Netgear AC1200 Review | Features, Speed & Range

NETGEAR makes it easy for you to connect with varied innovative networking products be it for your house or your business. Its products are easy to use, smart, and are designed just for you.

NETGEAR AC1200 provides you with speed and reliability to stream your HD videos without lag, allowing multiplayer gaming, downloading of songs at ease, etc. It is an entry-level router in NETGEAR series.

 Features of NETGEAR AC1200:

  • Have a downloading speed of up to 300+900 Mbps.
  • Has simultaneous dual-band technology proving better coverage for large homes.
  • It is an 802.11ac wireless router.
  • 5 Ethernet ports of 10/100/1000 (1 WAN and 4 LAN) Gigabit with auto-sensing technology. You can connect your internet modem in the WAN port and local network devices can be connected in the LAN ports.
  • Has a single core 880 MHz powerful processors providing excellent connectivity.
  • Has a memory of 128MB NAND flash and 128MB DDR3 RAM.
  • Has two separate networks
  • 4GHz: Used for legacy devices.
  • 5GHz: For media streaming as it is less prone to interference.
  • Has single 2.0 USB port.
  • QoS technology divides the bandwidth and delivers to devices by prioritizing based on the application and the device in use.
  • WPA/WPA2 encryption to provide high secure Wi-Fi connections.
  • IPv6 support.
  • Has double firewall protection (SPI/NAT firewall).
  • Secure WiFi with Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack prevention feature.
  • Separate access for guests through secured Guest Network Access.
  • Use Push N Connect button to set up your WiFi connections easily.
  • Set up your router easily with Nighthawk App use more of your WiFi.

Speed and Range:

Having up to 300+900Mbps speed along with simultaneous dual-band WiFi technology, it ensures you have speed and connectivity. The dual-band technology reduces wireless interference.

 Physical Specifications:

  • NETGEAR AC1200’ s size is 9.27 x 5.94 x 2.14 inch (235.51 x 150.76 x 54.5 mm).
  • It weighs lighter and is approximately 0.75lb (340g).
  • It has a glossy black finish with LED indicators present on the top panel.

 Nighthawk App

The NETGEAR Nighthawk App helps to set up your router easily. You can install your router in fewer steps than required. You just need to connect your mobile device to the router network and the app will take care of the rest. Once done, you can use the dashboard to pause the Internet on your connected devices, or run a quick Internet speed test, etc.

Ideal Use:

  • Trying to surf the internet, or chatting on the web or emailing someone. You can enjoy a reliable, secure wireless connection with NETGEAR AC1200.
  • Video streaming in multiple devices. No worry the router got you covered for smooth, lag-free HD video streaming experience.
  • Want to watch a video or a movie or listening to songs online. Access the Internet with a fast and reliable wireless connection with AC1200.
  • Don’t want a poor connection while playing online games. NETGEAR AC1200 is famous in the gaming community for its speed and performance.

 System Requirements:

Following system requirements are necessary for your home devices:

  • Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows 7 / 8 / Vista / XP / 2000, Mac OS, UNIX, or Linux.
  • Internet Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0, Microsoft Edge, Firefox 2.0, Safari 1.4, or Google Chrome 11.0 browsers or higher.

 Package

When you buy a NETGEAR AC1200 following are the things present in the package:

  • The NETGEAR AC1200 Smart Wi-Fi Router
  • Power Adapter ( Customized as per the country where the product is sold)
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Quick Start Guide

Price Range

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $74.99.

 Warranty

It has a one year warranty. If you purchase the router from an authorized reseller of NETGEAR you get 24/7 basic technical phone support for 90-days.  

Pros
  • NETGEAR AC1200 is value for your money.
  • It is ideal for homes with around 8-10 WiFi devices.
  • The router is easy and fast to set up.
  • For Mac and Windows, you can use the router’s built-in Setup Wizard. You can detect your Internet settings and set up the router automatically from your computer or laptop.
  • It is easy to use for all smart devices like iPads, tablets, smartphones, etc.
  • It is recommended and reliable for streaming live videos, gamers, downloading movies, net surfing, etc.
  • The fast Ethernet ports help you to connect your laptop, computer or gaming consoles.
  • The USB port can be used to connect with a wireless printer or a storage device.
  • You can easily share your content because NETGEAR AC1200’ is DLNA complaint.
  • Accessing and sharing of stored photos or music’s across your network is fun and easy.
  • The router is 3x faster than similar 802.11n routers ensuring you don’t face any network issue while playing your favourite games or watching any series on Netflix or Amazon Prime or Youtube.
  • It is compatible with next-generation WiFi devices and with 802.11 a/b/g/n backward devices.
  • Presence of dual-band provides you with fast and reliable connections at every corner of your house.
  • It provides you with Parental Controls. You can use the Nighthawk App to manage the website accessed by your children, preventing your children to view certain URLs or websites, and pausing WiFi for your children individual devices.
  • You can limit access for your user without allowing them to access your whole network through the guest network.
  • It provides you with the highest security across the network to make sure your privacy and family is safe while browsing online.
  • The NETGEAR router helps in preventing phishing & spyware.
Cons
  • It only has one USB port 2.0 which is backward than other smart WiFi having 3.0 USB port.
  • The antennas are not detachable.
  • It takes up to 2-3 mins to reboot if you perform certain configuration changes.

NETGEAR AC1200 provides you with everything that you need for an ultra-fast WiFi-connected home having a different kind of devices. Although the AC1200 does not have Multi-User Multiple Input or Multiple Out feature its coverage over the dual-bands is great. Presence of 2.4GHZ and 5GHz dual bands in the router is the reason for the extended WiFi coverage and reliability connection.

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