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TP-Link AC1900 Smart WiFi Router - High Speed MU- MIMO Router, Dual Band (Archer A9) for $79.99 + FSSS

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I just grabbed the A7 for $65 and have been pretty happy with it at 5GHz, but the 2.4 band is no better than the $25 dual band D-Link that it replaced or the $20-something router before it (either in range or speed).

Tempted to return it and buy this (fwiw, I was already considering a return). I'm using it across a 2,600sf house, two equal sized floors, and have only a few dead spots without any repeaters/boosters. Overall it's pretty reliable but I still have yet to see a big value in the $50-$100 routers over the very basic ones. I'm not a power user, but we do rely on Wifi for everything from my job to all of our tv, etc.

To be fair, our Spectrum cable internet gets about 200Mbps wired, but can drop to 10 (or much less) during heavy usage or local maintenance. So I can't blame the router for all the problems Wink
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This hardware version v6, so no DD-WRT support.
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I just grabbed the A7 for $65 and have been pretty happy with it at 5GHz, but the 2.4 band is no better than the $25 dual band D-Link that it replaced or the $20-something router before it (either in range or speed).

Tempted to return it and buy this (fwiw, I was already considering a return). I'm using it across a 2,600sf house, two equal sized floors, and have only a few dead spots without any repeaters/boosters. Overall it's pretty reliable but I still have yet to see a big value in the $50-$100 routers over the very basic ones. I'm not a power user, but we do rely on Wifi for everything from my job to all of our tv, etc.

To be fair, our Spectrum cable internet gets about 200Mbps wired, but can drop to 10 (or much less) during heavy usage or local maintenance. So I can't blame the router for all the problems Wink
Same here. Going to compare the two on TP-Link's site to see if it is worth the bother to return the A7 and exchange for the A9. The set up as an access point is super simple, at least compared to my outgoing D-Link DIR-655.
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I just grabbed the A7 for $65 and have been pretty happy with it at 5GHz, but the 2.4 band is no better than the $25 dual band D-Link that it replaced or the $20-something router before it (either in range or speed).

Tempted to return it and buy this (fwiw, I was already considering a return). I'm using it across a 2,600sf house, two equal sized floors, and have only a few dead spots without any repeaters/boosters. Overall it's pretty reliable but I still have yet to see a big value in the $50-$100 routers over the very basic ones. I'm not a power user, but we do rely on Wifi for everything from my job to all of our tv, etc.

To be fair, our Spectrum cable internet gets about 200Mbps wired, but can drop to 10 (or much less) during heavy usage or local maintenance. So I can't blame the router for all the problems Wink
Get a Ubiquiti Unifi AP AC LR.. I have one mounted on center of the second story ceiling and I get signal every including backyard and driveway. I'm in a similar sqft house. Yes you wil need a router for it, but I'm referring to it for WiFi purposes
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Get a Ubiquiti Unifi AP AC LR.. I have one mounted on center of the second story ceiling and I get signal every including backyard and driveway. I'm in a similar sqft house. Yes you wil need a router for it, but I'm referring to it for WiFi purposes
The Ubiquiti Unifi AP AC LR. are great. They can be a little touchy to setup but are rock solid after that.
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This hardware version v6, so no DD-WRT support.
For the average user, does this mean the firmware on this is not up to date or par?
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For the average user, does this mean the firmware on this is not up to date or par?
Most routers get 1-2 years of updates. DD-WRT is a 3rd party open source router software, that will extend the life until the hardware fails.
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$80 should be the full price for this thing...
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Most routers get 1-2 years of updates. DD-WRT is a 3rd party open source router software, that will extend the life until the hardware fails.
Is this something that may receive support in the future or is it being blocked?
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Mine failed in a year. TP-Link is a pain to deal on warranty with lesser models (like this one). Luckily Amazon has very good receipt tracking, you'll need it if you need to warranty.
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TP-Link usually sell their AC2600s (4 antenna model) refurbs for this price on eBay.
Is also supports OpenWRT, a better deal imho. Seems to be OOS at the moment though.
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Same here. Going to compare the two on TP-Link's site to see if it is worth the bother to return the A7 and exchange for the A9. The set up as an access point is super simple, at least compared to my outgoing D-Link DIR-655.
I'm in this same predicament as you two fellows. I bought the A7 last month for $65. I don't think the extra ethernet port and "250 megabit per second speed difference" between the 1750 and 1900 make a difference on my end. Spectrum is 200Mbps for me, and I'm already getting that/more, so it's pretty much hit my limit - don't know what else I'm going to gain. I was debating returning it, but I don't think it's worth the extra $15 for negligible improvements. Anyone else care to differ?
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I'm in this same predicament as you two fellows. I bought the A7 last month for $65. I don't think the extra ethernet port and "250 megabit per second speed difference" between the 1750 and 1900 make a difference on my end. Spectrum is 200Mbps for me, and I'm already getting that/more, so it's pretty much hit my limit - don't know what else I'm going to gain. I was debating returning it, but I don't think it's worth the extra $15 for negligible improvements. Anyone else care to differ?
I asked TP Link via their chat about the differences. They sent me a link to compare the two.
I replied; "All I see is a slight increase in 2.4GHz speed."
They replied; "The A9 also has MU-MIMO."

I decided to give MU-MIMO a try for $15.

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I have a 2 in 1 modem/router for my att U-verse. Can I still use this?
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