Netgear A6200 review

802.11ac dual band Wi-Fi USB adaptor

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As the first 802.11ac adaptor for laptop or desktop systems, the Netgear A6200 is an important addition to the wireless ecosystem, since devices until now have been left tethered via a router or extender. This larger USB adaptor does its job well and will at least now provide access to those willing to jump onboard a draft standard.

We liked

An easy installation and superb long-range performance certainly point the direction of 802.11ac wireless technology. We're simply blown away by how fast the adaptor was able to perform at distance versus anything currently available.

We disliked

As we suspected, only offering two antenna hampered performance both at the short and middle ranges. The middle range with its additional interference of solid walls slowed performance down to standard 802.11n speeds, which is not what you're paying your money for.

Final verdict

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Again we're disappointed by an early wireless standard. At short range and middle distances the Netgear A6200 offers nothing beyond existing 802.11n performance, but at a higher price. The one major exception is long-range line-of-sight performance, which is genuinely impressive.

We just have to hope that when laptops finally appear with embedded antenna they can do a better job of taking advantage of the promised speed.

Tech Specs

Product TypeWi-Fi Adapter
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11ac
ISM BandYes
UNII BandYes
Wireless Transmission Speed1.30 Gbps
Brand NameNetgear
Form FactorExternal
Device SupportedDesktop Computer
Host InterfaceUSB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
ISM Maximum Frequency2.40 GHz
UNII Maximum Frequency5 GHz
Height14.3 mm
Width31.4 mm
Depth95.3 mm
ManufacturerNetgear, Inc
Product ModelA6200
Product NameA6200 WiFi USB Adapter - 802.11ac Dual Band
Manufacturer Part NumberA6200-100WWS
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The NETGEAR A6200 WiFi Adapter delivers next generation WiFi speeds. Compatible with next generation WiFi devices and backward compatible with 802.11 a/b/g/n devices, it enables multiple HD video streams throughout your home simultaneously.

With up to 300/867 Mbps speed and dual band technology, the A6200 avoids interference, ensuring top WiFi speeds and reliable connections. The optional antenna positioning offers optimal performance and reliability, while the unique design features of the adapter make it easy to use with both laptops and desktops. The A6200 WiFi Adapter is perfect for upgrading your existing laptop or desktop to 802.11ac.

Package Contents
  • A6200 WiFi USB Adapter - 802.11ac Dual Band
  • USB Cable with Desktop Dock
  • Installation Guide
  • Netgear Genie Installation CD
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)19.5 g