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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: Price
Wireless AC Throughput
Gigabit
Good Range
Open Source Firmware available
Guest wifi with bandwidth control

Cons: Virtually every setting in the stock firmware requires a reboot. Want to change the wifi password? Reboot. Change the wifi channel? Reboot. Want to change the wifi ap name? Reboot. (you probably get the idea) Changing to DD-WRT fixes this.

Longevity. I recently reviewed the C9 (not to be confused with the C7, my bad newegg :) ) and just this week the 5Ghz radio died. That's not to say that this would happen to anyone with this router (the C7), but it is on my mind. After replacing the router that I had before and getting the C9 setup in its place as my main router (because the range was so impressive), having it die the way it did and how recently it happened has left me with a bad taste in my mouth with TP link (thus the limited use of the 'pros' section). I am willing to admit that this could just be an isolated failure, but it's the first time anything like this has happened with any router I've owned.

There also seems to be a common issue with the TP-Link AC routers I've tested for the 2.4 Ghz band to never come close to the rated speed (in this case 450 mbps). I've yet to connect to this router - even with my laptop 2 inches away - faster than a 144 mbps connection. Yes this laptop does support N450 with the intel 6300 wifi card. 5ghz speeds are good though (testing with a different laptop with a 7260 ac wifi card).

Other Thoughts: The usb ports are 2.0, but that's not exactly a con. I've reviewed multiple routers that have 3.0 ports that don't exactly live up to 3.0 speeds (testing with an sandisk extreme usb 3 flash drive that can exceed 200 MB/s). Most of the time usb 3 on a router can't get better than 50 MB/s in my testing (which is just a bit faster than the 28 MB/s that I could get on this router).

Provided that the version 2.0 hardware is reliable (and you can live with rebooting the router many times getting it setup - or plan on going open source from the get-go), this router is a great balance of range, throughput, features, and price. It doesn't offer class leading performance in any of these categories, but it is one of the lowest priced AC 1750 routers available.

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TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Great budget AC1900 router 01/07/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router

Pros: Fantastic range - in my home I was getting 5-10dBm better than a Linksys AC1900 router that was located in the same spot.
Reliable - I haven't seen any bugs/quirks/dropouts requiring a reboot in the time I have had this so far.
Looks sleek and the led's aren't overly bright.
Gigabit ports
Guest network (with the ability to limit bandwidth to the guest network)
One USB3 port, one USB2 port

Cons: Most important con here is that this router runs warm when it's being used heavily and is passively cooled. The hot spot is mainly just left of the 'TP-LINK' printing on the front. It didn't just feel 'warm to the touch', which to me is less than 120 degrees F, it felt warmer than that. It's likely still within the spec for operation, it's just warmer than I am used to (with routers that aren't passively cooled).
It also seems that the USB3 ports on many routers perform badly (like USB2 speeds), this router is no exception - so I'm not knocking an egg of for that.
This router can't be mounted to a wall - remember this when you are planning where you want to have this located.
I also had some issues streaming netflix to multiple tv's. For some reason I could only get 1750 kbps max with the default settings to my fire tv and chromecast. The other AC router I have can get 5800 kbps to both at the same time. I tried to change settings on the router and was unable to fix this. I'm not sure if this is a device issue, or a Netflix issue as I got great speeds still from speedtest.net of 63 Mbps, so I'm not deducting an egg for this. I believe this may be a ipv6 issue (I didn't try disabling this) or something else altogether.
So-so throughput. 7 feet away from this router with a direct line of sight and nothing in between to cause interference I can only get a MAX AC throughput of 52 MB/s (416 mbps), which is less than the 66 MB/s (528 Mbps) that I can get from my linksys router in the exact same scenario. It's not terrible at all, but it is a bit less (thus 'so-so' and not 'terrible').

Other Thoughts: Is this router worth purchasing? I believe so, especially if you are on a budget and are wanting decent AC speeds and need a strong signal in your home. Will this router give you extreme AC speeds? No, but this router makes up for it with it's great signal strength. This router does gives you a lot at this price point and the performance of this router is more than acceptable.

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TP-LINK Archer C20i AC750 Dual Band Wireless AC Router, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5Ghz 433Mbps, Stand Design, 1 USB Port, IPv6, Guest Network
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Affordable price
Good range for both N & AC - I had no issue getting 4+ bars on every computer I have in my home for N & AC bands
Small and light - can be placed just about anywhere inconspicuously
Easy setup
Guest network
Stable - I haven't experienced any drops, reboots, etc. in the 2 weeks I've had it (using windows machines)

Cons: No gigabit ethernet (it can't really add that much to the price nowadays)
Wireless AC speeds the same as the N band (likely due to the fast ethernet ports)
Only usb2 port (but with wired and wireless speeds maxing out at about 100Mbps usb3 speeds wouldn't be achieved anyway)

Other Thoughts: Is this router for the advanced home network with a NAS, home server, for fast file sharing? No, but the features and price basically say that. Will the average home that streams prime, netflix, hulu, etc do well with this router? Yes. This is a great basic dual band router that can also do a decent job with some limited local file streaming via a usb2.0 external drive (movies, music, etc).

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Display Name: Aaron D.

Date Joined: 05/25/04

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