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

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 Ports1 x Gigabit WAN/LAN Port
3 x Gigabit LAN Ports
1 x RJ11 Port
2 x USB 2.0 Ports
Buttons1 x Power On/Off
1 x Wi-Fi On/Off
1 x WPS
1 x RESET
ADSL StandardsADSL:
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 StandardsIEEE 802.11ac/n/a for 5GHz
IEEE 802.11n/g/b for 2.4GHz
Wireless SpeedsUp to 1300Mbps @ 5GHz
Up to 450Mbps @ 2.4GHz
Antenna3 × 2dBi for 2.4GHz and 3dBi for 5GHz
DHCPServer, Client, DHCP Client List,
Address Reservation, DHCP relay
QoSATM QoS, Traffic Control(IP QoS)
Port ForwardingVirtual server, Port Triggering, DMZ, ALG, UPnP
Dynamic DNSDynDns, NO-IP
Dimensions229mm (L) x 160mm (W) x 37mm (H)

Unboxing

Archer D7-1

The packaging was similar to the Archer C7

Archer D7-2

The usual suspects were found during the unboxing of the D7

Archer D7-3

Supplied ADSL2+ Line Filter/Splitter

Archer D7-4

3 × Antennas (2dBi for 2.4GHz and 3dBi for 5GHz)

Archer D7-5

Dual voltage power brick

Archer D7-7

The rear of the Archer D7

Archer D7-9

The white LED indicators are well hidden when not in use. Elegant design.

Configuration

Archer D7-10

The configuration page layout hasn’t changed much from previous TP-Link products

Archer D7-11

Quick Setup – Still the easiest way to get started

Archer D7-12

Support for IPTV

Archer D7-13

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 RoomSame RoomOne Floor AboveOutside
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.

10 thoughts on “TP-Link Archer D7 (AC1750) Dual Band ADSL2+ Modem Router Review”

  1. Awesome review my friend! The Archer D7 is just making its way over to the UK now and I am very interested in purchasing it. The specs look great but there aren’t too many reviews around since it is a relatively new product. One thing that I must know is how reliable this product is? Do you get dropouts or disconnections frequently or none that often? All i look for in a router is that doesn’t require me constantly rebooting it!

    1. My ADSL has been rock solid but that depends on the quality of the line between you and the phone exchange. With the wireless most things work fine as well but I do have the occasional hiccup with my NUC connecting to the router. I need to reboot the WiFi probably once a month. That’s not to say others will have the same issue. I do hammer my connection a lot.

  2. When you say it doesn’t support VoIP (presumably in the same “box”) does that mean that if you have a separate VoIP device do think it could still be “plugged in” and used like my current TD-W8960N?

    1. There are no issues with using an external ATA with the router. I’m using a Minitar ATA myself without any issue. My comment around VoIP support is more around the convenience of having a single device rather than multiple.

  3. Hi,
    Thanks for sharing your review. I have done some research and came to know that Archer C7 is using 5dbi antenna where as D7 is using 3dbi antenna. I am a bit confused why according to your results, wireless signal strength of D7 is better than C7 when C7 has a better antenna than D7. Did you compare the wireless signals by placing the D7 and C7 at the exact same spot ?

    1. hi, yes both devices were located within cms of each other and the same endpoint was used to check the signal strength. TP-Link have some new models that they have recently announced and I am hoping to review shortly. I am hoping that they will deliver even better wireless performance.

      1. Thanks a lot for the prompt reply.
        This clearly means that in-addition to antenna there is some thing with in the router box as well which boosts the signal strength. For an ordinary person like me it further complicates the matter 🙂 as I was searching wifi routers based on antenna strength only.

        1. It could also be related to the more advanced wireless chipset in the device. Or perhaps an anomaly. I haven’t checked what the D8 or Touch P5 uses but if you look at the reviews here for them, I’ve got their signal strength info as well.

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