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TP-Link AC1200 Gigabit Wireless Wi-Fi Router (Archer C1200) at Fry's both B&M and online.

Normally $60, add to cart to see the $50 price.  Pick up in store to save on shipping.

Just picked one up and though it has 3 antennas that make it look like v1 hardware, it's marked as v2 on the label underneath.  They must have released a new v2 with 3 antennas.  That means no OpenWRT firmware.  However the stock firmware is surprisingly feature packed, fast and stable.  For the average user (or even above average), this is a very capable 802.11ac router at a bargain price.

For reference:
https://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/tp-link/archer-c5-c7-wdr7500 
 Use this image which has the necessary US header to allow flashing from the stock UI:
https://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/trunk/ar71xx/generic/openwrt-ar71xx-generic-archer-c5-v1-squashfs-factory.bin 


LINK 
 

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More deals in the official Fry's freebies (Free after Rebate) thread.
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Have had this router deployed for a week and it is rock solid. 5 GHz range is impressive, getting consistent 585 Mbps links when set to 80 MHz wide channels. 2.4 GHz range is average, sometimes not as good as the 5 GHz band which is surprising. But that says more about the strength of the 5GHz.

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c50 model has two antennas  and c50 is what Fry's link description says.

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MitchFlorida said:   c50 model has two antennas  and c50 is what Fry's link description says.
  
Not sure how the link changed.  When I posted it, the link was to the C1200.  Either FW or Fry's changed it. Perhaps price mistake that they corrected?

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