TP-Link Archer C7 v2/v5 firmware size

Why the size of the firmware so different in size?
Having two routers, both TP-Link Archer C7. The first one is v2, the second is v5.
The firmware for v2 is 16MB, while for v5 is only 6MB.
From what I see:

  • package set is the same;
  • hardware almost the same (CPU frequency higher for newer model);

What am I missing?

Share a link to the images you are looking at? Hard to say now if you're comparing apples and oranges.

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The first one (v2) is 16MB, the second one (v5) is 6.2MB.

That's just the factory images - the sysupgrade images a very similar in size. The reason is the different image formats used by TP-Link: The v2 uses the tplink-v1-image whereas the v5 uses tplink-safeloader.


Thank you andyboeh.
So the amount of memory available for packages is the same for both models?

Roughly. The flash chip size is the same, but the Wiki page [1] suggests that the partition layout is different, leading to about 800k less space on the v5 (!).


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