TP-Link Archer C7 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router (AC1750)
Playing and HD streaming over your local network will put a lot of pressure on your local network, and it will decrease the performance of your internet.
Using a limited speed, ISP will not be able to get a good wireless connection via your laptop Wi-Fi, and your connection will keep getting slow when multiple devices are requesting for a better bandwidth at the same time.
Wi-Fi routers were designed to allow you through long range performances and to permit you a reliable wireless coverage everywhere you want it.
I bet you didn’t know that there are two types of routers available in the market. The first category is with built-in modems, and the other kind is without built-in modems.
A very commendable brand of wireless routers is the TP-Link Archer C7. The Archer C7 has a very high standard called AC technology which delivers a Wi-Fi performance, comparable to lightning.
This latest Wi-Fi standard – 802.11ac is 3x faster than wireless-N technology, and it is capable of offering a combined wireless data transfer rate up to1.75Gbps.
Who needs the Archer C7 Wireless Dual Band Router?
The Archer C7 speed and range is suitable for all users but mostly used by large organizations because of its speed.
- Wi-Fi Spec: 802.11ac/Dual Band
- Number of Antennas/Removable: 6/3 are removable
- Ports: 4 Gbps LAN, 2 USB 2.0
- Peak 802.11ac performance: 363.6 Mbps (at 5 feet)
- Range: 110 feet
- Size: 1.4- by 9.5- by 6.0-inches
- One year warranty
- Availability of parental controls that restricts your kid’s visitation to certain websites.
The Archer C7 Wireless Band comes with a 1-year warranty.
Features you should know before buying the Archer C7 Wireless Router
- The back of the Archer C7 has a switch for turning off Wi-Fi transmissions. A few other routers allow you to do this via firmware, but the C7 uses a physical switch, turning it into a wired router for when you go on vacation and want it to stop broadcasting and thus relatively convenient.
- The Archer C7 has four gigabit LAN connections and pair of USB 2.0 ports that can allow you use other things ranging from a memory key to a printer, even if the ports use the older and slower USB 2.0 spec.
- TP-Link Archer C7 also has a power button including an additional button to quickly add clients or other users via its WPS feature. The WPS key is an extra key that serves as a reset switch for returning the wireless router to its factory settings and software if held for 8 seconds.
- Also, the TP-Link Archer C7 has a 720-MHz processor and 128MB of RAM -quite slow when compared to the gigahertz-speed processors that are now available. However, you should note that each of the Archer C7 router’s six antennas has a useful Skyworks amplifier to boost and improve outgoing transmissions and detects or grabs weak incoming signals.
- The TP-Link Archer C7 efficiently handles three lanes of data traffic and uses beam-forming techniques to add ups the transmitted data with the receiver. But it lacks MU-MIMO support for the efficient management of the available bandwidth when lots of devices are connected.
So you have bought your Setup the TP-Link Archer C7 Wireless Router, how do you set it up?
Once you have plugged in your device, you can configure it with a Web browser or any connected device, unlike some wireless routers that permit you to set it on an Android or iOS app.
An individual network name and pass code comes with any TP-Link router, but it is advisable you change it to guarantee your wireless security. The full setup takes up to 7 minutes.
Manually setting up an Archer C7 requires a lot of patience. Why? Might you ask? Well, this is because it’s hard to go through the 20 configuration categories listed vertically on the left of the setup screen.
Although the Archer C7 offers a lot of options on how you can set it up, it sure leaves room for confusion. The variety of selections makes it easy for you to miss out on what you seek.
What we liked:
- Its wireless coverage is excellent.
- Five super-fast Gigabit Ethernet ports.
- Two USB ports for connecting USB devices or other peripherals.
- Quite affordable for the features it offers.
- A switch button to turn on and turn off wireless transmissions.
What we didn’t like:
- Its USB port use is slower because of its 2.0 spec.
- It lacks some specifications such as automatic firmware updates or the latest technology for efficiently managing network traffic.
- Users complain that it takes up more minutes to set up the firmware manually.
Rounding up, the TP-Link Archer C7 Wireless Router is best for the speed, and smartphone users would enjoy it more.