Test and review: Netgear AC1750 router for streaming and gaming

Let’s start with the Netgear AC1750 (R6400) model. It is enclosed in a rather bulky case with an unusual shape, following modern fashion. The dimensions are 183 x 285 x 62 mm, which is quite usual for a wireless router, such a large body is appropriate for routers with internal antennas. It’s not an actual extended range router, but its still good for using in gaming clubs and cafe. If you can’t or don’t know how to start with your new router – just check how to install routers thread any time you wish (before or after reading of this thread). And if you are looking for 8 port router you should check other models of asus or tp-link in same class.

Netgear AC1750

The Netgear AC1750 (R6400) case is made of plastic, but the manufacturer chose a mix of different surfaces. The router has a matte surface on the sides and a dot structure on the top. In the interval, you can see a narrow transparent strip. The Netgear ac1750 (R6400) router can be hung on a wall.

In a narrow strip at the top, there are LEDs that display the status of the wireless router. From left to right: indicator of router activation, Internet connection, wireless network activity in two bands, USB port activity, wired Ethernet connections. There are two buttons on the right, the first one turns on / off the wireless network, and the second one activates the connection via WPS without entering a password.

Netgear AC1750

All the main interfaces are located behind the router. Unfortunetly, its not such powerful as net gear 8 port switch, but on the left you still can see 4x Ethernet ports at speeds up to 1.000 Mbit / s and the WAN port on the right of the antenna. The reset button is located on the left edge. You can connect a printer via the USB 2.0 port, which is then available as a network printer. The toggle switch allows you to enable or disable Netgear AC1750 (R6400). Netgear external power supply.
Here we would like to mention the antenna configuration. Netgear has installed a 3×3 MIMO configuration, three antennas are internal and three are external. They connect to the back of the router. Netgear recommends turning the two external antennas at a 45° angle to ensure optimal coverage, starting from the immediate vicinity of the router. The antennas can be easily unscrewed and replaced with other models if required. However, for most scenarios, the standard configuration will be sufficient.

Netgear AC1750

External drives are connected to the Netgear AC1750 (R6400) via a USB 3.0 port located on the front panel of the router. You can also connect drives to the back port, even if it only supports the USB 2.0 standard.
Netgear AC1750-software
Below we will look at the Netgear AC1750 software.

For initial configuration of the Netgear AC1750, you can use the network cable to connect to the router, or use the WLAN and the information printed on the bottom of the router (the SSID and password of the wireless network). Under OSX, a window in the browser automatically opened, where the found routers were displayed – in our case, only one.

Since we were connected by cable, then the available WLAN networks and passwords were displayed further. The router then checked for firmware updates.

On the Netgear AC1750 overview page, you can view key information about the system, such as Internet connection status, WLAN, or connected devices. When you click on the desired field, you go to settings. You can also navigate through the left menu.

The extended view shows details of your Internet connection, LAN ports, and wireless networks, and you can go to additional options. For example, for a WLAN, you can set different operating modes, speeds, security settings, and manually select a channel.

Quality of Service (QoS) settings have long been a standard feature of routers, and they were present in the Netgear AC1750. The Netgear router supports Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) certification, which gives higher priorities to certain network protocols and services. Of course, you can make your own settings for incoming and outgoing traffic. You can configure networks in two bands of 2.4 and 5.0 GHz, as well as organize a guest network that will restrict access to local network resources and other computers, but will provide Internet access.

You can view connected computers and access control is provided here. You can prevent certain computers from accessing the network, and you can also configure additional settings. For example, you can restrict network access to certain hours or days of the week.

The first level of wireless network settings is shown above. On the second level, you can configure, for example, turning off the WLAN during night hours. You can also turn off the LED so that they do not distract you at night. Only the power indicator will light.

External drives can be connected via the USB interface. Appropriate software settings are available. You can open network access to drives or folders on them, and specify access rights. But you will have to be patient, the settings are hidden in numerous menus, we would not call the readyshare function intuitive. The second screenshot shows the configuration of alerts that the router outputs when errors or other events occur.

You can view the event log directly on the router. To avoid confusion, you can select the appropriate event categories.
Interim report on software
The first setup of the Netgear router is conveniently done step by step, but we didn’t like everything. The Netgear AC1750 router is configured via a pre-configured secure WLAN network with the default administrator password. However, the user is not asked to change their password immediately. Therefore, without additional effort, the router remains virtually open – with the combination “admin”/ “password” and the wireless network key printed on the bottom of the router.
But otherwise, the Netgear ac1750 firmware provides all the necessary configuration functions – Quality of Service, IPv6, VPN, access control, wireless network options, etc. But not all options are easily accessible. Netgear is one of those manufacturers that offers a good hardware filling, but the software is already less developed. We think that Netgear should work on the design and appearance of the interface, as well as improve navigation.
Performance test
For those people, who interesting in comparison 2.4 ghz vs 5ghz for gaming routers – I will make those in closest future using my iPhone Xs Max 256gb gold with iOS14 beta 3 and games such as Fortnite, PUBG and Call of Duty Mobile and ect.
Below we will evaluate the performance of the Netgear AC1750 and Synology RT1900ac wireless networks.
WLAN bandwidth
2,4 GHz – 1 m
Synology RT1900ac 11.4 MB / s
ASRock G10 10.2 MB / s
Netgear AC1750 9.5 MB / s

Much good
WLAN bandwidth
2.4 GHz – 2 m
Synology RT1900ac 10.2 MB / s
ASRock G10 9.4 MB / s
Netgear AC1750 9.0 MB / s

Much good
WLAN bandwidth
2.4 GHz – 2 m + 1 wall
ASRock G10 9.5 MB / s
Synology RT1900ac 9.5 MB / s
Netgear AC1750 8.8 MB / s

Much good
WLAN bandwidth
2.4 GHz – 5 m
Synology RT1900ac 9.3 MB / s
ASRock G10 9.0 MB / s
Netgear AC1750 8.7 MB / s

Much good
WLAN bandwidth
2.4 GHz – 5 m + 1 wall
Synology RT1900ac 8.9 MB / s
ASRock G10 8.4 MB / s
Netgear AC1750 7.8 MB / s

Much good
WLAN bandwidth
2.4 GHz – 5 m + 2 walls
Synology RT1900ac 5.6 MB / s
ASRock G10 5.2 MB / s
Netgear AC1750 5.0 MB / s

Much good
WLAN bandwidth
2.4 GHz – 8 m + 3 walls
Synology RT1900ac 4.4 MB / s
ASRock G10 4.3 MB / s
Netgear AC1750 4.1 MB / s

Much good
WLAN bandwidth
2.4 GHz – 12 m + 3 walls
Synology RT1900ac 2.6 MB / s
ASRock G10 2.1 MB / s
Netgear AC1750 1.4 MB / s

Much good
WLAN bandwidth
2.4 GHz – 15 m + 3 walls
Synology RT1900ac 1.9 MB / s
ASRock G10 1.4 MB / s
Netgear AC1750 0.8 MB / s

Much good
In terms of 2.4 GHz WLAN performance, the Synology RT1900ac router is significantly faster than the previously tested ASRock G10. At close range, we got speeds of up to 11.4 MB/s. As the distance increases, the speed drops predictably. But Synology RT1900ac is still faster than two competitors. The reverse pattern is observed in Netgear nighthawk router modem AC1750, which always works a little slower, in the best case, we got 9.5 MB/s.
WLAN bandwidth
5.0 GHz – 1 m


Synology RT1900ac 22.6 MB/s
Netgear AC1750 19.2 MB / s
ASRock G10 18.7 MB / s

Much good
WLAN bandwidth
5.0 GHz – 2 m
Synology RT1900ac 19.5 MB / s
Netgear AC1750 17.2 MB / s
ASRock G10 15.4 MB / s

Much good
WLAN bandwidth
5.0 GHz – 2 m + 1 wall
Synology RT1900ac 15.2 MB / s
Netgear AC1750 13.9 MB / s
ASRock G10 13.2 MB / s

Much good
WLAN bandwidth
5.0 GHz – 5 m
Synology RT1900ac 19.4 MB / s
Netgear AC1750 17.1 MB / s
ASRock G10 15.4 MB / s

Much good
WLAN bandwidth
5.0 GHz – 5 m + 1 wall
Synology RT1900ac 13.9 MB / s
Netgear AC1750 12.7 MB / s
ASRock G10 11.5 MB / s

Much good
WLAN bandwidth
5.0 GHz – 5 m + 2 walls
Synology RT1900ac 10.7
Netgear AC1750 9.3
ASRock G10 8.5
MB / s
Much good
WLAN bandwidth
5.0 GHz – 8 m + 3 walls
Synology RT1900ac 7.3 MB / s
ASRock G10 6.1 MB / s
Netgear AC1750 5.8 MB / s

Much good
WLAN bandwidth
5.0 GHz – 12 m + 3 walls
Synology RT1900ac 4.1 MB / s
Netgear AC1750 3.5 MB / s
ASRock G10 3.2 MB / s

Much good
WLAN bandwidth
5.0 GHz – 15 m + 3 walls
Synology RT1900ac 2.6 MB / s
ASRock G10 1.8 MB / s
Netgear AC1750 1.1 MB / s

Much good
The situation with the 5 GHz band changes slightly, here Netgear AC1750 often overtakes ASRock G10. But Synology RT1900ac remains in the lead.

Conclusion
For many users, the router is a black box that is located somewhere in the corner of the apartment, and it is better not to touch it after the initial installation. But it still good to become a business wifi router for small office with powerfull load on wlan and still need to be protected. Often routers are provided by providers along with the connection, and it is difficult to say what is inside the hardware or software. Usually, these routers are severely limited in function, and access to the software is reserved by the provider. Unfortunately, not all users are interested in more powerful and functional solutions, being content with Speedport, Easybox and other similar brands. It could be used as wifi for tv.
Therefore, we were very interested in evaluating the performance of Netgear AC1750 and Synology RT1900ac.
If you still confused between ac1200 vs ac1750 routers, you should read more about rt-ac1200 review and for those who still thinks about what brand choose I will make a comparison of tp-link wireless router vs netgear : tp-link ac5400 review and netgear nighthawk ac1750 review, and compare those two guys!

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