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June 15, 2016

Dual Band 802.11ac Wireless Access Point (WAC120-100NAS)

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Dual WAC120-100NAS comparison with other similar products:
Couple of NETGEAR Dual reviews from last month


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WAC120-100NAS review and price:

NETGEAR Dual Band 802.11ac features:

  • Simple setup in minutes with intuitive Graphical User Interface (GUI)
  • Comprehensive security with WPA and WPA2 and MAC address Access List
  • Delivers up to 4x the speed of 802.11n networks with 802.11ac
  • Standalone Access Point with mesh, client, and AP modes for flexible deployment for Small Office Home Office (SOHO
  • Wi-Fi Protected System (WPS) button for ease of initial client connectivity
  • Connect simply to DSL gateway, router, or cable modems
  • Dual Band 802.11ac concurrent operation with backward compatibility to 802.11n
  • LIFETIME 24/7 Advanced Technical Support via chat and 24/7 Advanced Technical Support via phone for 90 days
Other Info for this deal:

Warranty: standard manufacturer’s warranty
S&H: Free shipping if ordered online
NETGEAR Dual’s dimensions and weight: check our reviews
Coupon: n/a

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General NETGEAR WAC120-100NAS description
The NETGEAR Dual Band 802. 11ac Wireless Access Point (AP) delivers high performance for Small Office and Home Office (SOHO) deployments and supports dual band real time operation at 2. 4GHz and 5GHz with joint throughput of 1. 2Gbps (300Mbps at 2. 4GHz and 867Mbps at 5GHz). The WAC120 Wireless 802. 11ac Access Point gives standalone configuration with easy setup for a dependable, high-performance, and cheap wireless solution.

Recent reviews:

I was selected to get and test the & 34;Netgear Dual Band 802. 11ac Access Point (WAC120-100NAS)& 34;. I’m replacing an present wireless router (& 34;NETGEAR Nighthawk X4 AC2350 Smart Wi-Fi Router (R7500)& 34;), which is configured as a wireless access point, which is obviously overkill. In general, the much cheaper WAC120 performs just also as the R7500 for my specific use case. With that said, here is my in depth review:SETUP – This was my 1st time configuring a wireless access point, so all I can say is that it’s easy, IF you follow the provided information and have a basic understanding of networking (or know how to Google). For most buyers, who are most likely familiar with routers only, I am guessing they can be perplexed by the difference in initial configuration procedure. This is because routers assign IP addresses, where access points and hubs/switches don’t, so you have to configure a computer with a static IP address on the same subnet as this devices to connect to it throughout initial configuration. FEATURES – The WAC120 has the features I wanted. I needed a wireless access point, and I wanted QOS to prioritize network traffic, so my family does not complain about video streaming not working or being sluggish. I move lots of data around my network: backing up computers, streaming HD video from my server, or transferring big video files to and from my server, so the extra speed offered by the AC channel is appreciated. PERFORMANCE – For a wireless access point, the most important KPIs for me are speed and range. Both are excellent and are on par with the much costly device it is replacing. At the edges of my home (50 ft from device with at most 6 walls between), I observed a 20 speed loss and a 50 signal loss.

UNBOXINGThe unit is simplistic without antenna or lots of ports; but, this isn’t essentially a bad thing. The unit comes with a 6-ft ethernet cord, power adapter, and the access point itself. The instruction booklet is simplistic, however I was able to easily set the unit up. SET UPI have a just amount of tech experience so setting a static IP was pretty straight forward. Usually, businesses have an organized IP assignment system for switches and access points so it seems right for the default mode to be this way. The information may be a bit more clear on what the IP settings mean and what the user should switch it to for their configuration. I changed the device to automatically get the IP, unplugged the ethernet from my laptop,, then plugged the access point into my DSL modem/router. After waiting some minutes for it to re-establish connectivity, I selected the SSID on my computer and it connected automatically. The security setting are defaulted to open when you 1st turn it on. You may be able to easily change the security profile by following the information in the booklet. PERFORMANCEOver the past week, I have not had any issues with my wireless devices connecting to the access point. I plugged the access point straight into one of 4 ports on my modem. The speeds we really a little faster than my other NETGEAR router connected to my modem, however that may have been because I haven’t switched all my other devices to the new access point. I may ask my employees to use this access point for their non-work devices to spread the bandwidth around. In general THOUGHTSThe device is simple for someone that knows what a static IP address can be used for.

Full disclosure: I got this AP from NETGEAR as part of a friends and family test and evaluation program. Setting up the WAC120 was pretty straightforward with the information it came with. I have a router already, however I disconnected it and ran the WAC120 straight from my modem to test it out. The data speeds and range were comparable to my router (NETGEAR R6050), so it did not seem right to leave it connected this way. Since I already had a router and did not need the wireless capability, I have decided to use the WAC120 for something more creative. I used it in bridge mode with another AP and a switch to connect my blu-ray player and tv to my wireless network. They both have Wi-Fi capability, however using the Ethernet bridge provided a much faster connection. The only thing I did not like about the WAC120 was the lack of a repeater mode. I could have liked to have located it bear my garage to get better wireless coverage when I do work out there. Aesthetically, the WAC120 simply looks high tech. I like the shiny black finish and the uniformity of it. It also has a smaller footprint in comparison to my current router. In general, I think the WAC120 is a good purchase if you are looking for a wireless bridge or just a simple wireless access point from a modem, however not if you are wanting to expand coverage of your wireless network caused by its lack of a repeater mode. The WAC120 still has a ton of features although. It is a really versatile part of equipment that is easy to use.

Compare NETGEAR Dual Band with similar products:

Cisco Aironet 1250 Series AIR-AP1252G-x-K9 802.11g/n Dual-Band Wireless Access Point AP

  • Access point platform with pre-installed radio modules; part number AIR-AP1252G-x-K9; 802.11g/n 2.4-GHz Standalone AP; 3 RP-TNC
  • Rugged Metal Housing & ExtendedOperating Temperature: Ideal for factories, warehouses, and otherindustrial environments; UL 2043 plenum rated for above ceiling installation options or suspended from drop ceilings
  • POWER SUPPLY NOT INCLUDED. Requires Cisco AP1250 Power Injector (AIR-PWRINJ4), Cisco AP1250 Local Power Supply (AIR-PWR-SPLY1), or Cisco Catalyst switch port capable of sourcing 20W or greater

Aruba Networks 7030, 8×10/100/1000BASE-T or 8x1GBASE-X SFP dual personality ports, Supports up to 64 AP and 4K clients 7030-US

  • Data Link Protocol: Gigabit Ethernet
  • Max Access Points: 64

Apple Airport Express MB321LL/A

  • The AirPort Express Base Station now features 802.11n, the next-generation high-speed wireless technology included with most shipping Mac computers and some newer PCs with compatible cards
  • Industry-standard encryption technologies built into AirPort Express, including WPA/WPA2 and 128-bit WEP, plus a built-in firewall that creates a barrier between your network and the Internet
  • Wirelessly share photos, movies, and other files without having to worry about slow data transmissions
  • Take the music from the iTunes library on your computer and sends it wirelessly to any stereo or speakers in your home
  • Print wirelessly through AirPort Express–it’s almost like having a printer in every room of the house
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Ubiquiti Networks UniFi AP Enterprise WiFi System UAP-3 (Pack of 3)

  • Capable of speeds up to 300 Mbps with a range of up to 122 m (400 ft).
  • 802.11n MIMO UniFi AP supports WiFi standards 802.11 b/g/n; 2.4 GHz
  • Location tracking and alerts for each device
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE), Wall/Ceiling mount(Kits Included), and Security Lock
  • LED provisioning ring, which provides administrator location tracking and alerts for each device

Cisco 2600 Series Access Point (AIR-SAP2602I-A-K9)

  • Cisco Aironet 3600 Series includes Cisco ClientLink 2.0 to boost performance and range for clients and includes Cisco CleanAir spectrum intelligence for a self-healing, self-optimizing network
  • Cisco Aironet 3600 Series is an innovative, modular platform that offers unparalleled investment protection
  • The new Cisco Aironet 3600 Series sustains reliable connections at higher speeds further from the access point than competing solutions

Global Cache Home Network Adapter, 18 In. with Rack Mount (GC-100-18R)

  • Connects a network utilizing TCP/IP to infrared (IR), serial, and relay communications
  • Easily manage and access devices via network-based software
  • Embedded web server allows easy configuration from any browser
  • Modular mix-and-match design allows control of diverse systems
  • Sensor inputs can interrupt or be polled by another network device

TP-LINK TL-WA7210N High Power Outdoor Wireless N150 Access Point, 2.4GHz 150Mbps, WISP/AP Router/AP, 12dBi antenna, Passive POE

  • Up to 60 meters (200 feet) of flexible deployment with included passive POE Injector
  • Dedicated power amplifier and low noise amplifier improve radio performance
  • 12dBi dual-polarized directional antenna boosts wireless range
  • Provides external RP-SMA connector for higher gain antenna upgrade
  • Supports AP Client Router (WISP Client), AP Router and AP operation mode
  • Supports Antenna Alignment , Distance Setting, Ping Watch Dog and Wireless Speed Test
  • Up to 500mw power for longer distance transmission
  • Weatherproof enclosure, 4KV lightning protection, grounding terminal integrated and 15KV ESD protection

802.11ac Band Wireless technical ratings and MSRP
  • Standalone Access Point with mesh, client, and AP modes for flexible deployment for Small Office Home Office (SOHO
  • LIFETIME 24/7 Advanced Technical Support via chat and 24/7 Advanced Technical Support via phone for 90 days
  • Simple setup in minutes with intuitive Graphical User Interface (GUI)
  • Delivers up to 4x the speed of 802.11n networks with 802.11ac
  • Comprehensive security with WPA and WPA2 and MAC address Access List
  • Connect simply to DSL gateway, router, or cable modems
  • Wi-Fi Protected System (WPS) button for ease of initial client connectivity
  • Dual Band 802.11ac concurrent operation with backward compatibility to 802.11n

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  3. Netgear Nighthawk Wi-Fi Range Extender AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit (EX7000-100NAS)
  4. NETGEAR Wireless-N 150 Access Point (WN604-100NAS)
  5. NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (R7000)
  6. Sabrent AC600 Dual Band Wi-Fi USB Mini Adapter IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with WPS for Easy Connection Support Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10 Mac OS 10.6 and above (NT-WSAC)


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