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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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  • 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.

+ 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
Down: 11.3MB/sec
Up: 10.5MB/sec

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

Several rooms away
Down: 11.3MB/sec
Up: 10.5MB/sec

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
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

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.


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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4 out of 5 eggsAC is Blowing Some Heat

Pros: AC Band with 867 Mbps
Dual Band with both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands
Netgenie App
QoS and Interface Controls
5GHz range is phenomenal
2.4GHz solid range
On/Off Power and Wireless Button
Svelte Profile
No obnoxious lights
2.4GHz/5GHz Guest networks
Remote access to easy setup using net-genie app on Android (FTW) or IOS)

Cons: No Gigabit Ports
Fingerprint Magnet
Interface takes a decent amount of time to update settings
Netgenie "could" cause firmware updating issues
5GHz AC band will drop a strong connection especially on cell phones and have to reconnect
Lack of finer tuning controls on the interface
Net-genie doesn't extend advanced settings to the app for allowing port forwarding, DMZ, e.g.
Unknown DD-WRT Support (although page lists needing a router to work on)
Not true 1200Mbps as that's two different bands and cannot be bonded

Other Thoughts: This is a great piece of tech that is just missing a few pieces to make it whole. When I first got it I was impressed by the svelte look and unobtrusive lights (unlike my WNDR 3700v2 which I loved but was a Christmas tree on speed!) and the simple setup using the included instructions. The cable labeled Internet and Router was very helpful and is a Cat5e which is a stout and great cable. I read all the information and hooked it up accordingly and amazing it pretty much set itself up. I followed the instructions of updating the firmware only the Netgenie Application did it for me. It was then that I started having issues connecting and devices seeing the router. My PS3 would not find an access point to save its life. My phone would sometimes see the 2.4 band but then would lose it (even in the same room, applies to PS3 and laptops) and only connect to the 5GHz band (Samsung Galaxy S4 Verizon version on Android 4.2.2). I tried connecting laptops between 5 and 2 years old as well as desktops and they couldn't see the 2.4GHz band. for anything. My wife's laptop uses the built-in Intel wireless module for her AMD HP Laptop and wouldn't see the router but half the time and would connect then not connect due to errors for 3 days before reconnecting and cycling over and over. I wrote a polite and respectful e-mail to Netgear explaining my problem and unbeknownst to me they responded that evening (I had been out with my wife and at the hospital to see her grandfather) when I received a phone call from Nino at Netgear. Not wanting to be rude I chatted with him for a few minutes and confirmed what I had sent them in the e-mail. We scheduled a time to reconnect and try some troubleshooting and I registered this product (Eggxpert Review) and was not able to speak with anyone for roughly 3 days. Finally I Did a chat support and my issue was resolved by RE-FLASHING the firmware again only this time using the router software to do it rather than Net-genie (I did this through Advanced-Administration-Firmware) and that was all it took. After that everything was connecting even my PS3 and I was receiving 77% signal strength and was 75' away with several walls in-between. I am just floored at the performance of this router although it should include Gb/e ports especially given the price tag. New tech is costly but it is actually cheap considering what it does. It has terrific 5GHz signal and and I picking it up with my phone at about 150' away and still have 2 bars with it. I would recommend this but don't update the firmware with the Net-genie PC application, go through the router firmware/software. Also, Netgear, if you could speed up the loading and accepting/saving of changes through the software/firmware you'll be that much closer to 5 stars!

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5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: The R6100 has significantly farther range than my Clear Channel Modem / WiFi router. At distances that signal would cut out (40 feet past the brick wall closest to the modem) I would still have a couple bars on the Netgear and Netgear-5G networks.
I have tested a few Wi-Fi extenders, and even if placed at the edge of my dwelling they did not come close to offering this signal range.

Netgear Genie made it easy to see what is connected to your router from your mobile or desktop. Draws a nice map with the network name of every connected device.

For those concerned about what unknown effects such a strong Wi-Fi signal could have on their families health, the wireless can be turned on and off. This definitely makes sense to do to save power and boost security when you don't need a wireless network.

Further power saving features include an on/off switch for the entire router. It can be pretty inconvenient to unplug devices to power them down for the night.

Phone app was free and easy to use.

Cons: Phone app has a very ugly user interface.

Gets significantly warmer during use than other networking devices I have used.

Blue LEDs are grating on the eyes. I'm going to cover these up with tape so I don't have to look at them.

Strange decision to bottleneck the wireless connection with 100Mbps ethernet ports. As my connection is only 30Mbps this didn't affect me.

Other Thoughts: 5GHz band has slightly better range than the 2.4GHz.

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5 out of 5 eggsUser friendly hub for the wireless home

Pros: Reasonably priced, easy setup, secured by default for protection even while you set it up, USB port for simple network storage, dual band and a button to turn the WiFi off if you want to hog all the bandwidth to yourself.

Cons: The biggest con I found was the integrated switch; it's only 10/ gigabit. For internet use it's no big deal but I have a dedicated computer room where several machines are typically hard wired to the router for fast file transfers. This router actually provides faster wireless connectivity than hard wired.

Also, for even the slightly more technically inclined people who will be using this router the Netgear Genie software will probably just be a speed bump compared to the manual settings and it's automatic start in the browser may be a slight annoyance.

Other Thoughts: I did, however, appreciate the Genie software thinking from the perspective of someone that just wants a basic router with a lot of bandwidth for many wireless devices. The router automatically directs to the setup pages and guides you through a very simple setup process where security is already enabled with a fairly secure passcode provided and a few options.

I see this router designed and targeted at modern household with mutliple smartphones/tablets and computers are all accessing the internet simultaneously with bandwidth intensive tasks like movie/video streaming. For the user friendly setup and solid wireless performance, I can't dock it an egg for the hardwire setup.

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4 out of 5 eggsSolid entry level AC router

Pros: Pros
- Dual band AC router
- No CD required to do installation which makes installation a breeze, configuring your router can be done via Ethernet cable or wirelessly from any connected device using Netgear’s Genie app.
- Small footprint and takes up little space
- Ability to access data and print from your cell phone or tablet using ReadySHARE and AirPrint via Netgear Genie app. This runs on all OS for desktops and laptops (Windows and Mac) as well as mobile platforms such as iPhone and Android.
- Power On/Off button if you need to switch of the router or soft reset it, also when you go on vacation you can save some electricity.
- WiFi On/Off button which comes in handy to disable your WiFi without having to switch off the router, I will use it if the kids spend too much time on their tablets playing games or streaming videos
- Price is very competitive for an entry level AC router
Router Features : The R6100 is a feature rich 802.11 AC WiFi dual band router that is rated to 300 (2.4Ghz) +867 (5Ghz) Mbps simultaneous speeds. The AC is only available on the 5Ghz frequency. Netgear claims on the back of the box that this router on AC protocol allows 3 x faster speeds that 802.11n routers, we will certainly test that. It is also backward compatible with 802.11n devices so you can use your older equipment connected via WiFi.
The R6100 is capable of multi HD streaming and has four fast Ethernet ports to connect your desktop or other devices nearby. There is an app called Netgear Genie which you can install on your smartphone or tablet from which you can manage your home network. The Genie enables you to access files stored on an external USB drive connected to the router using a feature called ReadySHARE, you can also print from your mobile device to a printer connected to your home network using AirPrint. The Genie runs on all PC, Mac, Apple and Android devices.
As security is key today with cyber-attacks and identity fraud, the R6100 has all the latest security protocols in place, such as WPA/WPA2-PSK, double firewall protection (SPI and NAT firewall) and Denial-of-service (DoS) attack prevention.
The router boasts with an array of built in antennas, 2x2 ( 2.4Gz) and 2x2 (5 Ghz) which should give you coverage on any standard sized home. As far as memory it has a 128MB Flash as well as 128MB RAM which should be plenty.
The router can be installed on the latest Windows 8 platforms all the way down to Win XP for those that still wants to stick with a dated OS, is also compatible with Mac OS, Linux or UNIX.
Last but certainly not least Netgear gives you a 1-year limited warranty with 90 day customer support, make sure you register the router though and keep the receipt somewhere safe.

Cons: Cons
- Only 300Mbps speed on 2.4Ghz, even older N750 routers have 300Mbps, the N900 has 450 Mbps
- CAT 5e Ethernet cable, one would expect at least a higher end CAT 6 cable with a higher end router
- USB 2.0 port, I would have expected at least two USB ports and then also USB 3.0 for faster connection speeds to your USB device

Other Thoughts: Installation and setup :
You get three installation booklets, one in English, Spanish and also one in French.
There is no CD so gone are the days that you have to run a CD to install your router, a big plus in my book. The guide is effectively 5 pages so not a lot of reading and the guide is pretty self-explanatory.
I will summarize the guide as follows, this will also serve a a guide how to set up the router for the first time:
1. Unplug your cable/DSL modem and also disconnect the power cable to the modem and leave it off for say 5 minutes so it clears it memory of your previous settings.
2. Connect your modem to your router using the yellow Ethernet cable and re-connect the cable/DSL modem’s power cable, remember to plug the yellow Ethernet cable into the yellow marked port on the back of the router.
3. Power on the router by plugging in the DC power adapter and wait for the WiFi LED light (bottom front) to light up in amber. If no Led light is on check the On/Off button on the rear panel of the router.
4. You will notice at the bottom of the router the power light in amber initially and it will turn green after about a minute, there is another light next to it that looks like a globe, that is the internet ready light, initially it is amber also and then once connected to your modem it will turn green indicating you are connected to the internet via your modem. On the right is a third LED that is blue and will light up once your WiFi is on and ready.
5. Now you can connect any computer or laptop either via Ethernet of WiFi to configure the router.
6. The first time you open your browser after you connected the new R6100 you should see the Netgear Genie screen, follow the steps to configure your new router. If you don’t see the genie screen type in in the address bar, enter the user name (admin) and the default password (password).
7. The router comes pre-set with a default SSID and password which you can off course change, I would strongly recommend that, make sure you pick a strong password that has some numbers as well letters in upper and lower case.
8. To retrieve or update your username and password go to and select Wireless Settings.
The booklet also has a space on page 6 to write your new SSID and password.
Simpler than that it cannot be !
Once you connected, download Netgear Genie for your desktop or mobile device i.e. laptop, tablet or smartphone from which you can configure your router, change passwords etc.
Final Comments :
The Netgear R6100 is a solid next generation AC router loaded with nice features, setup is real easy and I love the Genie app that you can use to manage your router remotely from your tablet or smartphone. So looking what’s out there in the market today I’d recommend this unit if you are looking to upgrade from your older router if you starting your new home WiFi network.

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