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
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
ITU-T G.992.3 (G.DMT.bis)
ITU-T G.992.4 (G.lite.bis)
|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)|
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
Sync speed with the Archer D7 v1, firmware version 0.9.1 0.6 v002d.0 Build 140416 Rel.63690n
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.
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|
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.
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.