Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the TP-LINK Archer C7 Wireless Router. I did a TON of work when I last upgraded our router, this is the one I settled on, I have never regretted it.
We have a large house, not a mansion or something like that just a long house because the garage was converted to indoor space and lot of brick walls. We always had trouble with the signal in certain areas, and especially out in the detached metal garage.
This thing bangs signal out hard and with one extender (which will come in a later review) I can hit almost any part of my 3 acre property. It also has two bands one at 2.4 and one at 5 ghz. We have found some of our devices like say our printer, just does better on the 2.4 ghz band. Since they merge to a common network you just sign the equipment in on what works best and all is well.
It also comes with a guest network, so your visitors can be on the web but not on your network, which is very nice. You can configure everything in your browser, the set up is step by step and anyone with a very basic computer knowledge can do it.
Best part? Well it also has a smart phone app, this lets you pull up your network, see everything on it, change passwords, get your password if you forgot it, etc. But the very best part of this is you can, reboot from you phone. Yes you can reboot your router from your phone.
Imagine this, you and your spouse decide to hit the bed early and watch some Netflix, network issues ensue, you need a reboot. Don’t get up like a fool and walk to the other side of the house, grab your phone and give the reboot command and all is well.
I dealt with a lot of buggy crap with three previous routers, unfairly yelled at Comcast customer service about their wonky internet due to one of those, found this and finally I am happy. I can use my laptop or phone on network from my pool or in my garage, my guests have their own network, everything works and I have good signal in the entire house.
I am not a network administrator, or a MCSE or anything like that. I just know this works, it always works, it is easy to set up and manage and does what I need. If anyone wants a free router by the way I have three in my closet you are welcome to the next time you stop by.
So if you need a new router or are just ready to upgrade give the TP-LINK Archer C7 Wireless Router a shot. I finally agree with the NY Times for a change, it is in their words “the best router for most people”. It is far from an enterprise product but for home networks it is the best thing I have found.
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