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Item#: N82E16833704177
TP-LINK Archer C7 v2 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
  • $139.99
  • $99.99
  • Save: $40.00 (29%)
  • Free Shipping (restrictions apply)

Pros:

3 External Antennas (5 GHz, 5dBi)
Provisions for wall mount
2 year warranty
802.11ac speed
Gigabit ethernet ports all around
Wireless on/off switch
Two USB ports (for file and printer sharing)
Guest network capability

Cons:

3 Internal Antennas (2.4 GHz)
Mediocre 2.4 GHz performance and range
Bulky power supply could rob you of outlet space
Router is very wide, dimensions listed as 9.6" x 6.4" x 1.3"
USB ports are only USB 2.0, not 3.0
No ability to set channel width on 5 GHz band

Other Thoughts:

Max wireless connection speeds are 450mbps over 2.4 GHz with compatible adapter, 1300mbps over 5 GHz with 3x3 802.11ac adapter.

The box clearly states that 802.11ac only applies to the 5 GHz band.

There's a sticker over the LAN ports advising you to run the included CD. I never run those, but I imagine it should be a simple matter.

You will need a 3x3 client adapter to connect at 1300mbps on the 5 GHz band. I don't have one of these, but my existing wireless devices connected with no issues.

I did not perform any speed testing other than with my ISP which was the same as I got with my previous router. If you want some

detailed test results, check the review on the smallnetbuilder website.


No ability to set channel width on 5 GHz band, though you can do so on the 2.4 GHz band. The 2.4 GHz range doesn't appear to be as good as my Netgear.

The interface is pretty simple to use, but seems to be a bit watered down. The router must be rebooted to apply a variety of settings, though some settings seem to apply on-the-fly.

My only real gripe with this unit is the lack of external 2.4 GHz antennas.

I decided not to replace my primary Netgear router with this simply because I have DD-WRT installed on my Netgear and I can run this as a secondary wireless access point to gain all the wireless advantages that this router offers. Hopefully some third party firmware will show up for this router soon and unlock it's full potential.

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