Finding a suitable router for use at home is a difficult task. We’re checking out the TP-LINK Archer C9 Router today. It boasts being AC1900-rated and can also broadcast simultaneously on both 2.4GHz (600Mbit/s) and 5GHz (1300Mbit/s) bands. With the Archer C9 also coming in at around £100, we could be on to a real winner. Let’s see how well it performs.
Sporting a glossy white exterior, with a sleek, modern metal frame stand, the Archer C9 certainly looks the part.
On the front of the router there’s not a great deal happening apart from the TP-LINK in the centre and the LED indicators along the top. From left to right, we have Power, 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi, LAN, Internet, WPS, and USB 2.0 / 3.0.
Along the top of the router is where you screw in the three dual-band antennas (included), if you wish to use the Wi-Fi functionality of the C9. If you need a bit more range for the Wi-Fi around your house, you can even purchase some high-gain antennas and use those instead.
If we move around to the rear of the router, this is where everything will be connected. Fairly standard placement and fairly standard connections. From left to right we have a USB 2.0 port, reset/WPS switch, an Ethernet port for your Fibre-Optic connection, four Gigabit LAN connections, a power switch and a DC power port.
These aren’t the only ports though. The left side of the router, or right side depending on which way you’re looking from, features a USB 3.0 port and also a Wi-Fi on/off button.
The underside of the router also features some rubber feet. A fairly standard feature of most products.
Within the box you also receive a few other items, as well as the router; which are:
3x dual-band antennas
1x Ethernet cable
A power supply
Quick start guides and warranty information