The Archer CR700 is a unique device in that it allows you to replace two devices in your home with one. Typically, with solutions such as these with two devices being crammed into one chassis, you would get a device with corners that have been cut to save both on price and possibly heat.
With the CR700 I was quite intrigued, as I mentioned in the introduction, and surprised after testing this solution that TP-Link has brought two of their best products together without doing this. With the CR700, you get a very quick DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem that is capable of 600 Mbit/s downstream and 100 Mbit/s upstream. Unless you have a business class account or Google fiber, there's plenty of room to grow on that side of things.
On the router side, yes, the 2.4GHz band has been slightly crippled, to an extent. We don't have the full 600 Mbps that 802.11n can provide, but TP-Link is giving 450 Mbps on this band so they can provide you the full 1300 Mbps on the 5GHz band.
The build quality of the Archer CR700 is quite good. The plastics are quality made, the LEDs are just bright enough to let you know what's going on, and I have been using this cable modem router for over a month without a single crash - impressive, I know.
The performance of this solution is a mixed bag. On one hand, the LAN performance is solid, full gigabit speed but then the 2.4GHz band is a bit funky, working but only reaching 94 Mbps. Then we test the 5GHz band, and the Archer is right back to screaming again at a full 395 Mbps on the 80MHz band.
The performance may not be everything for all consumers and as such, the Web GUI and ease of use come into play for the TP-Link unit. We have seen many routers come through with solid management options, and the same can be said for TP-Link unit. The GUI is very easy to understand and navigate through basic mode, and for those needing a little more regarding options, switching to advanced takes things to another level with more control.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||86%|
|Bundle and Packaging||80%|
|Value for Money||90%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||86%|
The Bottom Line: For those of you stuck using your ISP modem, the TP-LINK Archer CR700 is a solid solution to upgrade your entire network in a single shot.
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United States: The TP-LINK Archer CR700 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router retails for $190 at Amazon.
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