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The C8 marks the debut (at least to me) of a new admin GUI. It's a big departure from the utilitarian OEM-style interface found in the C7 and TP-LINK's older routers. Your first taste is the Network Map presented when you log in. The Map is similar to those found on D-Link's DIR-880L and other current-generation routers.

Mousing over the icons (except Router) reveals links that show relevant information when clicked. There are no shortcuts to related admin pages in the map, so you'll need to navigate there yourself.

GUI response is generally quick, except for the times when it requires a reboot to activate new settings. Reboots aren't required for every setting change, though.

TP-LINK Archer C8 Network Map

TP-LINK Archer C8 Network Map

There's a Quick Setup wizard available when you log in, but you aren't forced to use it. You aren't captured and redirected to it when you launch your browser after connecting. But you'll be directed to it when you first log into the admin at Just click the Basic or Advanced tabs to escape.

TP-LINK Archer C8 Quick Setup

TP-LINK Archer C8 Quick Setup

Here's the feature rundown.

Routing / Firewall

  • Static IP, Dynamic IP, PPPoE/Russia PPPoE, PPTP/Russia PPTP, L2TP/Russia L2TP WAN connections
  • MTU Adjust on all connection types except PPPoE/Russia PPPoE
  • WAN MAC address clone
  • LAN IGMP Proxy
  • DHCP Server with lease time setting, default domain, gatway and primary/secondary DNS
  • DHCP Client list
  • DHCP reservation (no pick list)
  • IP / MAC binding with ARP list
  • NAT Boost (default enabled)
  • Virtual Server entry for single or multiple ports with separate local and remote ports and TCP, UDP or all protocols forwarded. Enable/disable for each entry.  10 preconfigured common service ports
  • Port triggering – can set individual or range of incoming ports.  10 preconfigured common applications
  • DMZ Host
  • UPnP enable/disable with list of current UPnP applications, settings, protocols, internal port and status
  • DDNS support for Dyndns (, Comexe ( and No-IP (
  • IPv6 support:
    • WAN types: DHCP; Static; PPPoE; Tunnel6to4
    • LAN address assignment: SLAAC; DHCPv6 server
  • SPI firewall enable/disable
  • VPN Passthrough enable/disable for PPTP, L2TP and IPSec
  • Application Layer Gateway enable/disable for FTP, TFPT, H323 and RTSP
  • DoS (denial of service) enable/disable
  • Enable ICMP Flood filtering (with settable threshold)
  • Enable UDP Flood filtering (with settable threshold)
  • Enable TCP-SYN Flood attack filtering (with settable threshold)
  • Ignore Ping Packet from WAN port
  • Forbid Ping Packet from LAN port
  • Static routes

Bandwidth Control

  • Enable/disable bandwidth control with user settable egress/ingress (upload/download) speeds.
  • Bandwidth rules list based on IP address (or IP range), port range and protocol

Access / Parental Control

  • Four "Parental" MAC addresses that bypass controls
  • Eight "Child" MAC Address schedulable blocking of eight domains
  • Schedulable port or domain-based internet access control per IP / MAC address

USB features

  • SMB storage sharing
  • FTP server (no secure FTP)
  • Media server with settable auto-scan
  • Print server
  • One user account in addition to admin

Admin / System

  • Local management control (4 trusted MAC addresses)
  • Remote management port adjust (80 default) and single remote IP address setting
  • Time zone, NTP server, daylight savings settings
  • Ping and traceroute tools
  • Online help (internet access not required)
  • Firmware upgrade from downloaded file (no auto check)
  • Backup and restore settings
  • Reset to defaults
  • Router reboot
  • Password change
  • Log with Type and Level setting and scheduled auto email (no alerts)
  • LAN statistics

Missing Features

  • HTTPS management option for either local or remote access
  • Bandwidth usage monitor
  • VPN server

NAT Boost provides a significant throughput boost as we'll see in the Routing Performance section. But it must be disabled to use the following features:

  • UDP-Flood filtering
  • TCP-Syn flood filtering
  • Bandwidth control
  • Statistics

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