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This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router
Pros: -Good range in my apartment.
-Easy set up
-Lots of options in stock firmware
-Very stable after firmware 160517.
Cons: -v1 Firmware 150916 was causing some weird issues every 12 hours or so where the internet would momentarily drop. But Firmware 160517 seems to have corrected that.
-Confusing website for downloading firmware. I used the worldwide site, as the US site doesn't have the most recent versions available.
-Some confusing options: eg: NATBoost vs. QOS. I just left those at the default and its been fine for 3 adults using wireless devices.
Other Thoughts: I'm not sure if it's a specific con or something I never noticed before, but when I was using firmware 150916 (the not so good one), whenever my DHCP IP address would renew, my connection would momentarily drop. I didn't see this on my old E4200 router, but perhaps I never noticed. But I worked around this by just using the IP address reservation feature and it's been problem free.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Very easy to set-up. It consisted of stringing a 25' CAT5 cable to my desktop from the modem area, unplugging the old modem's cables, connecting the coaxial line to the new modem along with the power cord and my temporary hardline, ran the quick web-setup for provisioning the new modem with RCN (have your account number handy; ignore the "approved modems" list that comes up, it's very outdated- this modem conforms to the specs they approve of on their website for BYOM), shut down the modem, plugged it into the router, and rebooted everything. I'm getting the same speeds as before (100 mbps + down, 10 mbps up).
Cons: It's so small and lightweight, a poorly placed coaxial line can inhibit it standing up properly. Not a big con at all.
Other Thoughts: As a bonus, I found that the cable I was using to connect my modem to my router was bad - only connecting at 10/100 instead of 10/100/1000. Changing out that cable fixed that issue and let's me utilize my connection to the fullest.
And I'll mention it again, I'm using this with RCN (a smaller provider seen in a few cities; I'm in NYC) and it seems to be working flawlessly for the 100mbps that I pay for.
Edit: I should add (as I only found out when I returned my rental modem), I had to call RCN and provide the MAC address of the new modem in order to get my credit (which is about $6/month).
Pros: -solid Tier 2 PSU and with the rebate, it was a no-brainer purchase
-good number of connectors
-Flat, unsleeved cables. Some consider this a con, but I found it made them easier to bend. And because they're black, they blend in pretty well
-Fan is quiet and power supply doesn't whine
Cons: -The P4/P8 connector for the mainboard was a bit on the short side. I fortunately had a P4 extension cable, so I could nicely route the cable
-Not modular and only 550W, but these two things are well known upon purchase. I'd personally rather have a quality supply and fixed wires than mediocre one with modular cables.
Other Thoughts: A solid power supply that's likely good for most people (use a power supply calculator). I've got it running 2x SSDs, 2x HDD, an R9 380X, an i5-6500 with mITX board, 2x 120mm fans, and a 140mm fan (all expected to use around 400W). The fixed wires are a bit of a nuisance, but some patience and zip ties pretty much handled that issue. As I mentioned, the P4 connector was a bit short, but I was trying to route it around the edge of my Corsair 250D.READ FULL REVIEW