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TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Router (w/AV500 Powerline WiFi Kit) Review

Rating: 8.0.

Today we are going to take a look at one of the latest wireless routers from TP-Link, the AC1900.  This particular model is TP-Link’s top-of-the-range Wireless AC router and is priced very competitively.

We were impressed by the TP-Link AV500 powerline networking kit which we reviewed recently, and TP-Link have supplied us with a slightly different variant of this to test which acts as a wireless range extender.  It will be interesting to see how well this improves range and enhances transfer rates at long distances when paired with the Archer C9.

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Features (Archer C9):

  • Supports 802.11ac – The next generation of Wi-Fi
  • Dual band – for combined wireless speeds of up to 1.9Gbps at 2.4GHz and 5GHz band concurrently
  • 3 dual ban detachable antennas provide maximum Omni-directional wireless coverage and reliability
  • Full gigabit ports ensure ultrafast data transfer speeds
  • USB 3.0 + USB 2.0 Ports – easily share a printer locally and files & media with networked devices or remotely via FTP server
  • Guest Network Access provides secure Wi-Fi access
  • IP-based Bandwidth Control makes it easier for you to manage the bandwidth of devices connected to the router
  • WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encryptions provide user networks with active defense against security threats
  • Easy Setup Assistant supporting for multiple languages provides a quick & hassle free installation
  • Easy one-touch WPA wireless security encryption with the WPS button
  • Wi-Fi On/Off Button allows users to turn their wireless radio on or off
  • IPv6 supported, meeting the demands for the next generation of Internet

Features (AV500 WiFI Kit):

  • Wi-Fi Clone Button simplifies your Wi-Fi configuration and helps build a seamless unified home network
  • HomePlug AV standard provides up to 500Mbps high speed data transmission over a home’s existing electrical wiring, ideal for lag-free HD or 3D video streaming and online gaming
  • Extend 300Mbps wireless connections to previously hard-to-reach areas of your home and office
  • Integrated power socket allows additional devices access to power
  • Two Ethernet ports allow your TVs, game consoles, or PCs connect to the Internet
  • Up to 300-meter range over the household power circuit
  • Easy to install, just plug in and play
  • 128-bit AES encryption easily at a push of “Pair” Button
  • Supports IGMP managed multicast IP transmission, optimizing IPTV streaming

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  • Steve L. “Chuck” Charles

    There is a comment where the author types “Tenda” instead of “TP-Link”. I believe they are completely separate companies, absolutely no connection and from all the radio-chipset tests, use completely different components. TP-Link is earning a great reputation while Tenda has earned an opposite one.

    I don’t criticise the Mounting Orientation limitation. Just about every router is meant to be mounted one way OR another way. This can be laid on its side, after all. AND the stand (or frame) can be clamped sturdily to any other object for any multitude of mounting orientations.

    What you SHOULD criticise is the antennas are NOT moveable. They are screwed into the frame then into the case (like most swivel antennas) but the frame locks them into one and only one orientation. It’s not the router that is the problem – it’s the lack of swivelable-moveable antennas, and more and more studies show it’s the antenna orientation that is THE problem or THE solution for better signals.

    Not this “vertical only” mounting complaint.

    Also, your comments about powerline adapters make them sound like Be-All / End-All solutions. They’re NOT. With most dwellings’ wiring configurations, they work in some rooms, but not others because of circuit breakers, wiring construction faults or whatever. Fortunately, the setup is indeed very easy – “two buttons and they work.” Or rather, they may not work. But this too is rather a luxury – Powerline Adapters have that rather wonderful feature – they work out of the box, or they don’t! There’s no settings to adjust, only locations inside a dwelling to test. They’ll either work after a few minutes of sync’ing attempts, or they never will; and then move them to a different power-outlet and try again with the “two button” setup. Very quick, compared to most other networking products! Buy locally, and it’s much easier to return them IF they don’t work.

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