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I have this wireless router. It is rock solid.
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I have this wireless router. It is rock solid.
How would the range compare to the nighthawk r7000
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The last firmware update this router got was in 2016. Yikes
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The last firmware update this router got was in 2016. Yikes
That's really something to consider these days with as many exploits that come out for these routers on a daily basis. My old AC-66 and AC-68 are still receiving updates.
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The last firmware update this router got was in 2016. Yikes
TP Link has a bad habit of not updating any firmware unless forced to. Finding this out the hardware with some of their internal nic cards. Their powerline adapters are the same story.
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This router has an exact shelf life of 1 year after which it fries itself and no longer works. Check reddit for how prevalent this issue is on the c3200 and c5400.
Wifi channels drop / disappear and TP-link customer service is a cluster. Avoid.
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This router has an exact shelf life of 1 year after which it fries itself and no longer works. Check reddit for how prevalent this issue is on the c3200 and c5400.
Wifi channels drop / disappear and TP-link customer service is a cluster. Avoid.
I've been using this router for around 2 years with 0 issues. the range on this thing is very good as well. i couldn't be happier with this router.
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I've been using this router for around 2 years with 0 issues. the range on this thing is very good as well. i couldn't be happier with this router.
What firmware are you using? Or are you gambling with outdated stock firmware?
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How would the range compare to the nighthawk r7000
I returned it and kept my nighthawk, range never really changed
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Tl;dr - Skip this unless you want ot install alternative firmware, or never have internet faster than ~300 Mbps.

So a couple things. This is built on pretty good hardware. I had the 4000 from costco. It had great range. Wireless speeds were quite good when I had 100/10 internet is was giving me full performance in a 3 level 3000 sq ft house and a decent outside too. It was supporting about 40 devices happily. BUT then I got Spectrum's "Gig" service of 960/40 Mbps. If I reset the router, I could test at maybe 600-750 for about 5 minutes before it got overwhelmed by NAT handling and went down to ~300. TP-Link's firmware and user interface are ALMOST okay, but they end up lacking some of the most critically needed options. Like modifying NAT passthrough and fully disabling QOS. I ended up rebuilding my computer thinking my older self built gaming system was the bottleneck. Brand new top of the line self PC build had the same limitations. The lack of support in the form of firmware for things like this 3000 and the 4000 are no bueno. If you aren't tech savvy enough to push custom firmware to replace TP-link OS or don't want to deal with it, skip this unless you never plan to have interenet faster than about 300 Mbps.

EDIT: the 300 Mbps bottleneck I mention was for hardwired gigabit ethernet, not just WiFi. NAT affects all connections.
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The last firmware update this router got was in 2016. Yikes
Ugh! I have c2300 still in the box. I have had it for about a yr as a back up to my R7000, which is a tank.

My R7000 still gets updates as well.

At least I got the TP Link for $35. No big loss, if I ever get around to using it, which I hope I never do.
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What firmware are you using? Or are you gambling with outdated stock firmware?
I'm gambling with the latest firmware from them.

Somebody commented about a 300mbps bottleneck speed. I'm paying for 400/10 and when I test mine its always around 425-450/10-12.
For reference my modem is an Arris SURFboard SB8200 DOCSIS 3.1 modem.

Edit- When I tested those speeds i was on a wired connection with a Cat 6 cable to my pc and a very small cat 7 cable from the modem to the router.
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A very good router. A very good price.

WireCutter just recommended the AC4000 as their top pick. All indications are the AC3000 is almost a twin but on a different firmware path.

I also cannot get past the 2/2016 firmware date. Can't believe that anything Internet facing that hasn't been updated in over 3.5 years doesn't have known vulnerabilities.

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