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#4640908 - 01/20/18 11:55 AM So This is the WiFi Router I Ended Up Getting ...
LoneRanger Offline


Registered: 07/02/07
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Loc: Midwest USA
TP-Link Archer C59 Dual Band 2.4/5Ghz 801.11a/b/g/n/ac

http://www.tp-link.com/us/products/details/cat-9_Archer-C59.html

Basically one product tier below their C7. Paid $43.49 free shipping. Approximately 1/2 the price of a C7. C7 is awesome, but this is all I need for awhile.

Specs:

- 775Mhz processor w/ 16mb cache ram (Atheros chipset)
- 128mb ram onboard
- USB 2.0 port for ext hard drive
- 10/100Mbps ethernet (Not concerned about 100 instead of 1000)
- 450 Mbps (2.4ghz) / 867Mbps (5Ghz)

Hopefully arrives sometime next week. Finally be able to retire the venerable Cisco/Linksys wrt120n after 9 yrs of reliable service. Mainly wanted 5Ghz dual band and a USB port.



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#4640927 - 01/20/18 12:13 PM Re: So This is the WiFi Router I Ended Up Getting ... [Re: LoneRanger]
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Those are pretty good routers. I upgraded from a Archer C5 to a Archer C2300. I really like TPLink's routers never had issues with any of them.
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#4641061 - 01/20/18 02:28 PM Re: So This is the WiFi Router I Ended Up Getting ... [Re: LoneRanger]
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Registered: 10/13/08
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I've owned the TP-Link AC1200/C5 three antenna model for 2+ years now. Been very satisfied, works well. Bought it in a package deal from Newegg with an Arris Surfboard SB6141. They work well together ime.

http://www.tp-link.com/au/products/details/cat-9_Archer-C5.html


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#4641097 - 01/20/18 03:39 PM Re: So This is the WiFi Router I Ended Up Getting ... [Re: LoneRanger]
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Registered: 07/08/12
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I have a Linksys WRT54GS (wireless-G, 2.4 GHz). Probably about 8-10 yrs old.

What would be the advantages in switching to something like you just got?

Thanks.
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#4641119 - 01/20/18 04:04 PM Re: So This is the WiFi Router I Ended Up Getting ... [Re: LoneRanger]
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Registered: 07/18/09
Posts: 471
Loc: texas
If your linksys is still running fine probably none. Mine got flaky and had to be rebooted many time a week until i tossed it.

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#4641150 - 01/20/18 04:46 PM Re: So This is the WiFi Router I Ended Up Getting ... [Re: LoneRanger]
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Posts: 1421
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It depends on how much performance you need. If your internet service is faster than about 20 Mbps, the WRT54 will be a bottleneck.

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#4641155 - 01/20/18 04:52 PM Re: So This is the WiFi Router I Ended Up Getting ... [Re: LoneRanger]
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I have had the same Windstream router for about 5-7 years now,,, since I dumped TW/spectrum. It is probably an el cheapo.. but so far it has worked so I plan on leaving it be.If it ain't broke I am not going to fix it or replace. Sometimes when the our 2 sons visit and they connect to our wifi and run their tablets, phones and laptops it gets a bit slow but that is temporary and we can live with it. If it ever fails might consider buying one though.
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#4641202 - 01/20/18 05:29 PM Re: So This is the WiFi Router I Ended Up Getting ... [Re: john_pifer]
LoneRanger Offline


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Originally Posted By: john_pifer
I have a Linksys WRT54GS (wireless-G, 2.4 GHz). Probably about 8-10 yrs old.

What would be the advantages in switching to something like you just got?

Thanks.


Having the 5Ghz band available gives you an escape route from cross talk interference on the 2.4Ghz band if your neighborhood is crowded on 2.4Ghz. As soon as it arrives I'm going to start running my wifi network on the 5Ghz band.
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#4641302 - 01/20/18 07:34 PM Re: So This is the WiFi Router I Ended Up Getting ... [Re: LoneRanger]
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Registered: 11/14/13
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Loc: Chicago, IL
Originally Posted By: LoneRanger
Originally Posted By: john_pifer
I have a Linksys WRT54GS (wireless-G, 2.4 GHz). Probably about 8-10 yrs old.

What would be the advantages in switching to something like you just got?

Thanks.


Having the 5Ghz band available gives you an escape route from cross talk interference on the 2.4Ghz band if your neighborhood is crowded on 2.4Ghz. As soon as it arrives I'm going to start running my wifi network on the 5Ghz band.


In addition, odds are pretty good that Linksys doesn't actively support that model any more, so there maybe unpatched security vulnerabilities floating around.


Edit: Forgot to say, nice choice on the new router! Looks like a very good deal. There always seems to be a decent price drop when going down from the top of the line flagship model, but without a commensurate performance drop.

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#4641305 - 01/20/18 07:37 PM Re: So This is the WiFi Router I Ended Up Getting ... [Re: john_pifer]
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Originally Posted By: john_pifer
I have a Linksys WRT54GS (wireless-G, 2.4 GHz). Probably about 8-10 yrs old.

What would be the advantages in switching to something like you just got?

Thanks.


Depends how many active users, range, and over all performance.

Although 5ghz signal doesn't travel as far as 2.4ghz it will give you much more performance. On my 2.4ghz i get around 68-78 Mbps. On the 5ghz I'ts 110Mbps everytime.
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#4641310 - 01/20/18 07:44 PM Re: So This is the WiFi Router I Ended Up Getting ... [Re: LoneRanger]
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Registered: 04/17/04
Posts: 5186
Loc: Texas
For the home this will meet your needs.

All devices do not support the 5ghz band, so you will want to setup two networks, and join the 5ghz band if you can with each of your devices.

Some of my older stuff, and non speed dependent stuff I put on the 2.4ghz band (thermostat, etc).

I would not buy this one because it lacks gigabit ethernet connections, but you may not need it unless you are doing big traffic over the wired network (many people are not).

Not a bad device for $50 bucks at all. Especially if it has the non-broadcom chipset it may be able to do the open source firmwares.
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#4641466 - 01/20/18 10:42 PM Re: So This is the WiFi Router I Ended Up Getting ... [Re: JustinH]
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Registered: 07/02/07
Posts: 4062
Loc: Midwest USA
Originally Posted By: JustinH

Especially if it has the non-broadcom chipset it may be able to do the open source firmwares.



Qualcomm Atheros, QCA9561 to be exact.
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#4641523 - 01/21/18 12:19 AM Re: So This is the WiFi Router I Ended Up Getting ... [Re: JBinTX30]
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Registered: 07/10/12
Posts: 2152
Loc: South Carolina
Originally Posted By: JBinTX30
Originally Posted By: john_pifer
I have a Linksys WRT54GS (wireless-G, 2.4 GHz). Probably about 8-10 yrs old.

What would be the advantages in switching to something like you just got?

Thanks.


Depends how many active users, range, and over all performance.

Although 5ghz signal doesn't travel as far as 2.4ghz it will give you much more performance. On my 2.4ghz i get around 68-78 Mbps. On the 5ghz I'ts 110Mbps everytime.


^^ That ^^

5ghz on our Archer C7 gives us (depending on time of day etc) up to a max of 113 Mbps on our 100mbps service.
2.5ghz gives us a bit less then half that number down max 44 mbps.

Not that you would notice much with basic computing, we just love the speed and insignificant latency, sometimes as low as 14 or so, never ever over 40.

Ive never been so happy with our internet service and set up as I am now. Put a lot of thought into it, placement of router, cables, noise filters, surge suppressor/filters and a UPS so if there is a power loss, we still have internet and phones, simply use our laptops and of course ipad and cell phones.
Thing is, we dont lose power much and only think of one time when we did for a short period of time, got all excited that we could still be on the net. *L*


Edited by alarmguy (01/21/18 12:23 AM)
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#4641525 - 01/21/18 12:25 AM Re: So This is the WiFi Router I Ended Up Getting ... [Re: LoneRanger]
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Registered: 07/10/12
Posts: 2152
Loc: South Carolina
That c59 looks exactly like the C7, most likely just dumbed down a tiny bit, nice deal.

IF your comfortable you can check to make sure it has the latest firmware.
I updated mine as some point last year, I updated it, "just because" it was there on their site and felt like doing it because ... it was there. *L*
Not the most simple firmware update I ever did, meaning I actually had to follow instructions.

AS you know, Im very happy with TP link equipment. (router and a modem)

We werent happy with a USB TP link AC wifi adapter for one of my wifes desktops, buggy, returned it, bought some noname thing on ebay works perfect. (sofar) Comments on online reviews revealed the same bugs on this one item.


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#4641576 - 01/21/18 05:11 AM Re: So This is the WiFi Router I Ended Up Getting ... [Re: JustinH]
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Registered: 10/30/02
Posts: 35897
Loc: Great Lakes
Originally Posted By: JustinH
Especially if it has the non-broadcom chipset it may be able to do the open source firmwares.

I am not seeing any third party firmware support for C59. Not that OP asked for it.

In general though, Broadcom chipsets have better open source support than Atheros, IME.
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