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TP-Link Archer D7 (AC1750) Dual Band ADSL2+ Modem Router Review

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  • 27 Apr, 2014
TP-Link Archer D7 (AC1750) Dual Band ADSL2+ Modem Router Review
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TP-Link Archer D7 (AC1750) Dual Band ADSL2+ Modem Router
TP-Link Archer D7 (AC1750) Dual Band ADSL2+ Modem Router

Late last year, I did a review on the Archer C7 (AC1750) Wireless AC router. Following on its success, TP-Link have released the Archer D7. The Archer D7 is an all in one unit featuring dual band (5Ghz & 2.4Ghz) wireless AC routing, ADSL2+ modem, USB sharing and more. A short summary of it’s key specs are:

External Ports 1 x Gigabit WAN/LAN Port
3 x Gigabit LAN Ports
1 x RJ11 Port
2 x USB 2.0 Ports
Buttons 1 x Power On/Off
1 x Wi-Fi On/Off
1 x WPS
1 x RESET
ADSL Standards ADSL:
Full-rate ANSI T1.413 Issue 2
ITU-T G.992.1(G.DMT), ITU-T G.992.2(G.Lite)
ITU-T G.994.1 (G.hs), ITU-T G.995.1

ADSL2: ITU-T G.992.3 (G.DMT.bis) ITU-T G.992.4 (G.lite.bis)

ADSL2+: ITU-T G.992.5 | | Wireless Standards | IEEE 802.11ac/n/a for 5GHz IEEE 802.11n/g/b for 2.4GHz | | Wireless Speeds | Up to 1300Mbps @ 5GHz Up to 450Mbps @ 2.4GHz | | Antenna | 3 × 2dBi for 2.4GHz and 3dBi for 5GHz | | DHCP | Server, Client, DHCP Client List, Address Reservation, DHCP relay | | QoS | ATM QoS, Traffic Control(IP QoS) | | Port Forwarding | Virtual server, Port Triggering, DMZ, ALG, UPnP | | Dynamic DNS | DynDns, NO-IP | | Dimensions | 229mm (L) x 160mm (W) x 37mm (H) |

Unboxing

The packaging was similar to the Archer C7
The packaging was similar to the Archer C7
The usual suspects were found during the unboxing of the D7
The usual suspects were found during the unboxing of the D7
Supplied ADSL2+ Line Filter/Splitter
Supplied ADSL2+ Line Filter/Splitter
3 × Antennas (2dBi for 2.4GHz and 3dBi for 5GHz)
3 × Antennas (2dBi for 2.4GHz and 3dBi for 5GHz)
Dual voltage power brick
Dual voltage power brick
The rear of the Archer D7
The rear of the Archer D7
The white LED indicators are well hidden when not in use. Elegant design.
The white LED indicators are well hidden when not in use. Elegant design.

Configuration

The configuration page layout hasn't changed much from previous TP-Link products
The configuration page layout hasn’t changed much from previous TP-Link products
Quick Setup - Still the easiest way to get started
Quick Setup - Still the easiest way to get started
Support for IPTV
Support for IPTV
Dynamic DNS Support is limited to dyndns.org and no-ip.com
Dynamic DNS Support is limited to dyndns.org and no-ip.com

ADSL2+ Performance

The Archer D7 comes with a Broadcom chipset so should perform better for those that live further away from the exchange.

Sync speed with the TD-W8960N v3, firmware version 1.4.0 Build 111108 Rel.40398n

TD-W8960N ADSL2+ Line Sync
TD-W8960N ADSL2+ Line Sync

Sync speed with the Archer D7 v1, firmware version 0.9.1 0.6 v002d.0 Build 140416 Rel.63690n

Archer D7 ADSL2+ Line Sync
Archer D7 ADSL2+ Line Sync

The Broadcom chip provided my connection with a 5% increase in line sync speed. Due to the nature of ADSL, improvements to line sync can and do vary greatly between installs.

Wireless Performance

As the Archer D7 is a great replacement for my existing TD-W8960N/Archer C7 combo it was only fair to compare the wireless performance across these 3 models. Using my Sony Xperia Z Ultra, I measured signal strength in 4 locations - same room as the routers, opposite corner of the house, upstairs and outside.

** ** Different Room Same Room One Floor Above Outside
ArcherD7_2.4GHz -56 dBm -32 dBm -46 dBm -76 dBm
ArcherD7_5GHz -51 dBm -25 dBm -50 dBm -76 dBm
TD-W8960N -66 dBm -45 dBm -51 dBm -77 dBm
ArcherC7_2.4Ghz -69 dBm -38 dBm -64 dBm -86 dBm
ArcherC7_5Ghz -74 dBm -46 dBm -66 dBm -86 dBm
How the wireless performed in a domestic environment
How the wireless performed in a domestic environment

Overall, the Archer D7 provides a much better wireless experience than it’s predecessors. The increased performance could well be attributed to the 3 antenna used in this new model.

Final Thoughts

The Archer D7 looks great and has come a long way since the look and feel of my ageing TD-8960N. As you would expect, it performed strongly against it’s older siblings and the only thing missing from the D7 is VoIP capability. Overall, for the price it is currently selling for, I found the Archer D7 to be a great valued all-rounder.

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