Health, good weather and fast internet are never too much. Fortunately, securing fast Internet access is quite simple – just connect to a reliable provider and choose the right Wi-Fi router. We tested one of the good (and, importantly, relatively inexpensive) options – TP-Link Archer C7 with support for the new Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac – and are ready to share our impressions.
Many are ready for months to meticulously choose a new smartphone or laptop, but at the same time they use a router received from an Internet provider — probably cheap, but at the same time add a certain amount for their “rent” to a monthly subscription fee. If at the same time Wi-Fi in an apartment or a house is not caught everywhere, or the data transfer rate is unsatisfactory – it’s time to think about buying a modern Internet center.
TP-Link’s Archer C7 is not the newest model, it was released in the second half of 2013, but at the same time it supports all the latest technologies, including the new Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac. Made of plastic, sometimes glossy, the massive case of the router bears the AC1750 marking. It is understood that the total bandwidth of Wi-Fi networks created by the device is 1 750 megabits per second – up to 1300 Mbit / s at 5 GHz and up to 450 Mbit / s at 2.4 GHz.
Recall that routers that support the previous generation standard, 802.11n, are capable of a maximum of 450 Mbps, in real conditions the figure is usually closer to 150-200 Mbps. For understanding – compressed streaming video in FullHD 1080p resolution (YouTube, Internet cinemas) requires about 7 megabits for comfortable playback of the band. The maximum “ceiling” of speed for most providers today even in the capital is 100 Mbps, only a few start offering 150.
That is, it is clear that in the foreseeable future, owners of TP-Link Archer C7 have no chance of encountering insufficient bandwidth. Even if several people use the Internet at the same time – one is watching a series in an online movie theater on Smart TV, the other is playing YouTube videos on a tablet, and the third is playing an online game on a computer, anyway the bottleneck when using a modern router Wi-Fi network, and channel provider. To the maximum, the connection will be downloaded, for example, when downloading “heavy” files from the Network from fast servers or using peer-to-peer file-sharing networks such as “torrents”.