TP Link Archer C8
The TP-Link Archer C8 is quite the speedy dual band router, capable of providing crystal clear video and audio along with a smooth web surfing experience. Any online task that requires heavy bandwidth can be performed without a problem on the Archer C8. Data transfer speeds can reach up to 1.3 Gbps on the 5GHz band and 450 Mbps on 2.4GHz channel. There's 3 dual band detachable antennas that offer extensive omni-directional wireless coverage. The router is built around a 800MHz dual core CPU. There is 1 USB 2.0 port and 1 USB 3.0 port as well as the standard 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports for wire connections.
The C8 is quite large but it looks quite nice and sleek. Its bigger than normal size will turn off a few prospective buyers. It is quite wide compared to other routers on the market. Most think that the unit is so wide because it allows the three dual band antennae to be spaced out more. Yet the C8 is very light considering its ample size. The bottom of the unit has keyhole slots so that users can mount it on the walls of their homes or offices. Users should be aware that the wires extend all the way to the back where the antennae are located so mounting it on a wall can become a bit difficult if your wires come from the floor.
The router comes with a setup wizard on a CD that most find to be fairly easy to use. The software can also be downloaded from the TP-Link website as well. Users can configure the router and the network through the admin panel though many have found that it is a bit confusing. Wireless networks are actually pre-configured with WPA encryption. This is a stark contrast to other routers that are “open” by default. While it is possible for users to set the wireless connections to “open”, they are advised to maintain WPA or WEP encryption for optimal security.
The only noticeable criticisms of the router are its abnormally large size and the admin user interface has been known to confuse some users. Otherwise, it is a competitive product that is well worth the $129 investment.
Submitted By: JuliesDad
Hands down the best value for the money router out there. AC1750 compliant, USB 3.0, external detachable antennas, great feature set all for $99. Can’t beat that. So far it’s been very solid for me, no need for reboots, no dropped or stalled connections, no need for firmware upgrades.
Submitted By: D. Liu
My home network is growing and I needed a router that has dual band and AC support. I choose the TPlink Archer (even though I had never heard about this brand before) mainly because it was much cheaper than other routers with similar specs. It turned out to be a great buy. The setup was very easy and I had it running in no time. With the Archer I no longer have problems with HD video buffering or dropped connections. The range is good and covers all the house on both 2.4 and 5GHz band.
Submitted By: Canuck
This router has a very attractive design and looks pretty enough to mount it on a wall. But it’s also a beast when it comes to transmitting wireless signal. I did speed tests in various part of my 2-story house. Everywhere I was getting around 50 Mbps which is the same speed I’m getting on the wire connection. The signal is strong even in the basement.
Submitted By: Mansour
This is a great router for the technically inclined users, especially those who want to have a lot of control over the device’s functionality. I happen to fall in that category and I absolutely loved the multitude of configuration options and the extra services available in the router (I used to have a dedicated machine for an FTP server in my house but now I don’t even need that, as I can run one straight off my router). Speed is also great, I haven’t had any issues in this regard so far.
Submitted By: Randy
I like this router a lot. I can easily tweak its configurtion to my liking and do anything I want with it – I have a home media center that relies heavily on networking, and this router actually allowed me to make everything more centralized. I understand most of you reading this will probably not care about this, but for a geek like me, I felt like I was in heaven.
Submitted By: Nathan_1999
I upgraded from an older generation TPLink router. I noticed big improvement in range and speed. I have 5GHz coverage everywhere in the house, and the bandwidth increased from about 4 Mbps to over 10Mbps. I think this is the best router in its price range.
Submitted By: Rich
I recently purchased one of these routers to replace a tired D-Link I had. This router rocks! The set up is very simple and straightforward. The firmware has plenty of options rivaling third party firmware such as DD-WRT.
The range is excellent and the speed is a vast improvement over my old router. The file sharing is okay and functional but I’m not too thrilled with its interface. However, it does work fine and also the media sharing works perfectly on my network. I still prefer old school router designs with external antennas. I feel they give much better wifi coverage than internal designs. There are no dead spots in my home with this router, it has a nice strong signal. The upright form factor is a bit strange at first but I’ve grown to really like it. It seems to allow the router to run cooler because all of the case ventilation is exposed unlike many designs that lay down on top of the vents.
The only thing I have done to this router is update the firmware since mine came out of the box with the first release. I thought the newest release firmware would make sure any bugs that may exist will be fixed. It was stable out of the box, but I like to keep things up to date to avoid issues. So far it has been rock solid on both the Wan and wireless side. I’m very pleased with this router. In it’s price class you can’t beat it.
Submitted By: Magestic12
As a former Network Engineer with 14+ years experience, an R&D Engineer for 2 years as well as a beta tester for a wide array of tech products, it goes without saying that I’ve seen a LOT of routers come & go.
My first AC router was a Buffalo & I didn’t care for it at all. Next up was the Asus AC & although it is/was a highly rated router, it fell short in WiFi coverage/range.
I decided to give the TP-Link AC1750 Archer C8 a try & am I ever so glad I did!
It has been my 1st hand experience that I tell you, calling this router “awesome” would be a gross understatement too say the least. I was actually surprised by the coverage/range the C8 produces. I can actually still geta signal 2 houses down from me. With the previously mentioned routers, I couldn’t even get coverage in the back yard.
My experience with the C8 has made TP-Link my 1st choice in devices. My setup is like this:
Cisco Cable Modem (my own, I bought it factory refurbished, from eBay for $40.00. TWC was charging me $6.00 a month to rent theirs.)
TP-Link Archer C8 WiFi Router
Desktop wired connection to router.
MagicJack wired connection to router. (believe it or not, we have had the MagicJack for almost 3 years & to date we have only had 2 minor issues. It work VERY well & I spent the $99 to prepay all phone services for 5 years…no that wasn’t a typo)
TP-Link TL-PA511 Gigabit Powerline adapter
TP-Link TL-PA511 Gigabit Powerline adapter connected to a TP-Link TL-SG1005D 5-Port Gigabit switch in my bedroom.
Bed Room: Xbox One, Ouya & 2 more open ports. (1 of the 5 is connection from the powerline adapter)
TP-Link TL-PA511 Gigabit Powerline adapter connected to a TP-Link TL-SG1005D 5-Port Gigabit switch in my living room.
Living Room: DirecTV Genie, Xbox 360 (used for WWE Network for my father…), Samsung 3D Blu-Ray. (1 of the 5 is connection from the powerline adapter)
WiFi I have an Epson Workforce 645, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick, Laptop, B&N Nook HD+, HP Stream 7 tablet, OnePlus One Android smartphone, Nokia Lumia 635 Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone, Nest Smart Thermostat, 5 Nest Protect Smart Carbon Monoxide / Smoke Detectors, Logitech Harmony Ultimate Home, GE Simon XTi security system & a Whistle Smart Activity Tracker dog collar (for my dog).
As you can see TP-Link’s products are the backbone of my setup. Using this setup has allowed me to provide solid & stable connections for video and/or music streaming, Console online gaming, Skype, home automation, etc.
TP-Link is superior too the high dollar routers, but without the high dollar price tag.
Thank you for taking the time to read this novel length review. I wanted to demonstrate the performance & reliability TP-Link products provide. I can’t tell you how much time, efforts & money have been wasted on big name brands, that simply don’t perform well. The only way I will buy any other brand than TP-Link, is if I find myself needing a device TP-Link may not offer.
Submitted By: GSJoe
I purchased a TP-Link print server a year or two ago so I could continue to use my Laserjet4 printer (parallel port type) on my home network, and it has worked flawlessly for me…much better than the HP Directjet I had ever did. That’s how I became acquainted with TP-Link. When my relatively new Netgear N450 cable modem/router bellied up a month ago and I got no real help from Netgear, I decided after using Netgear products for many years that it was time to switch. After a bit of research I learned about the TP-Link Archer C8 and became interested since I already had a good experience with the brand. I also decided I no longer wanted a modem/router combination, so I purchased a Motorola Surfboard modem and the Archer C8 at the same time. My experience with the C8 to date is phenomenal. Its range, speed and just about everything else about it surpass any wi-fi router I’ve had since they first appeared on the scene. I recommend this wireless router to anyone who wants the best…especially since it is also very affordable.
Submitted By: MrMike
I was very happy with my Asus router; however unfortunately the power switched failed the other day rendering it useless. I was going to just replace it with another Asus, but I happened to stumble upon the Archer C8 which was priced $40 cheaper. So I decided to give the C8 a try and am I glad I did. I’m now seeing a noticeable increase in signal coverage, especially on the 5.0GHz band, which in turn has resulted in nearly a 2.5x increase in speed on devices that were previously out of the 5.0 signal range. From my Dish Network setup to wireless printers, everything seems to be running faster and more flawlessly. No more waiting for buffering, or having to do router resets. I also like the built in FTP feature for remote access. This is absolutely the best router I have owned to date in terms of value and performance.