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TP-Link AC2300 MU-MIMO Wireless router $130

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[Amazon.ca] TP-Link AC2300 MU-MIMO Wireless router $130

- Best router of 2019 according to Tom's guide : https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-wifi- ... -2498.html
- USB 2.0 and USB 3.0
- Better than the new version( AC2600)
- $121 should you choose a warehouse deal
Edit: full review: https://www.tomsguide.com/us/tp-link-ar ... -5625.html

*Update 08-22-2019* OOS at amazon, available from :
Mike's Computer Shop https://www.mikescomputershop.com/item/8265728
Newegg https://www.newegg.ca/tp-link-archer-c2 ... -_-Product
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I wonder if this is better than my R7000? I really want to play iRacing, but the crappy Netgear problem is making it hard.
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User131439 wrote: I wonder if this is better than my R7000? I really want to play iRacing, but the crappy Netgear problem is making it hard.
It is an upgrade.
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ChrisR wrote: - Best router of 2019 according to Tom's guide : https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-wifi- ... -2498.html
- USB 2.0 and USB 3.0
- Better than the new version( AC2600)
- $121 should you choose a warehouse deal
Can I connect an external drive to the USB ports to use as networked media storage (for example, for PLEX)?
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ChrisR wrote: - USB 2.0 and USB 3.0
I can't understand why routers are obsessed with including USB2 ports when their devices almost always have USB3 ports too. Why not make all the ports usb3? It certainly provides no added value to the consumer -- it makes it worse -- but yet they will promote it as a awesome cool feature. huh? The cost to make all ports usb3 (usually just 1 port change) instead of this garbage hybrid will be the same or just minusculy higher (pennies).
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wassupguy wrote: Can I connect an external drive to the USB ports to use as networked media storage (for example, for PLEX)?
Yes it should work. Alternatively use a NAS on one of the gigabit LAN port.
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User131439 wrote: I wonder if this is better than my R7000? I really want to play iRacing, but the crappy Netgear problem is making it hard.
my R7K used to disconnect and give me shitty speeds until I found a stable FW (v1.0.9.42) and de-selected automatic updates. Now it's rock solid @ around 350- 400 Mbps in the same room and 150-200 in the farthest corners of the house.
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brand404 wrote: I can't understand why routers are obsessed with including USB2 ports when their devices almost always have USB3 ports too. Why not make all the ports usb3? It certainly provides no added value to the consumer -- it makes it worse -- but yet they will promote it as a awesome cool feature. huh? The cost to make all ports usb3 (usually just 1 port change) instead of this garbage hybrid will be the same or just minusculy higher (pennies).
Because it's designed as a printer port. Would you rather have a LPT?
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My Archer C7 has been running worse and worse in the last 2 years, simply because I upgraded to 300 Mbps and I have 10-20 devices connected to it. The reviews are looking pretty good. Do you guys think it's a worthwhile upgrade? I love tp link btw even with C7's crappy performance.
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I bought this router for my brother from costco.ca this week for same price. It's arriving today. They just removed the product page, so probably sold out.
Supposed to be a really good router from all the reviews I've seen.
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User131439 wrote: I wonder if this is better than my R7000? I really want to play iRacing, but the crappy Netgear problem is making it hard.
I have R7000 too but waiting for something with much better processing power to handle VPN directly on the router. Windguard might be the solution.
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User131439 wrote: I wonder if this is better than my R7000? I really want to play iRacing, but the crappy Netgear problem is making it hard.
The trick for R7000 is NOT updating the firmware. Mine is on V1.0.5.70 and have been stable for a long time now.
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SleepyEyez wrote: I have R7000 too but waiting for something with much better processing power to handle VPN directly on the router. Windguard might be the solution.
I have no problems with it. Actually, before I settled in the R7000 I tried almost everything from different high end Mesh systems to single gaming routers - everything had issues. The R7000 has been amazing. If it would work with iRacing I wouldn't be considering a new one lol. Guess it's to make that decision.
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brand404 wrote: I can't understand why routers are obsessed with including USB2 ports when their devices almost always have USB3 ports too. Why not make all the ports usb3?
You can thank the manufacturer for being honest - some would cite USB 3 but wouldn't say transfer is at USB 2 speed. WiFi gateways are in commondity/cutthroat price category and faster USB throughput costs more.
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CyniC- wrote: My Archer C7 has been running worse and worse in the last 2 years, simply because I upgraded to 300 Mbps and I have 10-20 devices connected to it. The reviews are looking pretty good. Do you guys think it's a worthwhile upgrade? I love tp link btw even with C7's crappy performance.
It is known situation that for the high speed internet (50+ Mb) you will need minimum C8 if you stick with the TP-Link line. And this one at $130 is hot.
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I bought this at the source when it was on sale for 129.99 last September and it's an amazing router. Never had to reboot it and I get coverage on all floors of my townhouse.
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I have the Archer C7 and it was horrendous. Slow speeds and poor wireless connection. This is an update I am assuming?

Edit: Ordered. I am sick of my C7, not sure why so many people recommended it.
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Anyone know if this supports dual wan failover for continuous internet service?

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