TP-Link Archer D9 Review

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Closer Look

Taking a general look at the D9, the first thing that stands out is the glossy white finish. This is contrasted with the black TP-Link logo in the centre of the router. Also in plain view is the D9’s use of 3 antennas which is to give an overall better wireless signal with a wider Omni-directional range making this router of suitably high-spec for those wanting Wi-Fi signals at long distances. The indicator icons with blue LED’s are found at the top of this front panel.

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On the rear of the router, we have the following ports:

1 x Power input
1 x On/off switch
1 x Wireless on/off switch
1 x USB 2.0 port
1 x USB3.0 port
1 x ADSL modem port (RJ11) – For connection to the phone line
4 x LAN ports (RJ45) – One of which becomes a WAN port if using with a cable modem
1 x WPS connect button

Plenty of options here and I really do like the inclusion of the USB ports; it wouldn’t be a premium router without them, I can easily imagine the USB3 port hosting an external USB3 drive on the network and the USB2 port supporting an older printer model.

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As the Archer D9 modem router is made to stand on a desk/shelf only TP-Link have moved the USB2 port to the right side panel of the router, pictured below. This is also where the reset button is found. You’ll need a fine tipped device such as a paper clip to use the hard reset button. Holding it in for around 10-15 seconds restores the D9 back to factory settings.

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Finally, we have the antennas which are all white, screw into the router and are modular in the way you can point them in the direction you need to.  They are Omni-directional meaning that it will provide a quality signal equally in all directions thus reducing the need to place the antennas in certain positions.

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