With most internet providers now installing modems into households with multiple Ethernet ports and WiFi connectivity, many people have forgotten about the power and usefulness of having a router around the house. Routers are a great way to add more Ethernet ports allowing more LAN connections eliminating any problems with a poor/weak WiFi signal. As well, with external antennas and more powerful processors and ram, WiFi signals produced by routers can greatly improve the coverage of one’s household. With so many benefits of having a router alongside a modem, it just comes down to what you really need and what you want to pay. Tenda has been in the router business for many years now and have created many different products to compliment any user’s desires. Today we are going to be looking at Tenda’s AC9 AC1200 Wifi Router. With an easy to swallow price tag of only $70 and a fantastic 3-year warranty, this might be the exact router you are looking for.
PACKAGING & DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
Tenda’s AC9 AC1200 Wifi Router comes packaged in a stylish box sporting the company’s main color scheme; black and orange. The front shows off a picture of the router and highlights the main features of the AC9, mainly focusing on its speed and wireless coverage. The back and sides of the box go into further detail of the router’s specifications as well as comparing it to some of the company’s other routers.
|Interface||1 x WAN Gigabit port
4 x LAN Gigabit ports
1 x USB 2.0
|Antenna||2 x External omnidirectional antennas|
|Data Rate||802.11n: up to 300Mbps
802.11ac: up to 867Mbps
|Frequency||2.4GHz and 5GHz(concurrent)|
|LED Indicator||System, 4 x LAN, WAN, 2.4GHz WiFi, 5GHz WiFi, WPS, USB|
|Button||WPS, WiFi on/off, Reset|
|Power Adapter||AC input: 100V-240V~50\60Hz|
|Dimensions||8.9 x 7.07 x 3.02in / 226 x 179.5 x 76.6mm|
|Operating Environment||Temperature: 0°C ~ 40°C
Humidity: 10%~90% RH non-condensing
|Storage Environment||Temperature: -40°C ~ 70°C
Humidity: 5%~90% RH non-condensing
Inside the box we find the router, removable stand, Ethernet cable, power cable, and a quick install guide.
The router sports a glossy jet black design with all of the LED’s located along the top of the front face of the router. The LED’s light up in a nice blue shade to compliment the overall design of the router.
On the back of the router you will find the power input, WPS button, WiFi button, reset button, 5 Gigabit Ethernet ports, a USB 2.0 jack, and as always the password/login info sticker. The AC9 AC1200 Wifi Router features 5 full Gigabit Ethernet ports, four of which are Gigabit LAN for connecting your computers, game consoles and other devices, and one Gigabit WAN to connect your router to your modem.
The router has been designed to elegantly suit any workplace or household environment it is placed in, but has one small set back. With only the option to lay it flat or attach the removable stand, there is no way to mount this router to the wall. While only a small inconvenience for most, it should still be mentioned.