Everyone wants faster wireless speeds and with more and more devices supporting the AC wireless standard, the router is the first thing to be replaced to take advantage of improved technology.
The TP-Link Archer C9 is TP-Link’s first AC1900 router. The AC1900 standard provides a total wireless speed of, you guessed it, 1900Mbps – 1300Mbps on the 5GHz band and the remaining 600Mbps on the 2.4GHz band.
Whilst there are a few faster standards, in reality the large majority of users will have more than enough speed and bandwidth available with the Archer C9, even with multiple devices.
The Archer C9 is certainly one of the sleekest AC routers out there. It’s relatively large, has a glossy white finish (with matching white antennae) and even comes with a stand to keep it upright if you so prefer. Unfortunately it does not have the ability to mount on to a wall, which does hamper installation somewhat if you need it placed out of sight. It has all the right ports you’d expect from a router of this calibre – four Gigabit Ethernet ports, a WAN port, one USB2.0 and one USB3.0. WPS is also supported.
Setup is extremely easy – once all of your devices are plugged in, you can simply navigate to the web interface and begin the quick setup system. The interface is easy to use and gives you all the information you need. As with most routers, you can stick to a basic setup style or you can have full control of advanced features such as port routing.
Testing a wireless router is tricky, especially so in our office – there’s computers and wireless signals everywhere! However this can play to our advantage too, as when you’re home you’re likely to be fighting with your neighbour’s wireless as well.
We tested the Archer C9 by connecting one computer via Gigabit Ethernet and another via wireless, in 2.4GHz and 5GHz modes. We then sent a single 1GB file both ways at separate times to get an idea of download and upload speeds. This was done a few times to get an average speed, at a distance of around 5-6m.
- Download 130Mbps
- Upload 82Mbps
- Download 337Mbps
- Upload 219Mbps
Both modes provided solid performance for us, with 5GHz AC showing the obvious speed improvement. We should say that moving further away from the router the 5GHz AC speed dropped at a much quicker rate than 2.4GHz N did, so as with most 5GHz bands it sacrifices long ranges for speed.
The Archer C9 is an excellent router for the current market price (at time of publication, around £130). Stylish and easy to setup with a solid connection and excellent speeds for multiple devices, the performance of this router is ideal for home users with various wireless devices. If you’re looking to replace your cable router you can’t go wrong with the TP-Link Archer C9.