TP-LINK Archer C9 AC1900 Dual-Band Router Review – Competitive Pricing and Performance!



The design of the Archer C9 is rather stylish, and clean. It features an all white glossy finish, with a silver trim around the top that extends around back and acts as a stand.

While attractive, this single-piece design decision does take away from actual function, as the stand is non-removable, meaning you cannot mount this router to a wall. This is not a deal breaker by any means, but it is definitely worth noting.

tp-link_archer-c9_back_no-antennasAround back we’ll find that the router has a nearly fully back, which we have no doubt it will help keep that 1GHz dual-core processor cool. Here we’ll also get a look at that aforementioned stand, which is made of plastic but features a metallic finish, which does a good job of making it look a bit more premium.

The router measures 8.7″ in width, 3.4″ in depth including the stand, and 6.6″ in height without the antennas.

tp-link_archer-c9_back_rear-portsIn addition to the ports we mentioned earlier, there’s also a USB 2.0 port here, a ON/OFF switch, WPS button which doubles as a Reset, and of course the Power connector.


On the left side of the router, we’ll find the USB 3.o port as well as a convenient button for toggling the Wi-Fi on and off.


Like most routers now a days, setup of the Archer C9 is a snap, and the included Quick Installation Guide makes it easy for even the most novice of users. Once everything is plugged in you either connect a computer to it via ethernet or Wi-Fi with the default SSID and password located on the back of the router. After that, you navigate your browser to ‘’ or ‘’. Once there, you’ll be greeted with a login screen, in which the default username and password are both ‘admin’


After that you simply follow the on-screen guide, which will asked for your Time Zone, Connection Type (can be automatically detected), and for your desired wireless network name (SSID) and password.

If there's one thing everyone always seems to need, it is a new wireless router. Whether you're using the mediocre solutions provided by your cable company, or an aging bargain model that you picked up at Target, chances are you could use a new one.  In fact, we'll venture to say that your old wireless router is literally the cause of your life's problems. - Okay, maybe not. But still, it definitely isn't helping. We here at Technology X want to help you solve your problems, and to do so we're bringing you a review of the all new TP-LINK Archer C9,…

Review Overview



The TP-LINK Archer C9 delivers everything a user could want or need in a wireless router, including great performance and solid range without breaking the bank

User Rating: 2.89 ( 178 votes)


  1. DubiousSub scriptions

    You say why dont they include cat 6, why would they when category 5e is 1Gb certified and perfectly capable for home use on the WAN port.
    I am seriously considering this router, what would you say are its main rivals?

    • Probably the ASUS RT-AC66U/R or the D-Link DIR-880L.

      The ASUS is great and I have lots of experience with it as it is my main router, whereas I haven’t personally used the D-Link but it is similarly priced.

      The Archer, is still the best deal, currently.

      • DubiousSub scriptions

        I’m leaning towards the Netgear 7000 because it has superior USB disk speed, and I may use this as a second NAS to backup data to from my main NAS. But as you said the Archer C9 is still best value for money so I am confused what to get.

        • First I had the Netgear WNR2000 for a few years… Then I got a the R7000 but I returned it for the Asus RT-AC68U. I had this for about 6 month now. And I got the Archer T9E adapter (AC1900) for my HTPC. I can really say it’s satisfying. The only problem is that it (the adapter) still lack support for Windows 10. But the TP-Link customer service promised that an update will come if I would be patient enough… So I’m very satisfied with the performance overall. And I got high requirements with a lot of media streaming (4K), console gaming, media server, tablets, phones etc. at home. To me… RT-AC68U had better performance than R7000. Even if R7000 is a decent router as well.

      • i got an Asus router and it solved all my problems here at home. Much better router then i have ever had Internet never goes down at all. Old router went down once ever few days.

  2. MyArcher c9 doesn’t fully connect clients to the network. My cell phone indicates it is connected to the wireless network but it not. Any advice?

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