... That can compete better

... That can compete better

TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900 Wireless Dual Band Router (Gigabit LAN / WAN, 1900Mbit / s, 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, Print / Media / FTP Server, IPv6) (Accessories)

Customer Review

The router is needed with us for a Wi-Fi network in one area without Internet access.

-> If you want to buy this router, should know that it does not include a DSL modem. Who needs this, needs the version D9 buy Archer (which is not to be found on the website of TP-LINK)! Also, the connection of telephones is not possible (in both).

Delivered the router as a standalone unit with three antennas, a power supply, a short network cable and Operation Quick Start Guide in German. When getting started, short manual is sufficient. The detailed manual you have to download from the Internet, it's like the user interface in English.

Commissioning proved a little difficult for me. The tiny PIN to access the user interface on the back can be read only with a magnifying glass. That it is internally reported in normal font size, since little helps. Windows recognized the router after turning almost immediately and with the PIN came also a connection. Calling the settings page with the specified link via WLAN failed, however, only by entering the IP address of the home was possible.

When you first start the Web interface for setting up a wizard guides you through the steps. But unlike some competitors no standard specifications for the German Internet providers are available, so you should have all the data. Otherwise, the data were entered quickly and assign a separate password for the wireless network. - But it was something else? Exactly, the web interface is also password protected, because it is also accessible from the Internet. You have to go into the router data in the professional area and there on the last point, however, the setup wizard does not prompt to from the outset to change the default password, instead (of on the laptop already forced to scroll down), to make the change of the password. A huge security hole that allows the capers of the router.

The LAN and WLAN throughput was quite good, however only one wall is to be bridged. Not like me has the USB port. A rate of about 15MB / s offer for USB3 is very backward. Since the name is used only USB3 for marketing purposes.

For the suspension to the wall of the router is not suitable due to the ports on the back, he is instead on the case and an integrated strap. At terminals next to the power connector 4 x 1000MBit network, a USB2 and USB3 a jack and the port for the modem are available. There is also a proper on / off switch, which separates the device from the mains. A button on the back to make it possible to automatically perform the WLAN configuration, but that did not work with my Windows 8.1. A switch to turn the wireless on and is also available.

Conclusion: having A brisk Routers however some quirks and inexperienced users presents a few hurdles:
- Too small printed PIN
- Surface and detailed manual in English only
- No compulsion to change the configuration password (vulnerability!)
- To lower throughput of the USB ports
Taking into account that no modem and no telephone connections are available, is wrong for me the price-performance ratio. This may the (German) competitors better.

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