Posted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 0:26 Post subject: Re: TP-Link Archer C2 vs Asus RT-N18U
Which one should I get? The C2 is Dual-Band whereas the Asus is not. However the Asus already supports DD-WRT "stable" but the C2 doesn't. The C2 is ac and the Asus isn't.
All other specs considered, which one should I get? The prices are quite similar.
RT-N18U is a very decent 2.4G N router with 3 antennas, fast CPU with lots of RAM and Flash. I would call it a high end 2.4G N router. C2 on the other hand has only 2 antennas for 2.4G and 1 antenna for 5G and it is more of a low end AC router. The only advantage of C2 over RT-N18U is dual band and AC support. If AC support is important to you then you have your answer, go for C2. On the other hand, if 2.4G N is all you need, then RT-N18U is far better than C2. Since you come to this dd-wrt forum for help, I believe you are interested at dd-wrt support which is only available for RT-N18U as you have already known.
The rt-n18u seems to be an all-around better device, but you could do better in that price range. Also worth considering, broadcom is generally regarded as offering more advanced routing options (primarily vlans), while many would say atheros radios are superior. For processing power, the best atheros models currently with dd-wrt support max out at 720mhz single core, with the exception of one version of a TP-Link that is 800mhz.
The c2 is $50 on amazon, and I don't see too much about the rt-n18u, but I see it for $80-170 various places. The Archer c5 can be had for $75-80, and if you get the right version it can be converted to a c7. For $45 the tl-wr1043nd v2 is n450 (2.4ghz only), but has the same chipset as the c7, and performs quite well. It is tough to beat for that price.
If you don't care about dd-wrt support, the netgear wndr4700 is a cool device, and prices have dropped significantly. Right now its $90 for the diskless version on amazon, and I've seen it go on sale for less. Its n900 (450 on 2.4ghz and on 5ghz), has a 1ghz processor, and an expansion bay to add an internal hard drive for NAS. I think the initial high price hindered the popularity of this one, and dd-wrt support never came, but the hardware is really cool if you don't care about 3rd party firmware.