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Tenda AC9 AC1200 Dual-Band Wireless Router Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Routers & Access Points in Networking | Posted: Feb 24, 2017 6:43 pm
TweakTown Rating: 85%Manufacturer: Tenda

File Transfer Speeds

 

In our file transfer test, I use a SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB flash drive and NAS Tester 1.7 with 100M and 1000M file sizes.

 

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Read performance came in at 27 MB/s for the 100M file size while the 1000M file size reached 29 MB/s. Write performance topped out at 33 MB/s.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

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Tenda has done quite well with the AC9 as it represents a true budget platform that nearly anyone can afford. With its MSRP hovering around $39.99, I don't think I have seen a router ever come near this price and offer the level of features this platform does.

 

The plastics aren't as good as you get with a heavy hitter like Netgear or Linksys and it feels quite cheap in hand, but it's good enough to sit on a shelf and dole out Wi-Fi signals.

 

 

As far as performance is concerned, Tenda went through a few firmware revisions with this router before it got to where it is currently. I've had this solution sent to me twice, and the second time all the issues were ironed out and the router ran without issue.

 

With that, I was able to get a good deal of performance from the LAN ports along with the 2.4GHz band. The WAN performance was towards the bottom of my charts as was the 5GHz 80 performance, but then again, I've only tested a few other AC1200 solutions.

 

Overall, as an entry-level solution at a great price, the Tenda AC9 works quite well. It's a decent upgrade for those on a budget moving from 802.11b or g and a slight upgrade in processing performance for many on 802.11n. The price is what is going to capture people's attention, and rightly so.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance80%
Quality78%
Features82%
Value98%
Overall TweakTown Rating85%

The Bottom Line: Tenda's AC9 is a value-based router that might not be for everyone, but is certainly worth a look if you are on a tight budget and want something that is basic but capable enough.

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