TP-Link Archer A7 AC1750 Wi-Fi Router 2020 Updated Review
Looking for one of the best deals in Wi-Fi routers? The TP-Link Archer A7 may not have an impressive range or the customization options of competitors, but it has parental controls, Quality of Service (QoS) software and a two-year warranty.
About TP-Link Archer A7 AC1750 Wi-Fi Router
The TP-Link Archer A7 ($79.99) is a budget-friendly wireless router that gets you dual-band connectivity with four gigabit LAN ports and plenty of settings to help you manage your network.
The A7 delivered fast scores on our close-proximity throughput tests, but its long-range performance was spotty and its file transfer speeds were very slow, most likely due to the use of USB 2.0 technology. For $30 more, the Editors’ Choice Asus RT-AC66U B1 offers better all-around performance and more features, including built-in malware protection.
- Reasonably priced.
- Easy to install.
- Four LAN ports.
- Good close-range performance.
- Middling long-range and file transfer performance.
- Does not support MU-MIMO.
- USB is 2.0.
- JD Power Award —Highest in customer satisfaction for wireless routers 2017 and 2019
- Router for wireless internet, works with Alexa, compatible with all WiFi devices, 802.11ac and older
- Dual band router upgrades to 1750 Mbps high speed internet(450 mbps for 2.4GHz + 1300Mbps for 5GHz), reducing buffering and ideal for 4K streaming Comparable to the router NETGEAR R6700
- 3 external antennas for long range WiFi
- Gigabit Router with 4 Gigabit LAN ports, fast access to Multiple connected wired devices, Ideal as a gaming router
- Integrated USB port acts as a media Server, easily share your USB drive content
- TP-Link tether app easily set up and remotely manage your home network
- Industry leading 2 year and Free 24/7 technical support
Build & Design
The TP-Link AC1750 measures 9.6 x 6.3 x 1.3-inches, which is marginally larger than typical home routers. Along its face, a collection of ten individual LEDs provide insight into the status of the network.
While they’re only labeled with symbols, these lights are nevertheless a fairly simple way of diagnosing problems with the network, should they occur.
Within the glossy black exterior, there’s more than a few elements of special note. There’s a Qualcomm processor, which is there to help keep network traffic from becoming congested. But most of its significant discernable features are only revealed when you turn to its backside.
Setting Up a Network
Router setup for even basic home networks used to be something that literally required experienced technicians. The process was so obtuse that many ordinary people stood no chance of success.
Luckily, those days are largely gone, and routers have become virtually plug-and-play. Features that used to be prominent and even important to advertise, like automatic network detection, have become trivial and expected.
With that in mind, the TP-Link Archer A7 is about average with respect to the difficulty of setting up a network. It’s something just about anyone can do within a few minutes, and it really doesn’t get harder from there unless you expect to exercise some of the more advanced network control options.
That’s not to say that changing advanced options is difficult, simply that it does take several minutes to get anything done.
Setting up and maintaining your network is fairly simple, once you’ve got the ball rolling. Within the web console, you’ll find an updated graphical version of the interface formerly used on the TP-Link Archer A7.
The updated version is easier to use and navigate, but there’s still a noticeable lag between the moment you issue a change to the network and the time at which that change is implemented. For example, you may have to wait nearly 30 seconds to make a variety of changes.
With the settings open, there’s an almost overwhelming number of things that you can adjust. You can view traffic statistics, make individual adjustments to LAN, Wireless, or WAN portion of your network.
You can also easily integrate WPS Security for WPA/WPA2. And there’s and a QoS bandwidth option you can use to prioritize different forms of content.
Why Choose TP-Link Archer A7 AC1750 Smart Wi-Fi Router?
Based on its features and performance, it’s hard to tell that the TP-Link Archer A7 costs what it does. The pairing of 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands give excellent performance in a variety of circumstances.
Its close proximity performance is much better than other budget-oriented routers. The 5 GHz band in particular has amazing performance within this price range.
The user interface could use more improvements. It’s not inscrutable or particularly difficult to make changes, it’s just comparably not as streamlined as some of its competitors.
But unless you’re a professional network administrator, you probably don’t spend much time interacting with those settings. Once you’ve got them in place, you may only make one or two adjustments per year, if that.