TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 Review

The TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 – TP-Link’s fastest .11ac router to date. But TP-Link aren’t just promising a fast wireless router, they have also bundled in some features that they claim will challenge their other competitors out there in the home/small office router field. Without further ado we should run through the list of attributes the Archer C7 has to offer and then conclude on the findings…

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TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 Features

Features include the usual (.11ac & Dual Band) along with some very flexible antennas, amongst other things…

6 Features of the TP-Link Archer AC1750

1.75Gigabits/sec Wi-Fi
An impressive 1.75Gbps theoretical data rate is on offer when combining the ultra-fast speeds of Wireless AC and the still pretty fast 802.11n. That’s 1.3Gbps using AC and 450Mbps using N. Transfer your files around faster than ever before, play online games with less lag, and watch your favorite programs and movies without any buffering or loss of quality.

Share The Load (Dual Band)
Simultaneous Dual Band is essential for making the most out of your wireless network. You have the choice to use either the 2.4GHz or 5GHz bands however you wish, but it is generally recommended to use the popular, but slightly congested 2.4GHz band for more mundane traffic types like Internet browsing, email and guest users. Then use the relatively untouched 5GHz band for heavy bandwidth use, for the likes of HD video streaming, big downloads and online gaming.

Gigabit Wired Ports
Cable up your network with 1 Gigabit per second ports. The Archer C7 AC1750 has 4x LAN ports and 1x WAN port available for use. Gbps ports are up to 10 times faster than traditional 100Mbps FastEthernet data ports.

Better Coverage – 6 Antennas
The TP-Link Archer C7 has a total of 6 antennas. The 2.4GHz band is served by three internal antennas and the 5GHz served by three external antennas. The external antennas can be adjusted to suit your surroundings and give the best possible coverage in your home, whilst also increasing wireless stability.

2x USB Ports
Centralize your media and printing with either of the two on board USB ports. Plug in your USB drive or USB printer into the slots and share content from/to one place without having to rely on a separate media device. Your files can also be accessed from anywhere remotely via FTP if desired.

Complete Administration
You can administer and monitor the TP-Link Archer C7 with the ‘Tether App’. Install the app on your Android or iOS tablet/smartphone and monitor from anywhere at home. You can also browse to the GUI if preferred.

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Other Features

IPv6
With the option of IPv6, you know you won’t have to upgrade your router when your ISP upgrades it’s IP addressing scheme.

Separate Your Network For Guests
If you have guests regularly visit, you can offer them wireless connectivity without compromising the security of the contents within your home network. Guests can access the Internet and you can be safe with the knowledge that your data is safe.

Setup With Ease
The TP-Link Archer can be set up with the bundled CD, which contains software to aid with setting up the router exactly how you want it.

Quality of Service
Choose what traffic types are preferred to give you a smoother online experience.
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TP-Link Archer C7 Technical Specs

  • 1.7Gbps Combined Wireless Data Rate
  • 3x Detachable Antennas
  • Dual Band 5GHz & 2.4GHz
  • 4x Gig LAN Ports
  • 1x Gig WAN Port
  • WPS/WPA2/WPA

 

TP-Link Archer Conclusion

 

Good

  • Fast Wireless
  • Very Competitively Priced

 

Not so Good

  • No USB 3.0 ports

 

There’s an old saying ‘you get what you pay for’. Most times in life this is absolutely true. If you skimp and save on buying cheap stuff, then usually it’s, well, cheap. TP-Link have always been known for being that bit cheaper than the ‘big guns’ – the likes of Netgear, Asus and D-Link for networking kit.

The good thing is that TP-Link products, although cheaper, are actually very good quality and often as good as the top brands out there.

The TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 is no exception. Speed-wise it’s up there with the biggest guns of all – the Netgear Nighthawk and the Asus RT-AC68U. It has almost as many features – certainly enough for most home users. The only downside is that there are two USB 2.0 ports only, which may be an issue for heavy local sharers.

If you’re worried about being short-changed, then don’t. The TP-Link Archer is a viable alternative to the more expensive brands out there…

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TP-Link Archer Alternatives

 

Asus RT-AC68U AC1900 Review Netgear R6300 AC1750 Apple AirPort Exreme Base Station Linksys EA6900


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