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TP-Link AC1900 Archer C9 Smart Wireless Router

TP-Link AC1900 Archer C9 Smart Wireless Router

Here we are again with one of the best routers from the well-known router manufacturing company TP-Link. Today, we are going to discuss in detail about the TP-Link  AC1900 Archer C9 smart wireless router.

AC1900 Archer C9

Before going into further detail let us take a short overview of this router. The TP-Link  AC 1900 Archer C9 smart wireless router falls in the category of the cheapest AC1900 routers that are available in the market.

The router aims to deliver the amazing features of the Netgear R7000 at a reasonable price. Moreover, it also delivers some extra exciting features that will amaze you for sure.

The extra features include the USB support for sharing printers as well as hard drives. As well as, it also features four Gigabit Ethernet ports.

Apart from this, the router has the ability to deliver a speed of 1,300MB/s wireless speed. Yet, this speed is amazing for average users and it’s worth considering this wireless speed.

AC1900 Archer C9 Design

TP-Link has managed to make this router simple and attractive. It is quite different from its competitors. Because, most of its competitors including those from D-Link as well as Netgear, contain astonishing designs.

And, their high-end routers are incredible to see. However, TP-Link has managed well in delivering modest things and feature with the C9. The front side of this router is smooth, curvy and simple.

The front side of this glossy router is filled with white color. Whereas the back stand is painted with silver color just like numerous other conventional supporting stands.

And, the three white aerials are sticking at the back with a perfect matte finish. So, if you love to adopt a product resembling Apple product hardware then this is a perfect choice for you.

However, this product seems elegant but we cannot categorize it as a practical router. The company has integrated a stand at the back, which means you are not allowed to lay this router flat or mount it on the wall.

Well, we are not much sure how protective that supporting stand is, but it seems that it is much easy to tip the router over. However, if you want to use this router as a household product then it will be a great choice for you.

Because you only to install this router and place it at one static place. The router seems to be a perfect fit with its removable three aerials. The company has elegantly and sturdily developed these aerials.

Moreover, you will find it easy to adjust the position of these aerials. Besides, there are LED indicators on the front side of the router. The lights are used for multiple purposes.

The LED lights indicate the WiFi connection, internet connection and it also indicated power. Lights of TP-Link AC1900 Archer C9 smart wireless router can be viewed easily.

The indicators are much better than those rectangular lights in the Netgear R7500. The design at the backside contains a similar smooth matter finish.

Moreover, there are connection options available on the backside. All the connection ports are available with their names labeled at the top. If we see from left to right.

The first port you will find will be USB 2.0 ports and the second one is WPS. Next to WPS port, you will see the reset button, the Ethernet socket that allows you to connect your modem.

Moreover, you will find four Gigabit Ethernet ports for connection with your network. The remaining ports include one power socket along with the switch.

On one side of the router, you will find a USB 3.0 port. The port can be used for sharing multiple files on your network through USB drive. While on the other side, the TP-Link  AC1900 Archer C9 smart wireless router constitutes USB 2.0 port.

AC1900 Archer C9

And, that port can be used for printer sharing. The most amazing thing about this portable router is its WiFi compatibility. If we take a look at its performance, the router is capable of delivering a speed of up to 600MB/s over 2.4GHz.

If we test its speed on the 5GHz Ethernet port then its speed jumps to 1,300MB/s. The only way to access all these functionalities is to get compatible triple antenna hardware.

And, you might know that the majority of the laptops and PC contains a duplet aerial hardware or compatibility. Due to which, you only have an option to utilize a few PC cards or can only have access to set up a router to router connection.

With all that said, the triple aerial setup is aimed to develop better beamforming as well as multi-device throughput rates. Still, the users can be able to take full advantage of non-AC 1900 products.

AC1900 Archer C9 Setup

The TP-Link  AC1900 Archer C9 smart wireless router setup is much easy constitutes a beautiful and helpful interface for you. The basic interface contains a helpful layout of network map icons.

Besides, the option selected on the left side of the interface is perfect and useful. Furthermore, if you just head to the advanced menu, you will just find it more interesting. And you will get a clean and clear layout for a better understanding of the options.

Unfortunately, there is no mobile application for you to manage all the settings of the router. Instead, the TP-Link  AC1900 Archer C9 smart wireless router comes with a software.

The software is available in both Mac and PC versions. The software is basically a USB printing tool that is required to use for printing purposes.

Moreover, if you don’t want to install the software onto your PC or laptop. Then here is a solution for you. You can just install a mobile app for your phone.

The app will allow you to manage or administer your router without even logging into the web interface. So, it is much easier for you to administer the router this way.

AC1900 Archer C9 Software

TP-Link is a bit different from its competitors in many aspects. One of them is that TP-Link hasn’t given any special name to its router configuration dashboard just like its competitors including the Netgear and Linksys.

But this difference does not make TP-Link  AC1900 Archer C9 smart wireless router much special. The significant features that every router configuration dashboard delivers are tweak-ability, simplicity, and the interface presentation.

TP-Link  AC1900 Archer C9 smart wireless router maintains all those features in its router configuration dashboard. Let’s be honest, the software is not complex and complicated.

It is easy for you to find various settings including the network mapping features, wireless settings, and most importantly parental control. Moreover, you will find it more easy to manage and it is perfect to support a technology level in the house.

The company has managed well in delivering abundant advanced settings. But, there exist some complex features such as the QoS management, configuring access ports as well as creating media service for wireless printers.

Moreover, you can also avail of the “Tether” app from TP-Link. The app constitutes a clean and easy to understand interface. With deep customization setting options, you can even log in to your account, no matter if you are standing in the middle of the road.

Well, this means that you do not have any restrictions on using it either on your laptops or your desktop. And, it is a welcome change because it allows you to manage your parental control even if you are away from your home.

TP-Link AC1900 Archer C9 Benefits

With such a reasonable price tag, you should not expect from TP-Link AC1900 Archer C9 smart wireless router for high-quality features. However, the performance of this router does not resemble the performance from the high-end router and it is obvious.

But, the router appears to be the best router for streaming and gaming purposes. And, I think you might not be expecting more than this. With that said, you can enjoy a flawless gaming and streaming service at the perfect speed.

Well, let us have a look at the performance of the TP-Link AC1900 Archer C9 smart wireless router. Having a distance of 5ft over the network of 2.4GHz, we have been able to get some good speed.

The download speed is recorded nearly 65MB/s and the upload speed is nearly 96.35 MBs. These numbers appear to be good for a household Wi-Fi network.

And if we further increase the distance to 30ft, you will notice an increase in the download speed, which plunges to 67.18 MB/s whereas the upload speed shrinks to just 34.26MB/s. Well, if we go with the 5GHz network, there will be a shocking change in numbers.

If we place the PC and routers with a 5ft distance between them, the TP-Link AC1900 Archer C9 smart wireless router delivers blistering download speed of 289.97MB/s and the upload speed plunges to 483.37 MB/s.

This seems to be an amazing download and upload speed. I think you will have enough speed to carry out your download activities frequently.

With a distance extended to 30ft between PC and router. You will be disappointed with both download and upload speed, this router delivers. You will observe a noticeable drop at both speeds.

The download speed recorded by TP-Link AC1900 Archer C9 smart wireless router shrinks to 181.40 MB/s and the upload speed reduces to 132MB/s.

It is noticeable while switching to the 5GHz spectrum the speed unexpectedly crossed the 400 figures. But, if we look at the numbers of its competitors such as Nighthawk X6. The download speed, with a distance of 5ft, is recorded as 210MB/s and the upload speed reaches  280MB/s.

And, with the distance of 3ft between both router and PC, the download speed shrinks to 170MB/s, whereas the upload speed reduces to 169MB/s. The reduction in both speeds is probably on the 5GHz spectrum.

Moreover, you might be able to see more reduction in the numbers, when data is being transmitted through walls or doors. Moreover, the TP-Link AC1900 Archer C9 smart wireless router has outnumbered one of its rival named as the Netgear Nighthax X6.

AC1900 Archer C9 Wired Speed Test

In the wired speed test, the TP-Link AC1900 Archer C9 smart wireless router has turned down records that have been made in a wireless speed test.

The router recorded a hefty download speed of 556.59 MB/s and the upload speed maxes at 416.66MB/s. Still, the router could not be able to beat its competitors, who have recorded speeds at 990MB/s and 897MB/s respectively.

Being a low budget router or a cheap router, we can expect similar performance from this router because it can be used for normal operations easily.

AC1900 Archer C9 Performance

The TP-Link AC 1900 Archer C9 smart wireless router does not come up as a master class router at the performance front but still, it is a good one.

The max throughput this router delivers is 47.7 MB/s which is far less than the 70MB/s of throughput speed delivered by one of the fastest routers in the market. Still, this router appears to be a good one because its throughput speed drops to only 35.1MB/s at 5m distance.

While the Netgear X4 R7500 records a decrease from 81.3MB/s at 2m to 36.2MB/s at 5m distance. Well, this is a noticeable decrement as compared to TP-Link AC 1900 Archer C9 smart wireless router.

And, with a distance of 10m, the R7500 slightly drops to 28MB/s whereas the Archer C9 drops to 14.4MB/s. So fluctuations are there just like other portable routers in the market.

On the other hand, the Archer C9 appears to be the slowest AC1900 router on the 5GHz band so far. But, at the 2.4GHz spectrum, the results changed dramatically.

At 2m distance, the throughput sticks at 17.1MB/s whereas the fastest router records a throughput of 17.8MB/s. And at 5m, the number reduces to 10.4MB.s while the fastest one delivers 14MB/s.

Similarly, at 10m, the TP-Link AC 1900 Archer C9 smart wireless router delivers 7.1MB/s as compared to the 8.1MB/s. The trend remains the same at the USB performance front.

The TP-Link AC 1900 Archer C9 smart wireless router manages to deliver a read speed of 23.46MB/s and the write speed of 13.31MB/s via a USB 3.0 port. This speed is far less than the 60MB/s of the fastest router.

Therefore, the TP-Link AC 1900 Archer C9 smart wireless router is not competent enough to beat the ultimate performance crown. But, it still delivers a solid speed.

  • One of the best routers for wireless internet. As it is capable of delivering the speed up to 1.9GB/s with supreme compatibility to all Wi-Fi devices, 802.11ac or prior one.
  • The TP-Link AC 1900 Archer C9 smart wireless router contains high-end beamforming technology for fast and reliable WiFi connections.
  • It comes with a 1GHz powerful dual-core processor that can easily handle multiple devices including the tablets, laptops, phones, smart home, Alexa-enables devices and many more.
  • It offers an easily shared media along with a single USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports for sharing printers, files, and media across your network.
  • The company provides an effortless network setup as well as the TP-Link Tether app for both iOS and Android.
  • The best part about this router is that it comes with a 2-year warranty as well as Free 24/7 technical support.
  • The 2.4GHz band delivers speed up to 600MB/s whereas the 5GHz band records 1300 MB/s for a total of 1.9GB/s consumable bandwidth.

The Bottom Line:

The TP-Link AC 1900 Archer C9 smart wireless router appears to be an elegant and good looking router. The design of this router resembles the design of conventional apple hardware design.

You will find it more easy to set up this router. The clean and clear design just presents everything simultaneously.  However, you might not be able to witness something amazing but still, you will get what you have paid for.

As a whole, TP-Link AC 1900 Archer C9 smart wireless router can be termed as a hasty router. In terms of both range wireless speed and responsive user interface. And, this makes the router best.

The perfect design of the TP-Link AC 1900 Archer C9 smart wireless router is amazing to see. So far, the router delivers some solid performance and in my opinion, it is best for an average user who wants to play games or stream videos flawlessly.

Well, you will have an option to enjoy a lot of advantages, one of them is prominent storage sharing. The storage sharing is made accessible via DLNA devices and FTP.

And, you can not use Windows network for storage sharing. As cited above, the TP-Link AC 1900 Archer C9 smart wireless router does not rank in the list of high-end routers that assures the utmost speed and performance.

But it is still worth considering this router.  So, you all know that the TP-Link is the type of bran that is determined to deliver the best routers at a reasonable price.

Apparently the TP-Link has managed to deliver a quality router with major up gradation in performance and speed. The TP-Link AC 1900 Archer C9 smart wireless router with  802.11ac makes it a branded product of the company.


  • The Wifi speed is great within a particular range
  • It is much easier to set up and use this WiFi router
  • Delivers an amazing reliability
  • Delivers great features for the price


  • It is not much competition as compared to the fastest routers within short range
  • It only contains a single USB 3.0 port
  • You will have no option to mount this router on the wall or just place it flat

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