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[Amazon.ca] TP-Link AC1900 Wireless MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router - Archer C80 $99.99 NOW $79.99

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[Amazon.ca] TP-Link AC1900 Wireless MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router - Archer C80 $99.99 NOW $79.99

Relatively new product

Reviews seem good

Feel free to share your opinion! :)

EDIT: no more new ones on sale yet still there is some previously enjoyed Amazon warehouse deals.

EDIT 2: new sale price for new ones $87.98 (yes very small discount)

EDIT 3: 79.99 now.


Been using it for a few days. Superior router compared to C7
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Staples title with the amazon link confused me for a bit lol
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Bought one from Amazon. Same price at Best Buy, Visions, Canada Computers (at least until Sep 10).

I didn't look for C80 (AC 1900) initially as it's fairly new, released about 6 months ago, and there are no tech reviews yet. I was looking at Archer A9 (Ac1900, 3x3 MU-MIMO, $120), and A10 (AC2600, 4x4 MU-MIMO, $150) - after comparing the features vs the new C80, I decided on the C80 as being the best value for my use cases ( it's a great deal at $70 after the discount).

- C80 has better range than A9 (4 external amplified antennas)
- good enough speeds + range: 1300 (5GHz) + 600 (2.4Ghz), gigabit WAN, LAN ports, 3x3 MU-MIMO, beamforming
- all the features I needed, none of the features I don't need: no USB port(s), no VPN server, no Alexa compatibility (the "A" models are compatible)

TP-Link compare A9 vs A10 vs C80
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Any idea what version this one is from Amazon? DDWRT can only be installed on some versions.
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spennyrap wrote: Any idea what version this one is from Amazon? DDWRT can only be installed on some versions.
As per amazon review it does not support ddwrt
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Was thinking of grabbing the c7 as it is commonly recommended for a good all around basic router. Not a techie, how does this compare?
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ahumanbeing wrote: Was thinking of grabbing the c7 as it is commonly recommended for a good all around basic router. Not a techie, how does this compare?
The C7 can be installed with custom firmware (openwrt, ddwrt) so personally I am sticking with it. If you don't care or not intending to install 3rd party firmware, then the C80 is newer and has more features and supposedly range.
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restoreDVD wrote: The C7 can be installed with custom firmware (openwrt, ddwrt) so personally I am sticking with it. If you don't care or not intending to install 3rd party firmware, then the C80 is newer and has more features and supposedly range.
I'm not even sure what custom firmware can do.
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ahumanbeing wrote: I'm not even sure what custom firmware can do.
They add features such as scheduled reboot, more powerful bandwidth control, LED control, etc... Depending what firmware you pick/have supported, it may require you to do some scripting/programming to get those features working though.

Most people don't need them.
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restoreDVD wrote: They add features such as scheduled reboot, more powerful bandwidth control, LED control, etc... Depending what firmware you pick/have supported, it may require you to do some scripting/programming to get those features working though.

Most people don't need them.
As well, when the vendor abandons the product, and stops releasing security updates for it, very often the custom firmware will continue to support the device.

Personally I find the tp-link devices ok, but their software is aggravating (like, not allowing to copy and paste text, and only allowing one login at a time). If you pick your hardware carefully, you can use the same custom firmware on any device, which offers decent baseline easy to use functionality, and extensibility past that if you don't mind going under the covers. You've also got a larger community to solve problems with (though problem solving can get quite technical).
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dealyou wrote: Staples title with the amazon link confused me for a bit lol
Sorry
Been ordering from Staples lately
must have been absent minded Smiling Face With Open Mouth
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I’ll echo other peoples concerns. I wouldn’t personally buy a tplink product unless I know a third party firmware will support it. I bought one for my parents a few years back and it never even received 1 security update. If you want a secure router, buy something higher end, or something that supports third party firmwares.

As others said, this device is quite new, so support may be added later, but right now it’s a no go.
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Probably 90% + of everyday users do not even know what 3rd party software ( DDWRT ) nor do they want to know.

This is a reasonable and cost effective product for this 90% + of users.
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just brought A1900 A9 one last week for $99, have not open the box yet. Can I do a price match or something like return and reorder new version?
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silja wrote: just brought A1900 A9 one last week for $99, have not open the box yet. Can I do a price match or something like return and reorder new version?
If you bought the A9 from Amazon - you can return it, no problem, at no cost (usually you have a 30-day window to return it). No need to wait for your return to be processed, just order the C80 while the discount is still on.

As I mentioned, the C80 is better and newer than the A9 (as long as you don't need the additional features of A9: USB port, VPN server, Alexa compatibility)

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