I bought this product in June 2018, by February 2019 it was a brick.
I am coming from a $29 Asus N12 router. This router is horrible. We use the parent controls. On an Acer, you can name the stations and see who is on your network. This router? No. On an Acer you can block someone from your network completely with parental controls. On this router? No. You have to give them 1 hour a week (is this a google product?) On an Acer you can see realtime Traffic. On an Acer you can set access policy for yourself. On an acer you can get to the router using DDNS. Can you do any of these mildly sophisticated things with the TP-Link? No, not at all. I'm going to buy another $29 router, this one is a ripoff.
I found is that 2.4GHz speed is not as good as my old TL-WDR4300. I got 60+Mbp from TL-WDR4300 2.4Ghz. But, only got 25Mbp the max from TP-Link AC1900 (Archer C9). I also looked for MU-MIMO and would like to try Archer A9.
Overall this is an excellent router. It's reliable, easy to set up, but the 5ghz is pretty much useless. Even from 1 foot away, the 5ghz signal constantly cuts in and out, sometimes becomes completely nonexistent. I ended up disabling the 5ghz signal and had to connect a wifi extender in order to have a reliable 5ghz signal.
If you are deciding to buy this, the features and everything is just as appears on this listing. Don’t go to the Tp-link website to get a better idea that is for the V5 which is not this one. Features like time machine and VPN is not there so the C7 might be a better fit than this.
This router worked well for me for about a year. Then it started dropping the internet which would require rebooting the router. The problem progressed to having to reboot daily. It had the latest firmware, so I installed DD-WRT & it has been flawless for over a year.
Right off the bat one of the antennas broke within a month. Now 14 months after purchase it stopped working! Super disappointed. Based on all the bad reviews I won't even attempt to call customer service. What a waste of money, I've had Netgear's that have lasted years. This unit isn't worth it. Don't buy.
After months of usage i was forced in reimage the firmware due to a erratic behavior. This start after a power outage. So be carefully if you detect a erratic behavior reimage the firmware before update it.
My previous router was old but was working fine. I bought this TP-Link AC1900 Smart Wireless Router thinking it would be faster and more powerful. I've had nothing but patchy and poor signal ever since I bought it.
Speed and range was decent but the modem, unfortunately, was not durable at all.
Do not buy this product. It is a huge piece of crap! I never write reviews but feel I need to so others don't make the same mistake. If you like not being able to watch shows and having constant WAN connection interruptions, this product is for you. Will drop wifi faster than a hot ex
I have used several TP-Link products before and they are a great choice for people on a budget, they are generally stable and work decent. This router does not disappoint in terms of features. As soon as I unpacked it, first thing I noticed was the size, this is a pretty big router compared to my old Mikrotik. The design is nice but it does have its flaws.Lets start from the good.1: Looks nice2: Working for over a month with no issues and never had to restart it.3: Easy to setup, I did it under 10 minutes.4: Allot of features and the option to keep it simple or advanced.5: Ability to install open source firmware.Now the bad1: The overall design of the router is done so it is standing and the ports are in the back, so the stand and the wall mounting brackets take up allot of room when mounted on the wall. You are going to have about 3-4 inches between the router and the wall.2: The USB 3.0 port is very close to the stand and if like me, you use a very small USB flash drive for storage you are going to have a hell of a time pulling it out.3: The interface is good but it could be allot better, I found some of the advanced settings confusing.4: Even though the USB storage worked fine on the local network, I was unable to get the cloud access set up.5: The WI-FI signal is not as strong as I would like it to be, in my 1100ft house I still get significantly week signal at the furthest point of the house.In conclusion, I would not pay the full price of this router, which was $89 because the Netgear is only 10 dollars more, but since I bought it at a discount during a sale for $65 I do not regret it.
Don’t bother it will drive you crazy.
Issue with DHCP. If adding a address reservation and you enter anything in the description field it cimpletely breaks DHCP server. Clients will not get address after you make this change. Only way to fix is to do factory reset. I had to reset 3 or 4 times before i found hit on google from 2015 about firmware issue. Three years is a long time for this type of issue to still be around. Hope this isn't a sign of other problems to come.
Technical support is abhorrent though available without long wait times. My router died just after the warranty expired and TP-Link would not replace it. First the router had to be reset frequently and then the led lights went out. Coverage for my 3,000 SQ Ft place was poor and I had to buy an extender. The only reason I have not giving it one star was because the web-interface and App is decent.
Worked for a half hour till I let it upgrade it's firmare to the Instant Brick version.
Got this from a friend.Using it at a router by itself, I had to reboot it all the time, and it doesn't allow for any fine controls of the network traffic.Luckilly, I had my older N600 router with OpenWRT on it, so I was able to use my router as a router and this device as the wireless access point after pointing DHCP to the router.
Router worked fine for almost a year. Ethernet port died this week. This unit isn't worth the money. I have older routers that have lasted for years and cost far less. Very dissatisfied!
Doesn't have an access point mode so it drops internet connection regularly. Otherwise, I get good signal range now.