TP-Link AC1900 Smart WiFi Router (Archer A8) -High Speed MU-MIMO Wireless Router

TP-Link AC1900 Smart WiFi Router (Archer A8) -High Speed MU-MIMO Wireless Router

TP-Link AC1900 Smart WiFi Router (Archer A8) -High Speed MU-MIMO Wireless Router, Dual Band Router for Wireless Internet, Gigabit, Supports Guest WiFi

TP-Link AC1900 Smart WiFi Router:

Tp-link ac1900 smart wifi router – high speed mu-mimo wireless router, dual band router for wireless internet, gigabit, supports guest wifi, beamforming, smart connect(archer a8).archer a8 doesn’t have usb port which is different from the archer a9 ac1900 router. And the archer a8 doesn’t support vpn.

What are tp-link ac1900 smart wifi router features?

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  • Onemesh compatible router- form a seamless wifi when work with tp-link onemesh wifi extenders
  • Wave 2 wireless internet router, 600 mbps on the 2.4ghz band and 1300 mbps on the 5ghz band
  • Mu-mimo gigabit router, 3 simultaneous data streams help your devices achieve optimal performance by making communication more efficient
  • Boosted wifi coverage, beamforming technology delivers a highly efficient wireless connection, long range wifi
  • Full gigabit ports: create fast, reliable wired connections for your pcs, smart tvs and gaming console with 4 x gigabit lan and 1 x gigabit wan. No usb port
  • Parental controls: block inappropriate content and set daily limits for how much time your children spend online with parental controls
  • Works with all internet service providers, such as at&t, verizon, xfinity, spectrum, rcn, cox, centurylink, frontier, etc.( a modem is required for most internet service providers)
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Tp-link ac1900 smart wifi router details:

Product dimensions

9.57 x 6.32 x 1.28 inches

Item weight

14.6 ounces

Item model number

Archer a8

Manufacturer

Tp-link

Country of origin

Vietnam

Product guides and documents

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TP-Link AC1900 Smart WiFi Router (Archer A8) -High Speed MU-MIMO Wireless Router, Dual Band Router for Wireless Internet, Gigabit, Supports Guest WiFi

Looking for specific info?

What is the difference between archer 8th and archer 9?

Key differences are that the archer a9 has four antennas (3 external, 1 internal) as opposed to the 3 external on the a8, as well as the archer a9 having a usb port where the a8 does not, and the archer a9 supporting openvpn and pptp vpn.

What’s the distance in coverage sq.ft???

Wifi coverage range will vary depending on your environment and which wifi band you are connecting to. For optimal coverage, we always recommend installing the router in a central location within your home.

Does it work well with multiple alexa devices?

Yes – it supports numerous simultaneous wifi connections to various devices, including alexa.

Does it work well with multiple alexa devices?

Yes, i have one in almost every room of the house (2798 sqft) and a grad student, my wife and i all working at home. No issues love it.

Will this work with affinity x1?

If your wireless tv box supports wi-fi connectivity, it should work fine.

Can you manually change this router from 2.4 g to 5g?

Yes, you can enable or disable one, or both bands via the router’s management interface using either a web browser or the tp-link tether app.

I have smart plugs that only operate on 2.4ghz networks. Does anyone have smart plugs that work with this router? Thanks

I am currently using smart plugs also
they work with most tp- link dual band routers
2.4 & 5ghz

i have the archer a8 tp-link 1900

Can you specify a fixed frequency on the wireless bands?

If desired, you can manually assign a specific wifi channel to both the 2.4ghz and 5ghz bands. Each channel corresponds to a frequency within each band’s spectrum.

My neighbor and i share the wifi but the router is at her apartment and my signal is too weak, can i use it to improve mine? And works within the two?

I almost keep getting the answer to this question but not quite. Will someone please straight up answer this, which is the same question as mine. Focus –

he is saying that the router is in her apartment… Lets say he cant touch it but knows the login/password.
Picture two apartments, lets say 100 feet apart important > do not have access to the router! It’s in someone elses apartment, now can this be put in between and using ethernet for poe but not for connecting router to extender. That would be an access point. Ethernet from alternate area with weak signal for poe.

And suggested, if you can run ethernet from one space to the other. Why wouldn’t you just plug into the router and skip the repeater extender and wifi altogether?

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Will this router work with arris modem? Thank you.

It should work, but it might not support the highest speeds that the arris supports. I use it with a 300mb/sec cable modem and service and get almost that (about 250mb/sec) in speed tests. If you are going for 2gb/sec that some versions of the arris supports you are going to need a faster router,

Is there a setting i can change/update to better allow connecting to devices? My myq garage door openers won’t connect and neither will my new dot.

Hi! As long as the router’s wi-fi signal (either 2.4ghz or 5ghz) reaches the locations of your devices, they should be able to connect.

Could you plug in a wire connecting 2 routers from lanport to internet access port ports to reach a farther distance ?

Yes, and you can also program to it to be a separate access point, and have the ability to assign specific devices to 5ghz and 2.4 ghz.
While excluding other devices, sending them to your original ‘older’ router only. Pretty slick!
But there is a learning curve, the average consumer may find difficult, unless you have programmed a router before.

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Does it work with walmart straighttalk?

The archer a8 works with devices that support industry standard wifi and ethernet networking protocols.

I currently have a verizon router for internet via frontier fios, do i need a modem w/ this router?

Your existing internet source (frontier gateway, modem, or ont) must be connected to the router via ethernet cable to supply it with internet.

How does this router do with thick walls?

That will vary depending on numerous elements, including, but not limited to: placement of the router (central is ideal), which band you are connoting to, distance from the router, and physical obstructions (i.e. Walls, furniture).

Does it have a 4g sim card slot? Thanks

I dont see any; only 4x, gigabit lan ports.

Will this work with verizon fios?

Yes, i am currently using this with verizon fios instead of the router they originally supplied.

Does it work withgoogle fiber webpass?

As long as your internet source offers an ethernet interface, you should be able to connect it to the router’s internet port.

Does it provide a built-in log for internet access?

If you are referring to full network logging for each device connected to the network, the archer a8 is not designed for this type of feature.

Will this technology support cameras and technology that need a dedicated 2.4ghz band? My current router has both, but automatically switches.

Yes

TP-Link AC1900 Smart WiFi Router (Archer A8) -High Speed MU-MIMO Wireless Router AMAZON

TP-Link AC1900 Smart WiFi Router (Archer A8) -High Speed MU-MIMO Wireless Router, Dual Band Router for Wireless Internet, Gigabit, Supports Guest WiFi

What are our customers saying?

5Expert Score
Router for digital mixer owners (xr18 internal wi-fi is a joke) see update

So if you know anything about ‘wireless’ controlled stage box mixers, like my behringer xr18, you know that all the great features and abilities don’t include reliable internal wi-fi. In 2002 you’d think they could come up with an upgrade. But alas, single band and a signal that loves to disappear is what i’m stuck with… But no more! So i just got this a few days ago and have everything working great in the living room. I’ll modify and update this review as i get some real world experience with the router. For now (7/22) everything seems great and ready to rock. The xr ‘how to’ videos out there were helpful but still left me with some head scratching and googling to do along the way. I’m not exactly a network/computer guy. But really, i figured it out without too much really trouble.

Here’s a couple notes and observation for those looking to add a router for a similar purpose; especially behringer users.

Follow the set up instructions for the router before you even think about the mixer. Since i wasn’t going to use this for internet i wasn’t sure if all that was necessary- but it is! Hook everything up in the order of operation described first. I did the rest on my phone by downloading the router app. Here is where you can name your network and set up a password. Called my network ‘adwarevirus’ (lol) just to possibly deter someone in the crowd from even thinking that it might be a good idea to try and connect to it. Who knows if that really helps, but why not? There were a few terms and decisions to make in the set up process that were unfamiliar to me. Google searching things along the way got me through it. Wrote the password on a piece of tape and put on the inside of the mixer case lid, just in case.

On top of the added dual band reliability, it’s huge that this router can do what the xr18 is incapable of doing on it’s own; namely using my tablet and phone to control the mixer and maintain a hardwire connection from the mixer to a laptop at the same time! Behringer should have built in this ability but as they didn’t this really makes finally buying a dedicated router for my xr18 worth every penny. Laptop simply plugs into an ethernet port on the router and boom- i’m wired and wireless

speaking of pennies, i saw no reason to buy the latest and greatest high priced piece of tech. Yet at the same didn’t want to just grab the cheapest router out there. The ac1900 felt like a good middle of the road option and worth taking a chance on.

Since this is purely a mobile router i wanted a good, safe way to store and transport it. What i opted for was a 14′ amazon basics laptop bag. It’s a little bigger than needed but was worried the next size down would be too small. It’s a nice basic bag that easily holds the router, power supply, a couple data cables and even leaves room for any other little odds and ends i might want to toss in. Really helps me feel streamlined and organized as i prep for and event/gig. Https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/b00dugzflk/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=utf8&psc=1

note that i use a different xr18 in a church where it mostly lives in a fixed location. In this case we have the mixer hardwired to the building’s router. This allows us to wirelessly connect to the mixer on a password protected network from anywhere in the building, on any device. That has the mixer software on it. This has worked out very well for coming up on a year now. The it guy among us said that he preferred this route vs. Introducing an additional wi-fi network/signal to the building as i initially envisioned.

Hope this can help another mixer owner who has realized that adding an external wi-fi is a necessity and not an ‘it would sure be nice’, option. The xr18 built in wi-fi is very unreliable and inconsistent the moment you step outside your living room! Some weeks it will work flawlessly and other days it barely works all (yes, do look for for the best channel but in this day and age the airways are just plain jammed). There is no such thing as a good time for you to loose total control over all you mixer functions (though some are worse than others:). If you don’t choose this router the important thing is that you choose a router!

Update. I have wireless mic reception issues when using this router. Can’t find a useable frequency on the shure wireless headset mic system. The powerful, installed wi-fi in the church building doesn’t effect our wireless mics at all but when i use this router i’m forced to use all wired mics. Having trouble making sense of this. Church wi-fi runs on dual band as well so if there’s an obvious solution i’m missing it. Annoying.

5Expert Score
Inexpensive and works. Not compatible with openwrt or ddwrt

Needed to replace an access point. It is inexpensive, works as expected, and was easy to setup.

At the time of this writing, this version (archer a8) cannot be flashed with openwrt or dd-wrt. There are many versions of this router that do work. This is one of the few that do not.

Personally the interface is a little dumbed down, but should be fine for the intended customer.

If i went back, i would probably have bought one of the other versions just for *-wrt compatibility, but again, a majority of the buyers don’t need that ability.

5Expert Score
Signal strength reaches beyond our metal siding

Our local phone company works with tp link products so they hooked it all up with our internet and can service it for us if needed. It’s signal goes through our metal siding to the outside. I’m not tech savvy so this was great for me.

5Expert Score
Update: 5 stars with a caveat. Don’t buy any electronics without reading review.

I bought this less than a year ago and it worked fine until it didn’t. I was able to contact tech support and they were more than willing to help me. All they needed was the serial number, or the model number, from the label on the underside. Problem was that the label had been defaced and was unreadable. We are now dead in the water. Apparently, the seller didn’t want this information available. Is it a knock off. Is a returned item? Who knows.
Point is, any purchase, especially electronics, that has a serial number and model number, must be visible on whatever you receive. I’ll be checking all my purchases from now on.
Update: i found the original box and it had the serial number on it. I contacted tp-link and spoke to justin. He was able to get it working again. All good! Great customer service from justin! Now 5 stars!
Btw, i highly recommended this product. It works great and, of course, great customer service! I’m a satisfied customer.

5Expert Score
Fast, simple upgrade

It is easy to set up. I upgraded from 10 year old belkin. Wow what a difference. I have two computers and two ipads. They were so slow…not anymore.

5Expert Score
This upgrade was noticeably faster than my old router

I was so pleased with the performance (for a low price) that i bought a 2nd one for my nephew for his dorm room. His dorm room is equipped with ethernet outlets for each person, but young folks today are used to moving laptops around and also using their smartphones.

5Expert Score
Working very well

I used this model to separate my 2.4 signal from my xfinity modem which was confusing my irrigation system. Xfinity has 2 different frequencies that was not playing nice with my hydrawise irrigation system. This model solved my problem and works great for my purpose.

5Expert Score
Good for the price

Works excellent. I was a little sketchy on the price but it definitely gets the job done

5Expert Score
Blazing speed

I was experiencing persistent latency issues and dropped signal from an older router that had sufficient specs to accommodate my isp plan (400mbs). I was resetting the modem, router and extender 1 to 3 times a day. My neighbor was not having any issues at all so i took a gamble purchasing the ac1900. Pictures show the speed increase nearest the router on the 2ghz band w/an exterior wall between me and the router (i was on the porch & the router is in my office). The 5ghz band, however, didn’t significantly increase my speed at the television on the far end of the house, so i purchased an extender (same brand). Speed increased ten-fold w/ the extender, so i’m not only impressed with the router, i’m equally impressed with its compatibility with the extender (albeit they are both tp-link & should not be surprising). Long story short, so far this is the best router i’ve ever owned.

5Expert Score
Router

Easy to set up! And stronger and faster then my old nighthawk 7000

4Expert Score
Pleasantly surprised, great cheap router to throw into ap mode

(disclaimer: i am either a complete snob about what goes on my network, or i am using hardware held together by duct tape and prayers. There is no in-between. Take my niche experience with a grain of salt.)

i needed something sub $100 to throw into ap mode in order to give me decent wifi for a network isolated from my normal home network for work. After trying to make an eero work for way too long, this popped up for $60 delivered same day, and i decided to at least try it.

Out of the box, you have pretty much everything you’d need to get started. The unit thankfully has wall-mount holes on the bottom, but if you plan to mount it high, make sure you account for an extra 2-4 inches of cable since the ports are on the top. Hard to complain about this for how cheap it was, but still not my favorite.

Upon boot and during configuration, the wizard allows you to just switch to ap mode, which saved me some time. It does effectively everything you’d want a cheap router-ap combo to do, with a menu to ping or tracert.

While features like smart connect (radio bonding) are not exactly new, it’s still nice to see them implemented in something that cost me less than a tank of gas would. I do sort of wish that access control had been opened up a little more – i’m sure that running in router mode allows for full usage, but in ap mode you can basically just block hosts. Again, not a deal breaker since that’s what my actual router is for, but still a little bit of a bummer.

Range is more than usable. I have no trouble seeing the ssid at far ends of the house and i’ve yet to find any unusable ranges without stepping outside. I’ll be doing more testing and update this review once i can actually give numbers instead of rough estimates.

Overall – for the price i paid, i’m happy. Especially considering some equivalents from netgear, my usual go-to for things like this, seems to hover around $150.

4Expert Score
Complicated setup

After a couple of hours setting up, the router finally worked. Not as easy as mfg claims. On screen menus should be better. Works best for simple connections like amazon echo’s and amazon ring. Not so easy for security dvr.

4Expert Score
Completely dead less than six months after purchase

Bought to play iracing, as my netgear router wouldn’t work. Unfortunately this router wouldn’t work with my smart garage door, but did let me play iracing.

I left for a weekend trip, and noticed all my iot was offline. Came back and the router was warm, but completely dead, after calling support my s/n shows it wasn’t purchased in the us. I don’t know who is providing these low quality products through amazon, but it is shady as hell.

4Expert Score
Simple, seamless set up

Needed a router for my elderly parent’s apartment because the facility’s wifi was slow and sporadic. This works great and set up immediately without any problems whatsoever.

4Expert Score
Good quality for the money

Simple to set-up, simple to operate, have had no issues with the wifi signal that it puts out. Would recommend this to others.

4Expert Score
Not bad

Item is fair. The wifi is fast but somehow sometime slows down. But everything is perfectly fine

4Expert Score
Finally it works

The first one that came did not work. I bought it for my brother to use with his xfinity (comcast) internet. When i tried testing it, it would not connect to the internet. I had amazon send me a replacement. The 2nd one connected to the internet with no problems.

4Expert Score
Not amazing range, but a cheap step up

So previous to this we had just the cable provided router.
This product is defiantly a huge step up. It has range throughout most of the 1 story ranch house.
Speed wise it handles the traffic of 5 of us pretty well.
It will drop signal from time to time, but for the price, you cannot beat it in my opinion.

If you plan on having tons of ppl on, or playing multiple game systems online, looking into a better router that offers wifi6 and triband etc.

But for regular daily use of a family to stream and use the internet, def recommend.

4Expert Score
Works very nicely

My tp-link router only worked four days before it shut itself down and reset itself to factory settings. It also randomly turns off the wireless broadcast on both channels. After several chat sessions with tp-link support staff, i am getting a replacement unit. From all the positive reviews of this router, i guess it is rare to get such an unreliable unit. My opinion of the archer a8 may improve if the replacement unit lives up to expectations. While it is up, wifi coverage throughout my house and around my entire property is quite good, allowing me to eliminate the use of an extender, that was needed with the prior wireless router. The ac1900 spec should be good for many years, and this router has the latest security protections. Setup was simple and straightforward. Tech support is acceptable using their chat feature, but wait times can be a bit lengthy, and it seems that the techs are dealing with several customers at once, with some serious lag time between questions and answers. However, the techs were very polite, even as i became increasingly demanding. My advice is that if you ever need to use tech support, keep a copy of every chat and every case number they give you.
Update: i received a replacement router under warranty, and still had some issues initially. Another chat session with the techs uncovered an issue with the way i had set up my network, and now all is working well. As it turns out, the two broadcast bands, 2.4ghz and 5.0ghz, need to have different network names, or ssids. I guess we are all system administrators now, with our increasingly complex tech. There were still some unexplained issues with that first unit, and i do not feel bad about asking for a replacement under warranty. My rating of this product has now been raised from one star to 4 stars after these latest developments.

4Expert Score
Can't open ipv6 port

I used the internal web interface to configure it and it was easy, but when i upgraded the firmware did a factory reset – so save the state before upgrading. It does ipv4 port forwarding, but you can’t open an ipv6 port. Wifi is really fast – my new phone was downloading at 300mbs – that’s the full speed of my internet. Cannot setup static ips based on the mac address, but that’s not a big deal.

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1.Maximum wireless transmission rates are the physical rates derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications. Range and coverage specifications are based upon test results under normal usage conditions. Actual wireless transmission rate and wireless coverage are not guaranteed and will vary as a result of 1) environmental factors, including building materials, physical objects, and obstacles, 2) network conditions, including local interference, volume and density of traffic, product location, network complexity, and network overhead and 3) client limitations, including rated performance, location, connection quality, and client condition. 2.Use of MU-MIMO requires clients to also support MU-MIMO.

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