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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
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This router is Version 2 of hardware, and I've previously tested Version 1 with very good results. V1 did have some resetting and locking issues until a couple firmewares came out but this one is solid from the get go.

Range in V2 is slightly better in both 2.4Ghz and 5.0Ghz. I live in a large 2 story home with thick rock covered walls and hard floors. Range is as good as it gets for a consumer router on both bandwidths.

Interface is similar and very easy to use for the beginner and advanced user. Has all the basic router functions you'd expect including firewall, limiting hours for kids or guests, etc.

Easy setup for Guest access points. I like to keep the SSID on the guest visible but hide the others, but it's not too necessary with the firewalls up and such. I also like to keep the logs on and have them email on certain hacking attempts but that usually require a bit more work.

No issues with it resetting or having to be reset even when the cable provider has issues. The router has picked up everything just fine even when resetting the cable modem. I've purposely tried to affect other bridged router by resetting cable modem with no issues.

Streaming movies in 1080P off HD to multiple TV's simultaneously with no hiccups. All the streaming services work great. (Netflix, A.FireTV, Pandora, etc)

Gaming on Xbox, Android, PC, Wii work flawlessly for hours on end while other activity is taking place.

Physical ON/OFF button (really like resetting if needed this way without pulling out the plug)

I typically have about 15 wireless devices and 11 wired devices using an additional bridged router and switch all very responsive.

Cons: Not big issues but really areas that could be improved:

Cannot use the WAN port to bridge routers together like Cisco brand routers so you lose a port if you don't have an additional switch.


WPS button on the back for pairing. If trying to mount on wall then the cables get in the way along with the antennas. Wish someone could invent a way to keep the antenna's away from the Ethernet cables. If you want to somehow mount the device to see the connection lights but not the cables then you're going to have the antennas pointing down.

Firmware must be downloaded then installed.

Lights on device could use some color and the constant flashing is a bit excessive. I'd rather have a solid light indicator than a flashing one with a meaningful color.

Other Thoughts: One of the things I've noticed with this version is that I can use the
I've got V1 and V2 not bridged together replacing my older routers. This combination giver very good reach across my home, garage, and yard. I've also got the TP-LINK TL-WA854RE (300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, Wall Plug design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator) which helps out tremendously to extend the range out into my back yard patio setup.

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TP-LINK TL-WA854RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, Wall Plug design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Easiest and nicest looking range extender I've ever used.
Simple wps (single button) to link your router to the device.
Like the added web interface but didn't need to use it.
The signal indicator is great for optimizing the distance you can get with this device. I usually used my cell phone to detect the WiFi signal to get optimal performance but with a built in signal meter it wasn't necessary.

Cons: This is nit picking but the blue LED's are too bright and can get annoying if in a dark bedroom. White electrical tape cured that problem quick.

Other Thoughts: I simply plugged in the device close to the router I wanted to link it to. Pressed the WPS button on the router then the WPS button on the device and they were linked. I then moved the device until I found the optimal position to extend the WiFi distance. Was almost too easy.

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TP-LINK TL-WN725N  Nano Wireless N150 Adapter, 150Mbps, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, WEP, WPA/WPA2
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Decent range when used with a laptop or desktop. I've got a desktop approximately 60feet away from the router and I'm getting about 100mbps. Not quiet the 150mbls but still pretty good.

With the laptop on the other hand only 20 ft away gets the full bandwidth. Moving around and behind walls it will drop off fairly quick. Doesn't like my thick rock walls at all but so far I haven't found anything that does.

Didn't need to install any drivers to get it to work with Windows 8.1 or Windows 7

Love the small form factor so it doesn't get caught on anything.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Seeing pretty much the same thing as most people on here.

I've used this now to help diagnose family member's wireless problems because it's easy to transport with my computer diagnostic equipment. I always like to have multiple devices for comparison and testing.

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Display Name: christopher c.

Date Joined: 02/20/04

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  • First Review: 12/19/09
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