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Netgear AC1600 - Reviews, Prices, Specs and Alternatives
Routers don't have to be beasts that transfer gigabytes of data on a regular basis. But if they do, you can be sure these will take a toll on your wallet. So if you're a home user there is absolutely no need to go above the $200 range and you can settle with more affordable options. This is what Netgear excels at. The Netgear D6400 AC1600 brings the maximum 892.11ac DSL performance at a very reasonable price so lets see if this gives us more bang for our buck.
The design is a little awkward, standing up and facing us is a black mirror-like surface that attracts fingerprints and dust easily and may not be to everyone's taste, but I've definitely seen uglier ones out there. It has three 5GHz and two 2.4 GHz antennas built into the device providing good range but compromising coverage in "black spots" in your house, usually in the bathroom. On the front of the router are icons that are lit up depending on the network status and internet connection, as well as indicators if a USB device is plugged in. On the side of the router are buttons for switching the Wi-Fi on and off, and for connecting devices via WPS. The back has 5 gigabit Ethernet ports, a reset switch, power button and a USB 3.0 port (one of the first routers to have this). But it is one of the first "smart" routers that was ever released, being plug and play and making the setup with the browser-based genie easy-peasy if just a little bit dated by today's standards.
It may be aging fast but its still a good purchase if you're not too particular about routers and just want to get stuff done. If you want a bit more out of your internet than what your ISP provides, the Netgear D6400 AC1600 is an excellent replacement, a "first step" if you will into better internet access. It is heavily discounted now at around $110.00 so if you cant find any newer ones out there in the same price range, this is a good second option.
- Plenty of features for its age and price
- Easy to use and set up
- 802.11ac is maximized
- USB 3.0 port
- Awkward design
- It is aging fast and may become obsolete soon
- Two-in-One DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem + WiFi Router
- Up to 680Mbps modem speed
- 16x4 channel bonding
- Up to 680 Mbps download speeds
Netgear AC1600 is a top selling option in the middle of the modems price range. It's a #1 bestseller in modems category and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Netgear 4G LTE or Technicolor C2100T .
Netgear AC1600 is $13.75 more expensive than the average modem ($96.88).
- Compatible with Comcast Xfinity, Time Warner Cable, Charter, Cox, Cablevision, and more. Requires Cable Internet Service
- Not compatible with: Verizon, AT&T, or CenturyLink
- Two-in-one DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem + AC1600 WiFi Router
- 16x4 channel bonding enables up to 680 Mbps download speeds
- System Requirements - Microsoft ® Windows ® 7,8,Vista ®,XP, 2000,Mac OS ®,UNIX ®,or Linux ®
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