What’s in a Router? … Happiness. TP-LINK Archer C9 AC1900 Wireless Router Review

There are those of you out there (yes, I’m talking to you…) who’s happiness is directly tied to your connection to the internet. You can deny it all you want, but just think, would life be like without Netflix, online shopping, instagram? Point made.

Whether you’re talking about home use, office use or a mix of both, a reliable, capable router is something that is an absolute must, but something that we sometimes take for granted. We hope to give you some essential feedback to help you make the best purchase decision for your own use.

TP-Link sent us the Archer C9 AC1900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router so we can take it for a spin and share our thoughts. So let’s jump right in!

Unboxing & Setup

I value companies who provide their customers with everything they need to get setup in one box. In the case of the Archer C9, the box contained the router, an RJ45 Ethernet Cable (the cable you use to connect the router to the modem), the power adapter and for those are still using CD-ROM drives (tsk tsk), a resource disk.

The installation instructions were clear and concise, but I would advise anyone who prefers to be guided through the install to check out this video or others like it on YouTube. The whole process of un-boxing, connecting and setting up the router with my Windows-based computer and my Macbook Air took less than 20 minutes. That was quick! Zero issues.

The Archer C9 In-use

Over the last year, I have been using a competing brand’s router who’s specifications and features are on par with the Archer C9. So I was genuinely interested in seeing how the Archer would stack-up both in terms of speed and signal strength.

First the signal strength test. I connected my IPhone 6s Plus to the router and proceeded to walk out of my condo and to the elevator located roughly 100 feet away and checked the signal bar and saw that it was on-par with my existing router. Nice! I did the same with my Macbook Air and was able to maintain a connection and a webpage load-speed that was equal to my existing router.

While inside my condo, the Archer C9 performed admirably and dare I say, seemed (according to my wireless connection bar on my PC) to deliver a stronger signal reach than my existing router, which did not fare as well when placed in the farthest corner of the unit across 2 sets of walls. Delightful!

Next, I attempted to push the Archer as hard as I could by concurrently running Gotham my Apple TV via Netflix, Jiujitsu videos on my IPad and playing Team Fortress 2, an online shooter game on the PC at the same time, and while I did experience a slight buffering, the performance was very comparable to my existing router and the slowdown can be attributed more to internet speed as oppose to the Archer’s speed or signal strength.

Final Thoughts

In my humble opinion, the Archer C9 Dual Band Gigibit Router is a fantastic router for home and small office use (check out TP-Link’s range of signal extenders for greater signal coverage) and is capable of delivering excellent performance that is only limited by your internet speed. The easy setup, elegant design and reasonable pricing makes this a strong consideration if you are in the market for a no-fuss router that you’ll soon forget all about, in the best way possible.

Key Features

  • Supports 802.11ac standard-the next generation of Wi-Fi
  • Simultaneous 2.4GHz 600Mbps and 5GHz 1300Mbps connections for 1.9Gbps of total available bandwidth
  • 3 dual band detachable antennas provide maximum omni-directional wireless coverage and reliability
  • Beamforming technology delivers highly efficient wireless connection
  • 1GHz dual-core processor ensures no interruption when simultaneously processing multiple wireless or wired tasks
  • USB 3.0 + USB 2.0 Ports – easily share a printer locally and files & media with networked devices or remotely via FTP server

More Information

Product webpage – http://www.tplink.ca/en/products/details/cat-9_Archer-C9.html
Purchase on Amazon.ca – Archer C9
Purchase on Best Buy Canada – Archer C9

 

Would never call himself a "Foodie" because he doesn't want to be lumped in with Hipsters... Loves cooking, eating, talking about food and moonlights as musician when he's not building digital strategies for some of the biggest brands around the world.

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