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TP-Link Archer C80 Review: Amazing Wi-Fi Performance

Plenty of times when you are facing unstable and slow WiFi connection, it is due to the slow wireless router you are using. The wireless router that comes from your Internet service provider are often basic router with really low specs to reduce cost.

You can always buy a third party router and replace the router provided from your ISP which will help your connection greatly. Today, we will be looking at TP-Link Archer C80 AC1900 dual-band MU-MIMO wireless router. This is an affordable entry level router but with decent specs.

TP-Link Archer C80 is now available for sale in Malaysia at just RM269 at the time of writing this article. It comes with a 3 years one to one exchange warranty from TP-Link.

Hardware and Specs

Wireless 2.4Ghz 3×3 up to 600Mbps
Wireless 5Ghz 3×3 up to 1300Mbps
Wireless Features MU-MIMO, Beamforming, Guest WiFi
CPU Mediatek
RAM 128MB RAM
Ports 4x Gigabit Ethernet LAN + 1x Gigabit Ethernet WAN

The Archer C80 comes with Wireless AC1900 and it can support a maximum WiFi speed up to 1300Mbps on 5Ghz channel and 600Mbps on 2.4Ghz channel. It supports Wireless AC MU-MIMO and Beamforming feature for a better WiFi performance.

MU-MIMO technology will let it to have better performance when having more devices connected to your wireless router. It allows the router to achive Multi User, Multiple Input Multiple Output simultaneous connection which will result in better speed.

TP-Link also added beamforming function to the Archer C80, something which TP-Link Archer C7 does not have. This will provide a stronger WiFi signal for your device by carefully adjusting the anenna power to steer the signal towards your WiFi clients.

It has 4 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports and a single Gigabit Ethernet WAN port that can support up to 1Gbps on these port. This is a really important factor to consider when shopping for an affordable router. Some routers can only support up to 100Mbps.

Design wise, I think it looks fine. The new design looks kinda clean as it doesn’t show dust easily. There are 4 non-removable high gain external antenna. See the full specs of the Archer C80 on TP-Link website here.

Under the router, you will find the default WiFi name (SSID) and the default WiFi password. I also notice there are 2 holes which make it possible to wall mount or ceiling mount this wireless router.

Archer C80 Setup Process

Replacing your old wireless router with the Archer C80 is really simple. Just unplug your old router, connect to this new router and do some basic setup process. The steps may be slightly different depending on what Internet Service Provider you use. 

Once you switched on the new Archer C80, use your computer to connect to the default WiFi of this router then navigate to the setting spage to perform the initial setup process. The default settings page of the router is tplinkwifi.net or 192.168.1.1. 

Most users will use the PPPoE mode and you will need to request the PPPoE username and password from your Internet Service Provider. For users in Malaysia, you must select the ISP profile if you use Unifi or Maxis. You can refer to my TP-Link Unifi setup guide over here.

It is also compatible to the Unifi TV box and you must connect your Unifi Hypp TV box to the LAN 1 port. The port is labeled as LAN 1 on the back of the wireless router.

WiFi Performance Test

I highly recommend enabling the smart connect function. This will merge the 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz band under a single WiFi name (SSID). It will provide a more seamless connection as the router will intelligently steer your devices to the best band best on signal quality without you having to switch between the 2.4Ghz WiFi and 5Ghz WiFi manually.

I am getting pretty good WiFi speed out of the Archer C80 when testing it with my laptop with a Wireless AC1200 WiFi adapter. The speed is close to 600Mbps on a short distance. I am really surprised by how fast and stable is the WiFi network of this affordable wireless router.

When I am on further distance after 2 walls, the 5Ghz WiFi speed dropped to just slightly below 400Mbps. This is still a really good performance that I did not expect from this router. I did not notice any disconnections when using this router.

You will need a device that support Wireless AC in order to enjoy fast WiFI speed. Most devices sold after 2018 should already support Wireless AC technology. If you are using an older computer, you can upgrade the WiFi receiver by buying a new Wireless AC WiFi adapter.

On a wired LAN connection, I can reach a maximum download speed of up to 871Mbps on TP-Link Archer C80. 

Firmware and Features

If you use the Archer C80, you will want to download the TP-Link Tether app on your phone as it compliments the experience of owning this wireless router.  The app will show you many information and let you to manage your home network easily as it is link to a TP-Link account.

Personally I feel TP-Link router settings interface is the prettiest and most user friendly in the market now. Everything is really easy to understand and things are shown clearly. You can see how many devices and how they are connected in real-time.

The parental control function lets you to perform keyword blocking to block specific content for selected devices. It also lets you to configure daily Internet usage limit and bedtime Internet limit. They are all really easy to configure on the web interface. 

TP-Link Archer C80 also comes with a built-in access point mode. I think this is great as the C80 have great WiFi capabilities, it is a great model to consider for access point. TP-Link also included a guest WiFi function on this router.

Closing Thoughts

TP-Link Archer C80 is a great affordable wireless router that performs beyond expectation. It is a a good upgrade to improve your WiFi coverage and stability especially if you still using the default wireless router provider by your service provider. It is stable and pretty fast which seals the deal for a budget router like this. 

Archer C80

TP-Link Archer C80

8.6

Tubi Rating

Good Stuff

  • Easy to setup
  • Stable WiFi performance
  • Good value for money

Bad Stuff

  • No USB port
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Lim

Alvyn, TP-Link Archer C58HP WiFi AC1350 High Power or TP-Link Archer C80 AC1900? Your review of C80 AC1900 is the only review in the internet, so it is very difficult for me which one I should buy. Pls give me “a reasonable doubt” to choose the right one. Thanks.

Jolo Medina

Really torn if I should get this or AX10?

Harry

which one is good

Archer A9 or Archer C80

both are at same price

Geth

I’m already using Archer C6, does moving to Archer C80 will i get better coverage?

Nayan

Hi Which one should choose please suggest !!
 
TP-Link Archer C80 AC1900 Vs TP-Link Archer C6 
In terms of budget & Best value for money and Future Proof.
 
 
 

Last edited 2 months ago by Nayan
Conan

I just received the C80 today. Wow it really performs great! The wifi signals are strong and the unit doesn’t get too hot. I think it’s stronger than my old Archer C9 which I thought was a pretty powerful router. It’s also very compact in size.

Elymadid

In range is this better than a9? They both have 3×3 antenna in both 2g and 5g.

Harry

Thanks for the great review.
 
However which one good between
 
Archer C80 vs Archer A7 vs Archer C7 vs Netgear 6350
 
Does Archer C7 and A7 support beamforming and which processor it has..
 
Also please do a comparison review.

Harry

hello Alvyn, can you please confirm if Archer A7 and C7 support beam forming

and is C80 much better than A7 and C7

Simon Long

Hi Alvin, I am staying in a 900 over sqft apartment and my modem is placed middle of the hall. Is this router good enough for the whole unit, up to the master bedroom which is the furthest from the hall? My budget is less than RM300. Thanks.
 

Last edited 2 months ago by Simon Long
Muhd Shabbir

Hey mate, I’m currently using Archer C5V provided by Maxis. I have 9 devices at my Condo and sometimes the connection just drops so im guessing it’s not powerful enough or stability and range issue. So I’m considering between the AX20 (which is on sale for the same price) or the C80. Any recommendations and maybe why?

Trung

Hi Alvyn Ong, are you sure it has 256mb ram? How about rom? How many devices it can load? I need a router which can load 50 devices and I dont know whether archer c80 can load 50 devices or not? Thanks

Anthni

256mb RAM & 64MB Flash rom is sufficient for devices up to 50. But I think archer c80 is only 32mb Flash Rom (only recommended up to 40 devices. Consider buying TP Link AX20 or the Archer C3200 which has a 256mb RAM and 128mb Flash ROM, it is more than sufficient.
https://routerchart.com/tp-link/tp-link-archer-c3200-c3200-166

inderjeet

Archer a9 vs archer c80 , which one buy ??

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