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TP-LINK Archer C7 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 450Mbps+5Ghz 1350Mbps, 2 USB Ports, IPv6, Guest Network

  • Simultaneous dual band
  • Wireless speed up to 450Mbps +1300Mbps
  • 3x 5dBi dual band external antennas
  • 3x internal antennas
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Archer C7 TL-WDR4300 TL-WDR3600 TL-WDR3500
Archer C7 TL-WDR4300 TL-WDR3600 TL-WDR3500
Wireless Speed 5GHz 1300+2.4 GHz 450Mbps 5GHz 450+ 2.4GHz 300Mbps 5GHz 300+2.4GHz 300Mbps 5GHz 300+2.4GHz 300Mbps
Antennas 5GHz: 3 external antennas 2.4GHz: 3 internal antennas 3 dual band external antennas 2 dual band external antennas 2 dual band external antennas
Gigabit Ports
Hardware NAT
USB Ports 2 2 2 1
Guest Network - - -
IPv6 Supported
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  • Daniel P.
  • 3/24/2015 3:28:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGreat router

Pros: Fast speeds, dual bands, guest network, printer/filesharing built in. The guest network can be separated from your regular network or not, it's up to you. Ability to port translate to the same port as long as it's going to different internal addresses. The range is much better than my previous one, and it's much faster. I have a 200 mbps download, and my previous gigabit router would only get me 150 mbps down. this one was speeding along at 212-213 mbps downloading the latest purchase from Steam.

Cons: so, far, nothing. it's the best performing, and nicest looking router i've had in 15 years.

Other Thoughts: This isn't really a con for most people, but i wasn't able to use the guest network how I wanted. As an IT Pro, I like to tinker and have control over more of my network than most people. Therefore, I don't use the router's built in DHCP or DNS server. I also wanted to use the guest network in the "protected" mode where it doesn't communicate with the other part of the network. But that doesn't seem to work without the DHCP. Since I'm in the very small percentage of people who have that type of setup, I'm not willing to take a star off, or even put it in a con. It's not some $2000+ router, so you don't get business/enterprise features like that.

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3 out of 5 eggsSolid Hardware but Better Performance is Available for Just a Bit More Money

Pros: Guest Wireless SSID
4x Gigabit Ethernet Ports
2x USB for Networked Attached Storage or Shared Devices
Remote Access to NAS

The TP-Link C7 is a good entry level wireless AC Router. Upgrading from a wireless 80211n Router, on my network with mostly 802.11n Devices, the TP-Link C7 router gave a good performance increase for all of my devices. The signal strength was better at the far ends of my apartment compared to the older 802.11n router. And the dual band 2.4ghz/5.0ghz allowed me to segment my network and free up bandwidth by placing my devices on separate bands.

It’s nice to have USB ports for attaching a shared Printer. Or put an old hard drive into a USB enclosure and you have easy, cheap Network Attached Storage (NAS). A great feature is Remote Access to your NAS through a web interface. Being able to access my files and media anywhere I am is really convenient.

The Router itself has a sleek design. It can sit flat or can be easily mounted to a wall or ceiling. It has a bunch of LED indicators to show power, Wi-Fi broadcasting, and active Ethernet and USB connections. It also has power on/off and Wi-Fi on/off buttons.

Cons: USB Ports are only USB 2.0
Throughput isn’t great compared to other AC routers.
Signal strength drops off too quickly
Graphical interface for the Routers Settings is clunky.

It’s bothersome that both the USB ports are 2.0. USB 3.0 would have been more future proof. It also features a single-core processor, which is a bit dated compared to more current Routers.

The Router needed a Firmware upgrade out of the box. It’s only a minor annoyance, but on an internet connected device like a router, I don’t understand why I need to download the firmware update to my PC, and then point the router to the file. Why isn’t the router able to download the firmware upgrade itself?

The C7 Router uses a web browser for access to its settings. There is a ‘quick setup’ option, so editing the basics and getting the Router up and running is pretty speedy. But the interface is clunky and placement of settings is scattered through many submenus. It can take a while to find and edit all of the advanced settings I was looking to change.

Other Thoughts: If you are looking to upgrade from an 802.11n or older router, this isn’t a bad option for the price. It has most of the features you would expect from a good 802-11ac Router, and even some nice extras like a Guest Wireless SSID and Remote Access to any attached storage. However, there are better 802.11ac routers on the market for just a little more money. It might be worth the extra money for TP-Link’s own C9 model, a newer version of this router that offers a much better signal strength and throughput. All in all, the TP-Link C7 Wireless Router is a solid router that provides a good improvement over my old 802.11n hardware, but doesn’t outperform similar, if a bit more expensive, 802.11ac routers.

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5 out of 5 eggsFantastic!

Pros: Awesome range, gigabit wired speeds, fast and easy setup, latest standards, did I mention range? dual USB ports, sleek design, two year warranty, & performance is really good with multiple devices connected!

Cons: None!

Other Thoughts: I have in my procession several TP-Link wireless routers. The N750 actually was soo good that it replaced my beloved Cisco router. I was so pleased I did not think anything would do better until the Archer 1750 showed up on my door step. Range is amazing. I'm able to go anywhere on my property and still receive connectivity to this router. Not only that but web speeds have never been better! I have many devices and everything connects easily, gets fantastic speeds and what really blows me away is even when I have 9+ devices connected wireless, each device still gets a a great amount of the bandwidth. My network never feels overloaded! This is something my Cisco could not do especially at it's furthest range.

If you need an affordable wireless router for a larger home then look no farther. This router performs great and offers the latest in standards. TP-Link has really proven itself to me lately and I'm a believer now!

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5 out of 5 eggsSolid, very reliable router

Pros: Sleek design, USB 3.0 ports are a definite plus, simple and easy to set up, Wireless AC support, Able to select between 20/40MHz channels, very good network performance

Cons: Can't think of any, maybe if the wifi range was a little better it would be amazing.

Other Thoughts: This is a pretty neat little router from TP-LINK. Over the years I have been burned by many entry level routers with them usually failing or acting weird within 6-8 months. In my frustration I ended up purchasing a somewhat high end router so that is what I have to compare with to this mid range model. After reviewing this router, I kind of wish I had bought this router instead.

My home internet speed tops out at 50Mbps and peaks at 70Mbps bursts. I am happy to report that I am able to achieve this performance over the gigabit Ethernet link as well as the wireless 2.4 and 5GHz links.

The router is very customizable, you can even manually opt for 20 or 40MHz channels. Generally routers auto select the channel width based on how many other routers are in the vicinity. That really caught my eye, props to TP-LINK for that...

The wireless chips are QCA9558 for 2.4Ghz and QCA9880-AR1A for the 5GHz band. They are all configured in 3x3:3, so keep in mind for best performance you want an AC chip that supports 3x3:3.

Transferring files from 2.4GHz to 5GHz yielded an average speed of 13Mbps. From an Ethernet to 5GHz file transfer yielded an average of 18Mbps. These are very respectable speeds in my opinion. For comparison, my high end router from Ethernet to 5GHz yields an average of 23Mbps- I certainly didn't feel like I got what I paid for- for the high end router!

The high end router gives 5 full bars everywhere in my home. Dead spots that were previously present in my home (signal would initially be 80% then drop to 20 and die off) were now reading at 87%. This router is a little weak in terms of signal strength compared to the high end router. For a little better signal, have your 5GHz band selected to the very highest channel. The router will be forced to transmit on a higher power and therefore the range will be greater.

I have not noticed any weirdness or failures from my initial ownership of this router. If you are looking for a solid, dependable router that doesn't break the bank this is for you. I am highly impressed with this router and highly recommend it if you are in the market for a replacement.

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4 out of 5 eggsanother excellent router from Netgear

Pros: High bandwidth with combined AC 2.4 and 5Ghz
2 USB ports for network storage
Very large range, easily covers a 1350 Sq Ft apartment with plenty to spare
Super easy setup without the disk

Cons: It is a bit on the large side. With technology and devices getting smaller you would think these routers would be getting smaller too, but I digress.
USB ports are only 2.0. While on the packaging it shows a version that does have 3.0, for the price point this sits in, it should have USB 3.0. I did knock an egg off for that.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a very good router. Speeds are as advertised when paired with a similarly spec'd wifi card. USB transfers are decent and clock in at about the max for USB 2.0. As I stated above this should have USB 3.0 which would greatly improve the transfer rates for connected storage devices.

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  • Ronald M.
  • 3/12/2015 5:06:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorked great for 6 months

Pros: The speed, range and price are all good features. Set up was easy, no need to use the included mini-cd. I have it mounted on a hallway wall in my 2000 sq. ft. condo, coverage was very good and it extended out to the balcony. No problems linking at the higher AC speeds on devices that can handle it. It looks good and the lights are not extremely bright and in your face like some routers.

Cons: Bought this in Sep 2014 to replace my older D-Link "n" type router. The D-Link was on basically 24/7 for around 4 years with no problems. Was hoping for the same durability from the TP-Link. Unfortunately the TP-Link gave up the ghost in mid March 2015.

Came home from work and the light were out. Restarts and resets were useless. Checked the power supply with a meter and it was working fine.

Other Thoughts: I broke out the trusty D-Link that was sitting on shelf, fired it up and looked up TP-Link Customer Service number. I couldn't get through on the first try but had better luck on the second attempt.

The representative was pleasant and, while language wasn't a huge barrier, we did a lot of phonetic spelling to make sure the collected info was correct. I was given an RMA number and was told I would be contacted in 1 business with return instructions. We will see how that process goes.

Would give this product 5 eggs if it had lasted, taking one off for it failing so soon. If the replacement unit is more durable, will leave it at 4 eggs, if not, then will deduct eggs accordingly.

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  • JOEL S.
  • 3/9/2015 5:25:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTop Notch Product

Pros: Extremely easy to upgrade firmware.
Extremely easy to program parameters with helpful recommendations!
tech support answers quickly...and NOT outsourced to 3rd world.
Fantastic speed throughput and range.

Cons: NONE

Other Thoughts: Ordered and received the next day from Newegg.
Upgraded firmware, set parameters & SSID's.
Best wireless coverage I have ever seen. Outperforms commercial devices costing hundreds more!
Using on a 700mb fiber network (in Arizona Condo) and delivers full speed with no packet loss. Tested with "face time" coast to coast with no loss or jitter. BUY THIS!!!!! you won't regret your purchase!!

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4 out of 5 eggsDecent router, didn't slow down.

Pros: The Archer C7 (hw v2) is a refresh of the already popular C7, a nice modern AC router that doesn't break the bank. It doesn't seem to be different in any material way from the original C7, so it still sports that sleek black case, three external antennae. The design is attractive and about as subtle as a black box with three antennae can be.

The Archer has great range in both 2.4 and 5ghz. Also, setup is very simple with the firmware options covering all the typical configurations. TP-link's iOS app allows you to manage the router (to some degree) from your apple device. This may be the feature that makes users in pc-free homes want this.

Cons: I saw some reviews that discussed 5ghz slowdowns over time -- although most folk agreed that the 5ghz range is outstanding. So I took my time before writing this review. Over the course of several weeks with multiple devices connected at 5ghz, I recorded no slowdowns.

I still would like router manufactures to add additional "modes" to their routers, such as AP only, WDS and bridge. If you are looking for an AP only (because you're locked into your ISP's router), you typically have to purchase a more expensive access point device. Its a shame, since this (and every other) router already has what it needs to be a very nice access point, except a simple firmware setting. Of course, you can set it up as an access point manually, but the set up is tricky and certainly confusing for beginners.

Other Thoughts: This device actually has 6 antenna, 3 internal and 3 external. From what I can gather, the external antenna are specifically for 5ghz and the internal ones are for 2.4.

The tplink archer line also includes a very different designed C8, C9 version in all white, standing up. I happen to think these look great as well. It may be worth the additional cost, especially if you like the look.

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5 out of 5 eggsJust as good as version 1.0. Great Budget Router! Great Features!

Pros: - Dual Band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz)

- Wireless Range (this actually applies for both 2.4 and 5 GHz. Nice job TP-Link)

- Aesthetics (while others may not like the design and size of the router, I actually do)

- 2 USB 2.0 ports

- All Gigabit ports

- Wireless on/off button (good when it is time to get the kids off of the internet and in bed, only so they can watch Netflix on their HTPC... <sigh>)

- Guest Network (this is a nice option to keep your network and files away from guests and friends)

- Doesn't produce much heat while in operation

- 802.11ac/n/g/b/a compatible

- Can be mounted on the wall

- Open WRT compatible (advanced users ONLY)

- Packaged well as all TP-Link products I have reviewed (recyclable)

Cons: Again, I always come back to the mini-CD that is included. I don't know why, but it bugs the life out of me that hardware manufacturers supply software on these small discs. I don't deduct eggs for this, but I'd rather there either be a full-size disc, or no disc at all. Off the soapbox now.

The CAT cable included is a bit short BUT at least a CAT cable was included (this guy balances itself out).

Other Thoughts: I reviewed the version 1.0 for this router back in 2013 and I am still impressed. The software still feels the same and while some reviewers rate it as "less than polished", I simply see it as a gateway to configure the router. Nothing more, nothing less. I need no bells or whistles to set this up. Speaking of the software, I also had a firmware update that flashed as expected with no issues.

The range of this router is great. The 5 GHz frequency is much longer than that of other routers I have used and I am very pleased.

Bottom Line - It is hard to beat the price on this router for the features you are getting. Most routers offering this range and features are closer to $200 in price while TP-Link kept this router on the other end of the spectrum. I know my father-in-law will love this router for his replacement. It's time to bring that dinosaur into the modern age. HA!

I won't mention a price for this item, but while writing this review it is on sale along with a promo code being offered to get yourself a Gigabit switch. I'm a sucker for free stuff.

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5 out of 5 eggsStrongest 5GHz Signal

Pros: As the title states, this router has great 5GHz signal strength. Without naming any specific routers, this is x2-x2.5 more powerful than my main $200 router. That in itself was surprising since my $200 router has the strongest 5GHz signal of any of my other routers.

I know a lot of people complain about the user interface, and yeah, it's not the most modern design but everything is easy to find. I am aware of the interface stability problems people have been complaining about but I have not run into any of those either. Could just be a manufacturing defect in some.

Cons: My 5GHz rant (con for all 5HGz, not just this router):

In my opinion, you don't need 5GHz. the wireless N with 2.4GHz is faster than any average home internet speed so you won't even notice a difference. 5GHz is just a feature that uninformed people waste their money on because it's the latest thing. In reality, since the wavelengths are shorter (because 5GHz vs 2.4GHz) walls actually kill your signal strength more than with 2.4GHz.

There are only 3 reasons for 5GHz:
-If you are getting interference (aka connection drops) on the 2.4GHz band from neighbors or microwaves
-If you need the extra fast speed on a LAN network that your computer probably won't even utilize
-If you get the latest tech for the sake of wasting money on inferior features.

Reasons for only using 2.4GHz and ignoring 5GHz all together:
-Same internet speed as 5GHz
-Better signal strength
-Less interference from walls

Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a great router for the price. One of the best I have seen in this cost range. It may not have USB 3.0 but doesn't matter to me. Interface is not very modern but all the features are easy to find and not hidden away.

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