Same as always: setup comes first.
Setup & Software
The TP-LINK Archer C7 has one of the easiest and fastest installation processes I have seen. You just connect everything, turn it on and it works as if it has been installed by your local IT friend. Or your son. Or your father. Depends on who normally does stuff like this for you, I guess. The wireless router is completely configured from day one and you don’t have to search long for the necessary data (like PIN, SSID and Network Key). Hint: they are all written on a piece of paper inside the package. Futuristic, right? Ironically, it might get a little more complicated if you use the guide because it recommends to go through a disc software installation which is far more complicated then just plugging the home router in and setting it up with your browser.
The user interface might well be a bit confusing at first. You have a whole lot of options which are not organized through an option like “advanced”. So if you’ll get this router and want to change some settings you’re automatically an advanced router expert. Congratulations! This offers a whole lot of possibilities but also takes some time (and reading) to get used to.
Hardware & Wireless Connection
The hardware is pretty much up to today’s standards. 4 LAN Ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports (no USB 3.0!), you know it. There are also three external for the 5 GHz band and three internal antennas for the 2.4 GHz band resulting in great coverage and reach. Though you have to keep in mind that the 5 GHz band will be more effected by walls and distances than the 2.4 GHz band which results in weaker coverage for larger homes.
The TP-LINK Archer C7 covers 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies with up to 450Mbps and 1300Mbps respectively. This means you can perform a file download with your 2.4 GHz band while smoothly streaming HD videos at the same time with your 5 GHz band. Just remember that not every device supports both bands. If you try to use one that is not supported you won’t get a connection.
While I was looking for what other people have to say about this wireless router I noticed that many say the lights are too bright and distracting. I have to admit that I’m not using this router myself at the time but a friend of mine does and we both don’t mind those lights even when the room ist dark except for the TV or computer. That’s personal preference.
The TP-LINK Archer C7 in comparison
|ASUS RT-N66U||NETGEAR |
|TP-LINK Archer C7
|Data Transfer Rate (max)||900Mbps||1900Mbps||1750Mbps|
The TP-Link Archer C7 is actually a solid choice. I have to admit that I haven’t personally used this one but nearly everyone agrees that this wireless router is a good choice for a lower budget though there are some security issues and coverage problems in larger homes you have to consider.