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Pros: *Decent user interface with all the options you'd expect of a Router.
*Good Range & Excellent throughput
*up to 300Mbps speed for those fortunate enough ;)
*160Mbps over 802.11ac...on my phone!!! YES PLEASE!!
Cons: *Time Warner Cable recommends this unit. However, we were unable to activate this Modem on our own. We needed Tier 2 support to manually activate this modem on the network. But after 30minutes on the phone with TWC they were able to get it added to the account and verify internet connectivity. Not worth docking a star but def be aware that you may have issues self activating this device on your own.
Overall Review: We recently upgraded to 200Mbps connection from TWC. Though we weren't able to verify speed through LAN as none of the devices on hand had Gigabit Ethernet. We did measure over 802.11ac / n and it was very impressive.
HP G7 Laptop over LAN (connected directly to the back of the modem) shown 56.78Mbps Down / 23.45Mbps Up!
Not bad at all over a budget laptops 10/100 Ethernet. We were impressed.
HTC One M7 Phone (wireless A/C) clocked in at an impressive 160.55Mbps Down / 22.10Mbps Up! Nice!!!
Moving roughly 25ft away to where the Samsung SmartTV is mounted in the living room we saw 75Mbps Down / 15Mbps Up
Also, being in an apartment complex with so many other WiFi's overlapping we used inSSider to find the least busy channel (in our case 6) to maintain as much performance as possible. I can honestly say that I have never been a fan of these all in one Modem / Router units as they generally sacrifice range and throughput for convenience. But this device seems to have a nice blend of both.
It also includes parental controls which we can implement at any time should we feel the need.
Ultimately, we are very very pleased with this units performance. All of our tablets, phones, SmartTV, Roku Boxes work just fine and perform better than they ever have. The old solution, TWC basic Modem & Netgear router couldn't keep up with the data and would often leave us waiting for videos and content to load. That problem is no longer an issue. Other than it needed to be on hold with Tier 2 support to get it added to the account.... it's been great. You can't go wrong...what a performer!
Pros: Convenient cable modem and wifi router all in one solution, router has a high quality feeling to it, router/modem management menu is very clean and sleek, stellar WiFi performance, very good cable modem performance.
Cons: Because this is a modem/router combo, if your modem is normally in an area that isn't ideal for best wireless coverage you're probably going to need a powerline Ethernet adapter or use a wireless router in bridge mode to extend the network. MAC address on the sticker also doesn't match the one shown on the firmware... but it still works?
Overall Review: I've always disliked cable modem/wireless router combos solely for the reason that I had a misconception that they were probably not going to work as well as a separate cable modem and router solution.
Boy was I wrong.
My cable modem is something my family bought in 2006 from our cable company. It's served us well over the years and recently was able to give us all 110Mbps when our service was upgraded. I was content, until I plugged this modem in and started seeing speeds of 140-150Mbps peak at times. I NEVER saw speeds like that on our cable modem.
Not only that, but the wireless works REALLY well. We have a very high end router in our home and I am surprised because I think the wireless performance in this device even surpasses that. Our cable modem is on the 2nd floor and I was very worried about whole house coverage. The 140Mbps I mentioned earlier? I get that in my basement. Of all places, it's able to reach down low and top out at 140.
The user interface is very clean and organized. The colors also match very well, it's definitely not going to be something that's intimidating to users who aren't familiar with computers. There are two tabs: basic and advanced. Want a simple interface? Select basic. Want more control and details? Choose advanced. It's as easy as that!
The other huge plus I like about the wireless is the fact that you can actually force it to allocate 40MHz in the 2.4GHz band, not something many routers can do. Usually they want to be less greedy- you can choose 20MHz or auto select between 20 and 40. Not with this baby- allocate to your heart's content! You can also manually select the channel width for 5GHz- 20, 40, or 80. But because 5GHz is relatively not crowded there's no reason not to set it to 80 and uncork that tap.
Installing the modem was a breeze. My cable company isn't one of the top (i.e. numerous) providers in the US but with a call I was able to get this up and running with no hitches. Although, the MAC address did not match between what the sticker showed and the firmware. It worked anyway which I thought was weird.
Rest assured, this is a VERY solid product and I would not hesitate recommending this to my family or friends who need a good cable modem and router solution for their home. I do not have any reservations and highly recommend this to you.
Pros: - Very simple setup.
- Random password set for wireless.
- Supports syslog server for “remote” log, but not for “local” log or “event” log.
- Excellent wired throughput.
- Very good wireless throughput and range (see other for results).
- USB 2.0 storage (but performance is abysmal - see cons).
- USB 2.0 printer sharing (didn't test).
- Allows bridged mode to bypass router and use your own, but that change makes this a very expensive cable modem.
Cons: - There is a 2.4GHz wireless dead spot close to the router. See other for test results.
- It takes almost 2 minutes to reboot.
- There is no online help at all in web interface.
- Wireless passwords cannot be masked in configuration page.
- There is no admin login timeout.
- DDNS – only 1 free service supported: noip.com.
- There is no support for QoS.
- There is no support for DHCP reservations.
- There are no usage or bandwidth monitoring tools at all.
- There is no support for upgrading the firmware. So what you have is all you will ever get.
- Parental controls GUI is horrible, you must individually click every time slot you wish to block (no dragging). The “effective time” definition is backwards. Instead of allowing “effective times” as the manual states, they are blocked, however they still appear green in the GUI.
- Content restrictions do not work at all, either in black list or white list mode.
- USB storage sharing is limited to 2 USB devices with a maximum size of 2TB each, at USB 2.0 speeds (which you don't get close to anyway), and you are limited to only 1 user account. Be warned that as soon as you insert a USB storage device, the default action is to share its entire contents with your LAN with no authentication.
Overall Review: Wireless transfer rates, tested using an AC1200 laptop:
72 Mbps link speed, 134KB/s transfer rate – next to router (2 feet) (dead zone)
144 Mbps link speed, 13MB/s transfer rate – inside 60 feet away
78 Mbps link speed, 4.8MB/s transfer rate – outside 100 feet away
11 Mbps link speed, 31KB/s transfer rate – outside 130 feet away
866 Mbps link speed, 47MB/s transfer rate – next to router (2 feet)
585 Mbps link speed, 32MB/s transfer rate – inside 60 feet away
117 Mbps link speed, 7.1MB/s transfer rate – outside 100 feet away
87 Mbps link speed, 4.5MB/s transfer rate – outside 130 feet away
USB storage transfer rates (using CrystalDiskMark with a 100MB test file):
Sequential Read (Q= 32,T=10) : 0.000 MB/s **
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T=10) : 0.445 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T=10) : 0.799 MB/s [ 195.1 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T=10) : 1.260 MB/s [ 307.6 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 4.823 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 2.516 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 1.120 MB/s [ 273.4 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 1.246 MB/s [ 304.2 IOPS]
** No, that isn't a typo. CrystalDiskMark really reported 0.000!
This device gets rather warm (115F on left side, 125F on right side) and consumes 14 watts (28VA).
This all-in-one cable modem router combo pairs what appears to be a good cable modem with a lackluster router, and does so at a very high price point ($199.99 at the time of this review). While the wireless performance of the router is quite good (except for the 2.4GHz dead zone around it), many normal features found in a router are either missing, don't work, or don't work as advertised. And to add insult to injury, there is no support for upgrading the firmware in the field, so nothing can be fixed later.
If you are a basic internet user and want to minimize the footprint of your network gear, this combo unit will likely serve you well. For everyone else, I would recommend steering clear of this, instead opting for a separate modem and router with the features you are looking for and the ability to replace or upgrade one component at a time.
Pros: Combined price for a DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem and an AC1750 wireless router is very good
Unit was very easy to get setup on Comcast
Modem side of unit functions very, very well and is stable
Setup is very easy and straight forward, with a feature rich setup screen
Signal strength on the modem side is very strong, better than my Arris SB6141 that I am comparing it to
Signal strength on the router side is good, comparable to a TP-Link Archer C7 at close range (more on this under Cons)
Definitely will get you a few more Mbps in download speed provided your subscription is for above 50Mbps downloads. Anything below that is going to be about the same no matter what you use. On a 150Mbps connection, I was getting above 180Mbps downloads consistently.
Dual USB ports (also see cons)
Cons: Does not have the range of a TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 router. This would be due to the lack of external antennas, which the C7 has three of. I found a signal drop off in 2.4 Ghz band of approximately 25%, and almost 40% in the 5Ghz band compared to the C7. The C7 is a workhorse for sure, but this is an apple to apple comparison.
Not wall mountable, and takes up a lot of heighth on the desktop. This is where I prefer smaller modems, and wall mountable routers like the Archer C7.
USB ports are only 2.0. Would be nice to have USB 3.0 ports at this price.
Like others have said, Port Forwarding simply does not work. The month I have been testing this, my Diskstation NAS has been offline. Now that I've gone back to my regular Arris Modem and my trusty Archer C7, my NAS is back online and working as it should be. Things like this have to be taken into consideration when purchasing an all in one unit. I would not buy this standalone unit for just this very reason alone.
No DD-WRT support. Really?
Overall Review: If you needed a complete all in one Modem/Router due to space limitations, and Port Forwarding and lack of DD-WRT support are not big issues for you, then this TP-Link Archer CR700 unit would be for you.
If overall convenience, and getting the max speed and range for your money were priorities, then this unit would not fit the bill. My SB6141 and Archer C7 combination definitely had more range, and equal signal strength on the modem side though the SB6141 has less working channels. Money spent for the two separate is about the same as this single unit.
This is one of the best combined units that I have tested, but still lacks features, speed and signal strength that you can get using two separate units. It is on Comcat's list of approved units, and I had no problem testing it.
All in all, I will give the CR700 four eggs (really 3.5, but I can't give half eggs). It has some shortcomings that may not be issues for some people. It is easy to setup, and to get working, but to me without external antennas, the range issue is major. The lack of Port Forwarding is the final killer. This needs to be addressed by TP-Link ASAP.
Disclaimer: I neither work for NewEgg or TP-Link. I am simply provided a unit to review based on my abilities as a certified networking professional with over 25 years experience.
Pros: Sleek design, Small footprint, solid and reliable modem, good wireless range and speed, works with my ISP, saves the rental fee, save me from running two devices!
Cons: Priced kind of high.
Overall Review: Getting this to work with my ISP was as simple as making a phone call. Modem and router were very easy to setup and all in all I was really quite pleased with the performance. This is the first wireless router to really compete well with my cisco and I'm so happy with it I'm going to keep using it.
It has everything the average consumer needs, and works well right out of the box. I couldn't be happier. I do think the price is a bit high considering the brand but I must admit this time TP-Link pulled it off. I have quite a few routers by this company and though they all work, this one really shines. Wireless seems a bit more fluid in my home. Seems faster for sure. I don't think anyone could do wrong by picking this up and I love the idea of saving $7 a month on the rental fee I've been paying for years.
Pros: - Cable Modem/Router AIO Solution (if you are looking for that)
- 2x USB ports included
- Good Reception
- Packaged Well
- Decent Firmware Support
- TP-Link is becoming one of my favorite vendors regarding their products
Cons: - Price is a bit steep for my liking.
- No DD-WRT Support (this is becoming a norm... embrace it)
- Software is like day and night between the basic option and the advanced
Overall Review: Overall, this unit is really good. If you need an AIO device to work as your router and cable modem, then this is a good pick. TP-Link has been pretty solid regarding the last few devices I've tested. I didn't gain any crazy speeds with this router/modem combo as I was already using a Motorola Surfboard. The performance seemed the same.
I called my cable company (TWC who bought Insight and is being bought out by Charter in my market) to have my MAC address added for the new device and I was up and running in no time.
This is a pretty good cable modem/router AIO unit for the features included. The price is a bit high to my liking and I still argue that having a router/cable modem combo is the way to go.
I've never been a fan of having a router and cable modem combined as one device. I get that the footprint may be smaller but I've always said once 'one' device 'dies', you have to replace both.
Overall, this device was impressive. TP-Link has always showed promise and I will continue to go with their equipment.
Pros: 4 gigabit LAN ports
guest network on both bands
works with Bright House Networks, Comcast, Xfinity, Time Warner, COX, Charter, Cablevision
not compatible with DD-WRT
This unit was installed using Bright House Networks as the ISP, with firmware version v1.0.3 Build 20150413 Rel12120. Internet setup was very easy: connect the coaxial cable, power cable, ethernet cables, then call the cable company to register the cable modem.
The web interface is fairly easy to get around. Features include Bridge Mode, simultaneous dual bands, a guest network on each band, IP filtering, MAC filtering, port filtering, port forwarding, port triggers, DMZ, USB settings, parental control, firewall, system tools (status, diagnostics, time settings, backup & restore). An emulator can be found here: http://www.tp-link.com/resources/simulator/CableSimulator_Archer_CR700_ver2.1/index.htm
You have the basic options for setting up wireless networks: power (percent), modes (b/g/n combos for 2.4GHz and a/n/ac combos for 5GHz), bandwidth (auto, 20, 40, 80 Mhz), channel. More advanced options include wireless bridging, mac filtering, beacon interval, DTIM interval, fragmentation threshold, RTS threshold, Short GI, enable WMM, enable power save support. The guest networks have options to "allow guests to see each other" and "allow guests to access my local network". There is no option to customize the guest network's IP addresses or leasing pools; however, both bands use different subnets from each other and from the primary network (if "allow guests to access my local network" is not checked).
Firewall settings is very basic: level of protection (off, low, medium, high), enable block fragmented IP packets, and enable port scan detection.
The on/off button is great for hard reboots. I don't have to unplug the power from the unit. The wireless range is excellent. I get full signal from one floor down.
Cons: The web interface has several major issues and is missing some important features. The least important is there's no option to create your own login username. You can only change the password for the current administrator login.
There is no option to reserve IP addresses. DHCP lease time is limited to 48 hours max. My biggest problem is MAC filtering for the guest network doesn't work on either band (primary network on both bands work fine however). Any MAC address you add does not show up on the Devices list, which makes this feature for the guest network unusable. The Parental Control feature also doesn't work. I can still access the internet during "no access" times.
The DHCP Client List shows only the MAC address of the device that's connected. It would be nice to be able to see the host name of the device as well. Unless I have every MAC address memorized, it's hard to figure out which device is which.
Overall Review: I've confirmed with TP-Link that the Guest Network does NOT have the MAC Filtering feature, even though the menu gives you the option. They are not sure if this feature can be added in the future.
Overall, I think this cable modem/router has every basic feature that I need, however, some of the more advanced features (such as mac filtering for guest network) are lacking.
Pros: Simple setup
no need for 2 devices to do the same task ie: cable modem and router
no longer need to rent cable modem from ISP
nearly twice the internet speed compared to cable modem from ISP
Cons: have to reboot frequently, a firmware update might fix that issue
no USB 3.0, get with the times please
Overall Review: It's a great cable modem and wireless router. The wireless is as fast as comparable devices that newegg has sent to review in the past.
No usb 3.0 is a big deal since most external devices now are 3.0. File transfers from connected devices are slow due to this. Computer to computer transfers over wireless are very fast.