Over the past couple of years, we have gone to great trouble to look at what we consider the fastest wireless routers on the market. In the past, this has included Netgear, Western Digital, Asus, and a few others. The cost for the very best has always been close to $200. For many users, the cost of upgrading to the latest wireless standard, Wireless-AC , isn’t worth it.
With the holidays approaching, we have seen manufacturers release a Wireless-AC-compatible routers for less than $100. Today we take a look at Netgear’s R6100 Dual-Band 802.11ac Wireless Router that retails for just $95.10 shipped!
The Netgear R6100 is a dual band router that supports combined WiFi speeds up to 1200Mbps. Users will be able to attain these speeds with fast Ethernet wired connections which will provide users reliable internet connections for fast downloads, clear voice calls, uninterrupted HD video, and lag free gaming.
The R6100 router offers users enhanced features for improving your home theater experience and prepares the users home network for new or upgraded devices that integrate 802.11ac WiFi support, such as the MacBook Air and smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. Netgear also equipped the R6100 with performance designed for whole home wireless coverage by using simultaneous dual band WiFi technology. The 2.4GHz band supports legacy devices while the less interference prone 5 GHz band is perfect for multiple HD media streaming and online gaming.
When you look at this router’s price point, it is a bout $20-$30 less expensive than the R6200 which has the same exact specifications except the R6200 features Gigabit Ethernet ports and a USB 3.0 connection. For many, this isn’t a deal-breaker since most of their devices are wireless. Others may consider the R6200 as a better overall solution.
Let’s take a closer look at the detailed specifications of the R6100 that we will be looking at today.
Netgear R6100 Featured Specifications:
Let’s break open the box and see how hard the set-up is.