All you see on the surface of the TP-Link wireless router C9 Archer would have you believe that it is just another of a mid-range, the factory management Router consumption that does the job and nothing else; but oh how wrong you would be.
Keep reading my TP-Link Archer C9 examination to find out what makes this router one of the best values on the shelves today.
Summary: The Archer C9 does not look like much, but performed outside its way paygrade for every test we threw his way.
Price: $ 119.95 at Amazon
Model: Archer C9
What we liked
- Hands down the best price rate report that we have seen yet
- Software and the iOS app are simple to navigate, content rich
- Seriously, these speeds are out of control
What we have not
- Design standing is worse than cold
TP-Link AC1900 Archer C9 Specifications
|Type de connexion Wi-Fi||802.11ac|
|Processor||1.0GHz dual-core processor|
|Operating modes||wireless router, an access point, bridge|
|wireless encryption of 128-bit|
|USB inputs||1 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0|
|ports||4 10/100/1000 Mbps ports LAN,
1 10/100/1000 Mbps WAN Port
If there was one word to describe the C9 design “routery” would probably be it. It is the essence of what you think of when someone says the word router with a white shell flate contrast with blue LED indicators, three high standard lining antenna, and all ports provided at the rear.
The C9 will find a way to “hold” on the other hand, thanks to its included stand vertically aligned. Unlike all other routers we’ve reviewed, the C9 is actually on its hind legs, upward angle to 75 degrees so that all transmission and status lights can be seen halfway across the room.
The choice of design however does not pay off ,. Because of the vertical orientation of the router, in total darkness bright blue LEDs point outward in your living room instead of straight to the ceiling. This means they are pretty much the only thing you can see when you Dim the lights to watch a movie or play games, and the constant blinking rapidly exhausting its welcome to the point was that we had to cover the lights with a piece of white electrical tape just to give our eyes a rest.
Technically, C9 can be placed on the back, but you are hardly left enough space to connect an Ethernet cable to the back of the unit. It is clear that the TP-Link engineers wanted to do something different with the design of the C9, but in almost every case of actual use the fair bet does not pay.
Unlike Netgear or Linksys, TP-Link does not have a special name for his table edge router configuration – but this makes it no less special.
The main features of any respectable array configuration board are simplicity, tweakability and how the interface is laid out. C9 TP-Link strikes a check mark on each of these boxes, but does not make a scene either.
On the surface of the software is unpretentious and uncomplicated. Wireless settings, network mapping features and parental controls are easy to find, easy to manage, and perfect for any level of technology users in the house to catch the fast. Advanced settings are also plentiful but what allows us to delve into more nerdy features like QoS management, the establishment of a media server, and configure the access ports for our wireless printer.
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The TP-Link application “Tether” was also a welcome change with a clean, easy to understand interface and deep customization options if you are connecting from the road. It’s not so intuitive that you use on a laptop or desktop at home, but still great if you are on holiday but you need to keep an eye on the parental controls while you are away.
Distance and Speed Tests
The TP-Link Archer C9 is $ 119.95. This is a price where expectations are not high, and the performance of a router will not necessarily be the best absolute best (given how much you spent on it). You plug and that “should be good for streaming and gaming, and that is enough for me,” without waiting to blow the doors of your devices anytime soon.
All this in mind, you can imagine our surprise when the speeds shown below began to roll in.
On the network of 2.4 GHz at a distance of 5 feet, we have max frequency that can be transmitted (and then some) with 64.97Mbs 96.35Mbps upload and download. The reliability of 2.4GHz was a bit shoddier to 30ft, but only for downloads. Once we went outside, we noticed actually a download speed of 67.18Mbps gain, but the download Abandoned by nearly two thirds, to just 34.26Mbps up.
Somehow the 5GHz network downloaded faster than wired, blowing away expectations and chances of competing in the same breath.
At a distance of 30 feet the same reliability problems that plagued 2.4GHz tests reappeared, but the deadline was not as immediately noticeable. A 30ft, C9 posted a download rate 181.40Mbps upload / download 132.40Mbps.
Switching to 5GHz spectrum bumped that figure considerably. Again at a distance of 5 feet, our Nighthawk X6 examination showed an average download speed of about 210Mbps, with 280Mbps download speed. At a distance of 30 feet this number decreased slightly to 170 Mbps down / 169Mbps, but that is expected in the spectrum of 5 GHz, which may suffer a loss of greater signal upon transmission through walls or doors.
The same C9 beat its nearest competitors, the X6 Nighthax Netgear, on the front of the wired performance.
When connected directly to the source, the C9 pumped a narcotic download 556.59Mbps / 416.66Mbps. Just as it was with the X6, it remains a long way off the 990Mbs down / 897Mbps when we get channeled directly into our fiber modem, but the router is still shining bright in the fact that it is still much cheaper and faster than the competition without breaking a sweat.
The TP-Link router Archer C9 may seem a little room when he shines his light right in your face state from a standing position, but it’s really easy to forget once you see how this small box screams.
We tested many wireless routers here at Gadget Review. Some of the range of routers on the shelves today have rolled through these doors, and almost all were able to post results that have pushed our laptop diagnostics to its limits. The difference with the C9 is that none of these routers never fell below the $ 200 mark, let alone a measly $ 119.95.
The vertical design could use a new work and there is nothing eye-popping on the software. But for the amount you pay and performance you get, the C9 unequivically archer is the best router for your money in 2016.