Pros: Specific to the v2 and NOT the v1 or 1.1, the v2 has the newer QCA9880-BR4A (vs -AR1A) 802.11-ac wifi chip for 5 GHz. For whatever reason, qualcomm decided not to support the AR1A in the ath10k linux driver set, which means that it could not be supported in open source firmware. Maybe due to some defect in the chip, explaining some of the negative reviews here? In any event, these devices are in a state of "in development* for open source firmware (openWRT), though th...
Cons: Unlike the China-only WDR7500, which is nearly the same product and is firmware compatible -- the board in it is identical, the 2.4 GHz wifi is limited to 3 small internal antennas. The 3 big antennas on the Archer C7 are 5-GHz ONLY. The WDR7500 has SIX external antennas -- three for 2.4 GHz, and 3 for 5 GHz. I guess that their aim here is to have the same range for both frequencies (lower frequencies go longer). I frankly, don't see a downside to having 5 GHz for clo...
Pros: Good router, did not bottleneck my upload or download speeds compared to other routers.
Cons: Wifi is unstable at times. Mobile devices like phones constantly losing signal. Using an Ethernet cable to my main PC and was having disconnecting issues. Found it was a setting with the router's browser configuration. Had to call router tech support to find it and fix it.
TP-LINK Archer C7 v2 AC1750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router
Mickey F., Newegg
4 weeks ago
Pros: Easy set up and mac address filtering. Windows reports it at 867mbps on my usb ac adapter. You can tell it is faster than regular n speed, even though I have it connected to a usb 2.0 port. I have no trouble connecting at the highest speed on the 5.0ghz channel.
Cons: When I first set it up it was a bit flakey speedwise. After a very short time it became solid and consistent. It's like it needs to break in. On the 2.4ghz band 300mbps is the fastest I can get it to run as reported by windows, not 450mbps.
Excerpt: Pros: <br />Easy to set up with or without included cd<br />2.4 gz and 5 ghz bands<br />personal and guest access<br />Personal and guest security can be different<br />Fast wifi data speeds<br />Faster gigabit wired speeds<br /><br />Cons: <br />Both frequency wireless signal not the strongest<br />5.4 ghz antenas internal so not easily upgraded<br />Will still end up using access points throughout house
Summary: Setting the router up and using the printer sharing was dead easy. I immediately went to the farthest part of my house where reception was at its worst(the reason I purchased this) and on the 5GHz channel I achieved 104.82mb/s. my connection is rated 100mb/s max! The 2.4GHz channel provided a crisper signal but capped at 43.39mb/s. So in it's primary role it was extremely fast.
Pros: Quick configuration, up and running within 5 minutes, overall ease of configuration via the integrated admin interface
Cons: Web admin interface a bit quirky, needs some cleanup work as far a proper scaling within the existing browser window size, but that's a minor issue. Would like DHCP reservations to contain server names in addition to the data already present. QOS not complete, looking forward to a future release that adds true QOS configuration/support.