NETGEAR - AC1200 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender - Black

NETGEAR AC1200 High Power WiFi Range Extender boosts your existing network range & speed, delivering AC dual band WiFi up to 1200Mbps. The 700mW high-power design provides ultimate range, while the dual core processor enables maximum WiFi performance. It compatible with any standard WiFi router and is ideal for very large homes and frustration free HD video streaming and gaming.
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Overview

What's Included


  • 2x 5dBi dual-band detachable external antenna
  • AC1200 WiFi Range Extender (EX6200)
  • Do More booklet
  • Installation guide
  • Power adapter
  • Stand

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1522 out of 1690)

Features


Next Generation WiFi

Create faster dual band WiFi access with 802.11ac technology up to 1200 Mbps.

Ultimate Range

700 mW high-power amplifiers & high-gain 5 dBi antennas for maximum WiFi coverage.

Blazing Fast CPU

Powerful dual core ARM A9 processor enables maximum WiFi throughput at Gigabit speed.

5 Gigabit Ethernet Ports

Connect up to five wired devices like Blu-ray players, game consoles, smart TVs or streaming players to your WiFi network.

Beamforming+

Focuses WiFi signals directly to wireless devices for more reliable connections.

FastLane Technology

Use both WiFi bands to establish one super high-speed connection; ideal for HD streaming & gaming.

Works with any WiFi router

Connects to any WiFi and for extreme WiFi speed.

ReadySHARE USB

Wirelessly share and access USB storage connected to the USB 3.0 port.

Wireless Printing

Print documents & photos to any USB printer connected to the WiFi Range Extender.

Detachable External Antennas

For better WiFi coverage & more speed.


Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars with 1693 reviews

91%of customers would recommend this to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    works ok if working, xtra 5e ports ok if working

    Posted
    Root1865
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Read several reviews on ac1200 great reviews, I also realized it's built on the other side of the planet. The English instructions are very important to those of us that are not millennials, the instructions are ok but when it tells you to put this unit next to you main modem / Router it never says take a cat 5e cable and connect the two together.luckily I remembered something that I saw on YouTube while researching it so after watching a millennial hook them together . I tried, bam worked great. Next step take your new netgear to a point in the house where I still get a stronge signal and it will amplify the wireless signal further, now this is not a problem in my home, one level 1350 sq. Ft. I needed 3 xtra cat 5 plugs so again YouTube reviews said if you need xtra cat5e plugins this netgear ac1200 not only gives you 5 but boost your wireless needs along way, I started thinking my new 20'X30' barn I could send signals out there for my cnc wood working machine bonus!! So for some reason maybe I skip a part, which I've redone 6 times now wifi will disconnect 7 out of every 10 times I turn our cell phones or iPads, laptops etc. etc. now the devices plugged into the ports on back of the netgear ac1200... Apple TV , roku4 , DVR, tivo, all these devices have to be " digitally " reconnected evertime I want to watch tv. I have sent a help e-mail into netgear services , for them to call me.. I hate, Waiting on some who sells me something after they get their money it's zero customer service , or customer service out of Antarctica. Also along with this ac1200 I ordered 3 cat5e cables 3 ft long I got 2 of them and I couldn't get the third one to work on anything but I did start looking closer I noticed that the cord was 6 ft. Long , but that shouldn't have made a difference looking at the pack the last cable came in it was some special high class cat 6 blah , blah , Captain Kirk,special wire only , I'm just not up to speed on the jargon on today's tech. But I know as my grandpa Roebuck always told me,yes he was the grandson of the Roebuck of Sears Roebuck & Company est.1886. Fool your customer once That's bad business , fool him twice you just lost a future patron. I think about that every time I buy anything that's going to have to have follow up customer care interaction. From having a house built , to buying a car or just a piece of computer paraphernalia..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful wifi range extender with FastLane support

    Posted
    Tall52
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have been very impressed with the Netgear AC1200 range extender. Although it is truly a dual band extender, it also offers a FastLane mode that allows me to offer 2.4Ghz WiFi to all my devices & guests but pipeline it back through a high bandwidth 5Ghz dedicated wireless connection to my wireless router. This not only supports both my newer and older devices (those that are not 5Ghz capable) but affords much higher bandwidth than a typical 2.4Ghz access point or single band extender offers. The signal strength from this unit is great, and by carefully placing the extender I have doubled the reach of my WiFi across a wide house while also offering 5 wired Ethernet connectors to accommodate a remotely located desktop computer, Ethernet printer and a couple of HDTVs that are not WiFi capable. The built-in Genie management software is great; Smart Setup is easy to use and affords quick & easy configuration, but there are sufficient advanced options to really tweak settings and tailor operation to your needs. I love being able to bring up the software simply by typing mywifiext.net into the browser of a connected device to access the Genie software. A status screen shows signal strength and was invaluable as I moved the unit to different locations to get the best possible signal link to the main router. Thanks to this extender I now have high bandwidth WiFi throughout my house, and can simultaneously watch multiple Apple TV units and stream Netflix from smart TVs without buffering pauses; I would buy another of these without hesitation!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Dubious Marketing & died < 1year

    Posted
    redlacryme
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Bought this Netgear AC1200 extender in March to help alleviate the poor wifi coverage I get in my apartment complex due to the dozens of broadcasting routers causing too much noise. Out of the box it worked just fine, I wasn't using the "fast lane" thing (see #2 below) and I was consistently getting about 900-1200 mbps between my macbook pro and the extender, whereas before I couldn't get above 300mbps connecting to my router from where I was in the apartment. The device is getting 2 stars however: 1. It died in less than a year. It's now December and the extender barely works. Some devices that connected just fine are now unable to connect, or when they do cannot access the internet, which is strange considering connecting to the router that is being extended works fine, albeit slower. I have had to power cycle the device about every two hours to keep a stable connection. 2. I really don't understand how the "fast lane" tech is supposed to work. You cannot get the same wireless bandwidth over a 2.4ghz connection that you can over a 5.0ghz connection. If you are broadcasting solely over 2.4ghz from the extender, or between the extender and the router, then you are limiting the speeds to 400mbps at best.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works as expected, mostly

    Posted
    TechJunkie760
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    We're using this as a wireless method to extend Ethernet to a room I can't run wire to, to add simple NAS functionality to the network, as a DLNA streamer, and as a switch. We do not use the wireless repeat function. The extender is attached wirelessly to a Verizon FiOS N-type router, which supports only 2.4Ghz, and had little difficulty getting it to do so. It joined like a standard client. Initial speed tests showed incredibly low speeds in the neighborhood of 3Mb/sec. I turned off the wireless repeat functions on both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands, and that increased speeds significantly, presumably because all functions in use were on the same antenna. This brought speed up to internet speed for upload, and half the expected speed for download. I haven't found a good way to get download speeds to match upload just yet, but it's fast enough for what we're using it for. Will update the review and give it 5 stars if I find a way to fix download speeds as well. DLNA and NAS functions are quite nice. I created a share and a few folders on a USB attached hard disk. The EX6200 found the media files I dropped in those folders and published them to DLNA automatically. There is no visible way to turn off this function apart from disabling DLNA entirely. The DLNA function and shared folder showed up as a Network Location each on all Windows 8.1 computers automatically when it joined the network. I cannot speak to earlier versions, as we do not have any. I did not install any of the software that came with it, and everything is working great without it. So far, we're loving this device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Too good to be true?

    Posted
    datwho61130
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    What an amazing difference! I bought this as a replacement for a Linksys RE2000 extender which died after about 9-months of use. Yes, I realize this model is twice as fast as the RE2000 (600 vs 1200); however, the Linksys never performed up to expectations. You'll find more than 1-web page out there that rates this one as the best performer currently available and I agree. The set-up was super easy as I was up & running in under 10-minutes. I'm not a network engineer but am pretty tech savvy as I have set-up several routers & wireless access points of my own and for family over that past several years. Didn't need that knowledge here. Its just that easy. Get it set-up & running using the basic set-up. Once you're satisfied its working be sure to follow the instructions for the Fastlane set-up which uses both bands to optimize video streaming. This is what really solved my problems as Netflix was constantly stalling on one my TVs in the far end of my house. I no longer have this problem. Yes, this one is more expensive but its true; you get what you pay for!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Never Buy Anything Netgear-Tech Support is Abysmal

    Posted
    KJM1
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    Even if you were luckier than me and you purchased one that actually works, you will want to avoid anything Netgear makes *in case* something goes wrong. Why? They have THE WORST technical support possible. I spent nearly the entire day with their overseas call center where the reps on the phone were not allowed to diverge from their script. I know this because I spoke to no less than 5 people on the phone and they word for word said the same thing over and over again. Only after we repeatedly failed at the same sequence of resetting the extender were they willing to escalate to level II support. I suspect the hardware was just fine and that there was a software issue with setup, but because this was not a part of their script it didn't matter. Nevertheless, I missed their call back for level II support and went right back into the cue where they refused to put me through. Instead, I went through the sequence again at their insistence only to be told finally at 4pm that the unit appeared to be defective and that I would have to exchange for a new one. I responded, yes I will return this product and no I will not be exchanging. I got the Linksys AC1200 Max instead and it was a dream. My extender was up and running in 5 mins--plus it was almost $30 cheaper!! Save yourself some heartache and never buy anything from Netgear, extender or otherwise.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It does what is says it can do but...

    Posted
    80AM
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    If you have a big area to cover with wifi and 1 router isn't enough then this extender is probably for you. Where I went wrong was that I wanted to increase the signal level in our family room. At the time I could only get 1 bar out of 3 from my router, but adding this didn't help. It isn't what it is designed to do. You really need to use it for areas where you don't get ANY signal from your existing router. It creates a separate SSID that your devices will not automatically switch to if they still see the standard router. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5, not because I didn't understand how it was supposed to be used, but because of throughput. Once I had it installed I ran speed tests on both my router & the extender connections. Even though the router was at a low signal level it still pulled in almost 90 Mbps whereas the extender with 100% signal was averaging around 5 Mbps. I ended up returning it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Poor wifi reception, old Linksys E1000 did better.

    Posted
    Sk2016

    I'm at a location that has a hot spot and I use an old E1000 router flashed with DD-WRT as a repeater bridge, modified with external antennas, and it works very well. I decided to give this EX6200 a shot to see if I could get an even stronger signal due to having "700mw" amplifiers. To my disappointment, I was unable to make the EX6200 bridge out to the Ethernet ports to my PC. It just doesn't work. It turns out that this extender only attaches to another router via WIFI only and not the Ethernet ports. I decided to flash DD-WRT on the EX6200 and it allowed me to do what I wanted, HOWEVER the signal reception was POOR, no better than Netgear's stock firmware. WIth my old E1000, I would get a link to the hotspot at about -62, that is pretty decent. With the Netgear, it was far worse. I was getting in the -70's. That is very bad. The speed was also pathetic. Do yourselves a favor and steer clear of this thing. You are better off paying a little more and getting a R7000 Netgear router and flashing it to DD-WRT, then set it up as a repeater bridge. It will work far better and faster than the ex6200.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend




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