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NETGEAR R6100-100PAS AC1200 Dual Band R6100 Wi-Fi Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n

  • 128MB RAM & 128MB Flash
  • Dual Band AC 300 + 867 Mbps
  • Advanced QoS - Optimized for smooth HD streaming and gaming
  • Dual Band WiFi avoids interference for better connections
  • Up to 3x faster than 802.1
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  • Ryan T.
  • 11/8/2014 5:30:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsPiece of Junk

Pros: Works great when it works.

Cons: Constantly needs rebooting. Sometimes only after a few hours, sometimes after a day but at least every 1.5 days it needs rebooting. Very annoying. I did not have this problem with my Linksys routers.

Other Thoughts: Avoid. I talked to Netgear tech support and they were useless... of course.

Manufacturer Response:

If you would like some more assistance please email us at newegg@netgear.com right away. When you are writing the email please include any case numbers that you received from tech support and anything else that can speed things up for us.

Regards,

NETGEAR Team

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  • Shane S.
  • 10/17/2014 1:38:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsworks great, but...

Pros: compact power house with great looks. great wired capabilities

Cons: I have an Alienware m17x-r2 with a Dell DW1520 wireless N Half Mini-card in it that seems to have trouble connecting to my R6100-AC1200... It'll connect to the network, but not have internet access. I have Updated drivers, deleted drivers, and so on, but to no avail. a tracert to google.com results with errors of "unable to resolve target system name." 2.4GHZ works great, it's just the issue of the 5 ghz band...

Other Thoughts: Love the color and button design.

Manufacturer Response:

Hey Canesh,

Please email us at amazon@netgear.com with your issue-- we will be happy to figure out what is wrong.

We apologize that you can't get the Alienware connected and hope to hear from you soon.

Regards,

NETGEAR Team

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  • Daniel G.
  • 9/30/2014 10:13:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsAdequate performance but not reliable

Pros: It is rather cheep for an AC router, and the range has not disappointed me. Mind you, I wouldn't expect it to cover a large house, but for an apartment it is perfectly fine. Speeds are about what I expected.

Cons: It is not reliable. End of story. Every 1-3 days it simply stops broadcasting the 5GHz band and although the 2.4GHz signal remains, nothing I own (all 4 devices) can connect to it. To be fair, simply resetting the router fixes all this, but that is only possible if one happens to be home when the router dies. (And trust me, its very annoying even if you are available to reset it when it dies.) If one plans on regularly accessing their home desktop via tightVNC or the like, as I do, this becomes extremely frustrating when every few days your computer just will not respond as the router has died once again.

Other Thoughts: Makes a little bit of noise as well. Nothing major, just noticeable when you pick it up. Does not support beam forming or Gigabit LAN, but anyone who buys it should know that going in.
Web interface was a little buggy, but as hopefully one only has to use it once, I didn't ding it for that.
All in all, decent speeds, just simply horrendously unreliable. Would not recommend.

Manufacturer Response:

We can't apologize enough that your R6100 has been unreliable and would like to offer our assistance. Whenever you get a moment you can contact our support team at support.netgear.com, or you can email us at newegg@netgear.com for advanced assistance.

Our goal is to earn your business in the future.

Regards,

NETGEAR Team

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  • Bejamin S.
  • 9/18/2014 7:28:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsVery lacking

Pros: Mostly easy to configure the router for basic home use.
Has not died yet (we might consider this a con...)

Cons: We purchased this router to replace an earlier Netgear Wireless N router that was awesome. The old one died from one of the main chips frying, melted in a nasty way after 3 years.
This router wireless has major problems dropping clients, clients can connect once then not connect again.
WAN settings keep getting reset if the WAN connection does down. We have a static IP and every time the WAN goes down, the settings lose the WAN setup and revert to DHCP. Being a business this is killer for our public hosted services. Having to reset the WAN setup gets old fast.
To take advantage of the Wireless Guest features, the router has to be the DHCP server. Using a DHCP server from inside the network nullifies the routers Guest network security features. While the guest can get an IP, it cannot communicate with the DNS server to resolve addresses. This means no internet service for guests.
VPN probems. The old Netgear VPN pass through was great. We opened the ports and connections simply worked. With this router, VPN clients are hit and miss. Most clients get errors connecting, Those that do connect, most of them can only stay connected for a few seconds before the router resets their connections. Very few clients can connect and remain connected long enough to get some work done. No changes have been made to the VPN server or clients. Simply replaced the router with the same ports opened on the new as the old and MTU settings.
We have had to revert to RDP for these remote workers. Not anywhere as secure as the VPN tunnel this claims to allow.

Other Thoughts: Unless you are going to buy this, plug it in with zero configuration changes, stay away. It lacks in every category compared to nearly all comparable routers. Older Netgear routers have been good to us. This new one has changed our brand.
We are replacing with a different brand router that we have already tested and proven to work as a modern router should.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Ben,

First, we want to thank you for being a longtime NETGEAR customer, and we apologize for the problems you're seeing with the R6100. Several of the issues you mention may be hardware or software related, and are not normal for this router. We'd like to work with you directly to address this and get you a hardware replacement if necessary. Please get in touch with us at amazon@netgear.com and also provide a copy/paste of this review (as you provide a lot of info here that will be helpful for our engineers)

We look forward to working with you and thank you for your loyalty and patience.

Regards,

NETGEAR Team

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  • Andy F.
  • 5/2/2014 12:29:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNewegg is king

Pros: Speedy

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: I'm posting a review not for the router... it seems to work great, and fast. Was using some cheap $10 router before so anything is better.

However, the real reason for the review is to praise how quick Newegg ships. I ordered this on a Wed. 4pm, free shipping, no rush. Literally came to my door step the next day from across the country.. . now that is great customer service.

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  • Lawrence S.
  • 2/27/2014 1:56:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy Setup, Works Great

Pros: This replaced a five-year-old Linksys router which had given good service but was definitely aging rapidly in terms of computer years. I chose this one over a new Linksys because of the reviews on this site, and I couldn't be happier. Our family of six has a total of eleven devices running off of this thing, both wireless and wired - two desktops, two laptops, six tablets and an Xbox. It has handled everything I've thrown at it without so much as a hiccup. Wireless range is great: the router sits above my desk in an upstairs bedroom in the front corner of the house and I can connect wirelessly from anywhere in the house with a good, solid connection. With three pre-teen kids in the house, I was especially interested in the "parental control" feature, which works very well, was easy-ish to set up and does exactly what I wanted it to do. I love this thing.

Cons: As many have already mentioned, it doesn't support gigabit file transfers. This wasn't a con for me, as I'm only interested in it for a home/entertainment application. If you work out of a home office and need to move huge files back and forth, spend the extra 50 bucks. Otherwise, buy this router.

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4 out of 5 eggsAn Acceptable Router for Home Users

Pros: - Wireless security is turned on by default! As much as I like finding an unencrypted WiFi hotspot to allow me to VPN back to my home and surf the Internet securely myself, it is nice to see router manufactures stepping up to the plate and enabling WiFi security by default.
- Simultaneous dual-band. This was more of a feature to look for last time I was shopping for routers, but seems to be par for the course now. This feature allows you to use devices on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks at the same time without having to match the wireless network speed to the device with the slowest connection.
- Small footprint, and unobtrusive. This router stands about as high as a standard 3x5” photo frame.
- Wireless performance was consistent within my townhome.
- All the features you expect to be there for network management. QoS. Port Forwarding. Reserved IP addresses. DHCP.
- Status lights are unobtrusive. They do not blink with activity. I have it located in my living room right below my TV screen and they are not any brighter than the other lights within my home theater setup.
- Conveniently placed WPS (WiFi Protected Setup) and WiFi On/Off on the side of the router. There is also a push button on the back to turn on/off the router.

Cons: - No gigabit ports for LAN or WAN!?!?! That bears repeating… No gigabit ports for the LAN OR the WAN… I cannot stress how much of a let down this is. Even my several years old Linksys WRT320N has gigabit ports across the board. I constantly transfer files and perform backups with my laptops, which both support Wireless-N, to my unRAID NAS on the wired network, and these LAN ports were a consistent bottleneck.
- Wireless range could use some improvement. I know most router manufacturers are looking to attract customers with sleek designs, and I like the design, but when you do so at the cost of functionality, I have an issue. The lack of range is more apparent when connected to the 5GHz network than the 2.4GHz network. This is because the wavelength of the 2.4GHz lends itself to better penetration of interior and exterior walls, where as the 5GHz signal is dead after going through 2 to 3 walls.

Other Thoughts: For me, wireless-AC is a non-point right now. I bought a brand new MacBook Pro Retina about a month ago and it doesn't support the standard. If a brand new high-spec laptop does not use the standard, then almost no one will be able to take advantage of this technology without costly upgrades or a silly wireless USB dongle… yet. However, once the technology is more pervasive, your wireless network will be ready for the new devices. Too bad the same cannot be said for the wired portion of your network with the lack of gigabit networking.

The demands I place on my home network are pretty large, and my existing setup of a Linksys WRT320N, Apple Wireless Express, and TrendNet Gigabit Switch I working quite well. I work from the house and remote into work, so I have large amounts of data that I expect to be able to prioritize over other network traffic. I have a VoIP phone and fax machine that I use throughout the day. The R6100’s QoS keeps this traffic prioritized appropriately, every once and a while I get a hiccup in my remote desktop or VoIP conversations, but I think this is an issue with my ISP. My main desktop has multiple TV tuners to record TV shows. I transfer these recordings to my ESX server because it has far more processing power than my desktop. This is the first place the bottleneck starts to show up for me. On a full gigabit network these files transfer between 45 and 60 MB/s (there are 7200 rpm SATA2 drives on both ends of the transfer). When I changed out my current Linksys WRT320N router for the NetGear AC1200, I am now limited to between 10 and 11 MB/s. After the files are converted on the ESX server and I copy them to my NAS I was able to transfer them at 30-45 MB/s on a gigabit network. Yet again, the NetGear R6100 lets me down with 10-11 MB/s copies… I could add a gigabit switch to the setup in the living room, but my wife already thinks there are too many wires under the TV, plus I don’t want one more piece of gear that can introduce issues to my network.

This may sound like a lot of griping for the lack of gigabit ports, and in all honesty, it kind of is. I really just wish NetGear had spared a few nickels and put gigabit Ethernet in this router. For nearly every home user the lack of gigabit will go unnoticed, but for a SOHO user, like myself, this is a serious flaw that cannot be overlooked.

For use solely as an Internet router/wireless access point I would recommend the NetGear R6100. The NetGear R6100 will serve up an Internet connection to your WiFi devices and a few desktops just fine. But for someone who places a large demand on the LAN side of a router, like myself, I suggest you look at the R6200 if Wireless-AC is a main point you are looking for. It has gigabit ports and a few other features for $50 more. If wireless-AC is not a selling point for you there are many options for a good wireless-N router with better-proven performance.

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4 out of 5 eggsInterestingly convenient router

Pros: The look is refined and has a small footprint. EASILY set up as an access point. Easy to navigate through the simplified or advanced menus. Great range on 802.11N and 802.11AC. No bright lights on it that get annoying. Coolest operating AC router that I've come across.

Cons: NO gigabit LAN! How is the WiFi 8 times faster than a wired connection? Occasional drop of connection when testing within ten feet of the router(?), Not the fastest AC connection available on the market

Other Thoughts: Overall, I'm more satisfied with this router than with others that I've used and tested. I may not be gigabit LAN or the fastest 802.11AC connection, but it's still faster than most people could use. I also like that you don't have to jump through hoops to change the setting to what you want. Everything is right there in plain sight and most settings can be set by the router with a click of the button. I'm impressed with the operation and overall usefulness of a router that beginners AND advanced users can use the full potential of and not have to reset the router if a minor, insignificant mistake is made.

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4 out of 5 eggsPretty decent router...

Pros: Looks excellent, strong wireless signal, warm to the touch and not scalding hot, good AC performance, lightweight, easy to adjust router settings, on/off power button, wireless off button, USB port

Cons: My biggest issue is that this router is limited to the 100Mbit LAN ports. Other than that it is a perfectly fine router.

Other Thoughts: I have to say, I wasn't too thrilled when I looked at the router's specs and the biggest thing that leaves my head scratching is why Netgear would pair a wireless standard that is capable of going 1200Mbit with a landline bottleneck of 100Mbit.

But let's look at the reality: My home internet connection isn't a gigabit and in fact, the AC standard will let me max out my internet bandwidth (50Mbit). I'm not going to be moving around large files from computer to computer so the disadvantage of being limited to 100Mbit is further nullified. But if I argue that, we come full circle: why is there a need for 802.11ac on this router? The possible advantage I can think of is moving files between laptops that use the AC standard. From personal experience, 300Mbit N is enough to saturate a 100Mbit line, think of how fast file transfers could be from laptop to laptop... Netgear, you may be onto something here.

My 802.11ac adapter connects to the router at 585Mbps which is a lot of bandwidth on the 5GHz spectrum. You won't see 1200Mbit on AC like you think it would. The AC standard is actually limited to 867Mbps.

This router does not allow you to select 20Mhz or 40Mhz channels- it does that automatically. Very convenient.

You can limit the max speed that a standard uses. For example, for 5Ghz you can choose 867Mbps, 400Mbps, and 192Mbps (up to speeds) and on 2.4Ghz you can choose 300Mbps, 145Mbps, and 54Mbps.

If you want the full 867Mbps speed, you'll need to enable WMM. This is something I've never encountered on a router. Generally I'll connect and get full speeds if I can- not so with this one. If you leave WMM off then your speeds are limited to 54Mbps. It seems WMM is QoS for WiFi.

Aside from the inability to customize a few features, which I totally understand as normal consumers are likely not to get annoyed by simplifying things, this router is great. I am most impressed by the signal strength. The 5GHz signal is very strong, and throughout my house I get a solid 4-5 bars. I have this on the ground floor, and the furthest point from the router I get 4 bars on 5GHz. I can squeeze in 30-40Mbit which is decent considering the distance.

I would recommend this router for people looking to get an AC router but whose internet connection is less than 100Mbit. For those who have faster than 100Mbit internet connections, perhaps another router could be found with a gigabit port. While this router is decent, I am a little puzzled on why Netgear would leave out gigabit LAN and pair it with a standard that is capable of going significantly faster than 100Mbps. This router also runs cool; warm to the touch and not scalding hot which is always a good thing.

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4 out of 5 eggsPolished software, easy setup, but not very fast.

Pros: Review summary: This is a great little router with a very slick, refined, polished setup process and equally high-quality admin tool. It's priced well, but its wireless and wired performance lags more expensive 802.11ac routers.


List of pros:

+ Great administration tool. Great setup tool. Netgear has some very talented people working on their software. Every part of setup is clear, easy, and lacks that awkwardness and "welcome to 1998 feel" found in many competing routers. I'm talking to you, D-Link.

+ The setup process amounted to plugging it in and clicking "Yes, auto-setup my network" in a web browser. I'd recommend this router for your non-techie friends and family.

+ Allows you to easily share/access files on a connected USB storage device (hard drive, thumb drive, etc.)

+ Small. It's a littler narrower than a DVD case on its side, about 1.5" taller, and about 2" deep.

+ Looks attractive. "Wife approved".

+ No external antennas to break off, position badly, etc.

+ Allows spaces in the wireless password. Doesn't sound like a big deal, but I like using phrases from songs or books that I can remember easily, but that are still very secure. Some competing routers ban spaces for no good reason.

+ routerlogin.com is intercepted by the router and brings you to the router's admin screen. It's a simple, clever idea so you don't have to remember the IP address.

+ Decently secure and easy-to-remember default password (two English words and 3 numbers, like "perfecttree123"). A determined hacker might be able to break it with hybrid brute-force attacks and a lot of time, but most of us don't have that one for e neighbor.

+ Router defaults to most secure settings: WPA2-Personal with AES encryption. TKIP has already been weakened, but not broken.

+ Documentation and quick-start manual are super simple and have helpful pictures.

+ LED lights are subtle and look high-tech. No light show to keep you awake at night (if you sleep near your router).

+ The smart firmware told me "Please do ipconfig /release and ipconfig /renew then enter the new IP" when I changed the router's IP address. A novice wouldn't understand the message, but a novice wouldn't be changing the router IP. I appreciate the reminder (though it applies only to Windows).

+ Includes a nice ethernet cable with expensive-looking metal connectors. It's just cat5e, but that's plenty for a broadband connection.

Cons: Please keep in mind the cost of the router while reading the cons, and keep in mind that most cons listed are minor.

List of cons:

- It's slow. At least, slower than other 802.11ac router's I've tested. It's still worlds faster than 802.11a/b/g. See "Other thoughts" for benchmarks.

- No gigabit LAN. Just four 10/100MBit ports and another port for "Internet".

- Not wall-mountable.

- Can't add 3rd party high-gain antennas.

- Rebooting or changing certain settings takes a weirdly long while. 2-3 minutes each time. Some firmwares delayed that long just to ensure the router had plenty of time, but the delays could be skipped. Not so with this router. That said, how often do you really reboot your router?

- Minor bug as of this writing: Even after upgrading firmware, it detects a new update:
"Current GUI language version: V1.0.0.158
New GUI language version: V1.0.0.161"
It downloads and "updates", but has the old version when done, no matter how many times I repeat.

- Unlike on some routers, the lights do not indicate that a firmware update or other special procedure is taking place. This is usually done by blinking the power light or similar. Scarcely worth mentioning.

Other Thoughts: Other Thoughts:

I tested 2.4GHz and 5GHz performance from three locations in a 2200Sq Ft 2-floor house. These should duplicate common usage. I used a Lenovo Thinkpad T510 corporate laptop with DWA-182 802.11ac adapter.


Test Locations:
a. "In the other room": Separated by a bookshelf and a wall, about 15 feet away.
b. "Several rooms away": One floor up, separated by 2 or 3 walls.
c. "Opposite end of house": One floor up, through 5 walls, a king bed, and two metal ventilation shafts.

I tested by copying a large file in Windows to and from a powerful enterprise-grade server. Note that Windows file shares, Windows itself, and the protocols used to do all this networking stuff have some overhead, so these numbers are not supposed to be the same as those claimed by Netgear. Still, the router doesn't get very close to its "up to" numbers.

How fast is it?:

In the other room
===================
5GHz:
Down: 11.3MB/sec
Up: 10.5MB/sec

2.4GHz:
Down: 9.26MB/sec
Up: 9.14MB/sec

Several rooms away
===================
5GHz:
Down: 11.3MB/sec
Up: 10.5MB/sec

2.4GHz:
Down: 8.86MB/sec
Up: 5.7MB/sec
NOTE: The upload transfer stopped for ~5 seconds then continued. May have lost connection.


Opposite end of house
===================
5GHz:
Down: 7.66MB/sec
Up: 6.81MB/sec

NOTE: The speed seemed hugely affected by going through the bed/frame. When I moved the laptop 8 inches forward, just off the bed, it did much better:
Down: 10.7
Up: 8.2

2.4GHz:
Down: 10.4MB/sec
Up: 10.9MB/sec
NOTE: It's strange that 2.4GHz outperformed 5GHz in this test. This was not true of other 802.11ac routers.


CONCLUSION:

The 10MB/sec transfer rate I averaged is more than fast enough to stream top-quality 1080p video or several Netflix streams at the same time, but it's much slower than some admittedly pricier competing routers.

Network performance seemed relatively unaffected by distance, so some other factor seems to cap speeds at around 11MB/sec. I'm sure it wasn't interference.

In my last router review, the numbers I got from the same test setup were 2-3x faster than the Netgear, though the router was also 50% more expensive. I wouldn't recommend this router if you plan on frequently copying large files over wireless.

Note: I sent this review to Netgear's provided EggExpert contact email address to get their feedback before posting, but it was bounced by their server.

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