The TP-Link Archer C9 router provides the robust speeds and range for a price you can’t beat. This article reviews what makes this a top value pick so you can decide if it would be a great fit for your home or office.
The Archer C9 is a router that retails for around $200. Yet, you’ll be hard-pressed to find another one in its range that can contend with the versatile features and performance you’ll receive from this Archer C9.
Archer C9 is a solid routers. If you’ve had problems with wireless network speeds and reliability, and you’re on a budget, this might be for you.
The TP-Link AC1900 has been a favorite one of mine for many years. The hardware is solid, the price reasonable and it’s just all around a great router. It’s no surprise the next generation of this tried and true best budget router has been released, taking everything that made its predecessor great and making it better.
It is a better router than it looks, and you can buy one for just $200. Let’s take a look at some reasons why you should go ahead and purchase this for your home.
Summary: This is a mid-range router. At $200, it is priced cheap compared to the others we have reviewed from high-end manufacturers that offer similar performance.
TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900 Specification
|Item model number:||WiFi Router Archer C9|
|Number of Atennas:||3|
|Number of Bands:||2|
|Number of Wired Ports:||4 LAN + 1 WAN|
|USB Ports:||1 USB 3.0 Port + 1 USB 2.0 Port|
|Processing:||1 GHz dual-cire CPU|
|Range:||3,000 sq ft|
|Wireless security:||WPA-PSK/WPA-PSK2 encryption, WPA/WPA2, 64/128-bit WEP|
|Operating System:||Microsoft Windows 8, 8.1, 10 and below, MAC OS, UNIX or Linux, NetWare|
|Item Weight:||3 pounds|
|Product Dimensions:||13.2 x 3.9 x 9.5 inches|
|Date First Available:||October 31, 2014|
The AC1900 comes with three antennas. Everyone always complains about the antennas: They’re too short and don’t receive a good signal. The antennas on the AC1900 are larger and sit higher off the surface, so they should provide good reception.
From right to left, the lights indicate whether WAN or LAN is in use, whether it’s in power save mode, and if it’s receiving and transmitting a wireless signal. The LEDs are bright enough to see but not blindingly bright. Thankfully, they are only visible when the router is running — I often find myself staring at other device LEDs when it’s are powered off.
It has two detachable antennas which can be rotated. It has a dual-band features, so you have the option to use not only 2.4GHz but also 5GHz connections. Surprisingly, the antennas are made from plastic. I would like to see TP-Link put some effort into making them look like metal.
Three removable antennas and amazing design are included for placing the router horizontally or in a variety of upright positions. The Archer C9’s performance is considerably better when placed vertically, but keep in mind you’ll need a bit more space on your desk.
With three removable antennas and a detachable antenna base, the Archer C9 has plenty of appeal to the visually-minded. However, its design is rather utilitarian; it’s not going to win any model awards in comparison to modern routers that boast LED lighting and a sleeker look. The C9 has none of these — instead, TP-Link focused on delivering performance at an affordable price point. It’s a simple device that performs admirably with next-generation wireless speeds.
The TP-Link Archer C9 is a very cool looking device with removable antennas you can swivel and adjust. however this are a necessary evil, they are extremely long (almost like six inches), so the device looks very tall when it’s in the vertical position with it’s antennas extended. But it’s actually a slimmer, sleeker, less-obtrusive shape than several other devices.
Personally I think they’re an eyesore, but they’re necessary so you can boost your range on this. They’re well designed to push out in different directions and they’re almost six inches long, so if you like your router standing vertically, there will definitely be a huge gap between the top of the device and your wall.
Since its debut in 2014, the Archer C9 has established itself as one of the top choices for a high quality router at a very reasonable price. The Archer C9 looks almost identical to the previous model, C8. The C9 is an AC1900 router.
Setup: Takes less than 10 minutes
Setting up the TP-Link Archer C9 is so easy. The quick installation process makes it easy for anyone to get going on their home Wi-Fi network just minutes after plugging in the device.
The C9 is ready to go right out of the box. Inside the shipping box, you’ll find the router, Ethernet cable, power adapter, quick start guide and some literature. Within minutes of opening the box I had it set up and functioning.
Once you’ve logged into the app, after the initial setup is complete, you just click the “Network” option. The app checks on the status of your network and reports if there is any problem.
During testing, I uploaded a 1.4GB file to a server and measured the total time – the C9 was able to upload at a 6.1MB/s average speed. When downloading, I opened a large 141MB PowerPoint file in Google Drive, and this managed a download speed of 2.3MB/s on average. Both upload and download speeds are more than acceptable for home use.
Software: TP-Link Tether app
Since we’re already on the subject of routers, let me draw your attention to their configuration dashboards. Every device maker has its own custom admin dashboard, and ultimately there is no clear winner. But that doesn’t mean some of them aren’t winners.
Tether is a free app that works with many TP-Link products. You can control the router functions using this app. It’s compatible with all current models: C7 , C9 , MR200 , TL-WR841N , TL-WR841ND , and TL-WR940N etc.
The companion app, Tether, is supposed to allow you to control the functions from your smartphone. It provides a couple of ways of doing so: standard mobile apps and also an over-the-internet browser interface. However, it’s working well on phones (Android or iPhones).
It is much easier if you can use the app to connect with Tether. It means you won’t have to access your mobile browser, enter the admin webpage, enter a password and navigate through its unpleasant interface.
I am very impressed with the parental control function of Tether. I can conveniently set up a guest network for my guests without requiring them to have prior knowledge of IP address, username, and password. To access the internet from the guest network, users just have to register a device using a special email address, which allows me to create a whitelist or blacklist of devices to block or allow on the network. This becomes an effective way to ensure that unregistered guests cannot access my home network.