I would like to use this opportunity to thank TP-LINK engineers for taking responsibility to listen to the users complaint and make an effort to overcome it to serve your loyal customers. Congrats TP-LINK.
Second thank goes to RoxyGal for highlighting us that the new firmware is out.
Date of the firmware downloaded: 30th January 2018
Firmware Version: 1.1.3 Build 20180124 rel.52299 (EU)
Number of days tested: 4 Days
Link to New Firmware: Download Here. Only for Hardware V1 (EU) version.
TP-LINK released the firmware to the unofficial website. It seems that this firmware is the latest and all the bugs in the previous release might be fixed. Some of the users might experience laggy UI interaction during running the router using the beta firmware, it is acceptable since the it is in the beta stage.
- Fast Boot-up
- No auto-reboot occurs
- Average CPU Load
- Able to withstand heavy usage
- Less heat generated (no overheat)
- Wireless stability
- USB Writing speed below average
- Laggy interface
- Cannot login to the web admin interface if the CPU load at its peak
- Less responsive buttons, sometime need to click twice to change/save the settings, more worst, when the logout button was clicked, I couldn’t logout from the router after clicking the “Yes” button.
- No real time graph of CPU Load and Memory Usage
- Lack of system up-time information
We have reviewed the beta firmware’s both pros and cons. Shall we move to the new chapter of the TP-LINK C1200v1 flashed with the new and unofficial firmware?
|Router||Archer C1200(EU)_V1_170706||Archer C1200_V1_20180101||Archer C1200_V1_20180124|
|Type of boot up|
|Before setup||3.52 minutes||1.17 minutes||2.13 minutes|
|After setup||5.23 minutes||3.29 minutes||5.12 minutes|
Table 1: Comparison chart of the boot-up time between the 3 firmware’s that focuses on before and after setup.
It seems that the stock tp-link router didn’t lock the firmware upgrade page as done by TIME’s tp-link firmware and perhaps soon, UniFi will implement it.
The “Advance” tab shows most of the advanced features of the router. Here, I focus on the CPU load which plays a “major” role in the router. The CPU load reading was better / way better than in the previous firmware where the CPU load always shoots high up to 100%. When the CPU load is high, the router seems to hang and some of the users have complained that the torrenting process was interrupted may due to the memory leak from the router.
I’ve personally tested the router flashed with the latest firmware downloading around 20 torrents file, each file exceeds 5GB with a quite number of seeders out there. While downloading the torrents, I noticed that the CPU Load was quite okay in the range of 50% to 65%. Streaming 4K videos while downloading torrents were okay, however, not a good experience, but, still, it is okay.
I am running a D-LINK DNS320 NAS for my parents home. I did a vigorous test on the router where, torrenting, streaming 4K videos, streaming to the NAS, and copying the files to and from the NAS at the same time. I am quite surprised that the router able to handle the test well without a single auto-reboot or hang during the test conducted (CPU Load reading was in between 72% to 89%).
New Features!!!! Added “Operation Mode“ for the router in the latest firmware.
Here comes the most awaited features by the users out there. Now, in this firmware, you can opt to choose either to make your ISP router to work as the main router or as an access point without even need to do in “old school” way which quite troublesome for the respected ladies and gentlemen who has less knowledge on the networking field. If you’re planning to purchase your own router to replace the current stock router, you can use the ISP router to act as an access point which is a major plus point.
Previously, I’ve stated that, the wireless experiences of using this router was excellent. However, the wireless performance after flashed to the latest firmware drops. The reason why I said drops, that doesn’t mean that, this firmware worsen the things up, it is just, the wireless experience quite okay. (65/100). From the image 5, I’ve put my router’s transmit power to “high” because if when I opt for “middle”, the router tends to get hotter than usual, hence, I opt for “high” option.
When the test is conducted, the distance between my laptop and my router is around 12 feet.
USB Reading & Writing
Same as in the previous walk-through for the beta firmware.
The router seems to handle multiple events occurring at the same time without auto-reboot or hang.
Comparison between the beta firmware and the latest firmware in a nut-shell.
|Archer C1200_V1_20180101 (Beta)||Archer C1200_V1_20180124 (New)|
1. Fast Boot-up
2. No auto-reboot occurs
3. Average CPU Load
4. Able to withstand heavy usage
5. Less heat generated (no overheat)
6. Wireless stability
1. Average boot-up time.
2. No auto-reboot occurs.
3. Awesome CPU Load (Lesser compared with old and beta firmware).
4. Less heat generated.
5. Operation Mode (superb features).
6. Responsive UI.
7. No memory leak during torrenting which freezes the router (a reboot needed).
8. Able to handle multiple events at a time (heavy tasks).
9. Awesome read and writing files to the NAS storage.
1. USB Writing speed below average
2. Laggy interface
3. Cannot login to the web admin interface if the CPU load at its peak
4. Less responsive buttons, sometime need to click twice to change/save the settings, more worst, when the logout button was clicked, I couldn’t logout from the router after clicking the “Yes” button.
5. No real time graph of CPU Load and Memory Usage
6. Lack of system up-time information
1. USB Writing and Reading speed average.
2. No real time graph for the both cpu load and memory usage.
3. System up-time features were not present.
4. The router taking time to gather the information from the server side when downloading using IDM tool yet sometimes fail, the same test was conducted using my very own Asus AC58U and the router performs well even-though it is using Qualcomm chipset compared with C1200 which were using a Broadcom chipset.
Before upgrade to the latest firmware, do remember this important tips!
For the users who accidentally (rushed) to upgrade the firmware from TIME fiber provider, you can use this link to upgrade your router’s firmware to the latest.
Some users raised a question to me how to set up your own custom LAN ports of the router since the AUS (EU) firmware automatically reserved the LAN 1 port for the IPTV. It is easy, when setting up and upgrading your router, it is advisable to plug in the ethernet cable to the LAN 2 / 3 of your router. Next, you will be greeted with a page that says, “Select your connection type”, PPoE and under the PPoE, select Custom and make sure the VLAN ID was set to “400” for VoIP, “500” for internet and “600” for IPTV, then tick on the 802.1Q Tag, and finally, choose which of the LAN port you wish to customize according to your wish. Click next to set-up your wireless option.
The image below for those who missed out the step by choosing the pre-define value in the drop down menu, “Malaysia – Unifi”. For those who missed it, you can go to Advance tab, under the Advance tab, select Network then IPTV/VLAN option.
I am using the router flashed with the latest firmware for about 3 days. My experience with the router quite happy with the performance.
80%. & my rating for TP-LINK company and their engineers, 98%.
Happy weekend everyone.
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