Don’t judge a book by its cover. I am pretty right in my words. The reason is that when we first started Netgear AC1200 review, we thought it simple looking, boring wireless router. But while testing this router, my thoughts changed in its favour. Packed in simplicity the Netgear AC1200 R6220 (Check latest Price)is a more powerful router than i had expected. The router successfully cater the needs of every gadget lover who is looking for a latest Wi-fi router for his high-end gaming needs.
Though every year multiple Wifi routers are released by different companies, a few of those routers rule for a long time. The AC1200 Series including R6120, R6200 R6220 and R6230 are one of those routers, that are wining the game in every aspect, although other competitors, too, are making grounds for tough competition.
No doubt with new advancements, demands for latest technologies too are increasing. If you want to use the router for your apartment, with limited persons using the router, the AC1200 series is the best choice that delivers internet at greater performance, speed and distance in a reasonable price tag. However, if you want a gear that must handle more persons, then Nightwalk series is the perfect choice.
Without further ado, let’s have a comprehensive look at review of Netgear AC1200.
|Wi-Fi Technology||802.11ac Dual Band Wi-Fi|
|Wi-Fi Bands||Dual Bands – Tx/Rx 2X2 (2.4GHz) + 2X2(5GHz)|
|Processor||Powerful 880MHz processor|
|Memory||128MB DDR3 RAM |
128MB NAND flash memory
|Ethernet Ports||Gigabit Ethernet ports |
Five 10/100/1000 (1 WAN port and 4 LAN ports)
|LEDs||Internet, Ethernet (1-4), WPS|
|Security||WiFi Protected Access® (WPA/WPA2—PSK)Double firewall protection (SPI and NAT firewall)Denial-of-service (DoS) attack prevention|
Free custom URL using NETGEAR Dynamic DNS service
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||9.27 x 5.94 x 2.14 in|
Netgear AC1200 Detailed Review
Design and Features
Having a weight as low as 340g the Netgear is listed as one of the lightweight wireless routers. Despite its lightweight the router has a solid build. I mean to say the router is quite durable and does not break by any accidental falling off.
The dimension gives it a minimalist design. Though the router is simple in design, it appeals those who don’t like fancy gadgets, instead rely usually on simple yet nice looking gears.
Near the edges the presence of holes serve as ventilators for the passage of air, and heat management. The presence of such hole is necessary for any electronic device to transfer heat and to avoid overheating issues.
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Overall nine LEDs are present on the upper side of the router. These LEDs are helpful to check the number of connected connections and to examine the network status anytime. Besides, the two vertically standing non-removable antennas on its back side are pretty helpful to extend its wireless range. However, these antennas can be moved in two directions.
On its back side there is a Power button to turn on/off the device, a WPS button, 4 Gigabit LAN ports, and a USB 2.0 port.
One good thing about Netgear AC1200 is that these routers are wall mounted. This is a nice addition as most of the previous models lacked such features. You can easily mount these models on wall by a nail. This feature allows to mount the router at the position where every body in the house can enjoy full-speed of internet without losing the signals.
After having talked about outlook and design of Netgear AC1200, let’s start about its hardware. From its inside, the Netgear AC1200 R6220 model is equipped with 128MB RAM, 128MB falsh storage capacity, a Single core MediaTek MT7621ST SoC, clocked at 880 MHz, and HN4821CG 10/100/1000 Base-T LAN Transformer Modules. In addition the router uses 2.4GHz wireless band under (2×2:2, 802.11b/g/n), 5GHz band under (802.11ac+an 2×2:2).
The Netgear company is heavily concerned about safety, privacy and security concerns of its users. This is the reason the Netgear R6220 AC1200 checks all security protocols to provide a secured product verified under all standards like SPI firewalls and NAT to counter unwelcoming DoS attacks.
Besides the router security feature allows to check problematic Wi-Fi signals that may cause interruptions. Likewise the parental control feature of security allows parents to make internet safe for their children and remove any unwanted content and filter websites that are not for children under the age of 13. Also you may choose the levels of restriction by registering to an OpenDNS account to avoid any unwanted data reach to your kids.
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Netgear AC1200 Configuration
To install the Netgear AC1200 software follow these simple steps.
- Connect Netgear AC 1200 device to your PC and internet connection
- The automatic Netgear Genie software will launch and ask to automatically configure the device.
- Click yes button and let Netgear Genie will launch the Setup Wizard
- Setup Wizard will configure and check the internet connection
- Then it will automatically configure DHCP and wireless configuration setting.
- Once the configuration setup is finished, your device is ready to use.
The Netgear claims that the when the device is on 5GHz band, the hardware can accelerate data transfer rate at the speed of nearly 867 Mbps, while on 2.4GHz band its data transfer speed would be roughly 300 Mbps. This is great achievement, but much below than its latest 6230 model which offers speed upto 1200 Mbps.
In addition the file transfer by the AC1200 R6220 was also impressive. We got its files transfer ranging from 20MBps-28MBps which is satisfactory, although other models like Linksys WRT1200AC offer great file transfer speed of more than 60MBps.
Netgear AC1200 Range
The Netgear AC1200 R6220 is also above satisfaction level. You will be able to get the same speed even if you are standing at less than one feet or more than 20 feet. However, the speed drops beyond 30 feet distance. That is to say, you can enjoy fast wireless internet speed in a range of 10-20 feet with a marginal drop. Distance between 20-35 drops the speed to one half to two third. Beyond that there will be a significant drop in speed.
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Pros and Cons
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To configure the AC1200 you will need:
- Microsoft Vista®, Windows XP, 7, 8, 10, Vista, Linux®, 2000, Mac OS, or UNIX.
- Google Chrome™ 11.0 browsers or higher, Firefox® 2.0, Safari® 1.4, or Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 5.0
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If you are looking for a wireless router that is best for the money and great in performance, the Netgear’s AC1200 6220 is the perfect option to choose from. This router offers optimum range, excellent speed and high performance.