TP-LINK Archer C8 AC1750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router (+Beamforming) £57.99 @ Amazon
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TP-LINK Archer C8 AC1750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router (+Beamforming) £57.99 @ Amazon

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Found 18th Apr 2016
Seems to be the lowest price yet for this router?

Had a WDR3600 for a couple years which has performed well, but fancy an upgrade so been keeping an eye on this one.... almost bit at £73 yesterday and it's just dropped to £57.99 so taking a punt :-)

Super-Fast Transfer Speeds Providing a Superior WiFi Experience

Archer C8 comes with the next generation 11ac Wi-Fi standard, offering total data transfer speeds achieving up to 1.75Gbps, with 1.3Gbps over the clearer 5GHz channel, and 450Mbps over the 2.4GHz Channel. Ultra-fast 800MHz dual-core CPU function as a great 'heart' for fast, stable and responsive performance with Wi-Fi, Ethernet and USB devices. Whole home coverage with excellent Gigabit WiFi are ideal for bandwidth intensive applications such as HD video streaming and online gaming, allowing you to enjoy a super-fast connected home.

Greater Coverage and Reliable Wi-Fi

Archer C8's 3 dual band antennas with high powered signal amplifiers guarantee continuous Wi-Fi speeds to all your devices while boosting Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home.

Beamforming Technology for Efficient WiFi

Archer C8's beamforming technology locate your connected devices and boost wireless signal strength in those directions, delivering a more targeted and highly efficient wireless connection.

Dual USB Ports for Easy Sharing

With one ultrafast USB 3.0 port and one USB 2.0 port, you can easily access and share a printer locally and files & media with networked devices or remotely via the router's FTP server. The USB 3.0 port provides up to 10x faster USB hard drive access than legacy USB 2.0 connections.

Gigabit Wired Connections for Ultrafast Data Transfer Speeds

Full shielded Gigabit WAN-LAN ports can achieve blazing WAN to LAN throughput of up to 1000Mbps. Archer C8 is a powerful hub to support a robust and extremely fast wired network.
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Very good price, might really be the best so far. Not sure why they released another 1750 router, but probably they wanted to name it differently as there is a change of chipset manufacturer (this one is Broadcom while C7 is Qualcomm Atheros).
very good price!!


Edited by: "shinds" 18th Apr 2016
I have the c8 and is great, superb for the price
item not showing up in primenow app? any idea?
Can you use this to replace sky router?
IrfanFaruki

Can you use this to replace sky router?


If you mean a sky adsl router, not entirely, you will still need the modem functionality of the sky box, but could disable the wireless on it and piggyback this router off of the sky box (by RJ45 cable).
Edited by: "dt_matthews" 18th Apr 2016
amazing price for this router. I have the vr900 which is ac1900 VDSL modem router. it is a fantastic piece of kit. got 4 bed brick house and everywhere got fantastic reception. no doubt this unit will perform equally well. TP link makes very very good kit
dt_matthews

If you mean a sky adsl router, not entirely, you will still need the … If you mean a sky adsl router, not entirely, you will still need the modem functionality of the sky box, but could disable the wireless on it and piggyback this router off of the sky box (by RJ45 cable).



I have sky fiber connection. So either I can replace that box with this or use that as a modem and use this for wifi
I got this recently for the same price when I was in the US. To be honest it's not that much better than what I had before (TalkTalk supplied) and I still end up connecting to the neighbour's router all the time (we have their password). I think it's because we are in an apartments in a 19th century Georgian place and the walls are so thick it is easier to pick up the signal through the floor than through the walls. Homeplugs for me still I am afraid.
KiretoX

Very good price, might really be the best so far. Not sure why they … Very good price, might really be the best so far. Not sure why they released another 1750 router, but probably they wanted to name it differently as there is a change of chipset manufacturer (this one is Broadcom while C7 is Qualcomm Atheros).



As I understand it, the C7 came out before the regs were locked down and isn't as reliable as it could be. The integrated modem version, the D7, uses the Broadcom chips and this is in effect the non modem version of that but in the newer design case. Something like that
If you have ADSL or fibre, you'll need to leave your existing bit of kit in place to act as the modem if you want to use one of these. I've done it in the past, I just disabled all the features on my Sky router so it was just being bypassed (in the DMZ, DHCP and WiFi disabled). It solved the flakey WiFi and router panics with too many connections. However, I was still getting reliability issues on the ADSL side of the my connection, so I bought a cheap dedicated ADSL modem.
Or just buy a n600 that does the job
I have the TP-Link C9 router which is just bit faster than this and it is the best one I have used so far. This looks like a great price for this model.
HEAT!

Excellent price, great bit of kit for the price ;-)

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Error440

Or just buy a n600 that does the job


Which one
IrfanFaruki

I have sky fiber connection. So either I can replace that box with this … I have sky fiber connection. So either I can replace that box with this or use that as a modem and use this for wifi



Check this out

All the details you'll need are in there. I followed the same thing & it works perfectly (although I have a different router, but this one is a great buy)
Just grabbed one. I've been considering an upgrade from my old Buffalo N secondary router for a while and the price is low enough to tempt me to make the leap. Hopefully this will enable me to wirelessly stream higher bitrate video.
I was looking at a router specifically to share a USB 3.0 HDD plus a printer (old USB laser) across the network. Does anyone know the USB 3 transfer speeds achieved on these models across Ethernet (not WiFi) and which printers might be compatible? Thanks in advance.
IrfanFaruki

Which one



The one on amazonn thats around the same price 9980 or something thats what I got, it said it was good fir adsl and fibre, thats why I got it as I wasn't sure if the problem I had was router or isp, so I might have switched isp and kept it as a back up.
Will it function as a VPN server?
From what i can find on the net. You cannot put sky box in modem mode any more. So you cannot use external router with it correctly
which sky box are you referring to? I have done it a few days ago with an SR102 (black sky hub).
dt_matthews

which sky box are you referring to? I have done it a few days ago with an … which sky box are you referring to? I have done it a few days ago with an SR102 (black sky hub).


Yes the black one SR102... I read it on the net and it said that you don't have functionality to put it in Modem only mode.
Just received the box today so haven't had a chance to check it yet
well I just disabled dhcp, wifi, and connected the router I wanted to use for wifi to it via ethernet, worked fine for me, I assume it was on the current firmware as its unmodified.
Error440

The one on amazonn thats around the same price 9980 or something thats … The one on amazonn thats around the same price 9980 or something thats what I got, it said it was good fir adsl and fibre, thats why I got it as I wasn't sure if the problem I had was router or isp, so I might have switched isp and kept it as a back up.



Is the Belkin at £28 sumat or the Netgear one at £90, both being N600
would this work with virgin media?? thanks...any feedbacks guys...anybody using it now??
warlock09

would this work with virgin media?? thanks...any feedbacks guys...anybody … would this work with virgin media?? thanks...any feedbacks guys...anybody using it now??



Yup, that's what I plan on using it with. Just log in to your 'super' hub and set it to modem only mode :-)
avalon50

Is the Belkin at £28 sumat or the Netgear one at £90, both being N600




No its a tp link it was about 53 quid a couple of months ago, I only mention it because the reviews said ìt could replace a bt hùb, whatever plusnet give out etc, it pretty much covers anything that can be shoved down a copper wire phoneline/fibre . I like it anyway its serving me well and my nets alot better then it was before, no idea how sky do internet but it was just a suggestion to have a look at that.
This c8 Sorted out my connection problem when using only my super hub, with the c8 I get signal all over the show and no dropped signal when listening to BBC I player radio.
Paid around £65 2-3 months ago. I have solid brick walls and ahem... an "industry standard" router. This meant I used power line adapters. I purchased this for a chromecast and the 5ghz resolved my wifi issues. However it does look ugly and like a birthday cake.

Edit: This cannot replace a router/hub it connects via LAN/Ethernet.
Edited by: "treacle13" 18th Apr 2016
ymmf

Will it function as a VPN server?


Nope. No openwrt either.
Anyone know what the QoS settings are like on one of these?
Such a great price for this, far cheaper than anywhere else.
dt_matthews

well I just disabled dhcp, wifi, and connected the router I wanted to use … well I just disabled dhcp, wifi, and connected the router I wanted to use for wifi to it via ethernet, worked fine for me, I assume it was on the current firmware as its unmodified.



​It is possible to get the sky login details using a packet sniffer and then enter these into your chosen router. I'm using a Bipac 7800n on Sky BB without their router

I bought one of these to replace a dead Cisco/Linksys N router - I now have better range and speeds, pretty happy so far.

Zen1984

Yup, that's what I plan on using it with. Just log in to your 'super' hub … Yup, that's what I plan on using it with. Just log in to your 'super' hub and set it to modem only mode :-)



I didn't bother setting "Modem only" mode on my SuperHub2 I just followed these instructions:
youtube.com/wat…nF0

I also find the SuperHub stops accepting wireless devices when you have too many, so my solution is to use the second WLAN on this router to supplement the SuperHub's Wi-Fi.

b1g1an

As I understand it, the C7 came out before the regs were locked down and … As I understand it, the C7 came out before the regs were locked down and isn't as reliable as it could be. The integrated modem version, the D7, uses the Broadcom chips and this is in effect the non modem version of that but in the newer design case. Something like that



I believe the difference is that the C8 has beamforming - to direct a better signal at your wireless devices.
IrfanFaruki

From what i can find on the net. You cannot put sky box in modem mode any … From what i can find on the net. You cannot put sky box in modem mode any more. So you cannot use external router with it correctly


Well, you can, you just plug a LAN socket from your sky router into the WAN port of this. It means you've got a double router, but it does work. Then just disable as many features of the Sky router as you can (WiFi, put this in the DMZ, etc).
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