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Edimax WK-2078AC Wireless AC1200 Dual-band High Performance Bundle Kit, Includes AC1200 Gigabit iQoS Router and AC1200 USB 3.0 Adjustable Foldaway Antenna Adapter For The Demands of Faster Wi-Fi Speed and High Performance Connections

  • IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Up to 1.2Gbps Wireless Data Rates
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Kenneth B.
  • 8/4/2014 2:06:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWas sent the wrong router

Pros: None

Cons: I bought or thought I bought this router over a year ago. To
make a long story short, I became ill and then hospitalized
a couple of days after receiving my package. I just a month
ago installed the router and today it failed. I ran through the
troubleshooting procedures and had no luck restoring my
internet connection. Curious as to how much I paid for this
router I looked back on my orders and to my surprise I was
sent an Edimax BR-6478AC model and not the WK-2078AC.
The price difference is considerable, the model I paid for is
over twice as much as the model I was sent. Thanks for
that Newegg. As a customer who has spent thousands of
dollars on your site I am really disappointed in this outcome.
My fault for not catching the error but in my defense the two
models look exactly the same and as far as I can tell the
only difference is the tiny model number. You Newegg are
not blameless as it was you who sent the wrong model in
the first place.
I'm only writing this to vent as I know this won't be
addressed in any way to my benefit. I lost a chunk of change
in this transaction and will remember this when I go to
make more electronics purchases. I had a lot more respect
for Newegg before now...

Other Thoughts: As for the Edimax BR-6478, mine lasted 1 month and is now
just more toxic garbage for the planet. NEVER again will I buy
anything made by this company. 1 month... Pffft.....

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

We are very sorry for the issues you are experiencing.

We have two years warranty for all of our products.

You may contact us at (408)-988-6092 or write an email to " support@edimax.us ". Our support team will assist you with the issue.

Best regards,
Edimax Customer Service Team

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  • Evan C.
  • 7/30/2013 4:24:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsawesome

Pros: fast and nice looking

Cons: the range on it sucks but i think its my house and the power outlet its using. also i had a hard time connecting to the SSID "edimax.setup" because of connection problems. i fixed that by changing my ip address from dynamic to static which fixed my issue and using a lan cable.

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2 out of 5 eggsDoesn't work for me!

Pros: Edimax spent serious cash on the presentation of their packaging. The components are well packed. The Quick Installation Guide and CD were also included. I was truly excited about getting this setup and running. The directions were very basic and setup was easy as long as I took my time and followed instructions. Piece of cake.

Cons: Now for the rub. I live in a 3 story town house. My office and router are in the basement and my wife's computer is on the top floor.

My work computer and my new gaming rig are hard wired in the basement. Naturally, this worked well here. The wireless setup is for my wife's rig on the top floor. I went through 5 different wireless routers before I found 1 that would give her a strong enough signal for uninterrupted use. I thought the AC1200 Wireless Dual-Band USB Adapter would have to be an improvement over what we were using. I was wrong!

I removed the antenna from my wife's rig and installed the AC1200 USB Adapter following all the directions. It was hit or miss. The signal kept dropping out. I reinstalled all the drivers, etc. It just would not hold a signal for more than a few minutes. Finally, my wife yelled for me to reinstall her antenna and put in my other wireless router. DONE! Her strong uninterrupted signal was back and she was happy.

Other Thoughts: I'm sure that Edimax makes a quality product. If you don't have to go 3 stories for wireless coverage, this might be the product for you. I didn't have the opportunity to see how this might work in a 2 story scenario, or a 1 story condo or home, as it didn't apply to my situation. When I saw the AC1200 Wireless USB Adapter was included I was led to believe that 3 story wireless coverage would be no problem. Wrong!

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3 out of 5 eggsAwesome Idea, Somewhat Immature Product

Pros: My first impression of the router was that it was very pretty. It’s a shiny white, sleek router. It’s not boxy or gaudy at all. It feels somewhat futuristic as you’re handling it for the first time.

This router was very straight forward to configure, but not entirely conventional configuration. I think Edimax must have created their own web interface. The web interface feels very fluid and modern. A lot of other routers have boxy 90’s style HTML web interfaces, this one feels much more “web 2.0”. I certainly was impressed out of the box at how flashy the interface was.

Any router which is dual band is a huge plus for me. I live in a rural area, and I am in the unfortunate situation of having a 2.4GHz connection supplying Internet to my house. I have to conserve my spectrum and very closely watch where I am putting my channels, or else my Internet service will degrade really fast.

The ability to give the 5GHz network a separate name allows me to tell my dual band clients to only connect to the 5GHz network, and leaves the 2.4GHz mostly idle as I only use it for legacy clients. This is exactly the situation I want to be in.

Cons: No Linux drivers for the USB dongle! This was a tremendous setback for me. I use Linux on almost every computer I own. Having a wireless dongle I can use on my one Windows laptop (which I dual boot into Linux most of the time) is very pointless. I’m sure Linux driver support will come along as 802.11AC becomes more popular, but Edimax needs to step it up and help the driver development process along. Linux support is vital if Edimax wants this router to attract the techy people who will really benefit from the high bandwidth offered by 802.11AC.

I’ve tried other 5GHz wireless routers, and they’ve had substantially better range. This router starts losing signal strength and negotiated speeds very quickly once you put a wall or two in the way. Across the house, my negotiated 802.11AC speed drops from 800+Mbps to just over 100Mbps.

Most of the time, due to the lack of Linux drivers for the dongle, I had to use my laptop’s built-in dual band 802.11N wireless. I found this experience to be extremely touchy, to the point where I had to keep my old WiFi access point on while I was testing this one. At times, my 802.11N experience on my laptop was almost unusable.

My 802.11N experience on my iPad 3rd Generation was notably better, but still suffered from poor coverage compared to other 5GHz routers I’ve used my iPad on in the past.

In iperf bandwidth testing, I was not able to exceed 200 megabits per second over the wireless. This was the case, even when the negotiated speeds exceeded 800 megabits per second. This router demonstrates a large disparity between the negotiated data rate and actual data rate. Through a couple of walls, my negotiated rate quickly dropped below 100 megabits per second, with my actual speeds below 50 megabits per second. This is not significantly better than 802.11N typically performs for me.

Other Thoughts: 802.11AC is a very new market space, and I was very excited to have my hands on this product. I was very hopeful that it would meet up to the standards I had set out in my mind for this new revolutionary technology.

802.11AC is, in my opinion, an irresponsible use of the 5GHz spectrum. I was shocked to see that the channel width on 5GHz was running at 80MHz. This new standard chews up an irresponsible amount of wireless spectrum. Many unlicensed wireless links rely on unoccupied 5GHz channels to function, and this irresponsible spectrum use may make 5GHz point-to-point links impossible in areas where residents are using routers like this.

Unless you have Google Fiber, or a community owned gigabit fiber optic Internet access, you do not need gigabit wireless. Most Americans’ home Internet connections are less than 100Mbps, and unless you’re doing a lot of network streaming on your own internal network, you won’t notice any slowdowns from this router not living up to its full potential.

I used iperf on Windows 7 on a ThinkPad W520 laptop to do this bandwidth testing. My iperf testing endpoint was a dual core Atom system sitting on a gigabit ethernet connection, which is capable of hardwired iperf speeds up to 900 megabits per second.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Karen,

Thank you for reviewing our WK-2078AC kit.

Unfortunately we do not have Linux driver yet for our wireless adapter EW-7822UAC. Just like all of our WiFi adapters have Linux drivers available. We will work hard and hopefully the EW-7822UAC Linux driver can be available soon for Linux society.

Yes, 802.11AC technology uses 80MHz in order to get faster speed. Our users can choose 20Mhz, 40Mhz, or 80MHz for their Wi-Fi network.

We appreciate your feedback. In case you have any questions on our products, please feel free to contact our tech support at (408)988-6092 or write an email directly to " support@edimax.us ". Our tech support team will assist you with the issue.

Best regards,
Edimax Customer Service Team

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4 out of 5 eggsDoes exactly what it says, for a price

Pros: - Windows shows 750Mbps connection w/ AC1200 adapter, transfers up to 34MB/s on USB3, 28MB/s on USB2
- Range meets or exceeds both my dual-band 802.11g routers
- Easy setup, use your browser of choice & type in the router's IP 192.168.2.1; it shows the default user/pass @ login screen to configure
- No-nonsense web config, can disable 2.4GHz or 5GHz band separately (802.11ac requires 5GHz to be active), set up encryption, etc.
- Runs on 5V power, AC adapter rated for 2A. In theory this could be rigged up to four USB ports (5V, 500mA each) for power instead
- No stability issues or unexpected dropouts

Cons: - Wireless connection speed drops off quickly at range... or when transferring files (from 750Mbps to 500Mbps) due to the added load
- The nifty "edimax.setup" wireless network it broadcasts out of the box is great in theory, but not in practice. I had to use the web config.
- Included ethernet cable only ~3ft. long
- Wireless adapter rather bulky, takes up a wide space around the USB port, should have included a short extension cable or dock
- Expensive, like most 802.11ac devices at this time
- Not a fan of the white, personal preference.

Other Thoughts: This 802.11ac router does exactly what it says it does: transfer files faster than any existing standard. With my 802.11g or 802.11n routers I'm lucky if I get more than 15MB/s. This can push the limits of a USB 2.0 port at 27-30MB/s and gain a little more speed yet on a USB 3.0 port.

The web config worked great, but I shouldn't need to use that if they went through the effort of naming the network "edimax.setup" and allowing me to configure it through Windows, which seemed to work but didn't. Also the lack of an extension cable for a $150 router/adapter combo is just odd.

Given enough time 802.11ac will be the way to go for high speed wireless communication in the house, streaming videos and sharing files, no doubt. It's a little expensive, but worth the cost if you do a lot of the above I suppose. If you don't do much file sharing wirelessly and only need Internet access, stick with something cheaper.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Computer Dr.

Thank you for reviewing our WK-2078AC kit.

We are glad that you find the speed and range improvement in using our 802.11ac kit.

We are working hard to meet the new technology. In case you have any questions on our products, please feel free to contact our tech support at (408)988-6092 or write an email directly to " support@edimax.us ". Our tech support team will assist you with the issue.

Best regards,
Edimax Customer Service Team

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3 out of 5 eggsSetup a headache

Pros: Package comes with everything you need to connect a laptop at the fastest wifi speeds available (AC router and AC usb adapter).

Cons: Setup was a complete HEADACHE. I tried following the Quick Installation Guide, like Edimax intended users to, but it was useless. I had to use the full Users Manual on the accompanying CD to figure out how to set this router up.

Range not what I would expect for an AC router. Getting about the same coverage as my N Router in the same house. From my experience, not worth the price. Find a more reliable router with a stronger signal.

Other Thoughts: First, the bundle comes with the Edimax AC1200 USB Adapter and AC1200 Router shrink wrapped into one package. Each box was separately shrink wrapped also. USB Adapter came with mini-cd with a setup wizard on it and a hardcopy of a paper Quick Installation Guide. The Router came with a LAN cable, power adapter, installation CD and hardcopy of the Quick Installation Guide.

Setting up the USB adapter on my wife's laptop was a breeze. Plugging it in and installed the drivers from the accompanying mini-cd.

Next up was setting up the router. Plugged router power chord in the wall and into the adapter and then plugged the modem cable into the router. After that, it was an hour of headaches. The Quick Installation guide was more than useless. Took forever for a browser to connect to the router, instead of using the "edimax.setup" as instructed in the Quick Guide, I finally had to insert the cd to read the CD. Directed my browser to the manual setup IP address and was able to start the process of setting up the router.

After entering the username and password, the setup wizard failed to work. No problem, I've not new to the rodeo, I went about setting up the router manually. Knowing that routers will generally reboot after a save, I planned on making all necessary changes and then saving them all as once. No dice! If I didn't save my setting before I left a setup page it would reset to the default. So ensued the killing of minutes by the dozen as I had to wait for reboot after reboot, then to verify that all changes HAD been saved. I was about ready to throw the router out the window.

Below are the results I got from using LAN Speed Test Lite on my wife's laptop:

Wireless G w/ N Router
Read Speed: 4,924 Mpbs
Upload Speed: 470 Mbps

Wireless AC Adapter w/ N Router
Read Speed:4,884 Mbps
Upload Speed: 280 Mbps

Wireless AC Adapter w/ AC Router
Read Speed: 5,317 Mbps
Upload Speed: 461 Mbps

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

We are sorry for the difficulty you are experiencing in using our setup wizard to setup the router.

Indeed you may use http://192.168.2.1 with username as admin and password as 1234 to setup the extender. There are more advanced setting in the configuration page.

We appreciate your feedback.

If there is anything that we may assist with, you may contact our tech support at (408)988-6092 or write an email to " support@edimax.us ". Our tech support team will assist you with the issue.

Best regards,
Edimax Tech Support Team

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3 out of 5 eggsQuick update from my 5/20/2013 review.

Pros: Same pros from my 5/20/2013 review.

Cons: Same cons as before BUT Edimax support did contact me again shortly after I posted my first review frowning upon the delayed response to fixing the get started wizard popping up each time I started my browser or tried to view my homepage. The suggestions they gave to me, (clear history, and later clear cache) failed to resolve this issue. However the problem did go away the next day on it's own and the Edimax support specialist reported the issue to product management.

Other Thoughts: While I wish Edimax support would have been able to identify and offer a solution when I first contacted them, I fully understand this is a new product from Edimax and appreciate the support they did give me. I wont hesitate to contact them in the future should I need further assistance. And being they submitted the problem to product management they are now aware of it and hopefully a firmware update will be released in the future addressing this problem, along with the other problems from my 5/20/2013 review!

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Chund3r,

Thank you for contacting our friendly customer service.

Yes, we already let our product management team aware of your feedback.

If there is anything else that we can better assist you, please feel free to contact us again at (408)988-6092 or write an email directly to " support@edimax.us ".

Best regards,
Edimax Customer Service Team

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4 out of 5 eggsNext generation router!

Pros: Light weight. Easy on the eyes. I don't have the rubber feet on it, and it seems to be running plenty cool enough. Wireless range seems to be pretty good (Router is at one end of the house, and 70ft away at the other, couple walls, and a door, I get 3/5 bars and stable). supports older devices, as well as the next generation AC protocol, for much faster bandwidth.
Pretty standard array of router capabilities/securities. Though the iQoS(Which I haven't played with before) is handy. Think of it like prioritizing

your bandwidth. Allowing your gaming rigs more bandwidth than your laptop for instance. Or your HDTV, high priority for HD streaming ;)
The Web interface is quite agreeable, and easy to work with. Even a beginner with basic knowledge will not have trouble.
Comes with a USB 3.0 wifi dongle/antenna guaranteed to work with the router(not real expensive either)

There aren't a lot of devices that will benefit from the super speed of "AC" protocol, YET. But why not have an affordable Gem of a router now?

Cons: 3.25Ft ethernet cable(for connecting to a modem, I suppose that's ample) But I was connecting to a Powerline adapter. No matter, I have more

ethernet cable than the average joe :p
5ft electrical cable(That's really rather short).
It is unfortunate, that it's design does not allow it to stand vertically. My environment is better suited to a tall and skinny design for switches/routers.
"http://192.168.2.1/aIndex.asp" incurred problems(Though I was connecting router to router). I had to manually tell it to connect to "192.168.2.1", in which I required login credentials: Admin/1234. Which it readily gives to you :) As well as the installation guide. But after that, setting up was 1-2-3.
The reboot times, when making significant changes, is rather long. 60+ seconds. Perhaps a firmware upgrade will correct this. In any case, you can click "continue" while making multiple changes, thereby holding off the router restart, until you've finished making final changes.

Other Thoughts: If you connect to another router(which is generally frowned upon, lest you're an advanced user), be sure you do not use the WAN port for

connecting. You essentially need to run it as a switch(At least in my case), using port 1 and/or 2-4. (((I plan to test this more, and if necessary, I'll update my review)))
The reboot times... if a firmware upgrade ever corrects this, this will be one powerful router indeed!
You could buy cheaper... but as the saying goes, you get what you pay for! I have no problem endorsing this little gem :)

Manufacturer Response:

Dear K3,

Thank you for reviewing our WK-2078AC kit.

Yes, our AC router BR-6478AC could be a regular wireless access point by leaving its WAN port unplugged, Assign a proper Local IP address under LAN settings, Disable DHCP server function, check the box to enable the Static Routing so that the router could be disabled.

In case you need any assistance, please feel free to contact our tech support at (408)988-6092 or write an email directly to " support@edimax.us ". Our tech support team will assist you with the issue.

Best regards,
Edimax Customer Service Team

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2 out of 5 eggsFollow up review

Pros: Though I have never done a follow up review before, I thought this new bit of info would be worth while mentioning (See CONS)

The Pros are all the same as my last review.

Cons: Lag while gaming \ Slow RDP \ slow response times in ping command caused by the SPI firewall and or IGMP.

We had one of our random old school Halo bouts and found that the ping would randomly jump to ~300 causing some serious lag. Not only that, but RDP connections were REALLY SLOW and causing headaches. If you send pings to another workstation, your would get random returns at upwards of ~250ms.

After some troubleshooting, I tried disabling the firewall and IGMP on the router and voila it worked properly again. Games are smooth, and RDP is fast again!!!

The firewall included on home routers are a joke anyway, so leaving it disabled is not a problem. We also have no need for IGMP so no loss there.

Sadly I failed to test this router with all the applications it would be used with before writing my last review. We do not RDP or game unless something is broken (RDP for the fix, game to celebrate)

Other Thoughts: Because I can't make changes on the fly without having the unit reboot, slow internal performance, average (but good) signal strength, and buggy firmware I would not recommend this router.

I have used several units at half the cost with more features and less bugs.

However, everything can be fixed with a "simple" firmware update. Edimax has been around for a while and has the ability to remedy this.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear TurboAAA,

Thank you for sharing with us about your gaming and RDP experience.

We will investigate it.

If you need any assistance, please feel free to contact our tech support at (408)988-6092 or write an email directly to " support@edimax.us ". Our tech support team will assist you with the issue.

Best regards,
Edimax Customer Service Team

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3 out of 5 eggsHas potential.

Pros: The kit consists of Edimax BR-6478AC Wireless Router (NewEgg Item# N82E16833315124) and Edimax EW-7822UAC Wireless Adapter (NewEgg Item# N82E16833315123). This review will cover both devices individually.

Edimax Wireless Router Pros:
The router is fairly easy to configure with plenty of configuration options including the ability to schedule the WIFI to be on/off. The default router address is 192.168.2.1 and the user name is admin with password 1234 for those inclined to jump right into the configuration. If needed, the wireless function can be turned off via a physical switch on the back of the router. The the wired ports are all gigabit yielding 980 Mbs transfer between two workstation RAM disks. The router includes holes for wall mounting as well as the screws & drywall anchors.


Edimax Wireless Adapter Pros:
The adapter is designed to be used with USB 3.0 ports, but it also compatible with USB 2.0 ports. The antenna can be rotated 180 degrees for better wireless reception. Installation was straight forward with the ability to install directly from included CD or directly through the device manager for those with the know-how.

Cons: Edimax Wireless Router Cons: After an hour of testing, the configuration menu started becoming inaccessible needing to restore the router back to factory settings. The antennas are not detachable, meaning you wont be able to upgrade to higher powered antennas with ease.


Edimax Wireless Adapter Cons:
Even though the antenna can be rotated 180 degrees, on most desktop computers it would still remain in horizontal orientation due to the orientation of the USB ports. Edimax should have included a docking extension (NewEgg Item# N82E16817801096 or similar) in order to be able to position the wireless adapter in a better location for maximum reception.

Even though the wired transfer speeds on the router were phenomenal at 980 Mbs, the wireless speeds between the router and the wireless adapter were nowhere near advertised. When connected to the USB 3.0 port and connecting to the 2.4Ghz network, Windows showed the connection to be 300Mbs. When doing a transfer test, the maximum sustained speed was at 130Mbs. The most disappointing speed came when connecting to the 5Ghz network which showed the connection at 867Mbs, yet the maximum sustained transfer was only 112Mbs which is only 13% utilization. The tests were done with the router and the wireless adapter being in the same room, between two workstations running RAM disks. The same tests were repeated using a USB 2.0 port as well as different levels of encryption without much improvement.

Other Thoughts: The 1.2Gbs theoretical maximum wireless speed is for both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz wireless networks combined. Therefore it's divided at 300Mbs for the 2.4 Ghz and 867Mbs for the 5Ghz network. For most people the actual wireless speed should be sufficient for online activities, but will be lacking for any heavy wireless file sharing within the household/office. Hopefully a firmware/software update to both the wireless router and wireless adapter will be able to resolve the slow wireless speeds.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Enko,

Thank you for reviewing our product WK-2078AC kit which has BR-6478AC router and EW-7822UAC USB adapter. We appreciate your feedback. We will continue to work hard in providing better products for our customers.

If you have any questions on our products, please feel free to contact our tech support at (408)988-6092 or write an email directly to " support@edimax.us ".

Best regards,
Edimax Customer Service Team

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