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[Newegg] TP-LINK Archer C20i AC750 Dual Band Wireless Router $29.99

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Great price for an entry level dual band AC router that has Gigabit ports and DD-WRT in development.

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Edit: I've seen conflicting sources on whether the ports are gig or just 10/100. Newegg is likely incorrect in their specs and it's probably just 10/100 ports making this a luke warm deal. Sorry for the confusion. I should have known full gig, dual band AC from a good name brand for $30 was a little too good to be true.
Edited by Jayjr1105 - 1/8/15 at 9:34am
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AC 750 on a 10/100 PHY, I can't even
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well lets not shoot this deal down too quickly here. First off, it is a Wireless AC router for 30 bucks from a good brand. It does not have all the bells and whistles of its counter parts that would at least cost 3 times as much but at this price it would be a great upgrade for anyone with a basic wireless N router that wants to upgrade to Wireless AC without breaking the bank.

Alot of peaple these days do not use their wired connections on their routers anyways, so why pay for gigabyte ports if you are not going to use them? and if all you are doing anything heavy on your network or intranet then 10/100 is fine since most people's internet speed in the US still does not even touch 100Mbps yet. For those who do surpass that, then stop looking at this post and buy a better router, because based on current US internet prices, if you can afford really fast internet, you can afford a better router. This Asus at 119.99 after promo code EMCAKAX23 would suit you fine, just do not upgrade the firmware.

So in conclusion, if you are like me and have 10-12 wireless devices that need a better connection then my 20 dollar Rosewill RNX-N150RT, or your cheap/ dying wireless N/G router, can provide and a few wired ones that are ok with 10/100 ports, then get this router. otherwise, that asus i linked earlier should be more your fancy.

OP, thanks for the find, in for one. because I was just a few seconds away from buying that asus before I saw your post so you just saved me some money.
post #4 of 10
There is a lot of mixed reviews. I want a cheap simple, but solid router. I don't need anything fancy, but the basic options. I have 4 in the house with cable internet. Everyone has toys so with 12 things connect to the wifi I get worried.
post #5 of 10
I'd be more worried that the 10/100 backend bottlenecks the traffic across all interfaces. It's very possible that this router only supports 100 Mbps between all clients.
post #6 of 10
true but if my download speed from my ISP is only 35 Mbps then would't the bottleneck occur at the modem assuming that there is little intra network traffic on my network?
post #7 of 10
I bought a TP-LINK 1043ND router which had mixed reviews, but was a decent price for the feature-set

V1 has a known hardware bug which would cause loss of WIFI and LAN or WIFI and GUI MGMT.

And version 2 randomly requires a restart to keep my wifi working ( which even occurs on DD-WRT and Gargoyle Firmwares)

I'd avoid TP-LINK like the plague
     
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I wouldn't touch TP-Link with a ten foot pole.

Unreliable, terrible overall performance, especially in noisy environments. A person is generally just better saving a few more bucks, if their budget is tight, and buying a better brand.
    
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I have a TP-Link wdr3600 flashed with DD-WRT running rock solid for 2 years. I have several firewall rules in place, routing, filtering, guest wifi, QoS, etc. ZERO issues in the two years running. I never have to reboot it, nothing, it just works. I run two desktops, a file server, tablets, smartphones, laptops, the works, and it doesn't miss a beat.

You guys realize routers are like power supply's, They're all just re-branded Atheros, Broadcom, Ralink, & MediaTek chipsets. Just like PSU's are rebranded Seasonic, HEC, etc. hardware.
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I have a TP-Link wdr3600 flashed with DD-WRT running rock solid for 2 years. I have several firewall rules in place, routing, filtering, guest wifi, QoS, etc. ZERO issues in the two years running. I never have to reboot it, nothing, it just works. I run two desktops, a file server, tablets, smartphones, laptops, the works, and it doesn't miss a beat.

You guys realize routers are like power supply's, They're all just re-branded Atheros, Broadcom, Ralink, & MediaTek chipsets. Just like PSU's are rebranded Seasonic, HEC, etc. hardware.

yeah i know. did some digging and this router is based on the MediaTek MT7620A chipset do not know if that is a good or bad thing, but I get mine in the mail tomorrow thanks to amazon sunday delivery. Once I have a chance to install it I will run some tests.
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