TP-LINK AC1200 Wireless Dual-Band Gigabit Router (Archer C5)

  • Model #: Archer C5
  • Web Code: 10380785
$69.99
TP-Link Routers Overview

TP-Link Routers Overview

TP-LINK's Archer C5 and C9 routers create reliable, high-speed networks for smooth gaming and HD streaming using 802.11ac, the latest Wi-Fi technology.

Overview

Get the most out of your wireless home network and enjoy seamless HD streaming and online gaming with the Archer C5 wireless dual-band gigabit router from TP-LINK. Featuring the next generation 802.11ac WiFi standard, this unit delivers speeds 3 times faster than wireless N for lag-free work and entertainment.

More Information

  • Features the next generation Wi-Fi standard in 802.11ac, which is 3 times faster than wireless N speeds and offers a combined wireless data transfer rate of up to 1.2Gbps (2.4GHz and 5GHz band concurrently)
  • 2.4GHz band with a wireless speed of 300Mbps is perfect for less intensive tasks like emailing and web browsing
  • 5GHz band with a wireless speed of 867Mbps can take care of heavy-duty tasks like online gaming, HD streaming, and other bandwidth-demanding activities
  • Full gigabit ports ensure you're getting lightning-fast data transfer speeds
  • TP-LINK Tether provides you with simple network management
  • Dual USB ports make it possible to share a printer locally and share files with networked devices (or remotely via FTP server)
  • Guest Network Access ensures your guests have secure Wi-Fi access to your home or office network
  • 2 dual band detachable antennas give you the best possible Omni-directional wireless coverage and reliability
  • IPv6 supported, meeting the demands for the next generation of Internet
  • IP-based Bandwidth Control makes bandwidth management a breeze when it comes to the devices connected to your router
  • Wi-Fi On/Off button offers a quick and easy way to turn their wireless radio on or off
  • Easy one-touch wireless security encryption with the WPS button
  • WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encryptions ensure user networks are equipped with an active defense against security threats
  • Easy Setup Assistant with multi-language support makes for super easy installation
  • Compatible with 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac products

What's in the Box?

  • AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router Archer C5
  • 2 Detachable Antennas
  • Power Supply Unit
  • Resource CD
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Quick Installation Guide

Manufacturer's Warranty:

  • Parts - 2 Year(s)

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  • Wireless Networking Features
  • Wireless Standard
    802.11n/g/b 2.4GHz; 802.11ac/n/a 5GHz
  • Wireless Speed
    AC1200
  • Number of Bands
    2
  • Frequency Bands
    2.4 GHz; 5 GHz
  • Maximum Data Rate - Per Band
    2.4 GHz - 300 Mbps; 5 GHz - 867 Mbps
  • Maximum Data Rate - Total
    1.2 Gbps
  • Wired Networking Features
  • Ethernet Speed
    10/100/1000
  • WAN Ports
    1
  • LAN Ports
    4
  • Network Security / Management Features
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup
    Yes
  • Quality of Service (QoS) Controls
    Yes
  • Physical Features
  • Colour
    Black
  • Width
    24.3 cm
  • Height
    3.3 cm
  • Depth
    16.1 cm
  • Weight
    1200 g
  • Warranty Parts
    2 Year(s)


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Customer Reviews

4.2 / 5
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Positive vs. Critical Reviews

Positive 88%

39 Reviews

Critical 11%

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  • from Oakville, ON
5.0

Excellent for service as access point in existing network

I bought this to replace an older Linksys access point in my home network, because the older AP did not do either simultaneous 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz transmissions or AC speeds. This TP-Link does both, and has improved the connectivity for devices in the part of the home closest to its location. The main router in the network is more powerful Asus model, and the TP-Link has no trouble operating properly as a wireless access point. I simply assigned it an IP within my existing network range, disabled its DHCP server, changed its SSIDs and PWs to match the corresponding ones on the main router, and connected them together LAN-to-LAN. Works like a charm, with seamless roaming between connections when devices are moved about the house. There is no explicit "AP mode" setting, as on some routers, but it's not needed if you just make the changes I've mentioned and connect nothing to the WAN port. One convenient feature that I appreciate, but that may not be important for many, is that you can wall mount the device. This enables it to be very non-intrusive, taking up zero desk or table space. Handy! I'm not using most of the router functions on the Archer C5, but I did look over the advanced user interface pretty thoroughly. It seems very full-featured, with many quite advanced functions such as guest network bandwidth limiting, static routing, parental controls, and a form of QoS (also called bandwidth limiting). Based on my experience with it as an access point, and my review of its more advanced features, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it for a smaller or less active home. I would also take a look at TP-Link's larger and more powerful models if I needed something with more horsepower. The reputable site smallnetbuilder.com reviews routers and other networking gear, and TP-Link devices are regularly cited as offering good performance for value prices, which is how I would characterize this model.


  • from Toronto
4.0

Easy to set up, pretty good router

Have been using this router for the past 10 days. Set up was very easy and without glitches when compared to my previous Dlink and Linksys routers. Dual-band speed setting helps to set up different speeds for wireless N, G, A and B devices. Initially did not get a good speed, but getting faster internet speed after changing from "Auto" setting to a less crowded channel number in wireless 2.5 GHz and 5 GHz settings. Overall, a pretty good router for the money spent.


  • from Scarborough, ON
3.0

works ok!

works ok! not like my old D-link,so far am not getting any issue but speed of the INTERNET also ok.


  • from Hamilton
5.0

Nice router

easy setup. fast AC works well.


  • from North York, ON
5.0

very good

This wifi router works great and is easy to set up!


  • from Edmonton
1.0

2.4GHz band dropping

The 2.4GHz band drops every 2 minutes or so, and I lose connection completely for 10 seconds or so. I've updated the firmware and tried all sorts of channel and width settings. Nothing will fix it. The 5GHz band seems okay as I haven't seen it drop yet. This doesn't help me considering I have a laptop and printer that do not support 5GHz band.


  • from Gatineau, QC
5.0

Good for the price

Needed to extend my WiFi (basement to backyard) and this router did the job. Installation was fast and easy so I would not hesitate to buy again.


  • from Peterborough
1.0

Initial impressions soured quickly

I picked this up only because it seemed like the best budget option at the local store. I didn't have time to order a more preferable brand online. It setup okay, but I ran into a fair amount of trouble getting one of my BluRay players to connect to the router, which should have been my indication of this router being less than ideal. Both the Android app and the browser based interface are rudimentary and have poorly designed user interfaces. Now after only 4 months, the router drops the internet and needs to be reset to fix it for a day before needing to be reset again. The router I had before this lasted 4 years before having the same issues. I would recommend that you stay away from this router and do some research to find a reliable one instead.


  • from Richmond, BC
5.0

No Samsung Wifi printer connectivity

This router has decent speed, but the main problem is it cannot connect the Samsung Wifi printer. It has to use a wired connection to Samsung wifi printer. And sometime it may slow at certain time.


  • from Newmarket, ON
5.0

Great wireless router

Used this router to boost signal on bell 2 wire modem. Works great. If I can make this work in 15 min. Anyone can. I am a really lost on most setups.


  • from Niagara Falls On.
4.0

good router

I get a much stronger signal throughout the house than my old signal channel router.


  • from Edmonton, AB
3.0

Low Powered Router

If you have more then 2 or 3 units in your house on wireless or lan connections, pass on this router. This router is great for small homes/average usage and for [price] will hold up nicely. Anything more then that and this router starts to freeze and stall ( both wireless and lan connections ) Purchased this and the load on it was 3 iPhones, 2 iPads, 2 laptops, xbox one, nintendo wii U. ( granted not all at the same time, simply connected to the network ) once 2 or 3 became active ( youtube, netflix or online games ) it would start to freeze up and drop the connection for 2 - 3 minutes before resuming. If you are an average user, anything above that, keep looking.


  • from Montréal, QC
4.0

Good Product but the setup is little tricky.

The auto-detect feature for network setting keeps detecting Static IP for me. Although my IP is dynamic. Make sure you select Dynamic if you are with Major Residential ISPs like, videotron, bell etc. Also, turnoff your modem for at least 15 seconds and then turn on both router(archer c5) and modem together.


  • from Montréal, QC
4.0

Good performance but not easy to install

This is my 2nd router and it's not easy to install at all. My previous router is D LINK and it was very easy to install. It kept to be in static mode until you can answer a lot of technical questions like service provider Ip address, and other info from your laptop before it can be switched to dynamic mode. However the performance for this router is very good.


  • from Pierrefonds, QC
1.0

difficult installation, no support

just bought it, installation is painful, no support by phone, quick guide not helping (missing steps), testing at end of installation fails, several resets needed, does not look reliable to start with..


  • from Winnipeg, MB
5.0

Great product for a great price

Just like the review title said and great product, with instructions so simple my 70 year old grandpa set it up before I got out of the bathroom, now im able to watch, download, stream, and sync all devices with high frequency and with less time.


  • from Toronto, ON
4.0

Works just fine

I was hesitant at first but now I am glad I went for it.


  • from Clarenville, NL
5.0

Awesome Performance

Bought this router couple of weeks ago to replace my dlink N router. Boy was I happpy I did. My download speeds went from 60mbs to 110 mbs downloads. The difference was amazing. Installation was easy as 1 2 3.


  • from Kitchener, ON
5.0

Perfectly satisfactory

Being an IT professional for years it was really simple for me to install the device. The performance is abundant for my needs - I've got 30/5 Mbps internet connection and everywhere in the house the reported connection speed is more than 100Mbps. Signal strength on both 2.4 and 5GHz bands is fine as well - being installed on 1st floor it covers both the basement and second floor perfectly.


  • from Dobbinton, ON
4.0

Great wireless modem

I found this modem to be very easy to install. Way faster than my old one (I was ready to blame my internet provider for slow speeds) and the range goes a lot further. Very pleased!


  • from Richmond Hill, ON
4.0

Good, but with some problems

This is a good router for the money. There is one problem though that may be a show stopper for some: the media server is not working properly. The device probably fails at scanning some file and at that point it just stops scanning. You end up with files and entire folders that are not accessible through DLNA. Customer support was useless and not wiling to look into the problem. Product returned.


  • from Richmond Hill, ON
5.0

Might be the best for the money!

I bought this route about two weeks ago. It not only looks well, it also works very well. The initial setup is super easy. The speed is really fast. The range is good too. For [the price], I think this is the best router I've ever had.


  • from Kitchener, ON
5.0

a lot for the money

Over the years I've had 4 routers (1 wired and 3 wireless) and this is the nicest for the money. It's the easiest to set up and all the functions actually work the way they should. Everything worked pretty much right away. There were support downloads on the TP-Link site. It was up and running in about half an hour. I spent a few more hours over the next two days doing tuning, setting up the print server and the storage server. The print server is pretty much seamless. No matter which computer, I just print from an application and it shows up on the printer. there's a little utility that comes with the router that loads when the computer starts and waits in the background until print is requested. I used a USB hub to connect the printer as that allows for more temporary storage via thumb drives. The storage server was a little harder to set up as you have to map the network drive and it took me a few tries to get the coding correct. There are examples in the documentation, and, once I got the right perspective it worked right away. I use the storage server to do disk backups for my computer over wireless. 80 GB storage takes about 3 hours via norton ghost with standard compression. All my wireless is older so it was nice that this router is n compatible. So, the ac part will be for the future. I had a little trouble understanding why the 2.4ghz kept dropping out. This was solved by moving the antennas around and eventually unplugging the base set for my wireless phone. Apparently the wireless phone uses 2.4 as well. I'm glad this router is dual band as (aside from the 2.4 dropping out) I have 12 2.4ghz networks around me and a good deal of overlapping. 5ghz is empty except for me so that's what I use. The guest networks set up and run easy too. Guests can be prevented from seeing each other and accessing the LAN. As for security, I used the wpa2, spi firewall and the DoS feature. All were easy to set up. Haven't had to look at the resource disk yet as everything seems straight forward and there were easy to use downloads at the website. The router seems to have all the features that you could want and the few I tried all worked. I had a choice between the TP-Link AC1200 [price] and an n750 from a well known company at [price]. I have no regrets with this TP-LINK. To put it in perspective, my last two wireless routers were nighmares. The first one worked but it was impossible to find good useful documentation and all setup had to go thru a support person. I used that one for about 4 years. The second one had documentation support, but the thing couldn't handle the load generated by all the features. I tried to get it replaced but they kept saying there's nothing wrong with it. By the time I found out it could only do basic functions without overloading and crashing it was out of warranty and there was no help. So I used that one for about 6 years to get my money out of it. With this TP-Link I'm way ahead with a router that does what it says it does.


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