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Linksys WRT1200AC Wi-Fi Router Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Routers & Access Points in Networking | Posted: Apr 23, 2015 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 87%Manufacturer: Linksys

External Storage Performance

 

In our external storage performance test, we map the USB 3.0 storage port on each router as a network drive, then run ATTO Disk benchmark and record the best results over three runs.

 

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Results for the Linksys WRT1200AC were quite impressive within read operations. As you can see, read performance reached 107 MB/s. Write performance, however, was the lowest of the three tested at 21 MB/s.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

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While the WRT1200AC isn't the highest performing routing solution on the market, it does perform quite well when compared to other AC1200 solutions. While we haven't seen many AC1200 routers come through the lab here at TweakTown, with the Amped Wireless RTA15 being the only comparable router, the Linksys did outperform it on every level.

 

Build quality of the Linksys WRT1200AC is quite good as was the previous solution we tested. The plastics are high quality and fit together quite well, and the LED panel on the front has a decent amount of brightness for you to see what's going on without becoming a night-light.

 

In our testing, the Linksys WRT1200 performance was quite good when compared to similar solutions. In LAN to LAN testing, we found the router capable of 947 Mbps, while WAN performance touched 945 Mbps. Wireless throughput was quite good with 5GHz, where we found the router scaling from 92 Mbps with 20MHz band all the way up to 388 Mbps with the 80MHz band.

 

2.4GHz performance was decent for what it was, but as you could see in our charts, there was no way to force a 40MHz band as the coexistence mechanism is locked so its likely you will never get to see the 40MHz in operation unless you live in a remote location.

 

Like the WRT1900AC, the latest AC1200 solution is built for the open source market. OpenWRT is the focus with this entire lineup of routers, but as anyone who has owned the WRT1900 knows, it's been nearly a year without a stable build that reliable. With the release of the WRT1200, we can only hope things start to pick up in the third-party firmware arena. I'm not saying that the stock firmware is terrible, but as these routers are marketed for open source, it would be great to have the chance to utilize the feature.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance83%
Quality including Design and Build89%
General Features90%
Bundle and Packaging86%
Value for Money87%
Overall TweakTown Rating87%

The Bottom Line: Linksys' WRT1200 is a great solution for the casual internet user, performance is top notch for AC1200 solutions, and the additional storage features are great for moving files within your network.

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