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[Amazon Canada] TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 Dual Band $89.99 + FS

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I'm a router newb. what is the significance of V1 and V2? I did get the V2 and is it worthwhile to change it to the tomato thing? Will it mess up the warranty and if I don't like it can i change it back to the original software?
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How do you pm the Walmart link, there's no price anywhere showing 70
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stryder1587 wrote:
Aug 11th, 2017 7:22 pm
How do you pm the Walmart link, there's no price anywhere showing 70
Doesn't seem to be working now. Good thing I went this morning to PM!
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Price matched with Walmart this afternoon for $69.98 at Best Buy! Walmart link showed prices at about 2:30 PM. Thanks!
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So is the walmart version v2? Where is the version number written on the box?
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jeeva86 wrote:
Aug 12th, 2017 8:33 am
So is the walmart version v2? Where is the version number written on the box?
I priced matched at BestBuy that way I could make sure it was version 2.
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Had a C7 (v2) for a few years. First year was good with only the occasional reboot. Second year needed weekly or daily reboots ... the 2.4ghz band would often not work at all, or constantly drop connections. Speed was sluggish. Kids were at me constantly over poor wifi, so finally swapped out for an expensive Netgear Orbi. Everything is good again, and with a big speed gain.
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Hi all

My Netgear WR3700 router was showing serious signs of age (it's 8 years old)... having to reboot every 2nd day due to wireless dropping etc etc. Rightly or wrongly I decided on the C7... printed the Walmart.ca page and brought to BB this morning.... they PM'd the Walmart price no probs - 69.98 + taxes etc. --- and I walked out with a Archer C7 V2

Got it home - pretty straightforward/easy set up... the only thing was the firmware was backlevel so I had to download/install the current version (decided to stay safe and take the Canadian version for now... if it gives me grief, I'll consider the US version.

Thx to all for this discussion and the Walmart link.
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ssb24 wrote:
Aug 12th, 2017 3:46 pm
Had a C7 (v2) for a few years. First year was good with only the occasional reboot. Second year needed weekly or daily reboots ... the 2.4ghz band would often not work at all, or constantly drop connections. Speed was sluggish. Kids were at me constantly over poor wifi, so finally swapped out for an expensive Netgear Orbi. Everything is good again, and with a big speed gain.
I grabbed a couple last week to test and even in the few days I had mine in play, they exhibited this behavior. I spent hours on troubleshooting, firmware upgrades, reconfiguration but in the end, went back to my old Wireless N set up which suffers from none of these problems. These issues are common and also discussed over at:

http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic. ... 188c580cbf

I can see lots of these C7 models getting returned once people realize how bad they truly are. Those that don't run into these problems should consider themselves very lucky.
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I got a C7 v2 because it was on sale as my 2 year old RT-N66U was giving some issues.

I ran some tests to compare the two.
C7 v2 running Gargoyle 1.9.2 and RT-N66u running Merlin 380.67 were both connected to un-managed switch connected to ONT.
2.4GHz band was disabled on both and test was performed only on 5GHz band.

I ran speed tests from speedtest.net on my notebook connected to same server at different spots in my house.

TP-Link-----------------------------------Asus

134.40/130.54---------------------------173.84/154.54

125.54/123.64 --------------------------168.59/128.96

102.21/109.93---------------------------130.29/122.35

61.89/88.06------------------------------75.10/82.98

60.55/77.14------------------------------111.00/86.14

I do not think it was as accurate as testing experts do, but still gives me an idea.
So, from above results, other than less upload speed in spot 4, Asus had higher speeds - upload and download in all 5 spots around the house.
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aznbb4l wrote:
Aug 7th, 2017 10:13 am
One of the most popular budgeted router is on sale!
It's a good choice for people who recently switch to Carrytel/Cannet without router from their modem.
This has solid reputation based on online reviews and past RFD posts.

Aside from Amazon, also available from:
Best Buy
Dell
The Source (price down to $80.99 if you have PSP)

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Thanks OP!
I bought 1 at BestBuy.
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I guess I'll hold off on jumping on this then. I just flashed my RT-N12 D1 to Tomato and wireless is better after switching channels as well.
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Bargoon Hound wrote:
Aug 12th, 2017 4:15 pm
My Netgear WR3700 router was showing serious signs of age (it's 8 years old)... having to reboot every 2nd day due to wireless dropping etc etc.
I recently resurrected a WNDR3700. It was preventing clients from connecting every few days. Updated the firmware to LEDE and all is well. Haven't rebooted it in months.

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