to blame for the subpar speeds or the weird 5GHz issue.

My regular router's price point is well above this router and comparing the two is unfair. However, I will list those speeds because it may form a bias against this router. I am able to easily hit over 100Mbps even at the furthest point away from the router on the 5Ghz band and 80Mbps on the 2.4GHz band. I will admit, it is such a wide performance discrepancy that may add to my disappointment.

For all intents and purposes, this seems like a fine router for light home use. If your internet speeds are higher than 50Mbps or you have multiple users in your household, I suggest you look for a different router.

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4 out of 5 eggsDecent entry ac router

Pros: - Arrived quickly and well packaged from Newegg.
- Dedicated hardware switches: power on/off, Wi-Fi on/off and WPS/Reset .
- Dual 2.4/5 GHz band. Utilizes IEEE 801.11 ac with theoretical max speed of 733 Mbps.
- Setup was quick and easy. The router comes with a setup poster that is easy to follow.
- Router is easy to configure via web based interface or through CD setup wizard. The web based interface has a column on the right side that spells out and explains (in plain English) each technical term/abbreviation used in router’s setup. This is a nice touch for novices.
- Ability to set up guest network, with lots of granular controls.
- “TP-Link Tether” application is available for iOS/Android smartphones. This application, once installed on a smartphone allows the user to see what device is currently using the router for internet access by listing the device name, MAC and IP address. You can also sort all your wireless devices as belonging to “parents” and “children”. You can block “children” from browsing during certain times of the day or allow them only on certain websites. There is ability to block wireless clients straight from the iPhone. The settings section allows turning the wireless radio and guest network on/off. You can even see your stored Wi Fi passwords. To use “TP-Link Tether” application, you must be directly and wirelessly connected to your TP-Link router.
- I have conducted a few wireless speed tests using my laptop with ac wireless card with channel and channel width set up to “auto”:
• On 5 GHz band I recorded following speeds: at 10 feet 17 Mbps up/215 Mbps down, at 30 feet 16 Mbps up/168 down and 40 feet 15 Mbps up/104 Mbps down.
• On 2.4 GHz band I recoded following speeds: at 10 feet 11 Mbps up/71 Mbps down, at 30 feet 9 Mbps up/61 down and 40 feet 7 Mbps up/31 Mbps down.
- The router has decent signal strength throughout my two story house. I experienced no dropped signals or random disconnects.

Cons: - The unit is fairly big. It is about 9x5.5 inches.
- No ability to mount it on the wall or stand it on the side.
- WPS protected setup is enabled by default. While WPS protected setup makes things easier to
setup, it also increases security risks if you live in an apartment or a dorm.
- Harder to get it to work in AP mode. There are no settings for dedicated “Access Point” (AP) mode and documentation is scarce. While setting this router to AP mode is possible, it has to be done by manually changing a few settings.
- On 2.4 GHz band you only have a choice to set up “b/g” or “b/g/n” mixed modes. There should be an additional option to set up “n” only network.
- On 5 GHz band GHz band you only have a choice to set up “a/n/ac” or “a/n” mixed modes. There should be an additional option to set up “ac” only network.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this router if you are looking for a basic but fairly fast ac rounder for your home. This device will not disappoint you.

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5 out of 5 eggsExcellent, Loaded with Features!!

Pros: Tons of options built into the user interface which will allow you to fully customize this router to your specific needs, pretty much anyone from novice to advanced skills will find something useful with this router.

If you prefer to take the easy way of doing things, simply log in to the UI with your browser and use the Quick Setup which will auto detect your connection and pretty much walk you through a few basic steps and your all set. Also supports WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) which worked flawlessly.

This router also has a power button so you can shut it off whenever you like, and another button that will turn the Wi-Fi on and off as you need it. Both of these buttons can be found on the backside of the router.
I prefer to lock down my network by specific device mac address’s, and had no problems adding 32 different devices, along with custom IP address reservations within my home network. Another nice feature under the settings for both Wi-Fi bands will add extra security for Wi-Fi devices if you enable Wireless MAC Filtering and add your specific Wi-Fi devices!

I ran Shields UP port security tests and this router passed all their tests! Both common ports and service ports showed they were all in full stealth mode, and could not be seen online when scanned.

Also tested the UPnP for internet exposure and this router did not respond to UPnP probes which shows the security offered by this router is very good out of the box!

With built in Parental Controls and Access Controls, all you need to do is add a device by either mac address or IP address within your home network, and then you can completely block all internet access, or specific sites on those devices. You can also set up a schedule for these devices so that you can control when your kids/guests can connect with their gaming systems or tablets, phones, etc. on a daily basis! After 9pm no gaming until the following day at whatever time I choose. This can be set by day/week, so I can limit how much time my kids spend online when they are home.

Cons: Non that I could find, everything worked as it should!

Other Thoughts: I only talked about a few of the features on this router, but there are many more. Setup was a breeze, and I updated the firmware with no issues.

If you have already set up your router be sure to make a config backup under the tools section because if you have to update the firmware it will reset the router to its default settings!

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