Netgear A6200 Dual-Band USB Wireless AC Adaptor Review
23 December 2013
Conclusion: When we look at the internet connection speeds that many of us are become all to familiar with and the amount of data that we find ourselves moving around our networks, it was only a matter of time before we saw a need to speed up our wireless networks to come into line with Gigabit Ethernet.
Pros: 802.11ac ready, Strong performance, Easy to set up, Dual Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz radios, Beamforming+ technology
Cons: Will be soon classed as slow as 802.11ac routers and devices mature.
Excerpt: Today we look at the Netgear A6200 USB (2.0) 802.11ac Network Adapter. This adapter is designed for those users who are looking to upgrade their current network equipment to match that of the newest Wi-Fi protocol, 802.11ac. 802.11ac provides the fastest wireless speeds theoretically topping 1GBps.
Summary: Needless to say if your laptop is stuck on older WiFi technologies than the A6200 will definitely improve your connection but given the price of around $80AUD, we do find the product a little on the expensive side. The device is also backward compatible with other 802.11 a/b/g/n devices and is also compatible with Windows 8 that is definitely a bonus. It does it's job but we did have a few teething issues with the speed of the adapter.
Conclusion: Again we're disappointed by an early wireless standard. At short range and middle distances the Netgear A6200 offers nothing beyond existing 802.11n performance, but at a higher price. The one major exception is long-range line-of-sight performance, which is genuinely impressive. We just have to hope that when laptops finally appear with embedded antenna they can do a better job of taking advantage of the promised speed.