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Phicomm K3C AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router Reviewed

Discussion in 'Wireless Article Discussions' started by thiggins, Mar 20, 2018.

  1. jigglywiggly

    jigglywiggly New Around Here

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    Anyone have the latest firmware for the k3c? The link on the website does not finish downloading for me and is very slow. SW_K3C_703004848_V33.1.33.197.bin is the file name if it is in your downloads folder

    EDIT: It finally finished, if anyone else needs it I rehosted it

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1TQg-Q5oe2HpBWhMVSY7xqGDlRRZ8pxLQ
     
  2. CrystalLattice

    CrystalLattice Regular Contributor

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    There is also a matching toaster!
    They don't do firmware updates since March 2018. But, There is also a matching toaster! : https://gizmodo.com/the-toaster-that-longed-to-be-a-vcr-5139135
     
  3. Busta

    Busta New Around Here

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    well, this dropped to $28 bucks on Amazon. Seems like something to buy and try out?
     
  4. Easy Rhino

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    they still haven't updated firmware, so I wouldn't recommend buying it if you want to plug it into the internet, unless you want to download the custom firmware from the Chinese message board.
     
  5. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    It's that low for a reason. Leave it.
     
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  6. jdmc

    jdmc New Around Here

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    Okay, but then why does this router still show up as the #3 Overall highest-rated router on SmallNetBuilder?! That makes no sense.
     
  7. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    The ratings are based on performance only. You also have to look at the date of review. We also have paused reviews since about a year ago.
    Phicomm tested the U.S. market by introducing a few products. They decided they didn't want to stay in the market.

    As others have noted in the thread, if you are ok with having no support other than what you can dig up, then it's your money.
     
  8. CrystalLattice

    CrystalLattice Regular Contributor

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    only useable as ap's
     
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2019
  9. Easy Rhino

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    Interesting... When I tried to use the k3c as an AP it would get screwed up, it was like it was still trying to assign dhcp up addresses. Did you see any problem like that or devise a fix?
     
  10. CrystalLattice

    CrystalLattice Regular Contributor

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    assign dhcp range to itself, like a guy above said. if you assigned it to 192.168.1.2, just assign range to 192.168.1.2 to 192.168.1.2 . or use static ip settings. more keypresses
     
  11. Easy Rhino

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    huh, so it would try to grant a IP address to other devices, fail, and then my real dhcp server in my router would be able to respond with the real IP address?
     
  12. karasuhebi

    karasuhebi New Around Here

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    May I suggest adding a small update note at the top of the review stating these caveats? I bought one of these on Amazon for $38.74 back in May of last year based on your review. It would've been nice to know that it hasn't received firmware updates in a while and that PHICOMM pretty much pulled out of the US market so you'll get no support.

    Also if I may ask, why have router reviews paused?
     
  13. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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