TP-Link AC1900 Smart Wireless Gigabit Router

TP-Link AC1900 Smart Wireless Gigabit Router

I got this model for 89.99 about three years ago. The router isn’t too bad, but TP-Link was one of the many router manufacturers affected by KRACK (a WPA2 compromise from 2017). They claimed that they were not affected and spent several weeks with a message on their website saying there was no need to patch.

Eventually it was found they were affected in every wifi router they had on the market, and they released a patch by mid-2018.

They’re not entirely the best in terms of security but if you don’t care about that, have at you.

I see that this is a Broadcom chipset-based device. This implies it has limited support from the OpenWRT project, if you have a mind to flash it with 3rd party firmware. However, I will say something nice – I have a different TP-Link router and it’s very good.

I was literally shopping for this router yesterday and so funny it shows up here. If this is fact new in the box it’s not a bad price. I have an older TP-link router with DD-Wrt flashed on it and bought it used been using it for years and work great without hiccups. In for 1 as I need to get gigabit through my house now tired of getting under 100 meg to my machines.

There are 3 versions of this router.

Version 1 you can flash DD-WRT. I have this one and it runs great.

Version 2 unknown about DD-WRT. As it is the EU model.

Version 3 DD-WRT cannot be flashed because of locked bootloader evidently.

No PoE. No VLAN. I’m looking to get rid of a daisy-chained kludge but this one won’t do it for me. It would be nice to have PoE upstream and downstream and VLAN upstream, all in one box.

$77.92 at Office Depot.

I’m seeing $119. Make sure your looking at the exact same model and not one that looks like it.

For what it’s worth, I’ve had this router for the past three years and have had no problems with it. It has been very reliable and I have not had to reboot it, except when updating the firmware.

The 5GHZ reach isn’t the best, but I’m not sure its any better with other routers. Mine is the first version.

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The 5ghz band does not have very good range it’s designed for speed and devices that dont move around much. Usually it needs to be in the same room as the router. Use 2.4 for everything else.