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TP-LINK Archer C5 v1.x

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TP-LINK Archer C5 v1.20
Availability: now

FCC approval date: 14 July 2014
(Est.) release date: 25 June 2014
(Est.) initial retail price (in USD): $60
Country of manuf.: China
Series: AC1200

Local image
ArcherC5 V1 front.jpg

Type: wireless router

Industry Canada ID: 8853A-C5

Power: 12 VDC, 2.5 A
Connector type: barrel

CPU1: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9558 (720 MHz)
FLA1: 16 MiB
16,777,216 B
131,072 Kib
16,384 KiB
128 Mib
0.0156 GiB
(Winbond W25Q128FV)
RAM1: 128 MiB
134,217,728 B
1,048,576 Kib
131,072 KiB
1,024 Mib
0.125 GiB
(Winbond W9751G6KB-25 × 2)

Expansion IFs: USB 2.0, Mini PCIe
Mini PCIe slots: 1
USB ports: 2
JTAG: yes, 20-pin header, JP4
Serial: yes, 4-pin header

WI1 chip1: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9558
WI1 802dot11 protocols: bgn
WI1 MIMO config: 3x3:3
WI1 antenna connector: none
WI2 module: Qualcomm Atheros CUS223
WI2 module IF: Mini PCIe (oversized)
WI2 chip1: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9880-BR4A
WI2 802dot11 protocols: an+ac
WI2 MIMO config: 3x3:2
WI2 antenna connector: U.FL, RP-SMA

ETH chip1: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9558
Switch: Atheros AR8327N
LAN speed: 10/100/1000
LAN ports: 4
WAN speed: 10/100/1000
WAN ports: 1


Additional chips
5GHz Power Amplifier IC;Skyworks;SE5003L1;5003L1, 241JW, 1341 MY;3;

Stock bootloader: U-Boot 1.1.4 ap135

Stock FW OS: Linux 2.6.31

Third party firmware supported: OpenWrt

Default SSID: TP-LINK_2.4GHz_XXXXXX (20 addl. devices), TP-LINK_5GHz_XXXXXX (19 addl. devices)
Default IP address:
the IP is used by 729 additional devices
of which 80 are TP-LINK devices
Default login user: admin
Default login password: admin
admin:admin credentials used by 1185 additional devices
of which 249 are TP-LINK devices

802dot11 OUI: 1C:FA:68, EC:26:CA
Ethernet OUI: 1C:FA:68, EC:26:CA

 CPU1 brandWI1 chip1 brandWI2 chip1 brand
TP-LINK Archer C5 v1.xQualcomm AtherosQualcomm AtherosQualcomm Atheros
TP-LINK Archer C5 v2.xBroadcomBroadcomBroadcom
TP-LINK Archer C5 v4.xMediaTekMediaTekMediaTek
For a list of all currently documented Qualcomm Atheros chipsets with specifications, see Qualcomm Atheros.

867Mbps - 2SS 5GHz 802.11ac (80MHz chan.),
450Mbps - 3SS 2.4GHz 802.11n (40MHz chan.) = 1300 Mbps class

AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router

Support page
  • "2050500332" is silkscreened on the main board in the FCC photos.
  • "2052500400" is silkscreened on the back of the wireless module.
  • "2050500351" is silkscreened on the main board in the users photos.

TP-LINK Archer C5/C7 on OpenWrt wiki


"The only difference between the C5 v1 and C7 v1 is the 5GHz maximum
link rate is limited to 867Mbps on the C5 vs. 1300 Mbps on the C7.
The 2.4 GHz radio link rate isn't capped, so it will link at 217/450Mbps
(20/40MHz bandwidth) when used with a 3x3 2.4 GHz client."
The unit appears to be identical to the TP-LINK Archer C7 v2.x
(Archer C5 V1.2 vs V2, internal photos Archer C7 v2)