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TP-Link Archer C9 Wireless Router $165 at MSY ($156.75 at Officeworks with Pricematch)

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TP-Link Archer C9 wireless router is on special at MSY for $165, it's a pain in the butt for me to get to MSY during the week so I went to Officeworks and they pricematched it - making it $156 and some change.

There was a few at my local store, and alot of the other Officeworks stores are showing stock on their website. If you do try to pricematch, make sure you have the C9 in your hand and not the D9 - avoid the frowns and confusion that I went through :)

I set it up last night to replace the rubbish wifi on the Optus cable modem, it took less that 10 minutes to have it up and running - total coverage of my one storey house compared to one room coverage from the Optus modem.

Here are the official specs…

The TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless Router allows you to upgrade your home network to the next generation of WiFi. It comes with dual band functionality so you can enjoy lag free gaming and HD video streaming on the 5 GHz band while simultaneously using the 2.4 GHz band to check your email and browse the web.
The router supports the next generation of WiFi with 802.11ac, which is up to 3 times faster than wireless N speed.
Thanks to the dual band functionality you can enjoy simultaneous HD video streaming, online gaming and web browsing using the 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz band.
It has 3 dual band antennas combined with beamforming technology to provide maximum wireless coverage in a larger range.
You can connect a printer or USB hard drive and share it wirelessly across the network using the inbuilt USB ports.
It has a 1 GHz dual core processor which ensures smooth, fast operation on both wireless and wired tasks.
You can easily setup a secure guest network for visitors to enjoy secure WiFi access.
The router also supports parental controls to allow restricted access policies for children or staff.

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  • +2 votes

    The remarkably compact 802.11 AC Xiaomi router is available from a number of eBay sellers for around $40 and performs flawlessly. I'm on one right now .. :-) .. !!
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Xiaomi-Router-2-4GHz-mini-AC-Mi-i...

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      plus it supports DD-WRT

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        something that runs dd-wrt would be my choice, but in the words of 'The Minister for War and Finance' - "can you please just buy something that works and that you won't mess up with your tinkering"

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          The Xiaomi router worked first time straight out of the box, no issues, running multiple devices all over the house and up to 30 metres away. Couldn't have asked for more .. :-) .. !!

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        Don't think so, not the mini version anyway, you can get open WRT on it but it isn't stable

        https://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/xiaomi/mini

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      No Gigabit ports.. only 2x2. Its completely a different league. Its specced around the TP-Link C50

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        Yes, but ..

        'Keep in mind you will only have gigabit speeds in your local network - in other words - you can only transfer files at gigabit speeds between devices in your house that also have gigabit ports, none of this has any effect on your internet speeds.'

        http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/32924-42-what-purpose-giga...

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          This is true, however even if don't tend to stream much data between LAN devices, things like P2P traffic (which even Windows Updates can use these days) can crash a low powered router due to limited memory/small NAT table support.

          As i said above, although the Xiaomi may be fine for you, there is definitely a place for better routers like the Archer C9.

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      Can the Xiaomi be used as an access point (i.e. connected to the main router in a different part of the house via Ethernet)?

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      Does it work with NBN? I have FTTP - no modem, just an Ethernet plug out of the little fiber box. Want a cheap router, don't need much range or speed on my wifi devices.

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        My Xiaomi router in running off an NBN-like private fibre network so the answer is likely yes.

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      I am sure this router works well for your purposes, but people should be aware that relatively speaking this is kind of like someone posting a deal on a high end Audi, and then someone suggesting a base model Kia hatchback. The Archer C9 will handle far more traffic at faster speeds and greater range.

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        I've owned 60 motor vehicles and the Audi was the ONLY one ever that destroyed a properly maintained engine. Unfortunate analogy .. :-( .. !! However, that aside and more to the point, a great majority of people wanting an AC router will have their needs (running typical households off an ISP running typical apps) adequately met by the $40 Xiaomi AC router.

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        The xiaomi $35 dollar router has some crummy specs
        MediaTek MT7620A 580MHz chipset cpu
        128MB of RAM
        no gigabit ethernet

        TP link has
        BCM4709 1ghz Dual core chipset
        256MB of RAM
        with gigabit lan

        Yeah the budget Xiaomi isn't going to cut it for larger homes with more users. Also forget about it if you are on NBN with Tier 3 speeds or above.

        If you are still keen on Xiaomi (but why?) they do sell a much higher end device but the price is nothing special.

        Will be alright for ADSL2+ users though. If I was on ADSL2, I would consider using it by bridging it with an ADSL modem.

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      the one you listed is the "youth edition" with 2.4Ghz only? although it says dual band..

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      Does this allow ADSL2+ at all or is it just to boost the wifi network ? I currently have the billion 7404vgp as the ADSL 2+ modem with wifi.

      Sorry, couldn't open this link as I am at work.

  • +1 vote

    I've got the D9 and it is great, so assuming this is just a D9 without the modem then this is a good buy

    It looks like there are a number of routers at MSY that are much cheaper than OW.

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      I was a bit surprised that OW did the price match, but now I know they price match MSY I'm going to take advantage of that when I can. It's just easier to get to OW for me, and to be honest the warranty and returns are a bit less of a hassle at OW.

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    I am looking for a wired one with 4 ports ethernet. NBN satelite compatable. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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    So you just ask them to price match msy and point them to their website?

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    yup, they just looked it up on the website

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    Looks good, but need the modem part as well :-(

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      Archer D9 is the ADSL2 modem version. I've got it and it's great. I got cable internet as of 2 weeks ago and I'm running the D9 as a router only for me and my next door neighbour and it's coping easily

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    What do I say, or how do I approach a price match at office works?

  • +1 vote

    Just got one from Anzac Highway Keswick (MSY a few minutes down the street in Adelaide CBD). Just went up to the counter and said "I'd like to buy this one … if I can price match it". Girl at counter - "yeah, sure, I'll just call XX over." … … XX comes over - "no problem, which store?" "MSY" "Ah yeah, we know MSY. How much have they got it for?" "$165" "OK - yeah, why not" (double-checks listing to ensure its the same model) "wow, thats cheap" … basically like that anyway :)

    They didn't seem to care too much - the girl putting the sale through was quite impressed at how much cheaper it was :)

  • +1 vote

    OK went to office works, got the router for 156

    Installed DD WRT on it

    Signed up to Express VPN

    Now my house is secured by an Open VPN

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      DD went on fine? Any sticking points?

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        its my first time i ever did it.

        but i did read up on it a tonne, days and weeks prior to this

        I dont know what u mean by sticking points.

        ALso, the modem is V2 which has a slight variation on how to instal DD on it.

        I have a 93mb connection with optus nbn at home

        Using the best VPN server i found, with a anno aussie IP i get 47mbit which i am happy with