Linksys AC1200 Vs TP-link Archer C5

Following its success with Linksys WRT AC1900 series in wireless AC technology – a Linux-based firmware router, Linksys offers another WRT series in wireless AC1200 technology – the Linksys WRT AC1200. Both routers are meant to rise up the legend of most popular old generation Linksys WRT54G router. What makes these WRT routers different is that they are open source based router with Linux-based firmware for advanced users that would like to customize the router’s firmware to add other layers of functions to meet the needs using open source OpenWRT – Linux based firmware.

What this product does

The design is almost the same with WRT AC1900 router with blue and black color, and with two dual band antennas with beamforming technology for solid wifi connection. The router can technically deliver dual band wifi network with speeds of up to 300Mbps in 2.4GHz wireless N and up to 867Mbps in 5GHz wireless AC for total bandwidth of up to 1200Mbps.


Like other wireless routers in general, Linksys AC1200 router comes with Gigibat Ethernet ports and USB port.

Gigabit interfaces

Like other high performance routers, this router comes with Gigabit Ethernet ports both for WAN (1x) and LAN (4x) interfaces for optimum data rate throughput with wired connection. With Gigabit WAN you can connect to most popular DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem that most come with Gigabit Ethernet port such as Surfboard SB6141 or the most recent Netgear CM500 DOCSIS 3 cable modem.

You may also consider cable modem router combo Nighthawk C7000 a wireless AC1900 router with built-in cable modem with 24 channel bonding downstream for up to 960Mbps.


Besides 1x USB 3.0 port for super speed USB connection to USB 3.0 storage, the router is also equipped with combo port for USB 2.0 or e-SATA port. Connect the storage or printer to share across the network easily.


WRT AC1200 router is powered by high performance 1.3GHz dual core processor to simultaneously handle the heavy duty tasks including HD video streaming, and online gaming and other jobs.


  • Based on open source OpenWRT Linux-based firmware
  • Wireless AC1200 technology
  • Simultaneous dual band, speeds of up to 867Mbps in 5GHz band (wireless AC) and up to 300Mbps in 2.4GHz band (wireless N)
  • 1x Gigabit WAN port and 4x Gigabit LAN ports
  • 1x USB 3.0 port and combo USB 2.0/eSATA port
Linksys WRT AC1200 router

various models in wireless AC1200 router available in the stores today. Now which one is most suitable to meet your needs between Linksys WRT AC1200 and TP-link Archer C5 router?

Linksys WRT AC1200 Vs Archer C5

To understand the differences between the two routers please have a look at the following comparison table between Linksys WRT AC1200 and Archer C5. Technically both routers based on the same wireless AC1200 technology delivering total bandwidth of up to 1200Mbps both bands.


The main difference between the two routers is  the firmware which each router is based on. Unlike Archer C5, Linksys WRT AC1200 is based on open source firmware OpenWRT – a Linux based firmware. For advanced users this is what they need to tweak the router by adding functions to meet their needs, even though you can find the router to work normally out of the box with Smart Wifi app. For ordinary users in general, they have nothing to do with open source firmware. What they need is the router to work normally with the features as written in the manufactures specs and description out of the box.


Beamforming technology provides solid wifi connection to each of the wifi clients connect to the network, focusing the beam to the wifi clients solidly following where the clients roam within the house, ideal for mobile devices. With price different almost twice as much as TP-link Archer C5, Linksys WRT AC1200 comes with beamforming technology but Archer C5 doesn’t.

USB Ports

Combo USB/eSATA port is common today, many router models come with this combo configuration. This is good to let you connect high capacity external disk storage with connection options including  eSATA/FireWire or USB 3.0. Linksys WRT AC1200 comes with this combo USB/eSATA port you can use to connect external disk such as LaCie d2 Quadra v3 Hard Disk 3 TB  External Hard Drive 301549U. TP-link Archer only comes with dual USB 2.0 ports, none of Archer series come with combo eSATA/USB port. Even the most recent Archer C9 doesn’t come with combo USB/eSATA port.

Take a look at the following comparison table to help you consider which one is suitable to meet your business needs.

Table 1 Linksys WRT AC1200 Vs Archer C5

 Linksys WRT AC1200TP-link Archer C5
Wireless technologyWireless AC1200 – speeds of up to 400Mbps (2.4GHz wireless N) and up to 867Mbps (5GHz wireless AC)


Open source – Linux-based firmware

Wireless AC1200 – speeds of up to 300Mbps (2.4GHz wireless N) and up to 867Mbps (5GHz wireless AC)



Antenna2 high performance antenna2 dual band external antennas
Ethernet ports4x Gigabit LAN and 1x Gigabit WAN ports4x Gigabit LAN and 1x Gigabit WAN ports
USB ports1x USB 3.0 and combo eSATA/USB 2.0 port


Share storage or printer and media server

2x USB 2.0 ports for sharing printer and storage for local or FTP; media server
Management toolSmart-Wifi appsTP-link Tether apps


Linksys WRT AC1200 is a high performance router with Open source firmware, ideal for advanced users who would like to add more function to meet their needs. For ordinary users in general, TP-link Archer C5 which the price is 50% cheaper than Linksys is suitable with almost the same specs.

You may also like: Top 5 most popular AC1200 routers and new Linksys EA9200 router.
With the same network segment, you may consider new model of Asus RT-ACRH13 wireless AC1300 which features MU-MIMO technology, price is under $80.

Cheers, Ki G

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