Tp-Link Archer A7 (AC1750) Full Review 2020
One the best budget routers of 2020, well-designed, premium-looking, cheap, reliable, feature-packed, comes under $100, I’m talking about the TP-Link Archer A7.
Pros & Cons:
What I Like:
- The archer A7 supports both IPv4 and IPv6 internet security protocols.
- The setup of the router is super easy and straightforward.
- Its stable, consistent, reliable connection on the 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands.
- A wide range of connectivity options and compatibility with Alexa.
- Multiple devices connection simultaneously up to 50.
What I don’t:
- Its USB 2.0 port.
The Tp-Link Archer A7 is a pocket-friendly, coming under 100 bucks, dual-band router. With the connectivity of four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, it contains three high-gain external antennas. It’s an ac wireless standard router and offers a combined maximum speed of up to 1.7Gbps, theoretically.
As a dual-band router, its 2.4GHz band delivers 450Mbps, and the 5GHz band achieves up to 1300Mbps. The router’s range is quite impressive for its price and provides an excellent WiFi coverage up to 2,500 sq. Ft.
Design: The TP-Link Archer A7
Like other TP-Link routers, the Archer A7 shares the same black body that carries three external non-removable antennas. These antennas are designed to adjust to any direction for a better range. Its overall design seems to be a bit dated, but not that impressive. However, it feels quite reliable and premium. It has an array of LED lights on the front.
When it comes to mounting the router, the router does offer mounting brackets and allows you to hang it to the place you want. In this way, you can save some space on your desk.
The router measures 1.3×9.6×6.4 (HWD). Better you take it as a compact unit. The backside of the router houses a WPS button, a reset button, a power button. Additionally, you have four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, allowing you to make multiple wired connections simultaneously. You also get a USB 2.0 port and one WAN port. However, the archer a7 lacks a faster USB 3.0 port.
On the other hand, it is equipped with a decent processor – 750MHz, chipset Qualcomm QCA9563. Besides, it consists of 16MB flash memory and 128GB of RAM onboard. The mentioned hardware is okay for handling medium-duty tasks, but not good for heavy-duty users looking for gaming. Instead, try TP-Link Archer A9.
Setup & Software: The Archer A7 Router
The Archer A7 doesn’t take much time to install. Even it can be entirely set up within minutes. Thanks to TP-Link for offering both apps —Android and IOS— and web-based installation. However, I used its app for the entire process, and it took me about five minutes.
In other words, there is no doubt saying that the router is painless when it comes to its setup and network management. Moreover, their interfaces are straightforward to navigate. Both contain various settings for different features and controls.
Performance: Tp-Link Archer A7
Performance for around $60 is quite impressive of Archer A7. As a dual-band router, both bands perform up to the mark and provide theoretical speeds of up to 1.7Gbps. However, it is difficult for the router to show you these numbers in the real-world. Furthermore, I didn’t have problems such as poor WiFi and signal drops while testing the A7.
Security: Archer A7
The security of the router is good for the price. It includes all types of internet WiFi Encryptions, such as WEP, WPA, WPA2, WPA/WPA2-Enterprise(802.1x).
Besides, there is a broad range of network security, including SPI Firewall, IP & MAC Binding, Access Control, and App Layer Gateway. The Archer A7 provides two separate guest networks: one for 5GHz band and one for 2.4GHz band.
Take a look at the performance chart of the router.
On the 2.4GHz band:
|Position||Ping||Down Speed||Up Speed|
|Master room (10 feet)||26ms||89.05Mbps||17.03Mbps|
|Store room (30 feet)||21ms||22Mbps||16.68Mbps|
|Backyard (40 feet)||10ms||12.09Mbps||12.88Mbps|
On the 5GHz band:
|Position||Ping||Down Speed||Up Speed|
|Master room (10 feet)||13ms||89.05Mbps||17.03Mbps|
|Store room (30 feet)||12ms||189.05Mbps||16.68Mbps|
|Backyard (40 feet)||12ms||36.09Mbps||34.88Mbps|
In my testing period, the Archer A7 did a great job. It is worth buying for the price tag it carries. A few remarkable things. For example,
- A reliable connection for multiple devices without sacrificing performance.
- Overall, WiFi coverage was excellent, with no dropoff in range.
- It delivered consistent speeds on the 5GHz and 2.4GHz band.
- Somehow managed to provide a coverage of up to 1200 sq. Ft.
However, a couple of things could have improved, such as the USB 2.0 port. It was not as fast as expected, but got the job done.
So the overall performance of the router is excellent. If you’re looking for an affordable budget-friendly router for small to medium homes, it is worth the money. You can buy it without any second thoughts.