NETGEAR - AC1200 Dual-Band WiFi USB 3.0 Adapter - Black

The NETGEAR AC1200 WiFi USB 3.0 Adapter with high-gain antennas provides 3x faster access than USB 2.0. Wirelessly connect your notebook or desktop computer to an 11ac network for applications such as lag-free, multiple HD streams throughout your home.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Installation guide
  • NETGEAR installation CD
  • USB cable with desktop dock
  • WiFi USB Adapter (A6210)

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3199 out of 3461)

Features


Ultimate speed and performance

Wireless speeds up to 300 + 867 Mbps with 802.11ac.

Super speed USB 3.0

Faster USB connection to your computer, up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0.

High Gain Antennas

High-gain antennas for improved performance.

Explicit beamforming

Boosts speed, reliability, and range of WiFi connections.

Flexible Placement

Easy to use reliability desktop dock design.

OS support

Compatible with Windows.

Lag-free Streaming

Compatible with Windows.

Ease of Use

Push "N" to connect with the touch of a button.


Overall customer rating

4.5
93%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Does not work for 5GHz on Windows 10. DO NOT BUY

    Posted
    Erock
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    What can I say. I gave this adapter chance, after chance, after chance. I have had a Netgear AC 1200 router for about 2 years before I bought this AC 1200 USB adapter for a new Windows 10 computer I built. I built two Windows 10 computers within a 3 month time span. I built a cheaper, "budget" pc for my little sister as a birthday/college graduation present, and used a less expensive AC USB 3.0 adapter from a brand I have never heard of (brand: Netis, for ~ $45). For my own personal build, I bought this AC 1200 Netgear USB 3.0 adapter, as I thought it would better go with my Netgear AC1200 wifi router, have better compatibility, and last longer/be better quality, and all the other things you would expect from a known name brand. Boy was I wrong. Unfortunately, all I did was read reviews from this website, and my other favorite online retailers. Just Google "ac 6210 Windows 10". You will see a ton of other people with horrible issues with this device. For many, the drivers for this adapter completely ruined their Install of Windows 10, causing them to have to do a system restore, or even worse, a fresh install of Windows 10. Yikes! Luckily, for me the worst was just an endless cycle of disconnects and freezes every time I tried to connect to my 5GHz network. I waited 5 months (since November, it is now March) for Netgear to make new drivers for this considerably expensive piece of hardware. This model has been out since before windows 10 launched, and Hardware/Software developers have had early access to Windows 10 since very early in 2015 (Windows 10 launched for retail sale in July 2015). Now, in March 2016, there are still no usable drivers for this device! I can get on the 5Ghz frequency, but lose/gain the signal every 10-15 seconds. This makes streaming, gaming, or even web browsing difficult (on the browsing side) to impossible (on the streaming/gaming side). I installed an AC wifi card in my laptop and one in my gf's laptop 2 years ago (intel 7260) when I got my Netgear AC1200 router, and have had 0 problems the entire time. The "Netis" 5GHz USB 3.0 router I bought for my sister's PC has had 0 problems (built in August 2015). All of these computers are accessing the same router. It doesn't matter if I am the only one in the apartment and thus the only one accessing the router or not, I still have a constant signal drop/re-acquisition. Netgear has had a very long time to write good drivers for this device, and they have not. They are a huge company putting out very expensive products, especially compared to their competition. For them to have failed to write usable drivers so that I can use their product as advertised, as it is NAMED and AC wifi adapter, and that I cannot use it to reliably connect to an AC adapter, when I have 2 tablets (android & windows), 3 cell phones (2 android, 1 Windows Phone OS), 2 laptops, and 1 other desktop that have ZERO problems connecting is completely unacceptable. It took me 90 minutes to write this review, by the way, with all the persistent connection issues. I wrote this using the PC in the picture, with the adapter clearly visible. Yes, I know what I am doing/talking about. Stay away from this one. Give Netis a shot. Cheaper, better antennae, and better DRIVERS My build: -i5 6500 -Asrock Z170 Pro4 -16 GB G. Skill Ripjaws 4 2133 -Intel 530 240 GB SSD, Sandisk Ultra II 480 GB SSD, Seagate 7200 rpm 500 GB HDD -AMD R9 390X -Corsair RMi 850 Watt PSU

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Matches my old in-PC Wifi, Wireless N review

    Posted
    tkod
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I'll start this from the beginning and try and keep it short. I originally had a PCI E WiFi card (that means it plugs in INSIDE the computer) which worked great, never a problem no dropped connections. Well why am i using a USB adapter then? Well for some reason the slot on my motherboard, the only one i could use without effecting anything else (my graphics card mainly) went dead out of no where. So on to USB WiFi adapters which i had not used previously in many many years as they were not nearly as reliable or fast back then. USB WiFi adapters: I bought a Netgear N300, it was one of the cheapest if not the cheapest and it had wireless N which is the fastest band my router supported anyway. Long story short every once in a while it would drop my WiFi connection COMPLETELY, sometimes it would get it back sometimes i would have to literally unplug it and plug it back in. Ridiculous for a modern product to be so terrible at doing one job. For $30, i guess i got burned. *This product. So second time around, i got high end i want all the bells and whistles not necessarily for speed (the N300 was fine speed wise) but for connection reliability. I don't want to deal with dropped connections when my router is a floor below me and literally right below my desktop, in a house mind you, not a concrete bunker. Well, it cost me a bit more but here a little less than a month later i have not had 1 dropped connection. My desktop is on essentially 24/7 as i am on and off it constantly and i am a heavy data user, something in the neighborhood of 250 Gigs a month, seriously. My signal strength is always maxed, my speeds are always great, and my connection is steady. That's all i can ask for. A tip for good connection is to use the included USB 3 cable to keep the adapter away from your computer and preferably away from any other electronics that could cause interference, that is why it's included. *I am using this on wireless N band not AC so keep that in mind in your decision, though I've looked up some reviews after the fact and it compares quite well with it's rivals in most things even on AC.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Needs better setup documentation

    Posted
    shroz
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I'm an IT specialist with 15 years experience. I chose the A6210 for my desktop Win10 PC after considerable research. The A6210 edged out the Linksys AC1200 because Netgear includes a USB cable with desktop dock. TP-Link reviews were not as good as Netgear or Linksys. Bottom Line, the Netgear A6210 works great. However, setup was a bit frustrating, so hang in there. Firstly, don't bother to use the outdated Netgear installation CD that came in the box. The boxed CD does not function well with Windows 10. The CD installation software, repeatedly failed to reach Netgear's software update download server. And, the CD install software would not recognize the A6210 adapter when plugged into my USB3 port. Instead, download the updated Setup-V1.0.0.36.exe software from http://support.netgear.com . Other than that, I'm happy with the A6210. My connection speed increased from 77Mbps to 866Mbps. Not bad at all. BTW, you'll need to use any brand AC router to reach the full speed potential of an AC adapter. See attached photo of the A6210 adapter connected to the 'desktop dock' via usb3 cable. Cheers!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Download New Drivers... Works PERFECTLY.

    Posted
    MightyUnicorn
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I've seen a lot of really, really complicated reviews for this item. I have a much, much more simple way of expressing my experience with this item. The most important thing is that you get the latest drivers package for this item from the Netgear website. Get the drivers here: http://www.netgear.com/home/products/networking/wifi-adapters/a6210.aspx#tab-support Click on "support", and find the driver package that supports Windows 10. This is the latest driver and software suite. You will be asked to register for the Netgear website, but look carefully... there is a "continue without registering" option, if you choose. Install the drivers and software package. Next, plug in the item when prompted by the software install. The adapter will be found, and the "connect to wifi" screen will come up. Choose a network, put in the network password, and you will be on the Internet. It's that simple. Range is FANTASTIC. I am all the way across the house, in the basement (the router is upstairs, so I am going through the floor and at least three walls). 2.4 network is at five bars. Down speed is about 70mbps, up speed is about 10mbps. 5gHz network is at three bars, but MUCH faster. Down speed is 117mbps, up speed is still slower, at around 20mbps. But that could be my router (Asus RT-AC66U). This is an excellent product. The little stand that comes with it is really great. I don't want a huge item like this hanging from one of my USB 3.0 ports. It works, it looks nice, it is FAST, and the range is GREAT. Buy it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Learn to love your old laptop again!

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

    By now, after years of switching ISPs and learning, through trial and error, that I'd never receive the promised speeds on the brochures, I was quick to blame my connection when my laptop stopped loading web pages. It couldn't be the fact that the thing is a dinosaur and is still running Vista, could it? Never: Windows is indestructible! A quick Google search of related issues alerted me to the fact that, just maybe, my laptop's wireless card had just simply stopped responding. The fix? A thumb-drive like gadget, plugged into a USB port, that would reconnect me in a heartbeat. Why not just buy a new laptop, you ask? I did; what I wanted was to reconnect the old one so that I could continue to use it for when I didn't want to mess up the new one with garbage ads and other malware. A Best Buy employee recommended this Netgear job to me, and I thought, 'What the heck! What can I possibly lose?' He was right. It worked--and it's oddly faster than my laptop's native hardware. Moral of the story: This is a great little purchase. I recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Avoid interference from Bluetooth headphones.

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

    Works great for streaming movies/TV via ON DEMAND and HBO GO to my tablet. I had a problem with too much interference on the 2.4Ghz band. I live in a highly congestive 2.4Ghz neighborhood (20 + neighbors have 2.4Ghz wireless-N networks). Things are made worse when I used my Bluetooth headphones (also use the 2.4Ghz band), when streaming media to my tablet. My tablet's built in network adapter utilizes the wireless-N band, which only runs on the 2.4Ghz band. My tablet has USB 3.0 ports, so purchasing this NetGear A6210 USB 3.0 network adapter was the perfect solution for me. The A6210 has the ability to use the latest, greatest, fastest and least used wireless-AC band, which operates on the 5.0Ghz band. You can still use the 2.4Ghz band, 5.0Ghz alone, or 2.4Ghz+5.0Ghz together at the same time. This can be set in the properties settings through Device Manager in Windows. However, to use the wireless-AC band you will need a router that has dual band capabilities. I have the NetGear R7000 Nighhawk. This combination works awesome together! The A6210 also comes with a docking cradle that extends further out from your device, which is a brilliant feature. I can easily see how having this hanging out of a port on your device could accidently get bumped and snap off or damage the port. Final thoughts. I would not purchase this if your router does not support dual band or wireless-AC, or if your device that you plan on using the A6210 does not have a USB 3.0 port. If this is the case look at the older/cheaper model below this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Windows 10 updates BUYER BEWARE

    Posted
    Lorraine
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I recently purchased a new gaming computer and unfortunately it didn't have a wifi setup and trying to run a line to the desktop would be a nightmare, so I knew I would need a wifi card or adapter. I ended up with this adapter as the reviews were good and I didn't want to go through the trouble of installing a wifi card. Right away I knew there was a problem when I tried to install. The disk didn't want to run the program. When I did eventually get it going, I kept getting the message that this particular wifi adapter could not be found in during the system setup. After trying multiple connectors and every option I could think of, I just figured I got a bad egg and took it back and got another. Same problem. This immediately made me wonder if my new computer was the problem and gave me a few bad moments. I went online to see if maybe anyone else had my problem and found out that LOTS of people have since an update to Windows 10. The Netgear program that comes with this stick is not the standard netgear program but is one that is designed specifically to this stick and IT WILL NOT WORK WITH WINDOWS 10 ANYMORE. You can jump through some hoops and get your computer to recognize the stick but it is a bandaid fix that may break at any moment. This has been going on since Aug 2016 from what I have been able to find out. Netgear has not done anything to resolve the problem as yet and it is 1-31-17. Not impressed and not happy.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding reception in two story house

    Posted
    JRCarson
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    My son's gaming PC was running on a power-line ethernet adapter and getting speeds of 21Mb download and 2.5Mb upload. This wasn't working well for his online gaming and streaming to Twitch, so we replaced our old router with a new Linksys 1900AC router, using the same power-line ethernet adapter. Things got no better. On a whim, I got this USB Wi-Fi receiver and switched his computer over to it instead. He now gets 53Mb down and 5Mb up, solid. His gaming and streaming are top-notch and I have way more control over the on-off scheduling and bandwidth limiting of his system via the wireless connection. Definite win-win. This has worked without a hitch and has already received one patch update with no problems. Our router is in the corner of the first floor living room and his room is on the opposite side of our two-story, 3000 sq ft house. Range is no issue.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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