TP-Link’s Latest Router: Archer A7 AC1750 Review
Earlier this year, TP-Link introduced a successor to their successful Archer C7; the Archer A7. Due to C7’s low price and robust hardware, it was a hit with those wanting to benefit from every kilobit of their home networks. However, with having spent five years in the market, the C7, no doubt, needed an update.
Of course, the A7 isn’t a complete upgrade of the C7, but there are a few notable changes as well as new features such as a revised interface, a simplified setup process, and Amazon Alexa and IFTTT compatibility.
- Excellent performance considering the price
- Hassle-free set up
- Non-upgradeable Wi-Fi antennas
- USB port is down by one from the predecessor
Closer Look at the Features
Following are some features of the A7:
Minimalist, Attractive Design
Like with all routers, TP-Link has focused on the fundamentals in this router too. There are not too many differences between the A7 and its predecessor because the exterior is almost unchanged.
The router has a gloss black case which is not too eye-catching, but it is still pleasing to look at. Since it has a minimalist approach, it can easily blend with a variety of home decors. On the front of the device is a row of status lights that indicate usual attributes like Wi-Fi activity, power, and port connection status. There are three adjustable Wi-Fi antennas installed in the back that give the router a purposeful vibe.
On the back, there is an expected lineup of switches and ports, and this is what differentiates the A7 from the C7. While the C7 has two USB 2.0 ports, the A7 has only one. Plus, instead of a Wi-Fi on/off function switch on the left of the USB ports, there is just a simple button on the far right.
There is a dedicated Ethernet port for modern connections along with four gigabit Ethernet ports for wired connections.
For the Archer A7, there are two configuration methods. Both of them minimize hassle and let you start using the router in just a short time.
The A7 offers a browser-based setup process via a wired connection which is ideal for traditionalists. To get started, you only need to start up your preferred web browser and head to tplinkwifi.net which will take you to the setup software of the router.
After you have a username and password, the setup process will guide you through the basics of setting up the network. If you are familiar with such setup, then you simply complete the setup within five minutes.
On the other hand, if you decide to follow through with the configuration device using a mobile device, then the company offers an alternate setup with Tether. Tether is a free app available for both Android and iOS devices and allows the users to log into the router for the setup process wirelessly. It also lets you see the status of your router easily. Moreover, you can make changes in the configuration without going through the hassle of connecting your router to your PC.
Roundup of specifications of Archer A7
- Easy setup
- Parental controls and QoS
- Compatible with both IFTTT and Amazon Alexa
- WPA/WPA2 security
- A trio of adjustable Wi-Fi antennas
- Access point mode
- USB share port that allows photo, video, and music sharing or cloud storage
Is the Archer A7 worth buying?
When it comes to the design and features, there is nothing in particular that makes the device standout. However, there are hardly any routers that come with so many features at a comparatively low price.
While the Wi-Fi range might be limited in congested areas or bigger houses, the router is ideal for casual home users that want an upgrade with which they the exploit all the capabilities of recent wireless devices. Plus, the easy setup process is just an added benefit.