Netgear AC1750 review
Usually, when you get started with a Wi-Fi provider, they will give you a router to use (some even charge you a monthly fee for the privilege).
But, some providers allow you to use a router you already own. Or to buy a router separately and use that instead. This is nice because routers you buy separately are often much better than the ones given to you by Wi-Fi providers, and by getting one you can improve the speed and in particular, the range of your Wi-Fi.
The Netgear AC1750 is a medium-range internet router that I’ve had the opportunity to look at.
In this review, we’ll talk about what I like about the AC1750, and what I don’t.
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In my opinion, a router isn’t something that needs to look good. I mean, it’s there to connect the internet, as long as it does that I don’t think it matters.
Despite this, it’s quite a cool looking router. It’s jet black and has a taller back than front, so it kind of slopes down. It has three long antennae sticking out the top of it, which you can adjust but can’t remove.
It’s one of the bigger Wi-Fi routers I’ve seen, with dimensions of 9.84 x 12.91 x 3.74 inches. This makes it far bigger than your standard router, and it might be difficult to find somewhere to put it, which is a downside. It can be wall mounted, though, which might be the best option just considering how large it is.
One nice thing about the AC1750 is the fact that you can disable the myriad of LED lights on the front of the router. There’s nothing worse than trying to sleep but being kept awake by flashing lights from your Wi-Fi router.
With the AC1750 you can avoid most of this, although unfortunately, you can’t turn off the power light. But one constant light is a lot easier to sleep through than several flashing ones.
Another good touch is the inclusion of ventilation holes on the unit. This is nice because routers are typically in constant use, and they can end up getting a little hot as a result. All these holes do is allow greater airflow, thereby cooling the unit and increasing its longevity.
I found setting it up to be pretty easy.
I must point out here, that I have set-up several wireless routers before and so I pretty much know the general process. It might be a little more challenging for someone who’s more of a beginner to this kind of thing.
With that said, there’s not really anything to get wrong. It took me about 20 minutes to get everything set up and working. There’s a set of fairly comprehensive installation instructions, and the built-in Genie app can basically just run through the entire process for you if that’s what you want.
Range and Power
This is what people are most concerned with in a router. There’s no point getting a wireless router if it only works in one room of the house, or isn’t powerful enough to give you decent internet speed.
Fortunately, this router scores pretty well on both points. It provides 450+1300 Mbps of speed, which is more than enough for all the devices in my home (all eleven of them!)
It also provides plenty of range due to its three external antenna. To test the range, I went into the street and started walking away from my house, the router was set up on the first floor, and I managed to get quite away down the street before I ran out of signal.
Obviously, I can’t guarantee the same results for you, but I was pretty impressed.
Part of the reason the AC1750 offers such great range is due to its ‘beamforming’ technology. This means that it locks onto and sends its signal specifically to your devices, rather than sending it out equally in all directions.
This video explains it:
While the range is good, it’s not absolutely massive. I would say it’s perfect for a large family home or even a small business. But not ideal for running a larger business or anything like that. If that’s your aim, you’ll need something a little more powerful.
NETGEAR state that the AC1750 is perfect for households with at least 12 connected devices, so if you’re a tech geek who likes everything connected to your Wi-Fi, the AC1750 could really be a great option.
In terms of its hard-drive, the AC1750 has pretty typical stats for a router of this type. It comes with 800 MHz of power and two cores. It also has 256MB of RAM and 128MB of flash memory. While this is pretty standard for this kind of class, it’s more than enough for virtually any home network.
Most routers typically have a single USB Port, which is usually USB 2.0. One of the nice things about the AC1750 is that it has two USBs, once which is 2.0 and another which is 3.0.
This means that if you’ve got a more up-to-date storage setup, and you want to use networked storage, you can do so easily.
This is quite a niche thing, and most people aren’t using USB 3.0 yet, but it’s certainly nice to have the option.
Another nice addition is the Genie app. This allows you to control your network in various ways, including setting up parental controls for your children’s devices and also having a completely separate ‘guest’ network for any visitors to your home, giving you an extra layer of security.
I was impressed with this router, particularly with its range. While there’s certainly no point shelling out for something like this if you live in a one-bed apartment. If you live in a larger home and are looking to get Wi-Fi coverage all over, it could be an excellent bet.
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