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TP-Link Archer D7 review

Gordon Kelly



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TP-Link Archer D7
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  • TP-Link Archer D7
  • TP-Link Archer D7
  • TP-Link Archer D7
  • TP-Link Archer D7
  • TP-Link Archer D7
  • TP-Link Archer D7
  • TP-Link Archer D7


Our Score:



  • Strong short range wireless performance
  • Smart design
  • Gigabit WAN and LAN


  • Outdated Setup and UI
  • Weak performance at long range
  • Integrated modem not fibre ready

Key Features

  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • ADSL2+ modem
  • 1x Gigabit WAN, 4x Gigabit LAN
  • WEP, WPA/WPA2 security
  • WPS
  • IPv6
  • Manufacturer: TP-Link
  • Review Price: £119.00

What is the TP-Link Archer D7?

The curiously named Archer D7 is new flagship 802.11ac router from TP-Link. Interestingly the D7 also includes an integrated modem, a rare thing in third party wireless ac routers these days. But not everything is as it seems.

TP-Link Archer D7 - Design & Features

Out of the box the D7 is quite a looker (for a router). It adopts the triple external antenna design to show it means business like recent flagship models from Linksys, Netgear and Asus and at 229 x 160 x 37mm it maintains a slim, living room-friendly appearance.

Build quality is also strong with sturdy construction and the tasteful sliver slice through the middle adds interest. On the downside TP-Link has finished the D7 in piano black which makes it a dust and fingerprint magnet and there are no points for wall mounting.


TP-Link Archer D7 3

TP-Link Archer D7 - Features

Of course looks are never where the real interest lies in premium routers and TP-Link has done a lot to turn heads with the D7.

Front and centre is 802.11ac WiFi rated at 1300Mbit and 450Mbit 802.11n. This combined 1750Mbit rating isn't quite up there with the 'AC1900' products like the Linksys EA6900, Netgear Nighthawk and Asus RT-AC68U, but on paper it should be more than fast enough for most users.

Where the D7 turns heads for the wrong reason though is its DSL modem. Outside of ISPs, few third party wireless ac routers integrate modems (the AVM Fritz!Box 7490 being the main one) so there's a big opportunity here, but TP-Link has rather dropped the ball. While AVM fitted the 7490 with a VDSL fibre ready modem, TP-Link has opted for an ADSL2 modem which is limited to speeds of just 24Mbps. This is slower than the majority of fibre connections in the UK so most will want to disable this feature (something TP-Link allows in the settings). An opportunity missed.

Elsewhere the D7 ticks a lot of boxes. There is Gigabit WAN and four Gigabit LAN ports, a pair of USB 2.0 ports (though no USB 3.0), WPS and a dedicated WiFi on/off button. WEP, WPA/WPA2 security and IPv6 support are also included, as expected. That said DLNA compatibility - nearly ubiquitous these days - is absent.

SEE ALSO: TalkTalk SuperRouter

TP-Link Archer D7 UI2

TP-Link Archer D7 - Setup

Setting up the D7 is like stepping back into the past.

Unlike an increasing number of router makers, the D7 doesn't automatically open a browser tab upon initial connection and start the setup wizard. Instead you type into your browser, login with the default admin/admin username and password (which you should change) and the wizard will then start.

The UI is also functional rather than packing any visual punch. It is a text heavy layout without any graphical enhancement - something which may appeal to enthusiasts but will certainly intimidate technophobes. It needs an update.

Peter Whitehouse

June 29, 2014, 4:55 pm

",but TP-Link really should have stripped out the modem and cut the asking price by £30."

Yeah that product has been available for some time already http://www.amazon.co.uk/TP-...

Agree that this should have had a VDSL modem onboard.

Jonathan M.

October 14, 2014, 1:48 pm

In the states, across the pond from our UK brothers....ADSL2+ is pretty common. So saying they 'dropped the ball' is only applicable in one area of the world. In the USA, where we fall WAY behind in broadband availability...only metro areas have FTTH (fiber to the home)...so those of us (many millions) who can only get ADSL connections are stuck, and this is a good choice to use in that scenario.
TPLink may have been looking abroad when they designed the Archer D7... I think it'll be a hot item over here..the average connection across the entire USA is 20mbps..
There's more low-speed DSL than all the fiber and 50+mbps cable connections combined.


October 18, 2014, 9:40 pm

Unfortunately you are not alone, although reviews such as this would make you believe that the UK is streaks ahead - it is not. Outside major cities languish many of us on ADSL connections not much better than dial up and a good combined modem router is essential. Journalists however, don't seem to consider this when reviewing. When your maximum speed is going to be 5Mbs whatever router you use, what is needed is a strong signal and reliability.

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