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Storage Performance

To see if any throughput enhancements came along with the newer firmware, I ran Windows filecopy tests using the C7 V2's USB 2.0 port to our standard USB drive (Startech USB 3.0 eSATA to SATA Hard Drive Docking Station (SATDOCKU3SEF) containing a WD Velociraptor WD3000HLFS 300 GB drive) formatted in FAT32 and NTFS.

The results in Table 4 include the C7 V1's results and show no significant change in storage performance.

  Archer C7 V2 Archer C7 ASUS
RT-AC66U
Buffalo
WZR-D1800H
NETGEAR
R6300
FAT32 Write 14.4 15.0 9.0 7.3 8.6
FAT32 Read 16.0 16.3 9.9 11.8 10.2
NTFS Write 9.2 9.8 13.5 8.4 11.3
NTFS Read 12.0 12.2 9.4 8.7 10.3
Table 4: Filecopy performance summary - MB/s

Wireless Performance

The Archer C7 V2 is Wi-Fi Certified; a change from a year ago. But everything else seems the same. Both radios come up with unique SSIDs and auto channel selection. The 2.4 GHz radio still allows channel bandwidth control and the 5 GHz radio still does not, as shown in the screenshot below.

TP-LINK Archer C7 V2 wireless settings

TP-LINK Archer C7 V2 wireless settings

Advanced wireless settings are unchanged and the same for both bands.

TP-LINK Archer C7 V2 advanced wireless settings

TP-LINK Archer C7 V2 advanced wireless settings

As is now my practice, I didn't run WPS, 20/40 Coexistence or Fat Channel intolerance tests.

For throughput testing, the router was first reset to factory defaults and Channel 6 was set for 2.4 GHz and Channel 153 for 5 GHz. 20 MHz B/W mode was set for 2.4 GHz and, as noted earlier, I could not set the 5 GHz bandwidth mode. However, when I linked the client for testing, I saw a full 1.3 Gbps link rate.

The V2 was tested with our V8 wireless test process. Given the front-of-router position of the 2.4 GHz antennas and rear position of the 5 GHz external antennas, I centered the router body on the octoBox chamber turntable. The front of the router was set as the 0° test position.

The Benchmark Summary below shows the average of throughput measurements made in all test locations.

Benchmark Summary

Benchmark Summary

To put these average values in perspective, I gathered togethe the average up and downlink throughput results for both bands for the C7 V2 and a handful of retested AC1750 class routers I had on hand. The only benchmark that the C7 V2 excels in is 2.4 GHz uplink.

Benchmark Summary

Benchmark Summary

I didn't include the C7 V1 results in this comparison because it was tested with a different test process and results are not directly comparable.

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