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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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  • John L.
  • 4/18/2014 4:32:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Service, good performer

Pros: I think the performance of the router is very good. This was v1.1. After losing power one day, the router would not boot.
TP Link service was at first hard to reach, but they were extremely helpful and on the first call, RMA'd the unit.

Now with v2.0, I'm not sure what to expect, I am glad I have the new model.
I would definitely recommend this, for the price I think it's hard to beat. I will be purchasing an AC card for my stand still units. The range on 5 just isn't good.

Cons: 1.1 died while connected to a power strip during a storm.

Range on 5ghz isn't what I expected.

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  • Thomas C.
  • 4/16/2014 1:58:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsv1.0 Hardware - 5ghz is unusable!

Pros: 2.4ghz band has no issues at all

Cons: 5ghz band drops out, and is unusable, even after flashing to '3.13.34 Build 140127 Rel.64714n'. It's a good 2.4ghz device, but i bought it for the 5ghz!

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer,

Thank you for checking out our Router.

One suggestion to try if you haven't already is to use the WPA(AES) encryption. This setting will allow for maximum security and to use the full speed of the connection.

You may want to try differnt channel as well to see if you can get better signals.

Feel free to contact our 24 hour technical support for any assistance on this Router.


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.
  • 4/16/2014 7:58:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: TP-Link!
The pro here, is the manufacturer. As others have mentioned, the v1 hardware really isn't worth owning. Newegg was (temporarily) advertising that they were selling the v2 units, but was still shipping the v1's ONLY. TP-Link was under NO obligation to handle this, but stepped in and offered a direct exchange. Face to face, in fact, since I'm close enough to their office/warehouse to make this feasible.

So after about 10 seconds of ripping the unit out of the box, it was up and running with openwrt.

Cons: Newegg.
There is nothing but frustration dealing with this store.
I bought a V2 from them. They sent a V1. I sent it back RMA/replace for a v2, they knew full well the reason for the replace, and promised to sent me a v2. They RMA'd it with another v1.

AND THEN, they had the AUDACITY to claim that the only difference between the two is the firmware, and even provided me a link to tp-link's firmware for v2.

Of course, the 16 MB firmware for a v2 won't even FIT on the 8 MB flash chip on a v1.
.... not to mention, of course, the REAL reason for needing the v2, which is the QCA9880-BR4A that it comes with (instead of the QCA9880-AR1A).

Anybody who really wants to know what's going on, just do a quick google search for "linux ath10k" and look under "supported devices".... yeah, it specifically refers to archer c7 v1 and v2.

Other Thoughts: So we know that the big problem with the v1 hardware is the second wifi card, used for 5 GHz. Qualcomm wanted to get something to market really quickly, and made several incorrect assumptions about 802.11AC, as well as a number of blunders. The result was an unstable device with poor compatibility. Because of how bad it was, they very quickly fixed it all and called it hw:2.0.

As a result of how few of the hw:1.0's they actually produced, and also of how bad they are, they have already dropped support. In fact, hw:1.0 was initially somewhat supported by ath10k driver, but that support was removed as a result of it being a bad decision (resource-wise) to keep going with it.

There are, right now, nightly builds of openwrt for archer c7 v2. They don't actually include the ath10k driver, but it is easily installed "opkg install kmod-ath10k". Hardware seems solid running it.

If anybody here is stuck with archer c7 v1, seriously... send an email to TP-Link.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer,

We really appreicate your review.

It is good to see that we where able to replace the device to the V2 and that it is up and running for you.

You are correct as the V2 is updated hardware as well as the firmware.

We are glad that you've been able to check out our product and we hope that you will be able to check out more of our devices in the future.

Feel free to contact me directly 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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  • 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

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer,

We are sorry to see that you are having some issues with this Router.

If you haven't already then we suggest you trying to upgrade the firmware from our website at:

http://www.tp-link.us/support/download/?model=Archer+C7&version=V1#tbl_j

If you are still having issues with our device then you can feel free to reach out to our 24 hour technical support team or you may contact me directly at howard.he@tp-link.com.

As a last resort we can try to RMA the device and replace it with a V2.


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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  • 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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