Linksys WRT AC1200 Review

Belkin AC1200D-Link AC1200Linksys WRT AC1200
WiFi PerformanceAC1200 WiFi (300 + 867 Mbps)AC1200 WiFi (300 + 867 Mbps)AC1200 WiFi (300 + 867 Mbps)
WiFi Band2.4GHz & 5GHz2.4GHz & 5GHz2.4GHz & 5GHz
Ethernet Ports4 Fast Ethernet LAN port
1 Fast Ethernet WAN port
4 Gigabit LAN port
1 Gigabit WAN port
4 Gigabit LAN port
1 Gigabit WAN port
USB Ports2 USB ports
1 USB 2.0 port1 USB 3.0 port
1 USB 2.0/eSata port
Encryption128-bit WEP
256-bit WPA
256-bit WPA2
Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2)
WPA Personal
WPA Enterprise
WPA2 Personal
WPA2 Enterprise
WPA2/WPA Mixed Personal
WPA2/WPA Mixed Enterprise
AntennasInternalInternal Smart Antennas2 detachable external antennas
Firewall FeaturesNetwork Address Translation (NAT)
Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI)
Network Address Translation (NAT)
Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI)
Advanced Network Protection (WPA/WPA2 encryption and SPI firewall)

The Linksys WRT AC1200 provides N400 and AC867Mbps dual-band throughput. The beamforming technology makes the router more reliable since it gives the router, improved range, minimal interference from other devices, fast network speeds, and stable Wi-Fi connection. The WRT 1200AC has the color, size and shape similar to that of WRT1900AC and the number of peripheral ports is also alike in the two routers. WRT 1200AC is equipped with two detachable antennas. With this kind of design, the device mixes well with other stackable devices such as the WRT Switch that helps you organize your space. The peripheral ports are at the back of the router and there are white LEDs that show you the status of all the ports at the front.

Remote Management

With the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi connection, you are in a position to control your network from wherever you are. You can manage your home network remotely through the internet. To enjoy this feature you need a account, and then log on the website using a computer connected to the router. The first time you do this, you are prompted to enter admin password for the router and from then on, you can manage your home or office network from anywhere in the world once you log in. The feature is quite helpful, however there are privacy concerns since the vendor has access to all the online activities.

Usability and Additional Features

You can use your WRT1200AC immediately you remove it from its box. The manufacturer has printed all the default settings at the base of the device. It is possible to change and customize names of the Wi-Fi networks or other features of the router through the web interface since the interface is similar to previous Linksys Smart Wi-Fi routers. There is an interactive map feature that allows a user to view all devices connected, and you can interact with any device by just a single click on its icon. It is also possible to carry out a quick speed test from within the interface.