For those of you who are fans of TP-Link routers, surely, the TP-Link Archer CR700 should come to mind. So if you are considering this router, it’s a default that you should know everything about it. So since we have bought ourselves one of these devices, we thought it would be great to give it a review. And because this is going to be based on a personal experience, you will be getting the real deal on what is this TP-Link Archer CR700 is all about. Well, at least on our purchased device.
- Comes in dual-band frequency: 2.4GHz and 5GHz
- Supports up to 1750Mbps AC Wi-Fi Speed
- Dual-core processor for a more stable multitasking
- 256MB of ram for better stability even with multiple streaming specifications
- 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports
- Easy router login at http://192.168.l.l.
- 2 USB ports. A USB 1.0 and a USB 2.0
- 6 internal antennas for better signal coverage
- Comes as 2-in-1 device: A modem and a router
- Supports beamforming coverage for better WiFi connections
- Backwards compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n
- Parental control for children safety when going online
- The software includes NAT firewall for network media access
- Quick and easy to install
Looking the TP-Link Archer CR700 on paper, this looks like a full all-in-one router and modem device that will suffice its users. And for the most part, it actually is impressive. The dual-core can actually perform reliably despite the multiple users connected with it. And each one of us has a different activity. I, for one, am into video streaming and download. The other two are into online gaming, and the other one is into content creation and uploading on social media sites. And the TP-Link Archer CR700 serves us fairly well with less to zero lags.
The backward compatible feature is great for older devices that we still use from time to time for specific tasks. So no wireless devices are out of place because it can still work just as much as our updated devices online.
The 4K video streaming is also worth mentioning because it can deliver such crisp video on any of your 50-inch smart TV. But of course, that is only possible if you have the right internet subscription to support such data delivery.
The quick and easy installation is true as you pretty much plug, follow the instructions which are all OK and Save, and then that’s it. We started using the router and got online for just a few minutes from boot up to full-fledged online activities.
As far as we are concerned, there is no Quality of Service on this router. So while the TP-Link Archer CR700 is advertised as good for online gaming activities it is not entirely true. It’s good for online games only if you are the only one that is connected or currently using the internet connection. But if you have other people with you on the network, then you should be able to feel the lags and increase of ping from time to time.
The two USB ports are a bit outdated as they only support version 1.0 and the 2.0. While the 2.0 is fast, it is not as reliable and considerably responsive when you are trying to access huge files. And that could get even worse when there are two or more people that access the same media device on the network. And as we all know, even if you are using a USB 3.0 compatible device, the real-time output should still be with the lower version which is the USB 2.0.
Despite the 6 internal antennas, the signal seemed to be a little off when you are positioned in a room with a fair number of obstructions. It’s understandable that obstructions are typically the enemy of WiFi signals, but the house is not that huge and there are only five rooms to boot with. So it is quite disappointing that the TP-Link Archer CR700 is not able to handle such perimeter pretty well.
I believe that the TP-Link Archer CR700 is good for gaming but with limitations. Let’s give this one a consideration as this is really a great performing device overall.
To be fair with this router/modem, if you look closely at its features, it is already a bang-for-buck purchase. For around $150, you will get most of the features that are available right now with modern routers. Well, at least the most basic ones.
Aside from the seldom glitches in the software and some shortcomings on the range, this router is a good networking device. As a matter of fact, this is much better than other similar devices in the same price range.
So it is far from being a perfect all-in-one router. But for the right person or user, this is a jackpot and worth every penny. For those hardcore gamers on a tight budget, I don’t think this is for you. If you could find a better router with QoS support, go for it. Just make sure to read the reviews on that as well. But if you are a casual gamer and there are only a few of you that are going to connect on this device, then you should consider this. Or at least, put this on your to-buy list so you can give it more thoughts before the final decision.
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