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TP-Link battling the Netgear R6700, which was discounted to $55 and temporarily displaced TP-Link as #1 in sales rank...

The specs of this one are mostly worse than the R6700, but at least it's not as physically huge and maybe power-hungry. Maybe the stock firmware is better here, but that's just a guesstimate.
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Looks like OpenWRT supports the Archer A7, including the latest v4 & v5.
https://openwrt.org/toh/tp-link/archer-c7-1750

That's a great firmware option for power users.
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Looks like OpenWRT supports the Archer A7, including the latest v4 & v5.
https://openwrt.org/toh/tp-link/archer-c7-1750

That's a great firmware option for power users.
Any idea if it also has DD-WRT support for this model?
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Check the DDWRT site...

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Looks like OpenWRT supports the Archer A7, including the latest v4 & v5.
https://openwrt.org/toh/tp-link/archer-c7-1750
You linked the C7. For the A7 it seems more in-development:
https://openwrt.org/toh/hwdata/tp...cher_a7_v5
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Hey guys real quick here since I've been out of the networking world a bit.

What's the point of even bothering with dd-wrt over the stock firmware? What's the commercial or personal reasons?
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Any idea if it also has DD-WRT support for this model?

DD-WRT supports the C7 model, and does not seem to support A7 (which is Amazon exclusive due to Alexa integration).
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I just got the r6700 but I'm not getting my full 600mbps speeds. Someone mentioned this has worse specs but I'm curious if this will give me my full speeds. Thanks!
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I have used Archer C7 for couple of years and wifi connection gets dropped suddenly. So I would say research more on long term reviews before purchasing.

I am using Wavlink now and it works great
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I have used Archer C7 for couple of years and wifi connection gets dropped suddenly. So I would say research more on long term reviews before purchasing.
I would put OpenWrt on it, to get rid of most issues ....
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Any idea if it also has DD-WRT support for this model?
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DD-WRT supports the C7 model, and does not seem to support A7 (which is Amazon exclusive due to Alexa integration).
It does support it in the beta threads and has for at least 1/2 a year. As always install beta firmware can be risky, but worth it if you don't mind potentially having to unbrick your router if something goes wrong. Link to newest beta firmware: https://dd-wrt.com/support/other-...r-a7-v5%2F
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OpenWRT V19RC2 has been running on mine for a couple of weeks now with no issue. Easy base install via the TP GUI and SSH to install and start the OpenWRT GUI. OpenWRT V19 is currently RC2 with a final release targeted for the next couple of weeks or so.

I pulled down the files from one of the daily snapshots (e.g. https://download1.dd-wrt.com/dd-w...her-a7-v5/)

FWIW I used the TP firmware for all of one day and it didn't seem so bad.

Oh and debricking is very easy via TFTP install of the OEM firmware available on the TP site.
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It does support it in the beta threads and has for at least 1/2 a year. As always install beta firmware can be risky, but worth it if you don't mind potentially having to unbrick your router if something goes wrong. Link to newest beta firmware: https://dd-wrt.com/support/other-...r-a7-v5%2F

Thanks.
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I miss the FAR routers. Not even on BF Frown
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Great price. I use it with a Unifi AC-Pro as an AP and leave the WiFi function OFF. No issues. The native FW is great and the VPN support is amazing with OpenVPN implementation. Now while travelling, I connect to my router via OpenVPN and I have safe surfing.

I also have the Netgear R6700 with DD-WRT installed.
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