TP-Link Archer C9 (AC1900) Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router Review

TP-Link Archer C9

TP-Link Archer C9

TP-Link have refreshed the Archer wireless router line with the launch of the Archer C9. The Archer C9 moves away from the previous Archer C7 design and now has a sleek and professional look and feel like it’s ADSL2+ sibling, the Archer D9.

TP-Link Archer C9


TP-Link Archer C9

TP-Link Archer C7


TP-Link Archer C7

External Ports1 x Gigabit WAN/LAN Port
4 x Gigabit LAN Ports
1 x USB 3.0 Port
1 x USB 2.0 Port
1 x Gigabit WAN/LAN Port
4 x Gigabit LAN Ports
2 x USB 2.0 Port
Buttons1 x Power On/Off
1 x Wi-Fi On/Off
1 x WPS/Reset
1 x Power On/Off
1 x Wi-Fi On/Off
1 x WPS/Reset
Wireless FunctionsEnable/Disable Wireless Radio, WDS Bridge, WMM, Wireless StatisticsEnable/Disable Wireless Radio, WDS Bridge, WMM, Wireless Statistics
Wireless StandardsIEEE 802.11ac/n/a 5GHz
IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz
IEEE 802.11ac/n/a 5GHz
IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz
Wireless Security64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA-PSK2 encryption64/128-bit WEP,WPA / WPA2,WPA-PSK/ WPA2-PSK encryption
Wireless SpeedsUp to 1300Mbps @ 5GHz
Up to 600Mbps @ 2.4GHz
Up to 1300Mbps @ 5GHz
Up to 450Mbps @ 2.4GHz
Antenna3 x Dual Band Detachable Antennas3 x Detachable Antennas (RP-SMA)
WAN TypeDynamic IP/Static IP/PPPoE/PPTP(Dual Access)/L2TP(Dual Access)/BigPondDynamic IP/Static IP/PPPoE/
PPTP(Dual Access)/L2TP(Dual Access)/BigPond
DHCPServer, Client, DHCP Client List,
Address Reservation
Server, Client, DHCP Client List,
Address Reservation
QoSWMM, Bandwidth ControlWMM, Bandwidth Control
Port ForwardingVirtual Server, Port Triggering, UPnP, DMZVirtual Server, Port Triggering, UPnP, DMZ
Dynamic DNSDynDns, Comexe, NO-IPDynDns, Comexe, NO-IP
VPN Pass-ThroughPPTP, L2TP, IPSecPPTP, L2TP, IPSec
Dimensions221mm (L) x 168.5mm (W) x 86mm (H)243mm (L) x 160.5mm (W) x 32.5mm (H)

In addition to the new design, other improvements include:

  • Use of the Broadcom AC1900 wireless platform – support up to 600Mbps on 2.4Ghz
  • Addition of USB 3.0 support
  • Support for Beamforming

Unboxing

TP-Link Archer C9 Inclusions

TP-Link Archer C9 Inclusions

Rear Ports on the TP-Link Archer C9

Rear Ports on the TP-Link Archer C9

TP-Link Archer C9 - USB 3.0 & WiFi Toggle

TP-Link Archer C9 – USB 3.0 & WiFi Toggle

Setting up the Archer C9 was made extremely simple through using the Quick Setup method:

Starting the Quick Settings

Starting the Quick Settings

Configure WAN settings

Configure WAN settings

WAN Connection Type

WAN Connection Type

Wireless Settings

Wireless Settings

Quick Settings Summary

Quick Settings Summary

Confirmed Connectivity

Confirmed Connectivity

 

Another positive change by TP-Link was a slight refresh to the look and feel of the router configuration screens.

New Look Home Screen

New Look Home Screen

Configure Guest WIreless

Configure Guest WIreless

Advanced Settings

Advanced Settings

Wireless Performance

As expected the signal strength readings were consistent with what we saw with the Archer D9 from the same device.

 

TP-Link Archer C9 vs D9 Signal Performance

TP-Link Archer C9 vs D9 Signal Performance

Final Thoughts

The Archer C9 joins the Archer D9 in using the AC1900 platform. It can be easily configured in a few steps and comes at a price point that makes it an excellent purchase given its superior features and performance.

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