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TP-LINK Archer C7 AC1750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n

  • Up to 1.75Gbps Wireless Data Rates (450+1300Mbps)
  • 3x5dBi external antennas and 3 internal antennas
  • Dual USB Ports
  • Guest Network Access
  • Full Gigabit Ports
  • Wi-Fi On/Off Button
  • WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
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Learn more about the TP-LINK Archer C7

Model

Brand
TP-LINK
Model
Archer C7

Spec

Standards
IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Security
64/128-bit WEP,WPA / WPA2,WPA-PSK/ WPA2-PSK encryption
WPA/WPA2
WPA2
Ports
1 x 10/100/1000M WAN; 4 x 10/100/1000M LAN
Buttons
WPS/Reset Button
Wireless On/Off Switch
Power On/Off Button
Wireless Data Rates
Up to 1.75Gbps
Frequency Band
2.4GHz/5GHz
Antenna
Three 5GHz 5dBi detachable antennas (RP-SMA)
Three 2.4GHz internal antennas
Receiver Sensitivity
5GHz:
11a 6Mbps-96dBm
11a 54Mbps: -79dBm
11ac HT20: -71dBm
11ac HT40: -66dBm
11ac HT80: -63dBm

2.4GHz:
11g 54M: -77dBm
11n HT20: -74dBm
11n HT40: -72dBm
Interface
2 x USB 2.0
VPN support
PPTP, L2TP, IPSec
Power Adapter
12VDC / 2.5A
Wireless Adapter included
No
System Requirements
Microsoft Windows 98SE, NT, 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7, Windows 8, MAC OS, NetWare, UNIX or Linux
Dimensions
9.6" x 6.4" x 1.3"
Temperature
0°C - 40°C (32°F - 104°F)
Humidity
10% - 90%, Non-Condensing

Features

Features
Signal Rate:
5GHz: Up to 1300Mbps
2.4GHz: Up to 450Mbps

Wireless Functions: Enable/Disable Wireless Radio, WDS Bridge, WMM, Wireless Statistics

WAN Type: Dynamic IP/Static IP/PPPoE/PPTP(Dual Access)/L2TP(Dual Access)/BigPond

DHCP: Server, Client, DHCP Client List, Address Reservation

Quality of Service: WMM, Bandwidth Control

Port Forwarding: Virtual Server, Port Triggering, UPnP, DMZ

Dynamic DNS: DynDns, Comexe, NO-IP

Access Control: Parental Control, Local Management Control, Host List, Access
Schedule, Rule Management

Firewall Security:
DoS, SPI Firewall
IP Address Filter/MAC Address Filter/Domain Filter
IP and MAC Address Binding

Protocols: Supports IPv4 and IPv6

USB Sharing: Support Samba(Storage)/FTP Server/Media Server/Printer Server

Management:
Access Control
Local Management
Remote Management

Guest Network: 2.4GHz guest network x 1

5GHz guest network x 1

Packaging

Package Contents
Archer C7 AC1750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router Archer C7
3 detachable antennas
Power supply unit
Resource CD
Ethernet Cable
Quick Installation Guide

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • brian c.
  • 4/14/2014 1:32:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAwful

Pros: NONE

Cons: Piece of junk. I received the v1. No firmware updates, its just a piece of junk they are selling. It does not work. Maybe you will get lucky and get a v2.

reboot every few days to fix wifi getting slower and slower over time
5ghz band does not work at all no matter what
speeds are only okay, not fantastic
LAN to LAN barely works. Have to reboot all the time, had to setup everything with static ip's. UPNP does not work at all, not even a little bit. It tries and fails.


initially I gave it a better review....but no its just junk

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  • Metric P.
  • 4/13/2014 2:15:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for streaming.

Pros: Very fast, Easy setup, No drops and Got a great deal from Newegg. I have the V1 version.

Cons: Limited 5ghz range

Other Thoughts: I'm not an expert in routers. but I have set a few of them up. This one setup very easy and has been problem free now for 2 months. I wanted to upgrade my router for streaming to my HTPC I have a dual band wireless card in my HTPC and have achieved speeds faster than my main PC hooked up with ethernet cable (I think this is due to the limits of my LAN card on main PC) But I'll get 90Mb/s on HTPC and only 60Mb/s on main PC. That being said 5ghz coverage is very limited. My HTPC is about 20ft away from router with a wall between them and it has never dropped connection. I lose connection with cell phone at 35ft line of site. 2.4ghz range is outstanding. All my devices use wireless n, so I can't speak to wireless AC feature unless my Samsung S3 uses it.I'm not sure.All in all a very solid router, I've been very pleased

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  • Adam S.
  • 4/9/2014 8:14:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPointless

Pros: None

Cons: This is about the RETAILER, not the product.
They sent the incorrect product on first ordering. They sent a worthless v1.1 hardware, when they were advertising a v2 hardware. RMA's it for this reason and they PROMISED that they would send the proper hardware as the replacement.... replacement is another v1. Going back and they can keep it this time.

Other Thoughts: I'm PERMANENTLY through dealing with this retailer.

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  • Mr. C.
  • 4/1/2014 4:12:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsSecond review

Pros: Price, AC support, external 5 Ghz antennae

Cons: firmware updates slow to be released, random routing issues, wireless network drops, lacks true QoS support

Other Thoughts: After having run this router for 4-5 months I can now state that I am somewhat disappointed in the overall performance and stability; I, too, have run in the ongoing 5 Ghz and 2.4 Ghz wireless network drops, the random halt to routing, basically the overall lack of maturity in the product. At this time I can't say I would recommend the product, we've all been waiting an official firmware release to stabilize the router and reduce the number of encountered issues, I've run the shipping firmware as well as two different beta releases, the instabilities persist.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer,

Thank you for your review.

We are sorry to see that you are having some issues with network drops.

One setting that we have seen to provide the best stability is by changing the Wireless channel width to 20 MHz.

This can help improve the speed and connectivity of the wireless.

We are always trying to improve and update our devices by new firmware on our website.

You are correct as we don't have any new firmware at this time, but you may find it on our site when it is published at: http://www.tp-link.us/support/download/?model=Archer+C7&version=V2#tbl_j

Feel free to contact me with any issues or concerns at howard.he@tp-link.com.


Best Regards!

TP-LINK Support Team
support.usa@tp-link.com
(866) 225-8139
http://www.tp-link.com/us/support

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  • Adam S.
  • 3/28/2014 10:37:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUpdate

Pros: As stated in my previous review.

Cons: As stated in my previous review.

Other Thoughts: Unfortunately, newegg managed to send me a version 1 unit. Had to RMA it. Good on them for getting quickly on the replacement. The person I talked to said that he would make sure that there were special instructions to confirm that the replacement is the proper v2 hardware.

Since my previous review, I did write a board support patch for the v2 hardware for OpenWRT. An actual honest owner of a real v2 unit tested it out, and confirmed that it works perfectly. The patch has been submitted for inclusion in OpenWRT trunk, so hopefully official builds will begin shortly.

I have another thought for those people having stability issues with any of these units running factory firmware; I remember seeing reference to stability problems that are caused by enabling the HARDWARE NAT feature -- not on this particular router, but on the previous version (TL-WDR4300) which does happen to have the exact same network switch (hardware nat is a feature of the switch). Hardware NAT is a nice feature that unloads the CPU and allows network address translation (multiple computers sharing a single IP address) to be performed at hardware native speeds (which means that you could, in theory, achieve LAN/WAN throughput at close to 1 Gbps), but apparently it isn't ready for prime time on these qualcomm switches. Try disabling the hardware NAT and seeing if that fixes the problem.

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  • Thomas R.
  • 3/26/2014 7:20:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Routers

Pros: Good router, did not bottleneck my upload or download speeds compared to other routers.

Cons: Wifi is unstable at times. Mobile devices like phones constantly losing signal. Using an Ethernet cable to my main PC and was having disconnecting issues. Found it was a setting with the router's browser configuration. Had to call router tech support to find it and fix it.

Other Thoughts: The company makes good products. This router is new and good. I got it for a good deal too. The company TP-Link does not have the best support but it still solved my issues.
There were more pros than cons. The small amount of cons I actually wrote compared to the large amount of pros I did not write. I just tried to sum it up for you guys. This router was a hassle for the first couple days then to this day after that I have not had any problems. Setting up the remote servers and printer/HDD services are a breeze with the setup they have. Highly recommend that you purchase this router if looking to upgrade from and old one or just buying one in general.

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  • Adam S.
  • 3/26/2014 8:54:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsv2 open source support

Pros: Specific to the v2 and NOT the v1 or 1.1, the v2 has the newer QCA9880-BR4A (vs -AR1A) 802.11-ac wifi chip for 5 GHz. For whatever reason, qualcomm decided not to support the AR1A in the ath10k linux driver set, which means that it could not be supported in open source firmware. Maybe due to some defect in the chip, explaining some of the negative reviews here? In any event, these devices are in a state of "in development* for open source firmware (openWRT), though the v1 is strictly limited to 2.4 GHz due to a lack of available drivers.

The v2 is close, but due to the different size of flash chip (16 MB rather than just 8 MB), may require some minor changes.

Frankly, knowing that *ALL* OEM router software is basically garbage, I assign absolutely no value at all to any reviews that complain about software features.

Cons: Unlike the China-only WDR7500, which is nearly the same product and is firmware compatible -- the board in it is identical, the 2.4 GHz wifi is limited to 3 small internal antennas. The 3 big antennas on the Archer C7 are 5-GHz ONLY. The WDR7500 has SIX external antennas -- three for 2.4 GHz, and 3 for 5 GHz. I guess that their aim here is to have the same range for both frequencies (lower frequencies go longer). I frankly, don't see a downside to having 5 GHz for close range high performance, and 2.4 GHz for longer range "just make it work".

Other Thoughts: Some reviews have mentioned that the device stops working after a certain amount of time and needs to be rebooted. There are two thoughts I have on this; either there is some software defect that triggers after a certain amount of time, perhaps a memory leak, which would obviously be solved by using proper firmware (openWRT), the second thought is the SoC's frequency; this SoC runs at 720 MHz. The older device that this replaces -- WDR4300, runs at 560 MHz. Since neither of these have a heat sink on their SoC, I wonder if it could be an easily corrected heat related issue?

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  • greg b.
  • 3/26/2014 1:43:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggspiece of junk, expensive doorstop now.

Pros: awesome when it works and keeps connection. external replaceable antennas. range WHEN it works is pretty good.

Cons: I own THREE and its everything else all bought around the same time (end of nov 2013). Drops wireless. 5g band is terrible. blu ray that worked flawless with my previous (netgear) refuses to work properly (sometimes after resetting both things i can get them to work together then i come back a day or two later same thing they dont work. this has been tested with a lg, panasonic, samsung and sony). multiple large downloads slow it down quite a bit. will reboot at times when under stress.

NO NEW firmware in almost a year!!!

Other Thoughts: Let me start by telling you i OWN a large pc shop and do networking DAILY for thousands of clients. I am in no way a novice and can honestly say i know what i am doing. I am also a HARDWARE beta tester for another VERY large brand.

So my thoughts..... this is a awesome router WHEN AND ONLY WHEN its not dropping connection. i own 3 of these actually. only 1 does a okay job not dropping connection but it still does it. the other 2 are useless to me. i have tried many times to contact support and got no where. sadly it looks like those of us who got the V1 of this have been left high and dry. no new firmware in almost a year after being promised time and time again by tplink there was one coming to fix these issues. now that the V2 is out it appears they will only be supporting that model. I have many times explained to them i would be happy to try a V2 and see if it resolved my issues. nada. they simply want me to tell them who i have already spoke to etc etc etc... same thing each time and that's after you wait 2-3 days for a response and then they close your support ticket when they are satisfied they are done answering you regardless if you got it working or not.

i have asked about beta firmwares and no response. So buy this if you want a headache or maybe a doorstop. if you read the people even now who are ordering this as a V2 are still getting the V1 garbage. as i said when i asked about swapping it to try the newer revision to see if it helps my question simply gets ignored then they close the ticket.

This will be my last tp-link purchase and its a shame because many of their other more budget models i have tested out worked awesome for my clients in real world use. i am in no way a small one man company and could sell hundreds of their routers but from here on out ill stick with my go to brands.

sorry for the long winded review but maybe i can save someone else the headaches from this thing and the canned support responses i have received.

I can NOT say if V2 works any better because tp-link would not swap one for me and i refuse to order another to try it out and end up wasting more money. If someone from tp-link reads this and is willing to swap out a V1 for a V2 i would be happy to test the new one and report back with a full review if it does in fact fix the issues. ill be posting the same info at am@z@n also.

good luck.

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  • Mickey F.
  • 3/22/2014 6:56:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsTP-LINK Archer C7 v2 AC1750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router

Pros: Easy set up and mac address filtering. Windows reports it at 867mbps on my usb ac adapter. You can tell it is faster than regular n speed, even though I have it connected to a usb 2.0 port. I have no trouble connecting at the highest speed on the 5.0ghz channel.

Cons: When I first set it up it was a bit flakey speedwise. After a very short time it became solid and consistent. It's like it needs to break in. On the 2.4ghz band 300mbps is the fastest I can get it to run as reported by windows, not 450mbps.

Other Thoughts: Overall....I would recommend it for a speed boost over typical n dual band router.

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  • SANG H.
  • 3/21/2014 7:11:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDon't buy this. Piece of junk.

Pros: fast when it works

Cons: Even after I updated firmware, it simply doesn't work for many occasions. It's not like speed goes down, it just doesn't work. Majority of time it works but it failed me like 10 times last week. Usually the downtime is like 30 minutes. I am thinking about downgrading with my old N router. I wish I can return this. TPLINK are you listening?

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