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TP-Link Archer D7 1750AC Router Review

To test the TP-Link Archer D7 1750AC router, we use Totusoft’s LAN Speed Test software to measure the real-world network throughput when transferring a 200MB file over the network. LAN Speed Test provides real-world performance results as it creates the file, measures the time it takes to transfer and then calculates the effective throughput on average.

In order to eliminate potential bottlenecks, the ‘server’ computer was connected to the router via Gigabit Ethernet. The ‘client’ system will run this test connected to both the 2.4 GHz and 5GHz wireless frequency bands.

For our short-range test, the system will be positioned around 3 meters away from the router in the same room. This represents a typical usage scenario where the Archer D7 is required to provide a wireless signal for multiple devices in the same room.

For medium range testing, our system was positioned around 6 meters from the router in another room. This way the signal will have to travel through a wall, making things a bit tougher. These tests are being run in a typical four bedroomed house, so it is a fairly common usage scenario for our readers.

We will also be running a long-range test with the system positioned around 10 meters from the router, on the upper floor of the building. The signal will have to travel through the ceiling/floor along with several walls- making this procedure the most demanding. This represents a typical usage scenario in which the router is required to provide a wireless signal to multiple devices located in separate rooms of the house.

We’ll be using a ‘client’ system featuring the Asus PCE AC68 wireless card, which supports 802.11ac wireless as well as 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands.

Test Procedure:

  • Totusoft’s LAN Speed Test software, 200MB file transfer between client and server computers.
  • We measure the transfer speed when copying a large media file across the network to certify the Totusoft LAN Speed Test results
  • We run the test five times and take an average.
  • When averaging the recorded transfer rates, we will determine and eliminate outlier results and run an extra test in place. This should reduce the effect of random errors.
  • 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands are tested.

‘Server’ PC:

  • CPU: AMD FX-8350
  • Motherboard: MSI 990FX GD-65
  • Test Drive: Kingston 250GB SSD Now V300
  • OS: Windows 8.1

Short range results:

TP-Link Short Range Results

Medium range results:

TP-Link Medium Range Results

Long range results:

TP-Link Long Range Results

As you can see, performance is fairly good, competing heavily with routers within the same price range. Speeds remain fairly high over longer distances as well.

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