A little over a year ago, we took our first look at the much-anticipated WRT1900AC wireless router from Linksys. While the first iteration of the WRT platform was built for top tier performance, the latest solution is being geared towards the average home user.
The Linksys WRT1200AC is the latest wireless solution to come from the storied Linksys brand. Featuring the same design characteristics as the previous WRT solution, the 1200AC solution is built on a similar platform featuring the same 1.3GHz dual-core SoC, along with USB 3.0 and eSATA support.
In essence, the WRT1200AC is the little brother of the WRT1900, as many of the features remain including four gigabit Ethernet ports and of course I/O connectivity including both USB 3.0 and eSATA. Differentiating itself from the previous model, the Linksys WRT1200AC is built with N400 technology for the 2.4GHz band and AC867 for the 5GHz band. Two high performance antennas support the wireless network, while beamforming increases performance.
Linksys WRT1200AC Wi-Fi Router
Packaging for the Linksys WRT1200AC is quite similar to what we found with the 1900AC model. The front of the packaging houses an image of the router, with marketing information below.
The back of the packaging carries a comparison between the WRT1200, 1900 and EA6350. As you can see, the WRT1200 is the second in line for performance routers from Linksys.
Opening the box, we found the same care taken with the presentation. The WRT1200 is elegantly boxed with the router on top and accessories below.
Scope of delivery includes the router, Ethernet cable, wireless antennas, and reading materials.
The front of the WRT1200 is very similar to the 1900 solution we reviewed last year. The front carries LEDs for each Ethernet port and wireless band, along with storage connectivity.
The back of the router starts off the the WPS button at the far left, followed by the gigabit LAN and WAN. Moving down further, we find the USB 3.0 and eSATA ports, along with reset and power buttons.
The bottom of the router is vented via the many holes placed throughout. Above, the sticker carries the wireless password and SSID.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and the Router]
- Page 2 [Management GUI]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and Transfer Performance]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - Wired and Wireless Throughput]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - External Storage & Final Thoughts]
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