TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 Dual Band 802.11ac Gigabit Wireless Router - £65 from Tesco Direct
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TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 Dual Band 802.11ac Gigabit Wireless Router - £65 from Tesco Direct

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Found 28th Feb 2014
Probably one of the best 802.11ac routers on the market right now and the absolute best at this price.

Specs:
- Concurrent Dual Band (2.4GHz & 5GHz) with guest modes
- Parental controls and guest networks available
- Up to 1.3Gbps on 5Ghz, 450Mbps on 2.4GHz band
- 6 Antennas, 3 External 5dBi antenna for 5GHz band and 3 internal for 2.4GHz
- 2xUSB 2.0 ports for media server/print server
- 5 Gigabit ports, 4xLAN & 1 WAN

If you have a flagship Android phone from 2013, an iPhone 5S/iPad Air/iPad Mini Retina, a new Mac or a new Ultrabook you can probably already take advantage of 802.11ac WiFi which can support speeds of up to 867Mbps.

I bought one of these a couple of days ago, it's great if you have a Virgin Superhub and you think the wireless range is crap.

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I ordered this before realising it's a cable router. Must be getting old lol.

Nice piece of kit. Was looking at this for my Mum, but it doesn't contain a modem ... and it wasn't this cheap. Great addition if you also have something to act as your ADSL or fibre "modem".

the d7 will be the phone line one but its not out yet (:

What does this do that a free router from an ISP doesn't do?

eaxlns

What does this do that a free router from an ISP doesn't do?


Better range and ac WiFi. T

eaxlns

What does this do that a free router from an ISP doesn't do?



It actually works :O

eaxlns

What does this do that a free router from an ISP doesn't do?



if you already have a wireless N router.....nothing in reality, dual band routers offer very little in extra range or speed.

allegedly this has severe issues with 5GHZ.

Do research before bying

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sureshot

Better range and ac WiFi. T



QOS , Dynamic DNS, Printer Sharing, USB Ports for ftp/additional drives, media sharing, 1gb internal wired network, guest networking, comex, no-ip, rule management.

chromosome17

if you already have a wireless N router.....nothing in reality, dual band … if you already have a wireless N router.....nothing in reality, dual band routers offer very little in extra range or speed.


If the 2.4Ghz channels are saturated where you are then 5Ghz can be a good alternative.

Banned

valmiki

I ordered this before realising it's a cable router. Must be getting old … I ordered this before realising it's a cable router. Must be getting old lol.



adsl also on ppp0e

Musician

adsl also on ppp0e



Not sure what you mean...?

lazar

allegedly this has severe issues with 5GHZ.Do research before bying


Most of the benefit of 802.11ac is on the 5GHz band so if this has some major issues (and it seems to) then it's relatively pointless.

Maybe there will be a fix but the router has been out for some time and ive seen mention of these issues for over 6 months.

valmiki

I ordered this before realising it's a cable router. Must be getting old … I ordered this before realising it's a cable router. Must be getting old lol.



I did the same with a Buffalo one oO now you need a good cheap modem to attach it to, I gave up and bought the Netgear 6300, not cheap and not that much better than my old Netgear N router, once other devices adopt the standard though you may appreciate the difference. I kept hold of the Buffalo hoping BT Infinity will connect to it once BT get their act together and install it in my area, Heat added for the deal though.;)

Would this be compatible with my TalkTalks Fibre setup?
The TalktTalk setup I have consists of a BT Openreach Fibre Modem and a Huewei Router.

Dadd10

I did the same with a Buffalo one oO now you need a good cheap modem to … I did the same with a Buffalo one oO now you need a good cheap modem to attach it to, I gave up and bought the Netgear 6300, not cheap and not that much better than my old Netgear N router, once other devices adopt the standard though you may appreciate the difference. I kept hold of the Buffalo hoping BT Infinity will connect to it once BT get their act together and install it in my area, Heat added for the deal though.;)



I cancelled my order, don't want the ensuing extra cables/power hassles. Guess I'll have to run my Billion 7800n for a while longer!

Hi all - I have a tl-wr1043nd which keeps dropping wifi. Would it be worth upgrading to this? Not sure if I would see any noticeable difference but would appreciate any advice - thanks!

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valmiki

Not sure what you mean...?



I mean you can use ppppoe (point to point protocol over ethernet) to connect it to an adsl modem, a bit like having a virgin superhub and using it in modem mode then a separate cable router. You would have your adsl modem and this as a separate router using pppoe to connect the two. I think you are looking for an all in one adsl modem / router solution anyway so its irrelevant now

southpaw_786

Hi all - I have a tl-wr1043nd which keeps dropping wifi. Would it be … Hi all - I have a tl-wr1043nd which keeps dropping wifi. Would it be worth upgrading to this? Not sure if I would see any noticeable difference but would appreciate any advice - thanks!



Which version do you have, the newer blue V2 or the older white V1 model?

valmiki

I cancelled my order, don't want the ensuing extra cables/power hassles. … I cancelled my order, don't want the ensuing extra cables/power hassles. Guess I'll have to run my Billion 7800n for a while longer!

Billion 7800N is what I ended up ordering! :-)

Dadd10

I did the same with a Buffalo one oO now you need a good cheap modem to … I did the same with a Buffalo one oO now you need a good cheap modem to attach it to, I gave up and bought the Netgear 6300, not cheap and not that much better than my old Netgear N router, once other devices adopt the standard though you may appreciate the difference. I kept hold of the Buffalo hoping BT Infinity will connect to it once BT get their act together and install it in my area, Heat added for the deal though.;)



I did the same in reverse when I bought an ASUS DSL router thinking it was for DSL... cept in the eBay description it said otherwise. Luckily been able to make it into a DSL router (via help gained from this site).

If you've got a Virginmedia Superhub I'd definitely recommend a better router - and use the hub in modem mode

Asghar

Which version do you have, the newer blue V2 or the older white V1 model?



I have same router and use gargoyle on it - much more stable.

ref AC1750, I was interested aswell but due to the issues reported above, I will hold fire.

I've just perfected my setup with two of these in the house - I'm using the renowned DrayTek Vigor 120 ADSL modem to convert PPPoA to PPPoE, which is put across to a PC in the spare room which acts as a router and does all the PPPoE authentication et cetera (it also acts as an advanced firewall, has intrusion prevention, captive portal etc) and then passes on the connection to these wireless APs.

Has taken an age to perfect, but I don't think I'll be needing to update anything for a looooong time! Would definitely recommend this type of setup for anyone who wants a rock-solid environment.

DevilzGtr

Would this be compatible with my TalkTalks Fibre setup?The TalktTalk … Would this be compatible with my TalkTalks Fibre setup?The TalktTalk setup I have consists of a BT Openreach Fibre Modem and a Huewei Router.


According to the description it has 1 WAN Port and 4 LAN ports so yes you could replace the Huewei Router with this.

I just bought linksys ea6700 for £130, which is the second to last latest model from linksys, and is rated as one of the top routers. I was disappointed with the 5Ghz signal range. I found out later that the higher the frequency of the signal, the shorter the range. So if you want a good range, stick to G or N at 2.4GHz and don't use 5GHz. you can get a 2.4GHz router for under 40 quid with good range.

AC is only good with short range, so unless you are fairly close to the router with not many walls in the way, I don't recommend getting an AC router.

Edited by: "badzed" 28th Feb 2014

oonderware

I bought one of these a couple of days ago, it's great if you have a … I bought one of these a couple of days ago, it's great if you have a Virgin Superhub and you think the wireless range is crap.



I am thinking about it for the USB ports and the additional range, is it a lot better than the Virgin NotSuperHub?

badzed

I just bought linksys ea6700, which is the second to last latest model … I just bought linksys ea6700, which is the second to last latest model from linksys. I was disappointed with the 5Ghz signal range. I found out later that the higher the frequency of the signal, the shorter the range. So if you want a good range, stick to G or N at 2.4GHz and don't use 5GHz. you can get a 2.4GHz router for under 40 quid with good range.AC is only good with short range, so unless you really really need this, I don't recommend getting an AC router.



I believe this uses both bands at the same time, so when you are in the 5Ghz range it is super fast but when you are further away you only get the 2.4Ghz, a little like mobile signal, where you can get 3G but a poor signal will result in 2G.

Some of the original 5Ghz routers were limited to either or, now it is both.

I stuck an old Buffalo Air Station router into an Netgear wall plug in power line (via Ethernet cable) - gives great wif fi all round the house - Now TV box runs smoothly.

Trouble is, it;s an open network....can't figure out how to add security / password...

speric07

I believe this uses both bands at the same time, so when you are in the … I believe this uses both bands at the same time, so when you are in the 5Ghz range it is super fast but when you are further away you only get the 2.4Ghz, a little like mobile signal, where you can get 3G but a poor signal will result in 2G.Some of the original 5Ghz routers were limited to either or, now it is both.



Yes, I'm aware of that. But the point was, that unless you are close to router, then 5GHz won't reach you, and you're wasting money on a feature you won't use. You're better off getting a single band 2.4GHz router instead. The range of 5GHz is pretty bad.


Same here. Have been using Gargoyle for past couple of days and the router seems to be rock solid.

slewis1972

I have same router and use gargoyle on it - much more stable.ref AC1750, … I have same router and use gargoyle on it - much more stable.ref AC1750, I was interested aswell but due to the issues reported above, I will hold fire.

Oopsie. Turns out parent based humour isn't allowed. No swapsies.
Edited by: "Gazbert" 28th Feb 2014

dd-wrt compatible?

Good thing 11ac adapters are a bit cheaper now, Edimax 11ac one it about £11.

Can I use it instead the Virgin Superhub or i would need to use both with the SH set to modem mode?

OK the cheats at Tesco upped the price whilst in my basket, and wouldnt honour the price.

mcrobbj

OK the cheats at Tesco upped the price whilst in my basket, and wouldnt … OK the cheats at Tesco upped the price whilst in my basket, and wouldnt honour the price.



Boy £99 from Tesco now, that's a big price hike.

Expired. Now cheaper at Amazon. Cheeky Tescos.

Gone back up to £99? Looks like I missed out again!

Anyone know of a cable router with a similar range but can support VPNs and won't break the bank? I'd like remote access to my home network.

Panic bought from Amazon link. Hoping issues not present. If they are will return. Trying to max out fibre over WiFi.
Edited by: "abulkasam" 28th Feb 2014
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