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Successfully Installed A TP-Link AC750 On My Backup (TDS) Network.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. Our network 3.5-years ago. Much has changed. I just haven’t documented it. Click to ENLARGE.


3.5-years ago, i.e., January 2015, when I first got the (then v. high-speed) 75Mbps Metrocast Internet service I did some extensive research into up-and-coming Wi-Fi routers. I discovered TP-Link. By then I had been using Wi-Fi routers for nearly 15-years and knew what to look for.

TP-Link impressed me, and I have not been proven wrong. The I then got cost me $170. I do not regret getting it. It is now down to $100.

Last Friday, during a t-storm, the CHEAP AND NASTY ‘ActionTech‘ Wi-Fi router that TDS had given me gave up the ghost. I was not upset. Actually kind of relieved. It was a GARBAGE router. Only one Wi-Fi channel and that was slow. So, I opted to get my own rather than bother even telling TDS.

I decided to go with TP-Link, on the ‘known devil‘ principle. I didn’t want spend too much money since I plan to totally overhaul the whole house with new Wi-Fi technology ‘soon’. Plus, this is our backup network — with only 45Mbps bandwidth. Our main network, from Atlantic Broadband, delivers 200Mbps.

Hence, the inexpensive TP-Link AC750. Plus, it looked cute. It doesn’t look as cute ‘in person’ as it did in the pictures, but it is OK.

Easy enough to configure. But, here is the CRAZIEST thing. It is 3.5-years newer than my Archer C9 AC1900, but it doesn’t have a pictorial interface that shows you the status of the router schematically. That surprised me.

It was baptism by fire. Four hours after I got it working I had to unplug it again because we had another major storm. Getting it hooked back on was easy enough.

From the little I have seen of it, I like it. Fingers-crossed.


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TP-Link Archer C9, Inexplicably, Reverts To Factory Settings During 7.5 Hour Power Outage!

by Anura Guruge


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Strangest thing ever. We lost power today, i.e., September 11, 2016, for 7.5 hours because our electricity supplier ‘Eversource‘ (a.k.a. ‘Eversore‘) enjoys kicking its customers in the teeth, if not lower down.

But, after power was restored I couldn’t get my main Wi-Fi network to work.

The ethernet connected PCs, like this one, worked fine. But no Wi-Fi. Yes, I also have two very SEPARATE Wi-Fi networks in the house (actually 4) — with two different routers and two different ISPs, viz. MetroCast (the main network) and TDS (the backup network). We could use the TDS backup network but not the FASTER MetroCast Wi-Fi.

Went to logon to the TP-Link Archer C9 that runs the main Wi-Fi network.

It would NOT accept my logon. That got me worried.

Re-cycled power twice. Nothing. The default logon, admin/admin, worked.

Logged in.

EVERYTHING WIPED CLEAN.

No Wi-Fi networks. Back to factory settings. SCARY.

Yes, only took me a few minutes to reconfigure since I have it all documented.

SCARY.

No explanation!

Just a heads up.


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TP-Link’s Latest Range Extenders, AC1200 & AC1750, Look Very Competent & Compelling.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access the Amazon product page for the TP-Link AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE355).


I do not really need a new super-duper Range Extender this very minute. With two separate Broadband Internet feeds into the house, 105 Mbps from MetroCast and 15 Mbps (when I am lucky) from TDS, each with its Wi-Fi network, we have decent Wi-Fi coverage in the house and our Roku 3 is Ethernet connected to the 15Mbps TDS feed.

I do have a 18-month old TP-LINK TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender in place and that seems to do provide enough of a boost. But when I got an e-mail from Amazon about these two new Range Extenders I was intrigued.

The house is nearly all TP-Link. I like and trust TP-Link. Huge improvement over LinkSys. So I thought I would share.


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by Anura Guruge