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Price $130 List
$129.97 at Amazon
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Pros Relatively inexpensive, exceptional rangeExtremely easy to use, packed with featuresTons of features, easy to useVery easy to use, more affordable, solid set of featuresSuper easy to use, decent set of features
Cons Sparse on features, average throughputAverage range, throughputExpensive, mediocre throughputUnimpressive throughput and rangeBelow average throughput, somewhat expensive
Bottom Line For those that need range above all in their router, look no further than the NETGEAR AC1750For those that want a top-notch router, look no further than the feature-rich and supremely easy to use Asus RT-AC88UThe main thing that made the X10 stand out from the rest of the pack is its exceptionally high priceIf you are looking for an upgrade pick while shopping on a budget, then this router is a great optionThere are some far less expensive routers that perform comparably to the RT-AC68U
Rating Categories NETGEAR AC1750... ASUS RT-AC88U... NETGEAR Nighthawk... Nighthawk AC1750... ASUS RT-AC68U...
Features (25%)
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8
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6
6
Ease Of Use (20%)
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9
2 4 Ghz Throughput (20%)
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5 Ghz Throughput (20%)
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Range (15%)
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Specs NETGEAR AC1750... ASUS RT-AC88U... NETGEAR Nighthawk... Nighthawk AC1750... ASUS RT-AC68U...
MU-MIMO No Yes Yes Yes No
Wireless Specification 802.11ac 802.11ac 802.11ad 802.11ac 2.4 GHz: 802.11n
5 GHz: 802.11ac
LAN Ports Available 4 8 6 4 4
Security WPA2-PSK [AES], WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PSK [AES], WPA/WPA2 Enterprise WPA2 Personal, WPA Auto Personal, WPA2 Enterprise, WPA Auto Enterprise WPA2-PSK [AES], WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PSK [AES], WPA/WPA2 Enterprise WPA2-PSK [AES], WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PSK [AES], WPA/WPA2 Enterprise WPA2 Personal, WPA Auto Personal, WPA2 Enterprise, WPA Auto Enterprise
Wall mountable Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Beamforming Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Frequency 2.4GHz and 5GHz 2.4GHz and 5GHz 2.4GHz, 5GHz, 60GHz 2.4GHz and 5GHz 2.4GHz and 5GHz
USB Ports 2: 3.0 and 2.0 2: 3.0 and 2.0 2: 3.0 1: 3.0 2: 3.0 and 2.0
Dimensions 7.2" x 11.22" x 2.4" 11.8" x 7.4" x 2.38" 8.81" x 6.61" x 2.91" 7.26" x 11.22" x 1.97" 6.3" x 3.3" x 8.6"
Antenna 3 external 4 external 4 external 3 external 3 external
Processor 880 MHz dual-core 1.4 GHz dual-core 1.7 GHz quad-core 1 GHz dual-core 1 GHz dual-core processor
Memory 128 MB Flash
256 MB RAM
128 MB Flash
512 MB DDR3 RAM
512 MB NAND Flash
1 GB DDR3 SDRAM
128 MB Flash
256 MB RAM
128 MB Flash
256 MB RAM
2.4 GHz. Short Distance Throughput - Line of Sight 47 Mbits/s 51 Mbits/s 49 Mbits/s 48 Mbits/s 45 Mbits/s
2.4 GHz. Short Distance Throughput - Obstructed 37 Mbits/s 39 Mbits/s 46 Mbits/s 47 Mbits/s 44 Mbits/s
2.4 GHz. Medium Distance Throughput - Line of Sight 39 Mbits/s 39 Mbits/s 47 Mbits/s 43 Mbits/s 29 Mbits/s
2.4 GHz. Medium Distance Throughput - Obstructed 40 Mbits/s 38 Mbits/s 45 Mbits/s 37 Mbits/s 23 Mbits/s
2.4 GHz. Long Distance Throughput 22 Mbits/s 27 Mbits/s 10 Mbits/s 25 Mbits/s 13 Mbits/s
5 GHz. Short Distance Throughput - Line of Sight 220 Mbits/s 212 Mbits/s 186 Mbits/s 211 Mbits/s 186 Mbits/s
5 GHz. Short Distance Throughput - Obstructed 184 Mbits/s 211 Mbits/s 157 Mbits/s 201 Mbits/s 161 Mbits/s
5 GHz. Medium Distance Throughput - Line of Sight 196 Mbits/s 204 Mbits/s 198 Mbits/s 211 Mbits/s 153 Mbits/s
5 GHz. Medium Distance Throughput - Obstructed 181 Mbits/s 186 Mbits/s 145 Mbits/s 194 Mbits/s 167 Mbits/s
5 GHz. Long Distance Throughput 17 Mbits/s 37 Mbits/s 46 Mbits/s 11 Mbits/s 35 Mbits/s
Video Playback Range Test 204 ft. 158 ft. 144 ft. 155 ft. 144 ft.
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