The third time is the charm and so’s the third reviewed TP-LINK router! Probably, I think.
Setup & Software
As with most of the newer wireless routers the installation is self-explanatory and really easy. You shouldn’t worry about it even if you haven’t installed any router before. Just connect the cables and you’ll be fine. Really. That’s the thing with techonology today: it does everything by itself.
Pretty much the same applies to the software. Nothing out of the ordinary. But that’s not a bad thing. So you’ll get features like guest networks, Parental Control or WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK-security.
I can’t say anything negative about the firmware. Since many other established router manufacturers have had several issues with their launch firmware and even with following updates it’s a good thing you don’t have to worry about that with the Archer C8.
Hardware & Wireless Connection
As the new flagship of TP-LINK and the successor of the TP-LINK Archer C7 this wireless router brings you all the features and hardware you know. Additionally to the 4 LAN ports and the USB 2.0 port you’ll get a USB 3.0 port for free. Well, not really for free, you know. Let’s say it’s included.
Like its predecessor the TP-LINK Archer C8 comes with dual bands at 2.4GHz and 5GHz that can reach a total maximum speed of 1750 Mbps (1300 for 5GHz, 450 for 2.4GHz). Again, you won’t see those speeds in reality as they only represent the wireless connection speed under ideal circumstances – and those you can’t possibly achieve.
So basically the new TP-LINK router is exactly the same as the last one only with this cool USB 3.0 port? Nearly true, yes. However, the C8 has new dual band antennas (this time only external ones) instead of three antennas on the inside and three on the outside. This means a better coverage but has otherwise only a visual impact on the TP-LINK Archer C8.
A small problem with this router is that some people reported an unreliable and therefore sometimes unstable connection and some issues with port-forwarding. My father used this router for a while and whenever I stayed for a day or two I haven’t noticed any problems. A quick Internet search revealed that this router works well for the majority of users only a few report sever problems.
The TP-LINK Archer C8 in comparison
|ASUS RT-N66U||TP-LINK Archer C7||TP-LINK Archer C8
|Data Transfer Rate (max)||900Mbps||1750Mbps||1750Mbps|
I can only repeat my words from the Archer C7 review. The TP-LINK Archer C8 is a solid choice if you don’t want to spend too much money. Some people having connection issues doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily experience the same since the overall feedback for this router is quite positive. If you own the TP-LINK Archer C7 then there’s no point in getting this one if you don’t absolutely need the USB 3.0 port. If you’re looking for a more affordable alternative to the best wireless router the Archer C8 is a great choice.