Airport Extreme Vs Archer C9 Vs Nighthawk C7000

Separate modem plus router or combo?

Do you prefer separate modem and router to build your network in home or single device all-in-one wireless modem router combo?

Modem router combo

Ordinary people with less or none experience in computer networking mostly prefer simple thing to build their own wifi network in home. when you build a wifi network in home, what you require is broadband internet modem plus a wireless router. Configuring two devices to work together sometimes takes some times, clutter of cable and sometimes end-up with ‘my computer cannot connect to the network’. So that’s why a wireless gateway would be the preference, an all-in-one modem and router combo. Netgear offers you Nighthawk C7000 cable modem router combo to help you minimize networking setup in building wireless network in home.




 

Modem plus wifi router

Indeed a wireless modem gateway is easy to manage and save space, not many cable cluttering. However, in some cases when you need to upgrade the network to higher level you have to replace the device. You may trade-in or sell it and purchase new one. But if your network consists of a cable modem plus a wireless router, you can upgrade either the modem or the wireless router with the higher performance device. This is the good thing with separate modem plus wireless router, you can upgrade the aging DOCSIS 2.0 cable modem to new DOCSIS 3 cable modem with more channel bonding feature for downstream, thus you can upgrade the internet plan for Blast or Ultimate plan.

Comparison

Should you have to choose the wireless router with the new one with wireless AC technology, you have bunch of options including high speed Apple Airport Extreme base station, or you may choose more economical TP-link Archer C9 or probably upgrade the whole thing with high speed wireless gateway Nighthawk C7000.

Nighthawk C7000 best router modem combo

Nighthawk C7000 cable modem router combo

Take a look at the following spec comparison table, table 1 shows you comparison table between Airport Extreme with TP-link Archer C9 and table 2 for Airport Extreme Vs Nighthawk C7000.

Wifi

Both Apple Airport Extreme and Archer C9 are wireless router device, you require a native broadband modem or Ethernet network to build a wifi network. With cable broadband services, you require DOCSIS 3 cable modem such as TP-link TC7610 cable modem or new fast Surfboard SB6183 or SB6190 cable modem for optimum data rate throughput between modem and router should subscribe blast or ultimate internet plan.

However, with Netgear Nighthawk C7000 you do not require a broadband modem since it consists of built-in DOCSIS 3 cable modem. It’s a high speed cable modem with 24×8 Channel Bonding delivering internet speeds of up to 960Mbps.

Archer C9 TP-link

TP-link Archer C9

Both C7000 and Archer C9 are engineered using wireless AC1900 technology for high speed wifi network delivering total bandwidth of up to 1900Mbps (1300Mbps plus 600Mbps) both bands. All the three devices are featuring beamforming antenna technology for solid wifi connection for supported clients while roaming within the home. apple Airport Extreme is still using the standard wireless AC1750 technology for delivering total bandwidth of up to 1750Mbps (1300Mbps plus 450Mbps).

Ethernet Ports

Apple is still consistent with three gigabit Ethernet LAN ports for all of its router products to distinct with competing products which mostly come with 4x Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports in addition of WAN port. In some cases you require full occupation of 4x Ethernet LAN ports for wired connection to Ethernet-based devices such as desktop computer, DVR, game console and Smart-TV. Three LAN ports is enough sometimes for mostly home networks. However, more ports is better at least you have spares for future needs.

USB ports

For full utilization for USB port requirements, Archer C9 comes with complete USB port configuration that includes one standard USB 2.0 port and one high speed USB 3.0 port for sharing storage, printer or FTP and media server.

Airport extreme and C7000 only come with single USB 2.0 port for either storage or printer sharing. With Apple you can add USB hub for hosting both printer and storage together.

The other simple things that you occasionally need them are wifi On-Off button and off course power On-Off button. Only Airport Extreme doesn’t include those two important buttons, except that you will make the router stay online all the time, no shutdown.

Table 1 Apple Airport Extreme Vs Archer C9

  Airport Extreme base station TP-link Archer C9
Wifi technology Wireless AC1750 dual band Wireless AC1900 dual band
Speeds Up to 1300Mbps wireless AC 5GHz

Up to 450Mbps wireless N 2.4GHz

Up to 1300Mbps wireless AC 5GHz

Up to 600Mbps wireless N 2.4GHz

Antennas Six-element beamforming antenna array internal on top of the tower body 3x dual band detachable external antennas with beamforming technology
Ethernet Ports 3x Gigabit Ethernet LAN Ports

1x Gigabit Ethernet WAN Port

4x Gigabit Ethernet LAN Ports

1x Gigabit Ethernet WAN Port

USB Ports 1x USB 2.0 port for sharing storage or printer 1x USB 3.0 Port + 1x USB 2.0 Port Support Samba(Storage), FTP and Media Server, Printer Server
Built-in cable modem No No
Buttons N/A WPS/Reset Button,

Wireless On/Off Button,

Power On/off Button

Price $179.99 $121.00

 

Table 2 Apple Airport Extreme Vs Nighthawk C7000

  Airport Extreme base station Nighthawk C7000
Wifi technology Wireless AC1750 dual band Wireless AC1900 dual band
Speeds Up to 1300Mbps wireless AC 5GHz

Up to 450Mbps wireless N 2.4GHz

Up to 1300Mbps wireless AC 5GHz

Up to 600Mbps wireless N 2.4GHz

Antennas Six-element beamforming antenna array internal on top of the tower body 3×3 internal dual band antenna design with beamforming technology
Ethernet Ports 3x Gigabit Ethernet LAN Ports

1x Gigabit Ethernet WAN Port

4x Gigabit Ethernet LAN Ports
USB Ports 1x USB 2.0 port for sharing storage or printer 1x USB 2.0 Port
Built-in cable modem No Yes – DOCSIS 3 cable modem with 24×8 Channel Bonding, speeds up to 960 Mbps downstream
Buttons N/A Reset

WPS

Wifi – On-Off

Power On-Off

Price $179.99 $279.88

 

Prices could be one of the important part you need to consider. With wireless router, you require additional modem unless you have already had one in place. Assuming that the price of DOCSIS 3 cable modem such as Surfboard SB6141 costs $70, configuration of Archer C9 plus Surfboard SB6141 is the most economical gears.  You can see in Amazon that both AA Extreme and Archer have excellent customer ratings.

Summary

If you already have DOCSIS 3 cable modem in place, TP-link Archer C9 would be the best choice with great features and faster wifi compared with Airport Extreme. However, Nighthawk C7000 offers you faster modem for ultimate Cable internet plan.

Cheers, Ki



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