Joined on 05/23/02
Works Well But Poor Value
Pros: I have always been a Netgear fan so I was happy to get the R1600-AC1200 for review. Since this is the Pros section let me start with a huge pro, the ReadySHARE USB Port. An USB port is provided for network attached storage, DLNA media streaming or USB printer. I plugged in an USB thumb drive. In firmware’s Basic>ReadySHARE menu I clicked “Refresh” button. The flash drive was recognized as \\ readyshare\USB_Storage by default. Selecting “Edit” had five sharing options and workgroup name. The Network Neighborhood/MacShare and HTTP (over network) sharing were enabled by default. Also available were FTP (local or internet) and HTTPS sharing over internet. Typing readyshare. routerlogin. net/shares or 10.0.0.1/shares in browser brings up USB_Storage folder. I opened my Win7 computer’s Network Neighborhood and saw READYSHARE/USB_Storage with all the files. I could easily transfer files to/from network drive. Also shown on computer was a media streaming device ReadyDLNA:R6100 icon. Clicking here brought up Windows Media Player where I could play files. Most new TVs, BluRay, and video boxes are DLNA compatible. I turned on my networked TV and was able to browse the files, play video, pause, fast forward and reverse using the remote control. Home run for Netgear! I then enabled FTP and HTTP(S) over internet. Default is port 443 for HTTPS and 21 for FTP but you can change. Both https and ftp //: (IP Address)/shares would allow unrestricted file access as I did not have password set for read/write of USB_Storage. I could add new folders to share or modify read/write password for USB_Storage but the only options for the user/password were admin. I could access each added folder but the only allowed ftp/https user names were admin with the router’s admin password or, as I later found out, guest. I could not find a way to create additional accounts on router. I contacted Netgear’s engineering staff and they indicated that only the admin and guest accounts are supported as is a consumer grade product. Having a built in ftp/https internet server is a great feature. It is not safe to have this enabled without password so admin or guest account will have to do. Wireless range was very good at the farthest distances in my house. I was surprised how strong the 5 GHz signal was (48% strength) through two floors and three walls. The 802.11g 2.4 GHz strength was 68% in same location. I tried an 802.11n adapter and got consistent 300 Mbps connections. Has Wireless AP mode and Wireless Repeater mode allowing this device to be used to extend your existing networks wireless range. In the Wireless AP mode you connect the R6100 to existing network using wired connection. In the Wireless Repeater mode the R6100 wirelessly connects to your existing router and provides another access point so as to extend the range of your network.
Cons: Cons: Lack of Gigabit networking. This is unforgivable for a device in this price range. Gigabit wired ethernet is widespread nowadays and cost next to nothing. People with high speed fiber optic connections will not be able to utilize anything over 100 Mbps. As internet connections speeds increase this will be a limiting issue. I cannot see the point of paying a premium for a theoretical 1200 Mbps speed when the ports are only capable of 100 Mbps. Two radio MIMO. Having three radio MIMO is nice but to be fair this unit had very good range and signal strength with only two radios and no beam forming capability. 802.11ac. This is it’s big selling point but also it’s bane. The extra cost required for this feature price it out of its consumer grade market. USB 2 Port. A USB 3.0 port is becoming more common in the high end routers.
Overall Review: Included in the box was a 5’ CAT 5e network cable. Standard practice but this one was unusual as it was not a normal UTP (unshielded twisted pair) cable but was a high quality STP shielded cable. I like these as they have metal in the connector and feel more solid. This one was yellow so as to match the WAN “Internet” port color. Even odder the cable was labeled indicating one end was for ROUTER and other end was for MODEM. They had an additional yellow color coded label at the ROUTER end. I thought maybe the cable’s shield was only attached to one end to prevent a ground loop but an Ohm meter verified continuity from metal shield to other shield. I am sure the labels are meaningless but it was a nice attractive molded boot cable. When you hook up this router for the first time the biggest thing you notice is there is no internet connectivity. Opening a web browser takes you to the “Netgear genie” page. Luckily you do not have to install some configuration software as I first feared. Netgear genie is just what they call the firmware configuration pages. This initial page informs you of routers IP address (10.0.0.1) and has a “Continue” button. Notice the web browser address is w*w . routerlogin. net. Pressing the “Continue” button then turns on internet access. This is a onetime deal and thankfully you will never have to do it again. I hate configuration wizards. Now if you refresh routerlogin. net or go to 10.0.0.1 you will be at the real firmware configuration screen and you will be prompted to login User Name=admin Password=password for access. Netgear’s R6100-AC1200 router is their idea for a lower cost router that offers the new 802.11ac standards compatibility. The 802.11ac offers the possibility for higher wireless speed if you had a compatible adapter or device. They left off the high end enthusiasts features such as Gigabit networking, three radio MIMO, and USB 3.0 to reach this price point for an AC router. Unfortunately there is no real need for AC right now. Maybe in a few years when AC adapters become more wide spread but by then you will likely find a new “must have” featured router at a lower price. For now you can get a much nicer non-AC full featured router at this price. If you are an enthusiast who *has* to get a AC router right now, this is the wrong router for you as it has no other enthusiast features except for USB network attached storage and media streaming. The 100 Mbps wired speed more than cancels any possible future advantage of the 802.11ac.
Not A True 40W Replacement
Pros: The light color was comparable to the 38W soft white incandescent it replaced.
Cons: The light is mainly focused out the end so it only half illuminated my Tiffany lamp. The light out the end seemed as strong as the previous incandescent but very little light was at sides of bulb. So the total light is much less for this bulb. Maybe 20W replacement but not 40W.
Overall Review: If you have a lamp where light is only directed out from end of bulb this will work fine. Otherwise wait for the LED technology to improve.
Not Stable at 3200
Pros: Works at non-XMP settings.
Cons: Computer freezes at the XMP 3200 MHz setting. Tried increasing the voltage but no help. Lowering frequency to 2600MHz gave stable operation. The only non-XMP profiles are at 2132 MHz only.
Overall Review: This is slow memory with a high XMP setting that is not stable. Very disappointed. Wish bought memory actually rated for 2600MHz and not an overclocked profile.
Great for Tall Users
Pros: At 6' 3" I have been looking for an office chair that would fully support my head while leaning back. Top of head is even with top of chair and the adjustable head cushion fits perfect. The adjustable lumbar pad adds a lot of comfort as well. Arm rest, seat, back and pads are fully adjustable. Not leather but still comfortable. Shipping took 5 days.
Cons: Very pricy. I wish it was available in full grain leather.
Overall Review: I have tried many chairs but they were all too small. I took a chance here and got lucky. Not too hard to assemble. You can search for assembly videos on You tube if you cannot figure it out..
Best Router Ever
Pros: I have had many routers. This is amazing. The stock firmware (based on Tomato) was great. The USB file sharing/NAS worked great. The Recovery Mode means it is impossible to brick the router with a bad flash. I tried DD-WRT and Shibby's TomatoUSB firmwares. I stuck with Shibby Tomato so I can run ad blocking script on router. Wireless has great range. The Gigabit LAN works flawlessly including WAN port.
Cons: Was too expensive(until now).
Overall Review: No not hesitate. You will be glad you got this. Using ALL-U-NEED ad blocking script so no one on network sees any banner ads.