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NetGear AC1750 (R6400) Review

Good for those with a larger home who are shopping for an upgrade pick on a budget
NetGear AC1750 (R6400)
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Price:   $130 List | $85.87 at Amazon
Pros:  Relatively inexpensive, exceptional range
Cons:  Sparse on features, average throughput
Manufacturer:   NETGEAR
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Feb 9, 2018
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  • Features - 25% 5
  • Ease of Use - 20% 7
  • 2 4 ghz throughput - 20% 5
  • 5 ghz throughput - 20% 5
  • Range - 15% 7

Our Verdict

The AC1750 has an unmatched range in our test, making it an excellent choice if you have a larger home and need the additional range. It's a great value pick for those that want a slight upgrade and really need the extra range.

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Pros Relatively inexpensive, exceptional rangeVery easy to use, more affordable, solid set of featuresSuper easy to use, fantastic valueEasy to set up, expandableInexpensive, Easy to use
Cons Sparse on features, average throughputUnimpressive throughput and rangeDoesn't have extremely impressive range, so-so set of featuresSo-so range between points, can't turn off frequencies for troubleshootingLackluster throughput, minimal features
Bottom Line Good for those with a larger home who are shopping for an upgrade pick on a budgetGreat for budget-conscious shoppers that are willing to spend a little bit more to upgrade performanceIf you are on a budget and seeking a simple router, this is our recommendationIf you are trying to set up a mesh network on a budget, then we think this is one of your best optionsThe Archer C7 isn't the fastest router around, but it's great if you are on a tight budget
Rating Categories NetGear AC1750 (R6400) NetGear Nighthawk A... TP-Link Archer A6 (... eero Mesh Wifi Router TP-Link Archer C7 (...
Features (25%)
5.0
6.0
5.0
5.0
4.0
Ease Of Use (20%)
7.0
7.0
8.0
6.0
8.0
2 4 Ghz Throughput (20%)
5.0
5.0
4.0
5.0
4.0
5 Ghz Throughput (20%)
5.0
5.0
5.0
4.0
4.0
Range (15%)
7.0
5.0
4.0
4.0
4.0
Specs NetGear AC1750 (R6400) NetGear Nighthawk A... TP-Link Archer A6 (... eero Mesh Wifi Router TP-Link Archer C7 (...
MU-MIMO No Yes Yes Yes No
Wireless Specification 802.11ac 802.11ac 2.4 GHz: 802.11n
5 GHz: 802.11ac
IEEE802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11ac
LAN Ports Available 4 4 4 5 (total) 4
Security WPA2-PSK [AES], WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PSK [AES], WPA/WPA2 Enterprise WPA2-PSK [AES], WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PSK [AES], WPA/WPA2 Enterprise 64/128-bit WEP, WPA / WPA2, WPA-PSK/ WPA2-PSK Encryption WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK WPA/WPA2 Personal, WPA/ WPA2 Enterprise, WEP, TKIP and AES Encryptions
Wall mountable Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Beamforming Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Frequency 2.4GHz and 5GHz 2.4GHz and 5GHz 2.4GHz and 5GHz 2.4GHz and 5GHz 2.4GHz and 5GHz
USB Ports 2: 3.0 and 2.0 1: 3.0 None None 2: 2.0
Dimensions 7.2" x 11.22" x 2.4" 7.26" x 11.22" x 1.97" 9.1" x 5.7" x 1.4" 3.86" x 3.86" x 2.36" 9.6" x 6.4" x 1.3"
Antenna 3 external 3 external 4 external and 1 internal 4 internal 3 external
Processor 880 MHz dual-core 1 GHz dual-core 775 MHz single-core 700 MHz quad-core 720 MHz single-core
Memory 128 MB Flash
256 MB RAM
128 MB Flash
256 MB RAM
N/A 512MB RAM
4GB flash storage
8 MB Flash
128 MB RAM
2.4 GHz. Short Distance Throughput - Line of Sight 47 Mbits/s 48 Mbits/s 38 Mbits/s 39 Mbits/s 36 Mbits/s
2.4 GHz. Short Distance Throughput - Obstructed 37 Mbits/s 47 Mbits/s 30 Mbits/s 53 Mbits/s 42 Mbits/s
2.4 GHz. Medium Distance Throughput - Line of Sight 39 Mbits/s 43 Mbits/s 28 Mbits/s 47 Mbits/s 41 Mbits/s
2.4 GHz. Medium Distance Throughput - Obstructed 40 Mbits/s 37 Mbits/s 25 Mbits/s 43 Mbits/s 35 Mbits/s
2.4 GHz. Long Distance Throughput 22 Mbits/s 25 Mbits/s 9 Mbits/s 6 Mbits/s 9 Mbits/s
5 GHz. Short Distance Throughput - Line of Sight 220 Mbits/s 211 Mbits/s 227 Mbits/s 203 Mbits/s 211 Mbits/s
5 GHz. Short Distance Throughput - Obstructed 184 Mbits/s 201 Mbits/s 199 Mbits/s 174 Mbits/s 184 Mbits/s
5 GHz. Medium Distance Throughput - Line of Sight 196 Mbits/s 211 Mbits/s 178 Mbits/s 176 Mbits/s 192 Mbits/s
5 GHz. Medium Distance Throughput - Obstructed 181 Mbits/s 194 Mbits/s 169 Mbits/s 188 Mbits/s 166 Mbits/s
5 GHz. Long Distance Throughput 17 Mbits/s 11 Mbits/s 26 Mbits/s 21 Mbits/s 18 Mbits/s
Video Playback Range Test 204 ft. 155 ft. 135 ft. 135 ft. 135 ft.

Our Analysis and Test Results

Matching the performance of the Nighthawk, as described above, the NetGear AC1750 did slightly outperform the Linksys AC1900 WRT1900ACS, mainly due to its superior range. However, the WRT1900ACS costs close to double, making the AC1750 a far superior choice.

The R6400 is a solid router with an excellent range.
The R6400 is a solid router with an excellent range.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Performance Comparison


To rank all of the routers that we bought, we split our testing process up into five weighted metrics. These were Features, 2.4 GHz. Throughput, 5 GHz. Throughput, Range, and Ease of Use. The sections below describe how well the AC1750 did against its peers.

This router has an average set of features and functions.
This router has an average set of features and functions.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Features


Responsible for 25% of the total score, our Features metric is the most important of the entire group. After researching routers for a while, we made a list of the most critical common features, then compared that to each router to determine score. The AC1750 did reasonably well in this metric, meriting a 5 out of 10 for its performance, putting it in the middle of the pack.

Starting off, we checked to see if the router supported beamforming and MU-MIMO, or Multi-User, Multiple Input, Multiple Output. These features both speed up your network and give you faster internet. Beamforming is when the router has the capabilities to determine the relative location of a device and concentrate the WiFi signal in that direction. MU-MIMO allows a router to communicate with multiple devices simultaneously, reducing load times when there are many users on the network. The AC1750 has beamforming abilities, but doesn't support MU-MIMO, as far as we could tell.

Next, we looked if you can remotely reset the router — handy for troubleshooting connectivity issues — and if you have the ability to dim the LED indicator lights, which can prove quite distracting if the router is visible in a darkened room. The AC1750 can be remotely reset, but the lights can only be dimmed through the web interface. This dual-band router supports IPv6 and has a guest WiFi network. This product also can be mounted on a wall.

This router has 4 LAN ports, the average amount for these products.
This router has 4 LAN ports, the average amount for these products.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Finally, we looked at the number of available connections each route had. The AC1750 has 4 LAN ports — right on par for the course for these products.

This router has two USB ports.
This router has two USB ports.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The AC1750 also has one USB 2.0 port and one USB 3.0 port.

This is one of the easier routers to use and operate.
This is one of the easier routers to use and operate.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ease of Use


Our next metric, Ease of Use, makes up 20% of the total score. To score each router, we looked at how much effort was required to unpack and set up the network out of the box, as well as the quality of the user interface, the ease of enabling parental controls, and if the router has QoS. The NetGear AC1750 did very well, earning a 7 out of 10 for its results.

This router is relatively easy to set up out of the box, though it did need a firmware update before we completed the initial network configuration. This product has an installation wizard that will guide you through setting up the admin password and get you started.

The NetGear R6400 was very easy to setup with a handy installation...
The NetGear R6400 was very easy to setup with a handy installation wizard.

The user interface on this router is fine, though it seems a little dated in design. We also found that it was quite prone to issues when using Google Chrome to access the web interface. We weren't big fans of the QoS, or Quality of Service on this router, as it seems very outdated and doesn't let you prioritize bandwidth by specific devices, only by topics. However, we did like the parental control functions, as the AC1750 and the other NetGear routers offer the most precise level of control, though it is a little more work to set up initially compared to some of the products from other manufacturers.

2.4 GHz. Throughput


Similar to the previous metric, this metric also is responsible for 20% of the total score for each wireless router. To determine performance, we used a piece of software called iPerf3 on a test laptop that allows you to determine the maximum throughput speed. The AC1750 delivered an overall mediocre performance, earning a 5 out of 10. We ran this test in five different positions relative to the router, averaging the results of three trial to determine scores. First, we started with two short distance test, with about 10' between the router and the laptop. One had a clear view between router and computer and one was blocked by a wall. The AC1750 started off with solid performance in both, averaging a throughput speed of 47 Mbit/s in the line-of-sight test and 37 Mbit/s in the obstructed version. This put it in the middle of the pack.


Moving on to the medium distance tests — about 35' between the router and computer — we again conducted an unobstructed and obstructed version. The AC1750 again finished in the middle of the group, hitting an average speed of 39 Mbits/s in the line of sight test and — surprisingly — 40 Mbits/s in the obstructed test. The results of the rest of the group in the line of sight test are shown below.


Finally, the AC1750 again finished in the middle of the pack, achieving an average throughput speed of 22.3 Mbits/s.

5 GHz. Throughput


This metric is practically identical to the previous one in terms of weight and testing process, with the exception of using the 5 GHz. band instead of the 2.4 GHz. The AC1750 again delivered a decent performance, meriting a 5 out of 10 for its performance.

In the short distance tests, the AC1750 delivered a slightly subpar showing in the obstructed version, averaging 184 Mbits/s. However, it did very well in the line of sight test, delivering one of the best scores of the group, as shown below.


It did a little worse in both of the medium distance tests, averaging 196 Mbit/s in the line of sight test — slightly below average — and 181 Mbit/s in the obstructed test — about average. The AC1750 finished out with a less than stellar performance in the long distance tests with a below average 17 Mbit/s.

Range


Our final rating metric, Range, takes credit for the residual 15% of the total score. The AC1750 did exceptionally well, receiving one of the top scores of the entire group with a 7 out of 10.

We attempted to play a 5-minute YouTube video in 720p on a test computer at set distances away from the router and noted when the video began to buffer. The test computer played the video successfully a whopping 214' away from the AC1750 — the furthest we have seen so far!

Value


The AC1750 is a great value, just narrowly edged out of winning the Best Buy Award. While it's not the best if you are on a super tight budget, it's a great option when you are searching for an upgrade pick but still shopping on a budget.

Conclusion


Finishing with the same score as our Best Buy Award winner, the NetGear Nighthawk, the AC1750 is a great value router with exceptional range. It's worth considering if you are shopping on a budget and willing to pay a little more to upgrade performance, especially if you value range over features.

David Wise and Austin Palmer