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NETGEAR A6200-100NAS Dual Band Wi-Fi Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 300/867Mbps Wireless Data Rates

  • Wireless AC 1200 300Mbps + 867Mbps
  • Adjustable Antenna Positioning
  • Push 'N' Connect- Secure Wi-Fi
  • 3 x Faster the 802.11n
  • Great for HD streaming
  • NETGEAR Genie Support
  • Window 8 compatible

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4 out of 5 eggsIt’s Alright

Pros: This WiFi adapter is relatively sleek looking, and successfully connected my computer to wireless networks.

The card does require that you install the drivers for it, Windows did not have appropriate drivers out of the box, but once the drivers are installed it works as expected. This really is no big deal, a lot of devices require drivers.

Throughput and connection reliability was decent, on par with other USB wireless adapters I’ve used in the past.

Cons: No reliable rock solid way to get this device working on Linux, which was a disappointment for me since Linux is the operating system I primarily use.

Performance was not impressive, but I don’t have an 802.11ac capable network set up so in that way I wasn’t able to fully benchmark its capabilities. WiFi isn’t a perfect technology to begin with. USB adapters have a tendency to be weaker than other form factors since they have to squeeze the hardware into a smaller space.

Other Thoughts: For a desktop computer (I assume this is what most people are using this for, since almost all laptops these days have integrated WiFi) I would just go with a PCI card over this. There are many PCI wireless adapters that are lower priced than this unit and would work better.

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4 out of 5 eggsWorks Well Enough

Pros: It appears to be solidly constructed and comes with a nice dock which can be good for getting a better signal, or keeping the large adapter away from your laptop. The USB plug swivels, this is a brilliant feature that keeps you from bending and wrecking the device accidentally with your knee (desktop), etc, or when you are moving your laptop. This wireless adapter supports AC speeds, theoretically at speeds approaching 1 Gbps (except for the fact that speeds are limited by the fact it is USB 2.0 only). It has an adjustable antenna which may come in handy if you are far from the router and are dealing with a weak signal.

Cons: Only USB 2.0. Honestly for a USB 2.0 based AC wireless adapter, the price seems a little high, and was higher than the USB 3.0 version of this adapter when I checked. The size makes it unattractive for a laptop in my opinion if you have it plugged directly into the laptop.

Other Thoughts: I was getting solid long-term connections when I was testing it, as well as good speeds. The driver was easy enough to download on the website once you figure out you have to click on the “hamburger” icon to get to the support section. I only loaded the driver for windows 7 and had no problems.
Bottom line, while this is a good quality adapter that supports AC 1200 speeds, the USB 2.0 limitation greatly limits the usefulness of the device for those looking to take advantage of high speed wireless transmission. With the updated USB 3.0 version being roughly the same price, I would opt for the updated version.

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3 out of 5 eggsUSB 2.0

Pros: Does it's job of connecting the PC to the network
Software CD, extension cable/mount, and installation guide.
Sticker on the device as you open it warns you to install drivers before sticking the device in your PC, based on other reviews, this would have avoided many hiccups in setup for others.
Somewhat recent driver releases added support for Win8 and Win10.
Connection was solid and had no issues with install.

Cons: This is not a plug and play device, as more and more devices no longer use DVD/CD drives, it is important to be sure you can get your drivers somehow.
This is a USB 2.0 device, this will limit the max speeds boasted by the device. For normal browsing and internet use this is not an issue, however it is something to consider when buying a new device.
Price isn't outstanding for what it is. Many cheaper alternatives that can accomplish USB 2.0 speeds for a fraction of the cost.
It is bulky width-wise. It's clear they had laptops in mind when making it (adjustable to be upright when in a laptop not using the cable), but it will block any USB directly next to it.
This is a minor gripe, but it doesn't fit snugly into its mount/cradle. It will rock back and forth and feel somewhat flimsy.

Other Thoughts: The new version linked in the product page addresses many of the issues I had with this particular product and would advise looking into it as an option.
The new version includes USB 3.0, a better price (same price when not on sale), and the cradle and device appear to fit together without rocking (mostly in part to the adjustable portion of this one).

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1 out of 5 eggsOpt for the newer version

Pros: It looks neat? The good news is that Newegg shows you where to get the newer, better version of this product. It actually worked in Ubuntu decently well for whatever reason. When it does work, it performs decently and provides around 200mbps transfer speeds across my local network and almost the same when testing through speedtest on my gigabit internet line.

Looks alright and the hinged USB port is very appreciated for the size.

Cons: There isn't driver support for Windows 10 and the Windows 8 driver barely works. The Wireless Utility that comes rolled with the driver is unreliable and essentially garbage overall to use and navigate. I recommend just going with the standalone driver if you're unfortunate enough to have one of these adapters. I've heard that some generic Intel drivers work with this card, however I haven't been able to quite swing it on a Windows machine (be it 10, 8 or 7) I also attempted to use the standalone driver to install this on a Windows 7 laptop I had lying around but gave up after about thirty minutes of installing the device and it just simply not working.

The price it outrageous especially when you consider that this product doesn't even work and NetGear has all but given up on providing drivers or support for it. It really is a shame as it does work well. It just doesn't work on the most common operating system on the planet for desktops.

Don't try to install the Windows 10 Beta Driver. It will damage your registry. I've confirmed this on a VM. The entries within your registry that deal with automatically joining wireless networks will get corrupted and you won't be able to get reliably connected to any wireless network until you rollback the changes (at least that's what has happened to others and I've confirmed in a controlled test).

Other Thoughts: Oddly enough, it worked out of the box when I connected it to my Ubuntu box. For what it's worth, it worked well and reliably stayed connected to to my network 100 feet away from the AP and returned a nice 200mpbs transfer rate over 5GHz. It isn't blazing fast but I was just glad that it worked on any computer at all for more than an hour or so.

Just don't bother buying this. That's just my opinion. I shouldn't have to work this hard to get a hundred dollar USB wireless adapter to work.

I pulled my hair out for days trying to get this working in Windows 10 and in Windwos 7 for a reliable test. Just no dice.

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3 out of 5 eggsAn "okay" USB Wireless Adapter

Pros: This USB wireless adapter is alright. The AC connection works well once set up. It comes with a dock that is on an extended USB cable which is actually quite helpful even if on a laptop (see cons for why). Once connected with the latest drivers I had no disconnects and very fast speeds. This was used on Windows 7 and Windows 10 desktops and a Windows XP laptop.

Cons: This thing is massive. I wouldn't recommend trying to use it on a laptop unless you like the idea of something the size of Andre The Giant's thumb sticking out the side of your laptop. This is where the little wired dock comes in kind of handy but that only helps to keep you from snapping the thing off in your USB if you prefer instead to have Andre The Giant's thumb on a leash sticking out the side of your laptop. The drivers on the disc for Windows 7 and 10 seemed to be the cause of constant disconnects or losing connection completely. I only used them for the purposes of this review otherwise I would have downloaded the latest ones from the internet to begin with. However, what if this adapter is the ONLY THING a person has to get their computer onto the internet? In that case they are going to have a bad time until they can figure out how to get the drivers downloaded from Netgear's website. The driver issues were the main reason for the "3 Egg" rating. Also this product did not list support for Apple devices.

Other Thoughts: I thought the "BEAMFORMING+" printed on the box was a gimmick. I took a laptop outside and with the help of my wife "aimed" the device in different ways towards where my router sits upstairs. Though I never achieved a good connection, by "aiming" the device at my router upstairs I did manage to get a decent connection (B and briefly G speeds) from out at the edge of my driveway. I can only imagine how my wife and I looked to our neighbors. My wife holding a laptop and shouting out numbers like "12! 30! 42! We're at 50!" while I balanced a six-month-old baby in my left arm and aimed Andre the Giant's thumb on a leash at the roof of my house with my right asking, "What about now? And now? How about now?"

The things I do for product reviews.

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4 out of 5 eggsNetgear a6200

Pros: Well after I sorted out the software problems this thing just works.

Setting up the wifi connection was easy and fast. Comes with a little mounting extension which can sit on your desk if you have a desktop.

The software requires to be installed before plugging in the device and if you have windows 10 like me make sure you go to the website and download the drivers for 10.

Overall i've been using this thing for 2 weeks now instead of a wired lan connection and haven't noticed a single difference. Internet is fast and snappy, it's never disconnected on me or hinted that i was even using a wifi adapter!

Cons: Only the software/driver but that was more my fault for not looking on the website. The old drivers would "install" but not work but once i found the windows 10 support driver everything worked instantly and flawless.

Other Thoughts: Gets 5 bars of signal through 3 walls. Most of the other adapters i've used so far loses one or two bars from that distance but this one keeps going.

The only thing that i have noticed is in some of my online games i noticed a bit of a ping increase this is no doubt because of how wifi loses packets but for an adapter this thing held its own, and as always use a wired connection whenever possible.

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3 out of 5 eggscould be better.

Pros: i have been using this for about 2 weeks now, i did not experience any disconnects, or have to ever unplug and re-plug it like others reported, i am assuming this was something that was fixed in the latest driver update on 8/17/15. i never used the included driver cd either. i went to the netgear website and downloaded the newest driver. which you should probably do too.

Cons: does not work with Steam OS, does not work with Linux, does not work with OSX. there is a work around to get it to work under linux, but it has problems. It feels cheaply made, it popped open while plugging it into a usb port.
speed is relatively slow. especially when there are adapters that perform 85% as fast and cost about a tenth of the price.
the usb extension is only about 3 feet long. it might be long enough to get from your tower, to the top of your desk. an extra 2 feet would of have been nice.

Other Thoughts: Maximum file transfer speed i was able to reach is 28MB/s. This is plenty fast for browsing the internet, or streaming video. the more distance between it and your router the slower it performs, range seems to be identical to all my other wireless usb adapters.
overall id say its ok. but i think for the price, it should be much faster.

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4 out of 5 eggsGood Performance with Latest Drivers

Pros: First of all, let me start with saying I took 1 egg off because of issues with driver. Once I worked that out, I ended up with a really decent wireless USB adapter. With the latest driver, my wireless signal went from 3 bars to 5 bars. My wireless speeds transferring from computer (Ethernet) to the computer with Netgear A6200 is much faster than my old dual band adapter now that I have functioning drivers.

NOTE: Download the latest driver that is for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 before installing adapter. If you use the drivers off the CD, you will have a hard time getting this adapter to function under Windows 10.

Once I installed the driver from Netgear downloads, the adapter problems were solved and it works flawlessly. My range is good and no problems with streaming for transferring files.

When you download the latest driver from Netgear - make sure you get the driver for Windows 8.1/Windows 10. I completely removed the driver and uninstalled the Netgear software, removed the adapter, and rebooted. I then unzipped the new driver, ran the full install and plugged in that adapter. What a difference. Paired up with a Netgear Nighthawk, this adapter really performed well. With both the router and adapter using beamforming technology, had no problems with a strong signal and speed. When transferring files from another computer hooked through Ethernet, the speed was about the same as moving files to my USB hard drive. After the driver update, I was also able to seamlessly stream HD to the television.

Just for information, I was able to connect to a TP_Link dual band after driver update and performance and range are better than with the other dual band USB adapters I have.

Cons: Driver headaches. The driver on the CD has some minor issues on Windows 8.1 and don't even attempt to use it with Windows 10. Hopefully Netgear will start shipping with the new driver as the driver on the CD makes this product look bad - which it isn't.

Before the driver update, I tested in Windows 8.1 with the drivers on the CD. I get decent wireless speeds and fair range but nothing to brag about or justify the cost. Streaming multimedia to HDTV resulted in choppy performance. The video would skip or hang completely while streaming. The adapter would disconnect and show up as Disabled about every hour. No amount of enabling device would correct problem or connect to router. I would have to unplug the adapter and then plug it back in the USB port. Disconnects happened frequently under Windows 10. Under Windows 8.1, the adapter worked but was slow and range was questionable.

Other Thoughts: I played around with this for a week on Windows 8.1 and was not thrilled. When I installed it on my Windows 10 box, I had nothing but problems but these problems ended up making me search for a solution. I am glad I did. I was ready to box this up and throw it on the shelf but now I am happy to say, it has replaced my other dual band adapter.

A lot of reviews on here show folks were having the same problems as I was. Before you give up, try the new drivers. Just make sure you completely uninstall the old driver and software. Even after I did the uninstall, I had to go into Device Manager, choose 'Show Hidden Devices' and then remove the A6200 a second time. Some remnants of the drivers were still in the registry and showing hidden devices and then uninstalling completely removed the old driver. Netgear also has a Beta driver that is new but I have not tried it. I have the adapter working well but curiosity has got the best of me so now I will try the Beta driver after I finish this review.

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5 out of 5 eggsWorks great

Pros: Supports a/b/g/n/ac.

Small, cool, quiet (obviously, it has no fan).

Included dock is nice and helps you save some USB space in case your ports are too close

Rotating antenna is nice and also helps save some space

Works just fine with Windows 7-default drivers. Netgear has Win10-compatible drivers on their website.

Drivers on Netgear's website seem to be fairly regularly updated (8/17/2015, 7/1/2015, 6/29/2015

You don't need Netgear's wireless software to make this work. I'm not really sure why any company makes wireless software anymore since the built-in Windows wireless software works just fine. By software I don't mean drivers, I mean the menu options you use to select what wireless networks to connect/disconnect from.

Cons: Only USB 2. Shouldn't affect wireless performance since that's still plenty of headroom at 480mbps, but still, it's 2015 already!!

Cable for the dock is pretty short. About 3 feet, but in practice it seems much shorter than that.

I've only been using this for a week or so, so I can't speak for long-term reliability. I haven't had any issues with it, but looking through the reviews it seems others have.

Other Thoughts: Summing up - this has worked just fine for me over the past few days. Speeds are good and more than enough for web browsing, streaming video, and light gaming. I'd recommend this unit with the caveat that you read through a few of the other reviews to see if any of their environments more closely match yours than mine.

Here are some bandwidth speed test results for you. All tests were a standard Windows copy and paste over the wireless network of a 42GB Avatar M2TS Blu-Ray file transferred from my WIn10 Pro home server to my Win7 Pro Lenovo laptop via a NETGEAR R8000-100NAS Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router. I live in a crowded townhouse community with tons of competing b/g/n/ac networks.

Same room a few feet away - about 25.3 MB/s (~202 mbps)

Same floor, one room away - about 23.1 MB/s (~185 mbps)

One floor up, one room away - about 13.6 MB/s (~108 mbps)

Two floors up, two rooms away (sort of, it's pretty far) - 1.7 MB/s (~14 mbps)

Most of these speeds are great and more than needed for 1080p HD streaming which requires about 6.5 MB/s (~52mbps)

Some people online report issues reconnecting to their network when they restart their computers, but I haven't experienced any reliability issues in my short time with this guy.

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  • Robert J.
  • 11/4/2015 6:09:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsGarbage

Pros: None

Cons: Sub par speed
Isnt detected on Windows start up (MANY people with this issue, Netgear does nothing about it)
Support is non existent

Other Thoughts: Dont buy this

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