TP-Link Archer C7 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router Review
The TP-Link Archer C7 Router is already on the list of Best Wi-Fi Routers 2017. In a world of hopeless models, this one is definitely you worth. Being a dual-band router, it uses a 720 MHz CPU. If you are savvy about networking numbers, you would understand the significance the number 1750 indicates. It means it is a full speed state-of-the-art 802.11ac, 1300 Mbps router backed up with the 3×3 450 mbps 802.11n capabilities. What is also worth knowing is the fact that the 802.11n supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. The speed can reach up to 450 Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 1300 Mbps on the 5GHz band. At $84.99, this is an affordable router performance no less than a rather more expensive one. There are many managerial settings, and there’s nothing that stopped it from earning the Editor’s Choice by PCMAG and much more.
In a nutshell, it is an 802.11ac dual-band router. Three on six antennas are removable. There are four Gbps LAN ports and two USB 2.0 ports. The peak 802.11ac performance hits at 363.6 Mbps at 5 feet, the range being 110 feet. The size is 1.4 by 9.5 by 6.0 inches, making it pretty compact.
The router is painted jet-black and has a very minimalistic touch to it. The front view has LED indicators for power, the radio bands, all four LAN ports, the WAN port and WPS activity. The rear is a home to three removable, easy-to-adjust antennas, a Gigabit WAN port, four Gigabit LAN ports, and two USB 2.0 ports. Three screws on antennas at the back can handle traffic in the 5GHz band and sport RP-SMA connectors, allowing them to change for high-gain antennas quickly. It is as plain as a router can get and gives an eerie, ghostlike glow in a darkened room. There’s no switch or software selection to turn this light down. It is compact with a measurement of 9.5 by 6 by 1.4 inches as mentioned before, which is why the C7 may lack distinct design touch features like the Google OnHub tower or the touch screen from Almond+ as well.
The C7 router has one great luxury that is a switch for turning off Wi-Fi transmissions. Some routers only provide it to be possible via firmware; C7 went one step ahead by offering a physical switch. So, no worries when you are out on vacation, as you can stop all those signals and efficiently turn it into a wired router. It is powered by Qualcomm’s QCA9558 Scorpio system-on-chip and holds 128MB of RAM. It may seem a tad slow at first, but the six antennas have a dedicated Skyworks amplifier that enhances the outgoing signals and grabs weak signals that are incoming. In expectation to the router’s input port for a broadband connection, there are several other ports as mentioned in the Specifications section. The C7’s power button allows you to add clients via WPS quickly. It even has parental control, and you can run it on open source software, making as customised for you as you want it to be.
There’s not anything left for you to expect when the TP-Link Archer C7 Router can handle three lanes of data traffic at once and uses beam forming techniques to match the transmitted data with the receiver. It lacks the support of MU-MIMO for more efficient management of the available bandwidth when so many hungry devices are in connection. In a real world testing, with lots of W-Fi connections around, the C7 did well overall. It can deliver enough data to support three devices that may be separately performing actions like playing a TV show, run an Internet radio station and a movie simultaneously. All of this while even if the systems are running back and forth. It delivers smooth audio and video, with no falters or frozen video images.
It is unexpectedly very easy to setup your router for the first time. All you have to do is plug in all the connections once, power it up, and then you can configure it using a web browser and any connected device. The router comes with an individual network name and a password. It is recommended to be changed once you have owned it to be yours. It would take approximately 6 minutes to complete the whole setup.