TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900 Review

The TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900 follows on from the Archer C8 released at the tail-end of 2014.

The C9 has an upgraded processor. Aside from this the features are retained from the older C8. Let us take a look through those features now and see what’s what, eh?

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TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900 Features

Top 5 features that the Archer C9 has to offer…

5 Features of the TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900

2 Bands, 1 AC

Enjoy the power of Wireless AC over two bands. A total data rate of 1.9Gbps is available over two frequency bands (1.3Gbps on the 5GHz band, and a further 600Mbps on the 2.4GHz band). Both bands can be used simultaneously, which is great if you want to get the most out of your wireless networks. You can load balance traffic over both bands. This is especially easy if you have a mixture of non-AC and AC devices, as the decision for the older devices is generally made for you – the 2.4GHz band!
Make sure you connect your AC nodes onto the 5GHz band so that you can benefit from a better experience watching videos or playing games.
Of course, Wireless N, and older Wi-Fi standards are compatible with the C9.

Dual Core CPU

The 1GHz processor is vital to ensure the Gigabit data flows can be processed without interruption. Often users complain of a slow network or dropouts. It’s easy to blame the Internet or their devices, but often it’s because the router isn’t spec’d for the job. With Broadcom’s dual core powerhouse, the Archer C9 is better placed to deal with the job in hand.

Beamforming

Routers or Access Points generally amplify out Wi-Fi coverage in all directions at all times. The problem with this is that coverage can be inefficient, depending on the surroundings. By focusing wireless beamwidth in the direction of the wireless clients as and when they need it, the Wi-Fi beamwidth can reach out further than before. The Archer C9 has beamforming as standard and will help make those more distant connections more reliable, whilst also boosting wireless speeds into the bargain.

TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900 Ports

Share Out – USB 3.0

The Archer C9 has two USB ports available. A USB 3.0 port, which is ideal for using with a USB 3.0 drive containing your media (videos, music, photos etc), and a USB 2.0 port which can also be used for a drive, or a USB printer.
With a USB 3.0 port, you can stream HD video across the home over the Wireless AC. A good alternative to having a dedicated PC for sharing across the home. Using the Archer C9 saves on your electric bills, as well as making life easier.

The Tether App

TP-Link’s Tether app is an easy way to access and manage the C9 from any iOS or Android device. Especially useful for monitoring what devices are connected, and adjusting Parental Controls for these devices.

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Other Features

Guest Wireless

Let your visitors access the Internet without compromising your own network. Your network stays safe and secure while your guests are kept happy!

IP Based Control of Bandwidth

You can throttle your connections based on IP address. This helps to stop certain users on your network from hogging bandwidth, which can affect the experience of other network users.

Gigabit Wired Ports

There are four Gigabit LAN ports and a WAN port.

IPv6 Support

Should your ISP demand you migrate to IPv6, you will be ready. The C9 can use IPv6 if necessary

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Archer C9 Technical Specs

  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • 1.3Gbps 5GHz / 600Mbps 2.4GHz
  • 4x Gbps LAN / 1x Gbps WAN
  • 1x USB 3.0 / 1x USB 2.0
  • 3x Detachable Antennas
  • WPS/WPA2

 
Do you agree/disagree? Why not comment below and let us know what you think…

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How To Login To Your TP-Link Archer C9 Wireless Router

This is a quick guide with information on how to access your TP-LInk router by default

TP-Link Archer C9 Internal IP Address

The default IP address of this particular TP-Link router is 192.168.0.1 – if it has not been changed, then browse to this IP within your browser. This will take you to the router login page.

TP-Link Default Login Credentials

To log into the C9, simply enter the following credentials at the router login page:

Username: admin
Password: admin

If you are having issues accessing the home page of the C9, we recommend you contact TP-Link via their website or alternatively you can reset the router.

 

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