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TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 review

A 802.11ac router with excellent download speeds

Our Verdict

For

  • Good overall performance
  • Decent price
  • Great feature set

Against

  • Slight blip in AC speed
Ratings in depth
TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750
TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750
TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750
TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750
TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750

In a world of hopeless model numbers, the TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 is at least a breath of fresh air. It's a delight to have the friendly sounding Archer C7 appear on your list of network devices, while inside its ultra-gloss black chassis is some serious networking hardware. The TP-Link AC1750 is an affordable 802.11ac network and cable broadband router.

If you're savvy with networking numbers you'll know the 1750 indicates this is a full-speed state-of-the-art 802.11ac 1300mbps router, backed up with 3x3 450mbps 802.11n capabilities. It's also worth highlighting the 802.11n supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.

TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750
Three external antennas for plenty of capacity

TP-Link has taken a very traditional route for the design of the Archer C7 AC1750. It still boasts external antennas, something most other manufacturers have moved away from. These are 5dBi antennas and serve the 5GHz band, three more are internal and sort out the 2.4GHz range. At the back are four Gigabit LAN ports, plus a Gigabit WAN port. The goodies don't end there, with two USB 2.0 ports and buttons for WPS, power and wireless.

It's an impressive array of goods. The USB ports of course offer printer and NAS capabilities, including a built-in DLNA server. The Archer C7 is also IPv6 ready too, and offers a guest network to keep your files private. It offers a standard but very snappy and comprehensive web interface. Beginners can use the supplied setup CD, but otherwise you can just log directly into the interface and take it away.

TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750
All the LAN ports are gigabit-capable

The TP-Link offers odd performance with the new 802.11ac technology. Downstream speeds in the same room and one room away were good, averaging as high as 50MB/s. Writes, however, remained sluggish at 15MB/s - slower than the 802.11n performance despite connecting at the full 1300mbps rate. The 802.11n performance ranged from good to excellent, especially at extreme range.

Conclusion

As an affordable AC wireless router, the TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 has a lot to like. For the price you'll be getting everything you'd want from a higher-end model, without the price tag. It's a good looking and compact system that's easy to set up and fast to configure, with a no nonsense interface. We've actually been missing the old external antennas; we're not sure letting people fiddle with the positioning is necessarily a good thing, but they look cool.

We liked

Gigabit LAN and WAN ports all round is a big plus. The easy to use and comprehensive interface is another big plus for us. It's also important that is get a good 50MB/s at 802.11ac in the read tests, this is middleof-the-pack in terms of speed and is what you'd hope for. Oddly more impressively is the long-range 25m 802.11n speeds, which averaged as high as 18MB downstream and 11MB/s upstream. The fastest we've seen and one of the best mid-range speeds on record.

We disliked

The oddity for the TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 was the substandard 802.11ac upstream speeds. Despite a solid 1300mbps same-room connection, the transfer refused to go faster than 14MB/s or so. Even with the latest firmware update it stubbornly refused. It also put in one of the weakest 802.11ac efforts at distance manging a sub-par 16MB/s downstream and 7.6MB/s upstream.

Final verdict

The average 802.11ac upstream performance we feel is more of a blip for the TP-Link Archer C7, as it's still more than usable and is providing good to excellent downstream speeds, which are really more important. The real win is that you get a top-class dual-band 802.11n router thrown in, which is probably of more immediate help.

Tech Specs

Product TypeWireless Router
Broadband Transmission TechnologyEthernet
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11ac
ISM BandYes
UNII BandYes
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
USBYes
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports4
Product FamilyArcher
Number of Broadband (RJ-45) Ports1
Total Number of Antennas6
Wireless Transmission Speed1750 Mbps
Brand NameTP-LINK
Form FactorDesktop
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
ISM Maximum Frequency2.40 GHz
UNII Maximum Frequency5 GHz
PoE (RJ-45) PortNo
Number of Internal Antennas3
Number of External Antennas3
Height32.5 mm
Width243 mm
Depth160.6 mm
ManufacturerTP-LINK Technologies Co., Ltd
Product ModelC7
Product NameAC1750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router
Package TypeRetail
Product LineArcher
Manufacturer Part NumberARCHER C7
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.tp-link.com
Marketing Information802.11ac - The Next Generation of Wi-Fi

TP-LINK's Archer C7 comes with the next generation Wi-Fi standard - 802.11ac, 3 times faster than wireless N speeds and delivering a combined wireless data transfer rate of up to 1.75Gbps. With 1.3Gbps wireless speeds over the crystal clear 5GHz band and 450Mbps over the 2.4GHz band, the Archer C7 is the superior choice for seamless HD streaming, online gaming and other bandwidth-intensive tasks.

1.75Gbps Dual Band Connections for Lag-Free Work and Entertainment

The Archer C7 operates over both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, ensuring amazing wireless performance. Simultaneous Dual Band offers you the flexibility of two dedicated networks - with multiple times the bandwidth for your needs. Simple tasks like sending e-mails or web browsing can be handled by the 2.4GHz band while bandwidth intensive tasks like online gaming or HD video streaming can be processed by the 5GHz band - all at the same time.

VPN SupportedYes