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EnGenius ESR1200 Dual Band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless AC1200 Cloud Gigabit Router with USB Port and EnShare

  • EnGenius Cloud - Transfer media using attached USB hard drive. Manage with free EnShare app.
  • Built-in 4-Port Gigabit Switch
  • Up to 1200 Mbps (300 + 867 Mbps)
  • QuantumBeam
  • USB port
  • Multiple SSIDs
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EnGenius ESR1200

Connect a USB Hard Drive to Your EnGenius Cloud Router
With the free EnShare™ app for iPhone®, iPad®, Android™-based smartphones or tablets, or from any web browser, transfer video, music and other files to or from your router-attached USB drive whenever you have an Internet connection.

Parental Controls
EnShare also lets you remotely monitor usage or even disconnect computers, tablets, phones and other devices from your EnGenius Cloud Router.

- Download / upload movies, music, photos, and files

- Stream media content to a smart TV or other home entertainment devices

- Remotely monitor network status and set security and parental controls

- Access from a computer, iPhone, iPad, or Android-based device

ESR1200 Ensare

Take HD Video Streaming to the Next Level
The EnGenius ESR1200 is a draft IEEE 802.11ac Dual Band Cloud Router with a built-in Four-Port Gigabit switch and 5GHz wireless speeds (up to 867Mbps) that are nearly 3X faster than Wireless N. It also features media sharing and router management inside or outside the home with EnShare.

The EnGenius Cloud
- Access, stream, download or upload video, music and other files to and from an attached USB hard drive or monitor and manage the Cloud Router from an Apple iPhone, iPad or Android tablet or smartphone with the free EnShare app.

- Use EnShare to remotely monitor Cloud Router usage or disconnect devices connected to the Cloud Router whenever they're away from home via an Internet connection.

Wireless AC1200 Speed
- Utilizes 802.11ac standard speeds, up to 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz frequency band and up to 867Mbps on the 5GHz frequency band that approaches wired Gigabit speeds and is nearly 2X faster than Wireless N - ideal for media streaming, online gaming, and large file transfers in and around the home.

Gigabit Wired Speeds and EnShare™ USB Media Sharing
- Includes a Four-Port Gigabit Switch and Gigabit WAN port for 10X faster throughput than Fast Ethernet making large file transfers and HD video streaming incredibly fast.

Multiple SSIDs
- Up to eight separate and discrete SSIDs (four SSIDs per frequency band). A Guest Access login on each band can be set to enable friends or visitors to access the Internet while protecting other networked computers or hard drives in the home that may contain private information.

Prioritizes Applications and Maintains Quality of Experience
- Advanced Quality of Service (QoS) prioritizes bandwidth intensive applications like HD video and gaming or bandwidth sensitive applications like VoIP telephone calls.

Industry-Standard Security and Robust VPN Settings
- WPA and WPA2 wireless encryption, Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall, Denial of Service blocking and MAC and URL filtering to make your home network safer from intruders or from malicious software attacks from the Internet.

- Also includes robust VPN features for securely connecting to corporate offices for remote workers while still meeting the needs of other family members.

Features
- EnGenius Cloud remotely transfer media files or monitor and manage the Cloud Router 
- Built-in Four-Port Gigabit Switch
- Up to 1200Mbps (300 + 867Mbps) wireless speed with both 2.4 and 5GHz frequency bands
- Gigabit WAN Port for faster uploads and downloads
- USB Port to attach a USB hard drive
- Multiple SSIDs (Four per frequency band) for Guest Access login options
- WPA / WPA2 encryption to help secure the wireless network
- QoS optimizes bandwidth performance for streaming media
- Robust VPN settings for more secure communication between the home and a corporate office

ESR1200 Xtra Range VPN Tunneling Guest Access

ESR1200 Product

Physical Interface

  1. 5GHz LED
  2. 2.4GHz LED
  3. Power LED
  4. Internet LED
  5. WPS LED
  6. Power Connector
  7. WAN Port
  8. LAN Ports
  9. Reset Button
  10. USB Port
  11. WPS Button
 

ESR1200 Consumer Wireless Router Comparison Chart

 

EnGenius ESR1750

Connect a USB Hard Drive to your EnGenius Cloud Router
With the free EnShare™ app for iPhone®, iPad®, Android™-based smartphones or tablets, or from any web browser, transfer video, music and other files to or from your router-attached USB drive whenever you have an Internet connection.

Parental Controls
EnShare also lets you remotely monitor usage or even disconnect computers, tablets, phones and other devices from your EnGenius Cloud Router.

- Download / upload movies, music, photos, and files

- Stream media content to a smart TV or other home entertainment devices

- Remotely monitor network status and set security and parental controls

- Access from a computer, iPhone, iPad, or Android-based device

ESR1750 Ensare

Expand and Enhance Your Home Entertainment Experience with Increased Wireless Speeds for HD Video Streaming
The EnGenius ESR1750 is a draft IEEE 802.11ac Dual Band Cloud Router with a built-in Four-PortGigabit switch and 5GHz wireless speeds (up to 1300Mbps) that are faster than wired Gigabit and nearly 3x faster than Wireless N. It also features remote media sharing and router management with EnShare™.

The EnGenius Cloud
- Access, stream, download or upload video, music and other files to and from an attached USB hard drive or monitor and manage the Cloud Router from an Apple iPhone, iPad or Android tablet or smartphone with the free EnShare app.

- Use EnShare to remotely monitor Cloud Router usage or disconnect devices connected to the Cloud Router whenever they're away from home via an Internet connection.

Wireless AC1750 Speed
- Utilizes 802.11ac standard speeds, up to 450Mbps on the 2.4GHz frequency band and up to 1300Mbps on the 5GHz frequency band, ideal for media streaming, online gaming, and large file transfers in and around the home.

Gigabit Wired Speeds and EnShare™ USB Media Sharing
- Includes a Four-Port Gigabit Switch and Gigabit WAN port for 10X faster throughput than Fast Ethernet making large file transfers and HD video streaming incredibly fast.

Multiple SSIDs
- Up to eight separate and discrete SSIDs (four SSIDs per frequency band). A Guest Access login on each band can be set to enable friends or visitors to access the Internet while protecting other networked computers or hard drives in the home that may contain private information.

Prioritizes Applications and Maintains Quality of Experience
- Advanced Quality of Service (QoS) prioritizes bandwidth intensive applications like HD video and gaming or bandwidth sensitive applications like VoIP telephone calls.

Industry-Standard Security
- WPA and WPA2 wireless encryption, Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall, Denial of Service blocking and MAC and URL filtering to make your home network safer from intruders or from malicious software attacks from the Internet.

- Also includes robust VPN features for securely connecting to corporate offices for remote workers while still meeting the needs of other family members.

Features
- EnGenius Cloud remotely transfer media files or monitor and manage the Cloud Router 
- Built-in Four-Port Gigabit Switch
- Up to 1750Mbps (450 + 1300Mbps) wireless speed with both 2.4 and 5GHz frequency bands
- Gigabit WAN Port for faster uploads and downloads
- USB port to attach a USB hard drive
- Multiple SSIDs (Four per frequency band) for Guest Access login options
- WPA / WPA2 encryption to help secure the wireless network
- QoS optimizes bandwidth performance for streaming media
- Robust VPN settings for more secure communication between the home and a corporate office

ESR1750 Xtra Range VPN Tunneling Guest Access

ESR1750 Product

Physical Interface

  1. 5GHz LED
  2. 2.4GHz LED
  3. Power LED
  4. Internet LED
  5. WPS LED
  6. Power Connector
  7. WAN Port
  8. LAN Ports
  9. Reset Button
  10. USB Port
  11. WPS Button
 

ESR1750 Consumer Wireless Router Comparison Chart

 


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  • Joseph S.
  • 8/7/2014 4:55:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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3 out of 5 eggsExpect a cheap router

This review is from: EnGenius ESR1200 Dual Band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless AC1200 Cloud Gigabit Router with USB Port and EnShare

Pros: AC WIFI (fast speeds) tops out around 200 Mb sustained transfer speeds
Cheap router
Works great as just an AP

Cons: 5 GHz WIFI drops off.

Other Thoughts: When it is working this is a great router. If I just copy small files over the WIFI it will work most of the time. If it is a bigger file the 5Ghz WIFI will drop off. I end up connecting to the 2.4 GHz. If I have to connect to 2.4 GHz why own the AC router?

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  • Leonid B.
  • 7/24/2014 7:55:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsVery unstable

This review is from: EnGenius ESR1200 Dual Band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless AC1200 Cloud Gigabit Router with USB Port and EnShare

Pros: When it works, it is fast.

Cons: Drops from internet every few hours, with interruptions for a few seconds every few minutes. All this, at a distance of 10 feet. Could not watch Netflix even.
Per advises on various forums, I tried to disable 5Ghz service, but saw no difference.
Do not buy it.

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  • David D.
  • 7/9/2014 9:56:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: EnGenius ESR1200 Dual Band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless AC1200 Cloud Gigabit Router with USB Port and EnShare

Pros: I can sum it up with two words PURE JUNK!

Cons: Never had found a pro except it lights up

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  • Kelly O.
  • 5/6/2014 3:15:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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3 out of 5 eggsNot bad

This review is from: EnGenius ESR1200 Dual Band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless AC1200 Cloud Gigabit Router with USB Port and EnShare

Pros: Handy as a wireless storage system.
Love the price.
Had good reviews.

Cons: 5ghz drops all the time.
Poor 5ghz range.

Setup was hell. Passwords were not default as indicated on the router, took 2 days to get support to reply and get it set up.

Other Thoughts: Constantly have to connect to the 2.4ghz band with both my GalzxyS5 and Galaxy Tab. The 5ghz kicks out all the time in the evenings and mornings. The range for 2.4ghz is nice, I get it over 150 feet from the router. The 5ghz i have issues in the same room at times.

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  • Wayne K.
  • 11/19/2013 10:02:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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4 out of 5 eggsNice router

This review is from: EnGenius ESR1200 Dual Band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless AC1200 Cloud Gigabit Router with USB Port and EnShare

Pros: Nice design. Dual band, create your own cloud

Cons: 5 GHz band will drop

Other Thoughts: This router is much more stable than my old Netgear. The old would require rebooting on a daily basis. I have only had to reboot this one once.

The 5GHz band is quite fast for the limited devices that support it, but it does tend to drop a lot and have to be manually reconnected. (A lot is a relative term, once every few days).

Use the could share and hooked up my 1.5TB external HDD up to it. Was able to access from work, but transfer speeds were crazy slow, so, you are still better off using SkyDrive or Google Drive. Not a deal breaker by any means, but if that is a feature you are looking at as a prime reason to buy, you might want to pass.

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4 out of 5 eggsUseful features, easy to configure

This review is from: EnGenius ESR1200 Dual Band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless AC1200 Cloud Gigabit Router with USB Port and EnShare

Pros: The ESR1200 is a Dual-Band and Dual-Concurrent wireless AP router, with a band width up to 1200MBps. Compared to other EnGenius routers, this one is designed to be suited for large file sharing, fast web surfing, gaming, HD video, and simultaneous media usage.

This ships with a "Quick Start" and a "Using EnShare" guide. The user manual is only available for download from the EnGenius web site. I found it was nice that they have text words printed for each port, which are easy to read. The LED lights on the unit are for: wireless 5Ghz, 2.4Ghz, power, wan, and wps.

The "Quick Start" guide has seven simple instructions, which included steps to follow and pictures. I found this combination was easy to follow, and noticed it comes in ten languages, I only followed the English and had no troubles.

Before mounting the unit to a wall or ceiling, write down the information on the bottom of the unit, it is needed for the install. The bottom has the userid and password for both 2.4G and 5G, the mac address and a qpic code. The web page will come up with the userid and password as defaults, which you can change to your own values.

I used WPA2 and had no trouble setting it up and making changed on the admin web site. The web site pages have tip help on the right side, and the information was useful.

The router has a default address of http://192.168.0.1, on the initial use it goes to a setup wizard. The instructions state the admin web site works with IE, Firefox, Chrome and Safari, I did not notice any incompatibilities. The site is smart enough to know when the WAN port is disconnected and not allow DDNS configuration to be enabled. Setting the DDNS to disabled with not allow the router to access the EnGenius DDNS servers and will disable the EnShare feature which allows media from the USB storage to be accessed remotely. The admin web site supports eight languages, but you need to connect to it initially in English and navigate the language button to change it.

The USB port easily auto detected a USB drive. EnShare can be set up using the QPIC code or a web browser. The "Using EnShare" guide is only in English. The EnShare product is a Samba Service, supports FTP transfer, and DLNA. This NAS device allows for uploads and downloads of files separate from computer hard drives, so your hard drive stays secure. The EnShare mobile app works on both Android and IOS devices. I noticed file transfers for large files were speedy. I felt the admin web site navigation was better then admin sties from DLInk or Cisco.

I tested this unit in two different buildings, to see how it performs on multiple levels and different wall structures. I did not notice severe restrictions on signal, I actually found the signal strength was slightly better than a Cisco. This is a good plus.

I used the QOS page to set up a few protocol priorities, and did not notice a negative impact. Depending upon the configuration you could impact othe

Cons: The feet on the bottom of the router are just 1/8 inch high, and do not keep the unit off a surface fare enough for the vents to be effective.

While the "Quick Start" guide and the "Using EnShare" guide allow one to get it working, the EnGenius web site for this product has a "User Guide" pdf to download which contains more information and instructions for the admin web site. Since this does not ship with a cdrom with user manuals in various languages, I feel this should have included in the box, or the admin web site should have a link to easily access the current version.

The network cable which came with the unit was too short for me to use, so I replaced it with a longer one.

I found the small white WPS button, which is located is next to the USB port is marked with indentation letters and hard to read.

The AC adapter cord length is short, I was able to reach a UPS to plug it in, others may need a extension cord to reach a outlet.

The EnGenius web site has a firmware upgrade newer than what was installed on the shipped unit. I noticed there have been six updates in the last three months, which either means they have a really good support team, or their product is still going through testing even though it has been shipped. I suggest checking for a recent firmware version before configuration, as well as searching for knowledge base items.

Other Thoughts: The admin web site has a web page for the "IP Camera" function, which supports the EnGenius IP-Cam product only. If this interests you, it will support for up to four EnGenius IP-Cam's simultaneously. Since I Do not have this product, I was not able to try it out.

I tested with six computers, three tablets, five phones. The wireless speeds were consistent and fast, the EnShare local cloud worked fine, the admin web site, both local and remote, had no issues. I was happy the router reboot speed was faster than other brands take. Backing up and restoring configuration files was straight forward and did not error. The Android WiFi Analyser app recognized both bands, and showed the signal strength was greater than a Cisco E4200.

Support is there for IPv6, which I was not able to test.

Another really nice feature is this unit supports up to four separate wireless SSID, which means it can offer internet access to guests and keep then away from data on your private hard drives. I had fun trying out several ways to use this setting, I expect this to be more useful as the devices on a local LAN increase. Trying things out on the admin web site was intuitive, just keep in mind with so many settings to configure, you should backup to a save file often.

The four LAN ports and the WAN port are gigabit speed. The back has ceiling and wall mount points, the mounting holes allow the unit to be attached in four directions. These holes and the body match the EnGEnious AP unit which is designed for a ceiling mount, they both look like smoke detectors.

This offers Quantum Beam, which is a beam forming technology to accelerate wireless speeds with 802.11ac supporting devices. This may just be a marketing phrase, but the signal was strong in both buildings and fast. The WOL feature worked on the test I did.

Unlike other vendor routers, this unit does not have a large logo light, or annoying bright blue lights. The lights it does have are small enough one could tape them off if this was installed in a bedroom, however the lights do glow through the thin housing wall and the vents. The admin site does not have an option to turn the LED lights off.

The monitor feature on the system menu has nice real time graphs of the LAN, WAN, 2.4G WLAN and 5G WLAN bandwidth, showing received and transmit for each of the four graphs which I found to be a convenient way to look at the bandwidth.

The parent control was easy to set up, allowing one to use keywords for content control or to set up a schedule for time of day restrictions, per device or a IP address range.

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3 out of 5 eggsGood but not great.

This review is from: EnGenius ESR1200 Dual Band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless AC1200 Cloud Gigabit Router with USB Port and EnShare

Pros: Strong wireless performance. The signal is strong and steady, allowing wireless connections over a maximum portion of the environment.

The ESR1200 had no trouble acting as my primary wireless transceiver on a wireless network that's a hodgepodge of wireless devices of various makes and models. I have three wireless repeaters, two extenders, and a couple of other devices for extending/improving wireless transmission and reception. Getting all of these to "play nice" together at maximum performance can be a challenge. Everything connected to the ESR1200 without a problem.

Gigabit LAN ports on the router are a big plus also. I have a hard wired CAT6 network in my home and detached shop. There are 30+ nodes on that network and traffic over my LAN can be pretty intense if everyone is using something. Having Gigabit ports on the router integrated seamlessly to my network .

The WAN port is also Gigabit, another major plus. Running a state of the art DOCSIS 3.0 modem on a high end cable internet connection requires a Gigabit port for maximum performance. The ESR1200 is able to take full advantage of all the features of the modem including Channel Binding which gives me all the internet speed I'm paying for.

Setup is fairly straightforward and simple for the average user. Everything is easy to find on the HTML user interface and logically grouped where you'd expect it to be. For a basic LAN and internet connection this router is simple to set up and have running in a few minutes.

Advanced users will find the controls they're looking for all grouped under the "Advanced" heading of the user interface. Some brands scatter these settings all over the interface so having them grouped where they're easy to find and configure is a nice touch.

Dual band and AC1200 compatibility make the device more future proof. It's ready to go if you're using both the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands, will work fine if you're switching over to 5 GHz completely, and is compatible with the new AC1200 5 GHz standard as those devices are now becoming available. AC1200 allows "beaming" to follow you around with your mobile device while maintaining the best possible signal.

A configurable Guest Network is a great inclusion. Most routers will allow multiple SSIDs so that you can configure a network for visitors or clients but they do not isolate those connections from the rest of your LAN. This device isolates the guests connections so you can offer wireless internet without exposing everything else on your local network.

The "EnShare" USB port allows what amounts to a built in simple File Transfer Protocol (FTP) without the need of a separate connection to a local computer and an FTP program. This is a very handy feature for those who use such things and allows FTP access without exposing anything but the files you want to be available.

The attractive, clean lines of the disk shaped form factor contribute to making this device look like a professional

Cons: The worst issue I found with the ESR1200 is that using Quality of Service (QoS) cuts my internet download speeds in half. This can be a serious flaw if you're using VOIP, gaming, or anything else that requires QoS. I pay for a lot of bandwidth due to the heavy demands of my LAN infrastructure. Halving what I can get without QoS running is a real problem. See "Other Thoughts" for more on this issue.

There is a setting in Advanced/NAT called "Network Turbine" that breaks my VOIP capability. Using that setting allows VOIP to dial out and the other party gets the call, but you cannot hear them and they cannot hear you. To be fair, a warning box pops up when you activate it saying that it may not be compatible with some things but still- it's an advance high-throughput feature that should work. If you have activated it and are having problems with anything at all, this may be the cause. The thing is, when something isn't working you may not remember activating Network Turbine or realize that's what is causing your problem. It should either work or it should be omitted from configuration options because it's not ready for prime-time yet.

The device, like most other routers, has settings that force a reboot. This is not unusual but the ESR1200 can take anywhere from 90 - 120 seconds to reboot (more if you're doing a firmware update). A device in this price point should have a high-speed chipset and internal memory. When first setting this device up as an advanced user the wait times can be frustrating. Even when the device reboot countdown timer runs out it still takes a few moments before it will actually respond to log in.

The disk shaped form factor is attractive and looks like a smoke detector. Until you have all the ports filled with cables and then it's just a router with a bunch of cables attached to it. So this may be more of a "box appeal" marketing thing than an actual plus.

The shape of the device is oriented to look proper when sitting on a flat surface like a desk, which is probably not the optimum orientation for wireless purposes. It comes with sheet rock anchors and screws and can be mounted on the wall or ceiling. So which way provides the best wireless signal? Who knows?- the manual doesn't say anything about what the best orientation for the best signal is.

The manual and documentation are adequate for an average user but advanced users will find the documentation sparse and unhelpful. This is a "con" because at this price-point an advanced user will likely consider purchasing the ESR1200 for it's advanced configuration capabilities. Be prepared to call tech support and go through the usual rigamarole getting answers to advanced configuration problems.

Tech support is only available Mon-Fri 8AM to 4PM U.S. Pacific Time (PST/PDT). If you're setting this up on a weekend and run into a problem you're not getting any help until Monday. Few will want to stay home from work to call tech support durin

Other Thoughts: Activating QoS halved download speed even with no settings configured, it's not a mis-configuration it's a QoS software problem.

Download speed drops from 75 Mb/s to 37.5 Mb/s with QoS active.

Channel Binding by my Motorola Surfboard modem may or may not be a cause. Channel binding is a feature of the modem that cannot be deactivated on a connection that supports it so the fault still lies with the ESR1200. If Channel Binding is the problem then the makers of the ESR1200 need to take that into account.

To be fair about this I called tech support. Support answered the phone promptly and were extremely courteous with a sincere desire to help. The Tier 1 lady I spoke with actually listened to what I had to say instead of trying to run me through her flow-chart as quickly as possible and that's unusual for tech support these days. She made every effort to resolve this issue including putting me briefly on hold while she consulted Tier 2 and Engineering.

Support suggested a firmware update that had just been released a few days prior. I ran the update but it didn't resolve the QoS problem. As of this writing there is no solution. The firmware offered on their website at this time is the same version I am running.

I use QoS because I have three Ooma VOIP devices behind (downstream) of my router. My VOIP systems supply all voice communications for my home and business so they're vital. I got them all working but that's more a function of UPnP than it is of QoS so it's not the optimal solution I would prefer.

EnGenius tech support issued me a ticket number for this support case so I will work with them as I have time to see if we can solve this problem.

I don't have time to do that before the deadline for submitting this review so in all honesty as things sit right now the problem stands. They have a very positive attitude which is nice to see and encouraging.

This review needs to be honest and straightforward so I took an egg off for the QoS issue and an egg off for the rest of the "cons". Tech support isn't helpful if it's not there when you need it and if you work outside your home as most people do then you're not going to want to stay home to call tech support over a router because that's the only time they're available.

I also tried not to geek-out on techspeak so that my experience would be beneficial to as wide range of folks considering buying this device as possible. Other reviewers have covered other aspects so with the limit on how much I can post I tried to leave that to them and wrote about where my experience differed.

The bottom line on this device is that it's a very good piece of hardware if you don't need the things I've found wrong with it. It's now a permanent fixture in my infrastructure so I can work with/around the issues. Buying this I would not regret the purchase but I am hoping that with their "can do" approach they can remedy the shortcomings of the ESR1200 by firmware upd

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4 out of 5 eggsGood Router for the price

This review is from: EnGenius ESR1200 Dual Band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless AC1200 Cloud Gigabit Router with USB Port and EnShare

Pros: Supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands with 802.11 a/b/g/n and ac (draft).
Easy to use and straight-forward setup.
Decent output signal strength.
Round design is more attractive than a standard square router.

Cons: Device is light-weight and doesn't feel like a premium built router.
Front LEDs are very bright and can't be dimmed or turned off.

Other Thoughts: When I received this router, I had never heard of the company EnGenius before, but the packing was well put together and arrived in perfect condition.

I removed my VIZIO XWR100 router and replaced it with the EnGenius ESR1200. The installation was easy and when going to a web site for the first time, it shows a step-by-step guide for setting up the router's settings. After that, you can then go directly to the http://192.168.0.1 site and make more advanced settings. I like to make sure that WPA2(AES) security is used, since it is the most secure. You can also turn off the SSID broadcast as well, for even more security.

Once it was all set-up to my liking, I've used it now for over a week. So far, I've been very pleased with the ESR1200. My home PC is connected to it via an Ethernet cable, and sees it as a 1Gbps connection, even though my Comcast Cable Modem speeds top-out a 55Mbps. But if I connect a 2nd PC with GigaBit Ethernet, the file transfer speeds between them are almost instantaneous.

For Wi-Fi, I have several smartphones and tablets that I've used. When connected to the 5GHz band, I can get full 55Mbps speed from Comcast with a distance of about 40 feet with no obstructions. But if I go downstairs, with a concrete floor and walls blocking, it can drop down to 8-10Mbps. When I tested the 2.4GHz connection, I was able to get slightly more range, as 2.4GHz can pass better through walls, though the down-side is that there is more device clutter on this band.

Despite this, I have not had any signal drops, like I was getting daily when using the VIZIO XWR100 router, which I had to restart a few times per week.

The ESR1200 supports up to 300Mbps when using the 2.4GHz band and 867Mbps with the 5GHz band. This may seem like over-kill right now, but it is future-proofing the device, and if you do have an 802.11ac device, it can transfer files at the 867Mbps speed with a GigaBit Ethernet connected PC. I used one smartphone that supports 802.11ac, and it showed a connection speed of 450Mbps to the router. This is fine for transfers to-and-from other devices on this home network, but remember that for web use, you are still limited to your ISP speed tier.

The only thing I don't like about the ESR1200 is that the front blue LEDs are very bright. Since I have it set-up in my bedroom, the LEDs can be seen flashing all night long. I ended up placing a piece of masking tape over the LEDs, and now it's OK. But it would be nice if there was a setting in the software to dim the LEDs or turn them off.

Overall, it's a nice router for the price, even though there isn't much "reputation" yet for the company, since I believe they are someone new to the market.

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4 out of 5 eggsEnthusiast Features at a Value Price

This review is from: EnGenius ESR1200 Dual Band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless AC1200 Cloud Gigabit Router with USB Port and EnShare

Pros: I'll be comparing this router primarily to a NETGEAR WNDR4500 as that is what I currently use. They are both dual band a/b/g/n routers and EnGenius introduces the 802.11ac standard with this model. I don't have a wireless-ac enabled adapter to test this new feature, so for now I will consider it an advantage it has over my Netgear router. Both routers offer 1Gbps wired ports and some form of media sharing service via USB ports for external storage.

This aesthetic oddity looks more like a smoke detector than a router. Maybe not a pro but at the very least it visually differentiates itself from the pack.

Packaging is minimalist but sufficient. I was pleased to find 2 drywall anchors and screws included for wall mounting.

The 2.4Ghz band seems strong. Connecting with a WNDA4100 450Mbps adapter, my PC holds a full 300Mbps connection with the router reliably (Max 2.4Ghz connection speed for this router). My Netgear router achieves the same numbers (more or less) but being a 450Mbps device makes those numbers less impressive. The router is positioned in the middle of the main floor and the PC is in a side bedroom on the second floor. Overall there is about a 25 foot distance, 2 walls, and a stairwell between the devices.

I tested the device throughput and stability simultaneously, first by transferring roughly 100GB worth of HD video content from a Gbit wired device to a 5G-band device (connected @270Mbps). At the same time I transferred that same data from the wired device to a 2.4Ghz device (connected @300Mbps). Each device using some form of RAID configuration or SSD eliminated disk read/write rates from being a limiting factor. All of this was done while simultaneously performing regular internet tasks on multiple connected devices. The 5G band achieved an average transfer rate of around 24MB/s resulting in a transfer time of around 70 minutes. The 2.4Ghz band fared slightly better at 27MB/s with a time of just over 60 minutes. There were no abnormal behaviors observed throughout this test.

EnShare seems to have an advantage over NETGEAR ReadySHARE. The Netgear router can only be accessed via the internet using my router’s dynamic IP address. This can be problematic as that address changes from time to time, making it impossible to access the device without connecting to the router to find the new address. EnGenius has enabled an additional access method by providing each router with a unique domain code. So, being out of town you will be able to access your connected files without worrying about an address change. I've only used these features on occasion but they seem to function as advertised on both my Netgear and this new EnGenius router.

The device seems well ventilated with vents on the bottom, sides, and above the RJ45 ports. This should offer some degree of flexibility in placement of the device. I've had heat issues with multiple access points in the past but so far this device seems cool or at least barely warm to t

Cons: 5G-band wireless-n signal strength is inferior to that of my WNDR4500. Using a WNDA4100 450Mbps adapter, my PC keeps a connection with the Netgear router reliably in or above the 300Mbps range. In contrast this Engenius router sits firmly at 108Mbps. This is disappointing seeing as the Engenius touts a 5G-band throughput of nearly double that of the WNDR4500. Even though I'm not using the new ac standard I would have expected wireless-n to benefit on this improved 5G band. Only 802.11ac speeds are advertised for the 5G band (867Mbps) so I'm only left to guess how wireless-n has been implemented. I suspect it's limited to 300Mbps as sometimes my adapter connects to it at this speed before promptly plummeting to 108. Attempting to manually configure the 5G band to specifically use wireless-n or a/n resulted in even lower numbers than leaving it configured for wireless-ac. If you're interested in achieving high performance on the 5G band on this router I might suggest using only wireless-ac devices as standard wireless-n seems a bit anemic. If you're content with using wireless-n you may be better off using a non-wireless-ac dual band router solution.

My WNDR4500 incorporates a DC power brick which connects to a power strip with a standard ATX power supply AC cord. The ESR1200, however, uses a standard AC/DC adapter with wall prongs built into it. I prefer NETGEAR's approach to this as plugging the large AC/DC adapter directly into a power strip gets in the way of outlets around it.

This device has no lights for indicating individual wired connections.

Rubber feet would have been a plus as the router is light weight and slides around easily if not wall mounted.

Other Thoughts: I sense some design conflict around this product. My visual impressions of the device lean toward enterprise or small business oriented hardware. I could easily see this in the drop ceiling of a car dealership or on the wall of an upscale coffee shop. Being dual band and offering a guest network, this would work well in that type of environment. The box art and feature list however seem to target residential, proudly displaying the ability to access media files remotely with EnShare. That feature functions well enough, and the overall ease of use for this router tells me it will suit a home life just as well. Perhaps this isn't a conflict between markets as much as a clever marketing tactic to tackle multiple technology sectors.

Some might not be inclined to pay a premium for this product, especially considering it's from a lesser known brand. Feature wise however, this device delivers about as much as my Netgear WNDR4500, all at a considerably lower price. It also incorporates the enticing new 802.11ac standard if you have the compatible hardware to use it.

My only major complaint is the 5G band performance with wireless-n devices. Aside from that I can attest to the features and performance of this product.

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3 out of 5 eggsESR1200

This review is from: EnGenius ESR1200 Dual Band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless AC1200 Cloud Gigabit Router with USB Port and EnShare

Pros: The ESR1200 is a fancy little router. There are quite a few PROs on this router which I will attempt to quantify here.

Design:
It has no external antenna and can be mounted to a wall or ceiling easily with the help of a few screws and the keyhole slots on the base. As indicated, there are 4 Gigabit LAN ports and the WAN. There is also the USB port (we'll get to that).

Ethernet:
The gigabit ethernet ports work as well as one would expect. I did test the ports briefly, but my main focus was on the wireless connectivity and how the newer 5GHz band would fare in my setup. If you are going to be utilizing hardline connections, you will appreciate the gigabit ports on this unit.

Wireless:
The router comes with two radios, a 2.4GHz radio which handles the 802.11a/g/n protocols and a 5.0GHz radio which can handle 802.11n/ac. It was really nice to hook up my 2010 MacBooks, iPad 2s, Android Phone to the 5GHz connection for the sheer speed was quite fantastic on the local network with file sharing and such. Using the connection to perform RDP/VNC across wifi was smooth and super responsive. In the past I would have had to use ethernet to get this type of responsiveness with full experience settings enabled. I was able to transfer large amounts of files between my MacBook and my PC Desktop without the need for wiring up either machine and while it definitely would have been faster to use the gigabit connections on the router itself, it would have prohibited me from testing other aspects of the router.

Range:
The range on both bands is somewhat average to decent. I placed the router in the basement as this is where the cable modem is. I live in a 2 story home and was easily able to connect at the furthest points within my 2k sqft home. If your space is larger, you may run into speed issues, but I did not notice any degradation in speed or connectivity with regard to distance.

Guest Network:
Each band can be set up with multiple SSIDs to broadcast and if used, the user can then designate a "spare" SSID on either radio as a guest network. This is handy if you have friends coming to your home/place of business, you can enable the guest network and not need to grant them any form of security key. The network is on a separate subnet so there is not any LAN access to your secured network. Also, if you need to quickly kill the connection you can.

USB:
Having the ability to plug an external HDD into your router and then instantly have access to the device via LAN and the Internet is fantastic. While the interface seemed somewhat rudimentary, I was quickly able to upload/download files to the connected drive.

DDNS Support:
The EnGenius supports and even provides a DDNS (Dynamic DNS) service. You are able to punch in a custom host name in the settings and then access the device from the internet or LAN. I find this very useful because it is one less thing I have to worry about managing yet I still have access to the USB storage vi

Cons: Wireless:
While the 2.4GHz band has not caused any issues, the 5GHz band seemed to have some rather annoying drops in coverage. I'm not sure if the 5GHz radio in my unit is defective, but occasionally (more than once per day or even once every few hours) the connection on 5GHz would become stagnant and then completely unresponsive. Switching all devices to remain on the 2.4GHz band solved this issue, but the point of having the dual band router would be to connect with the best available radio and then utilizing the secondary radio if necessary.

The other odd issue that I came across (not sure if this my own lack of knowledge in the area or not) was the fact that when using a wireless connection to hook up my Samsung 320 series laser printer, I was unable to resolve the wireless connection from my MacBook (5GHz ) to the printer (2.4GHz). Utilizing the basic setup it would have seemed that both radios should have been able to negotiate being on a single subnet and provide a proper connection to the printer. Once I switched the MacBook to the 2.4GHz radio, it was no longer an issue.

DLNA:
I enabled the EnShare technology based on the documentation, but was unable to actually serve up video content via the DLNA server. I was utilizing VLC Media player which I'd done before. The player would find the DLNA server on the router via UPnP but I was unable to browse the directory structure nor was I able to actually find or serve up any of the video files on the USB drive unless I wanted to use the NAS interface to just straight up download the files which seemed unacceptable as a streaming video solution. The packaging for the EnGenius ESR1200 makes it appear as though you are receiving a state-of-the-art DLNA multimedia server that you just need attach storage to and you're ready to go. In reality, the only "troubleshooting" I was able to do was to check in the admin page that yes, I had in fact checked the radio button for "enable" on the DLNA server page. There aren't many other settings in this regard.

Other Thoughts: When first receiving the router from Newegg for the purposes of this review, I had to admit that I had never heard of the EnGenius brand. The device seems well constructed for what it is --an average router with tons of features that work mediocrely. There were a few features I was just plain unable to test such as the integrated VPN and IP Camera functionality.

When the features work, they work really well, however the connectivity issues that I experienced with the 5GHz band really brought this router down a peg in my expectations. I was really hoping that it would have delivered on everything that it seemed to contain. This coupled with the DLNA issues really served to reduce my score on this device from a 4 to a 3 egg review. Had either of these been better, I probably would have gone 4 or 5 eggs.

If utilizing this router for simple networking with the ability to add a usb hard drive or flash drive to share over the network, it's fantastic --even the ability to access via the internet adds a little bit extra (though this could be configured without being built into the router).

Enabling things like DMZ (for my PS3) seemed to work as expected and were easy to set up. Port forwarding for RDP via the built in DDNS seemed to work alright and as previously mentioned was nice to not have to connect everything via Ethernet.

Overall, if I were going to purchase this type of device, I probably would have opted for something a little less expensive that was a little more solid, even if not packed with as many features. Let's face it, features are only great if they work all the time.

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