New TP-link Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Router

TP-link launches new series of wireless AC1900 router – the Archer C9 with high power three external antenna. Compare it with Asus AC68U and R7000.

Overview

There is indeed something missing for a vendor that specializes in networking technology but does not release products based on the fast wireless AC1900 technology, or based on AC2400 or even based on Wireless AC32000 like some other vendors that have released the products to the market. Even though it’s been a view months later, finally TP-link comes with new wireless router based on wireless AC1900 technology – the new Archer C9. The next release would be the wireless AC2400-based devices. See also Linksys E8350 Vs Netgear Nighthawk X4 Vs RT-AC87U which are based on wireless AC2400 technology.




 

Unlike previous models of the router series, Archer C9 is designed with a nice body and nice views. With the stand to refute the white pearl body which stands slightly askew looks elegant with three external antennas towering up as a decoration in your room.

What this product does

Archer C9 is based on latest 5G wifi technology with total bandwidth of up to 1900Mbps in simultaneous dual bands with up to 1300Mbps in 5GHz clearer band and up to 600Mbps in 2.4GHz band. It is ideal for high intensive bandwidth applications including HD video streaming, fast responsive gaming and to support all of your Android, iOS and Windows Phone mobile devices for connecting to the net within your large home.

Main features

  • Based on wireless AC1900 technology
  • 3 detachable external Omni-directional dual band antennas
  • Beamforming technology
  • Powered by 1 GHz dual core processor
  • Gigabit interfaces and two USB ports
  • IP-based bandwidth control

Archer C9 TP-link

With a starting price of around $ 199 it is rather expensive considering that similar products have been on the market for some time, and moreover the prices are beginning to go down and today the price is around $122. TP-link also releases other wireless AC1900 router in touch screen model. See also TP-link wireless AC1900 touch screen router P5.

Comparison

Have a look at the comparison tables; table 1 shows you comparison between Archer C9 and Nighthawk R7000 while table 2 shows you comparison between Archer C9 and Asus AC68U.

Table 1 TP-link Archer C9 Vs Netgear R7000 (Nighthawk X4)

Archer C9 Netgear R7000
Wifi technology Wireless AC1900 – speeds up to 1300Mbps in 5GHz, and up to 600Mbps in 2.4GHz Wireless AC1900 – speeds up to 1300Mbps in 5GHz, and up to 600Mbps in 2.4GHz
Antenna 3x detachable Omni-directional external antennas 3x detachable external antennas with High powered amplifiers
Beamforming Yes Yes
Processor 1GHz dual core processor 1GHz dual core processor
Ethernet Ports 4x Gigabit LAN

1xGigabit WAN

4x Gigabit LAN

1xGigabit WAN

USB Ports 1x USB 3.0

1x USB 2.0

1x USB 3.0

1x USB 2.0

Special features Free automatic backup software for Windows PC & Time Machine compatible for Macs
Price (Dec 2015) $122.00 $173.00

 

 

Table 2 TP-link Archer C9 Vs Asus RT-AC68U

Archer C9 Asus RT-AC68U
Wifi technology Wireless AC1900 – speeds up to 1300Mbps in 5GHz, and up to 600Mbps in 2.4GHz Wireless AC1900 – speeds up to 1300Mbps in 5GHz, and up to 600Mbps in 2.4GHz
Antenna 3x detachable Omni-directional external antennas 3x detachable Omni-directional external antennas
Beamforming Yes Unspecified
Processor 1GHz dual core processor dual core processor
Ethernet Ports 4x Gigabit LAN

1xGigabit WAN

4x Gigabit LAN

1xGigabit WAN

USB Ports 1x USB 3.0

1x USB 2.0

1x USB 3.0

1x USB 2.0

Special features 3G/4G data sharing

AiCloud – special Asus cloud services

 

Price $122.00 $170.00

 

High performance dual core processor

The router is powered by dual core 1GHz processor for fast processing of the communication between devices on the network. Not much different with other competing routers such as Netgear R7000 or Asus RT-AC68U that also come with dual core processor. You may also like to see this article D-link 880L Vs Asus AC68U and R7000.

High Power Antennas

Three removable external Omni-directional  antennas are installed with high powered amplifiers for broadcasting signal in all direction and with Beamforming technology to assure wifi clients are bound wherever they move around the network boundary with focused signal, stronger and faster. Netgear R7000 also applies beamforming technology and Asus AiRadar is actually based on Beamforming technology too. This becomes a new standard for high performance wireless routers.

Most wireless AC1900 routers that have been around for a while also come with three external antennas, even though previous models were with internal antennas such as Netgear routers. New Linksys EA6900 also comes with three external antennas and are also with beamforming technology, and previous models were with internal antennas.

Apple products are still consistent with internal antennas. The latest model is Airport Extreme AC router which is designed with tower model, the internal antennas are installed on top of the tower.

Interfaces

Archer C9 comes with two USB interfaces including one USB 3.0 port (at the right side of the router) and one USB 2.0 port (at the rear panel) with media server and ftp server support. With these USB ports you can share storage and printer altogether. With the attached storage to the port, you can configure FTP server and allows you access it anywhere through FTP session.

Archer C9 by Tplink

Like Archer C9, other Wireless AC1900 routers including Asus AC68U; Netgear R7000 and Linksys EA6900, they come with the same USB interface ports. However each individual USB port may have different additional function such as Asus AC68U that allows you to share USB modems.

Regarding the Ethernet interface either for LAN and WAN, all the wireless AC1900 routers have the same number of Ethernet interfaces, the Gigabit Ethernet ports (4x LAN and 1x WAN).

Tether APP

Like Netgear with its Netgear Genie, With Archer C9 you can manage your router and network easily with your mobile devices. Download the TP-link Tether app from the Apps store or Google Play and start playing your fingertips to manage your network environment.

Unlike Netgear Genie and TP-link Tether, Asus comes with AsusWRT dashboard UI for all of your activities in monitoring, setting up, and controlling your network application from your computer’s monitor.

IP-based control

You can control how the bandwidth must be used in a controllable manner based on the IP address individually or in an IP address range. Or even you can control the bandwidth based on individual MAC IP address, based on hardware IP address. If you don’t need to control the bandwidth and let the system to perform in its best throughput you can enable NAT Boost which is actually enabled by default.

Netgear R7000 comes with Prioritized bandwidth for streaming videos or music feature. You cannot control the bandwidth based on individual nodes.

Cloud feature

TP-link Archer C9 doesn’t have a cloud feature, but you can access the attached storage to the USB port via FTP session from anywhere you can have internet access. Asus RT-AC68U comes with AiCloud mobile app to allow you access your data in a personalized URL  from your Android mobile devices and also from your iOS devices. You can setup from your mobile devices, download the AiCloud and enter your router information. Or you can easily setup your AiCloud from your PC.

See also wireless routers for Android or iPad.

For more information about this TP-link Archer C9 product you can watch this short video introduction for better understand the features (courtesy of TP-link and YouTube).

This product is relatively new and the price is still the same as other competing products, no reviews yet so let have a look at how user experience with this product.

For more detail information about this product click here for Archer C9 current price in Amazon and spec details.
Should you prefer building your wifi network in home with an easy to do task by using a single device, consider TP-link Archer CR700 wireless cable modem (DOCSIS 3), you don’t need separate cable modem plus wireless router. This Archer CR700 includes a wireless AC1750 router with built-in DOCSIS 3 cable modem.

Cheers, KG




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