5 Stars By Bean Bag Man on 2016-08-15
Great reception and easy to set up. Don't worry about the other reviews like I did
I don't often write reviews but read a lot of them, and wanted to put this out there to help anyone considering this router.
When I was comparing different lower cost routers it seemed like every product had negative reviews and pointed out flaws, to the point where it gave me pause on buying ANYTHING at all.
But bottom line this is a very good router for the price, simple to set up, and I recommend it BIGLY
1. Good reception in 2000 sq foot house. I have used multiple devices and streamed video with no problem.
2. SO SIMPLE to set up - right out of box, connect cord, plug in power, and use the SSID and password printed on the S/N label - no need to log in and do any configuration
Do not despair upon reading all the reviews and just order this if you're looking to stay under fifty buckaroos
5 Stars By Tech Dude on 2016-10-03
Excellent Router that Punches Well Above its Price Point -- Buy It
I found this router through a third party website review (the Wire Cutter), that aptly called this, "the Best Wi-Fi Router (for Most People)." I would probably amend that title and say, "the Best Wi-Fi Router (for Virtually Everyone)." Do not let the low price fool you into thinking it's an entry level or low-end model. It only costs around $100 but, from my observations against four other routers that cost considerably more, it performs well beyond its price point.
I have purchased a number of routers over the years as the technology and performance improves, and the number of devices my family uses has increased. Over the past few years, I had migrated to the more expensive ($300+) routers in the hopes of greater performance. Right before this, I had an Asus RT-AC5300, a beast of a router that exceeded $400 when I bought it. But what I found was that as the price point goes up, the performance does not, and the reliability goes down. These expensive routers tend to be buggy and drop connections; they simply have too many features and are way too complex, all to provide functionalities that no one uses, or that none of your connected devices support anyway. The ASUS got so bad it was rebooting itself every few hours. The days of the rock-solid Linksys WRT54G seemed long gone... So I returned the ASUS RT-AC5300, gave my WRT1900ACS to a friend, and bought an Archer C7 (v2).
After two weeks of testing it, I have four words: it just works -- period. The signal is strong and punches through the lathe-and-plaster walls of my nearly 100 year old house. Its signal is considerably stronger than the WRT1900ACS that I had (which cost almost three times what this one did), and rivaled the signal strength of the $400 ASUS. It doesn't drop connections, doesn't reboot itself, and delivers a strong and steady stream of data to all devices, wired and wireless.
Only one word of warning; you need to make sure the Archer C7 that you purchase is NOT a first version. Everyone on the web has reported that TP-LINK badly botched the V1, especially for Macintosh/Apple devices (which is most of my house); most of those should be out of circulation or in landfills by now. The one I bought from 2DayDeliver was a V2, and it works perfectly with all of my Apple and non-Apple devices.
5 Stars By 80 Shades on 2017-01-10
Replacing my old router (which was "good enough" on paper but not in practice) cured all problems, super happy with this router!
UPDATE 2/7/17 - Still lovin' it. Just an exceptional, solid router that just plain works. Range is amazing, and it just delivers with a fairly complicated setup (again, I have Fire sticks, half a dozen tablets, multiple wireless desktops upstairs and downstairs, PlayStations, multiple IP cameras including one outdoors about 100 feet away from the router, you get the picture). THE ONE HANGUP I had was that it didn't have a dedicated WPS button; well, I was just flat out wrong. There IS a tiny WPS button on the backside right next to the base of an antenna next to the LAN ports. I'm used to seeing the button on the front of routers, and it is so small I just didn't see it on the back, and there was no mention in the basic documentation (but a helpful 2DayDeliver user found more info on the TP-Link website and let me know - thanks for that and thanks for reading my review!).
I recently gave Uverse the boot, and went back with Time Warner (now Spectrum). Uverse forced me to use their lousy router (replaced 5 times - don't even get me started - horrible couple of years). I also had a router that was about 5 years old (Cisco / Linksys), and so I figured I would be good to go. Well, performance of my IP cameras, laptops, and 2DayDeliver Fire Stick were not so great with my new setup. I figured it was Time Warner's fault, but decided to take a gamble and just flat-out replace my router.
So I arrived on the TP-Link AC1200 due to the low price but high performance specs. And I have to say I am blown away with the performance. I have been running it for over a month, and not ONCE have I had a hiccup where I needed to reboot the router. I have now been able to easily do port forwarding for my IP cameras, and connect as many devices as I want, with zero issues. Even my Fire Stick now performs like a champ (almost zero hesitation, even running wirelessly in a bedroom about 50 feet from the router). The range is excellent, signal strength excellent, reliability excellent, and I'm thrilled.
My ONLY complaint is that much to my surprise (and maybe because I still have a mindset and skillset more relevant to 2010?!?), there is not a dedicated WPS connection button. All of my IP cameras use WPS to connect, and so each time I had to open up a browser window, log into the router, and go to the advanced settings in the wireless screen to temporarily enable WPS. Not a show stopper because I rarely need this function, but it is a pain to have to go through those steps. Who knows, maybe that is a "security feature", but for me it is just a little extra trouble.
Regardless, the incredible performance and stability of this unit has made it WELL WORTH the upgrade over my previous router which on paper still "should" have been good enough for my needs. Very highly recommended!
5 Stars By Peter W. on 2017-02-05
The best router I've EVER owned
So far I have owned this product for a little over two months.
-First, set up was extremely easy. The SSID and password printed on the S/N label, there was no need to log in or do any sort of verifying online.
-Second, range has been great. In a 1,100 sq. ft. apartment we are able to connect to a full strength signal in all rooms.
-Third, SPEED! I have ran both 75 mbps and 25 mbps at different times and got almost my entire internet speed both separate times. If you check the speed test I ran we are getting almost the entire 25 mbps.
-Fouth, streaming. We do ALOT of streaming and internet surfing. With this router we've had two separate tv's streaming while phones and laptop were connected to the wifi as well. Not a single problem.
My old router from Qwest used to crap out and we would occasionally have to unplug it and reset it. Also, it was almost impossible to stream from two TV's and use a laptop. Not anymore! This router is great. Some people in the reviews have complained about how bright the blue connection lights are, this has not been a problem for me. Granted we keep the router in the living room, but the lights have never bothered me. You can see in the picture they are not that bright.
5 Stars By Ryan Slemmer on 2016-11-08
Great product that is capable, and easy to set up.
Great product with easy setup. Replaced a cisco/linksys router with this that had been acting up for a few weeks. This was easy to set up, and is actually faster than what I had previously. The range is pretty good compared to what I had before, as well as compared to standard issue Xfinity all in one devices.
5 Stars By Consulltus on 2016-05-05
Powerful Far Reaching Router
I purchased both the TP-Link AC1750 Archer C7 & AC1900 Archer C9. Both routers are excellent but I decided on the C9. From my experience the distance on the C9 is better than the C7. The C7 did reach every area of my house and property but I found a stronger signal on both 2.4GHz & 5GHz signals with the C9 in the same areas. The 5GHz signal on the C9 also reached further. I am in a 4000sqft house and 1/2 acre property. The C9 router reaches every inch of my house and every acre of my property. Going through 4 walls and upstairs I get 3 bars of connection in my master bathroom. My previous set up of having 2 routers on each end of my house only yield 2 bars. At the furthest end of my property line I am getting 3 bars of connection where as my previous set up could not reach beyond my patio.
Set up is a breeze. Having the router for almost 1 month I have not had to reset at all. Initially my older laptop connected but could not get an internet signal. I had to make an adjustment to the laptop's wireless card setting. So if anyone is having a connection problem try the following -
1. Got Network & Internet Settings
2. Go to Change Adapter Options
3. Find your wireless connection (can be wired connection too) and right click on it
4. Click on Properties
5. Look for Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and single click on it, this will highlight it and allow access to the Properties tab
6. Click Properties tab and make sure both Obtain an IP address automatically & Obtain DNS server address automatically are selected.
My DNS server address property was not selected and was set to a particular address. Once I changed it to the automatically selection I was immediately connected and have not been disconnected. The C9 is the best router I have owned followed by the C7.
4 Stars By mr metropaulitan on 2016-12-20
A good distance for a router
I use a couple of these for my live sound company. If you have no competing networks this thing throws a long, long way. There can be issues at hotels and convention centers. The photo shows how far one can get with no competition. My house is the grey in the background. The router in the kitchen which is on the opposite side of the house. I was still getting solid connection this far from the router going through all those walls.
5 Stars By LB on 2016-10-23
I did plenty of research in my hunt for the perfect replacement for my outdated router. I chose this one and I have been extremely happy with it. My router is in my bedroom and I stream Sling, Netflix, etc on multiple televisions throughout the house. Since I hooked this router up, I have had zero buffering, zero problems, zero frustration with internet connectivity. I am extremely happy with this purchase and would recommend this router.
5 Stars By BHIOBX on 2017-08-07
Great value on a quality router
Easy to configure. Great range. Great signal that is consistent. Nice features and form factor. Had it a week with zero complaints. It is feeding a PS4 on 1 level of our house, a 4k TV on a different level, and phones, Roku's, Firesticks, computers, ipads all over everywhere else. At some times we have 15 active connections in our 3 story house and no complaints from anyone (including teenagers) yet. This is my first TP-Link as I have been a Linksys guy for years but in my opinion (and experience) they are now a lower tier product after having been taken over by Belkin. The TP Link also has a useful app and web interface. Glad we purchased this device and got it at a great price on a lightning sale. And of course 2DayDeliver got it to the house in 2 days. Highly recommend.
4 Stars By J. Cain on 2017-05-31
Happy with the router except for (2) things
Happy with the router except for (2) things:
(1) Very confusing model data & description. I have found what I think are three versions of this router: Archer C5 AC1200 v2, Archer C1200 V2, Archer AC1200 v2. Hard to tell which version you're ordering.
(2) Even the model I got is wrong from the description and pictures on 2DayDeliver and the tp-link website in that my router only has one USB port, where the pics on 2DayDeliver and the official website (along with their descriptions) clearly show two. This was a bit disappointing.
Otherwise it does what it says it will and overall a steal at the price. But if you're looking to use an open source firmware or you like the (advertised) idea of two USB ports you'll be disappointed. Also, tp-link, please make your model nomenclature less confusing! The Archer C5 1200 and C1200 and AC1200 all appear to be completely different routers that share similar specs and performance, but use entirely different chipsets and features, including the # of internal / external antennas and apparently the number of USB ports.