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$249.99 at Amazon
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Pros Inexpensive, Easy to useExtremely easy to use, packed with featuresRelatively inexpensive, exceptional rangeVery easy to use, more affordable, solid set of featuresSuper easy to use, decent set of features
Cons Lackluster throughput, minimal featuresAverage range, throughputSparse on features, average throughputUnimpressive throughput and rangeBelow average throughput, somewhat expensive
Bottom Line For those looking for a decent router and don’t want to spend a ton of cash, check out the TP-Link Archer C7For those that want a top-notch router, look no further than the feature-rich and supremely easy to use Asus RT-AC88UFor those that need range above all in their router, look no further than the NETGEAR AC1750If you are looking for an upgrade pick while shopping on a budget, then this router is a great optionThere are some far less expensive routers that perform comparably to the RT-AC68U
Rating Categories TP-Link Archer C7... ASUS RT-AC88U... NETGEAR AC1750... Nighthawk AC1750... ASUS RT-AC68U...
Features (25%)
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Ease Of Use (20%)
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2 4 Ghz Throughput (20%)
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5 Ghz Throughput (20%)
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Specs TP-Link Archer C7... ASUS RT-AC88U... NETGEAR AC1750... Nighthawk AC1750... ASUS RT-AC68U...
MU-MIMO No Yes No Yes No
Wireless Specification 802.11ac 802.11ac 802.11ac 802.11ac 2.4 GHz: 802.11n
5 GHz: 802.11ac
LAN Ports Available 4 8 4 4 4
Security WPA/WPA2 Personal, WPA/ WPA2 Enterprise, WEP, TKIP and AES Encryptions WPA2 Personal, WPA Auto Personal, WPA2 Enterprise, WPA Auto Enterprise WPA2-PSK [AES], WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PSK [AES], WPA/WPA2 Enterprise WPA2-PSK [AES], WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PSK [AES], WPA/WPA2 Enterprise WPA2 Personal, WPA Auto Personal, WPA2 Enterprise, WPA Auto Enterprise
Wall mountable Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Beamforming No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Frequency 2.4GHz and 5GHz 2.4GHz and 5GHz 2.4GHz and 5GHz 2.4GHz and 5GHz 2.4GHz and 5GHz
USB Ports 2: 2.0 2: 3.0 and 2.0 2: 3.0 and 2.0 1: 3.0 2: 3.0 and 2.0
Dimensions 9.6" x 6.4" x 1.3" 11.8" x 7.4" x 2.38" 7.2" x 11.22" x 2.4" 7.26" x 11.22" x 1.97" 6.3" x 3.3" x 8.6"
Antenna 3 external 4 external 3 external 3 external 3 external
Processor 720 MHz single-core 1.4 GHz dual-core 880 MHz dual-core 1 GHz dual-core 1 GHz dual-core processor
Memory 8 MB Flash
128 MB RAM
128 MB Flash
512 MB DDR3 RAM
128 MB Flash
256 MB RAM
128 MB Flash
256 MB RAM
128 MB Flash
256 MB RAM
2.4 GHz. Short Distance Throughput - Line of Sight 36 Mbits/s 51 Mbits/s 47 Mbits/s 48 Mbits/s 45 Mbits/s
2.4 GHz. Short Distance Throughput - Obstructed 42 Mbits/s 39 Mbits/s 37 Mbits/s 47 Mbits/s 44 Mbits/s
2.4 GHz. Medium Distance Throughput - Line of Sight 41 Mbits/s 39 Mbits/s 39 Mbits/s 43 Mbits/s 29 Mbits/s
2.4 GHz. Medium Distance Throughput - Obstructed 35 Mbits/s 38 Mbits/s 40 Mbits/s 37 Mbits/s 23 Mbits/s
2.4 GHz. Long Distance Throughput 9 Mbits/s 27 Mbits/s 22 Mbits/s 25 Mbits/s 13 Mbits/s
5 GHz. Short Distance Throughput - Line of Sight 211 Mbits/s 212 Mbits/s 220 Mbits/s 211 Mbits/s 186 Mbits/s
5 GHz. Short Distance Throughput - Obstructed 184 Mbits/s 211 Mbits/s 184 Mbits/s 201 Mbits/s 161 Mbits/s
5 GHz. Medium Distance Throughput - Line of Sight 192 Mbits/s 204 Mbits/s 196 Mbits/s 211 Mbits/s 153 Mbits/s
5 GHz. Medium Distance Throughput - Obstructed 166 Mbits/s 186 Mbits/s 181 Mbits/s 194 Mbits/s 167 Mbits/s
5 GHz. Long Distance Throughput 18 Mbits/s 37 Mbits/s 17 Mbits/s 11 Mbits/s 35 Mbits/s
Video Playback Range Test 135 ft. 158 ft. 204 ft. 155 ft. 144 ft.
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