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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 26, 2014
The Edimax BR-6208AC router serves well as a primary router, access point, and range extender.

The installation was a breeze. No CD. Follow the steps, and you'll be well on your way. Anyone, even with minimal knowledge can install this router according to their needs. Type in "edimax.setup" on your browser after powering on and connecting the router, and follow the wizard style setup.

5 modes - router, access point, range extender, wireless bridge, and WISP.

I primarily use this as an access point, which is good for managing/diverting traffic for your home network. Speeds are on par with the main router I am currently using. This router shines as an access point. 4 channels of 5 GHZ. 4 channels of 2.4 Ghz. The 5 GHZ channel is a monster. As you may know, 5 GHz channels tend to have a stronger signal, less range, and less interference. In our two story house, signal is still solid through one floor and a couple walls.

Admin view -
As a router, you may enable the iQoS. Useful tool for managing bandwidth, checking which devices are connected, managing networks. etc.
As an access point, there's not a whole lot different than the router. Some notable tools are changing channel width and managing networks.

Experience with router
After about a week, I haven't had any hiccups. The top highlight review for this product seemed to have countless, buggy issues. I didn't experience any issues while installing or using this router. It appears major issues have been polished out. Will update if anything does surface.

This router is versatile and is best used as an extender or access point, a supplement to your home network.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2013
RE-EDIT: Removed two more stars

After a month and a half of ownership, I'm ready to throw this thing out the window. I have to reset it AT LEAST twice a week (sometimes more), sometimes more, due to loss of wan connectivity. No firmware updates from Edimax to address the problem. Also, changing even the most minor setting requires a restart. If you're looking for a blazing fast router that constantly needs restarting for a decent price, maybe this is for you. If you don't want the hassle, though, spend the extra money to get a good router.

EDIT: Removed two stars for the following reasons
-> Router has no DHCP release/renew buttons in the administration interface, meaning that if something goes wrong with the connection to the cable modem, the only recourse is to reset the router
-> For reasons that elude me, the manufacture has removed the ability to strip the client type to 'N' only or 'AC' only. This prevents operation in 802.11n greenfield mode, leading to a modest performance penalty for 802.11N-only networks.

I would have only removed one star, but for the fact that I actually do have to occasionally reset the router due to connectivity issues (once every few days). Strangely, when this happens, the router claims to have an IP address that isn't even in the range issued by Comcast (come to think of it, it might fall within the range issued by the router's own DHCP server, which would be very suspicious). I never had this problem with my prior router (Linksys WRT610n), so the Edimax seems like a likely culprit.

Also, on my 'wants' lists are:

- Ability to see a list of WLAN clients, there connection type (b/g/a/n/ac), their negotiated data rate, and their signal strength
- Ability to see overall WAN throughput, and optimally throughput use per client
- Ability to have the router monitor Internet connectivity, and attempt to automatically release/renew the DHCP lease from the cable modem (or disconnect/connect whatever type of modem is in use) when there is an interruption. Really this would just be a work-around for the fact that the router seems to periodically lose connectivity.

-= End of edit =-

As of mid-June 2013, you could buy this router either standalone for $69.99, or in a bundle with an Edimax EW-7822UAC Wireless AC1200 Adapter for $99.99. For the extra $30, the adapter is *well worth* the money. It is *BLAZING* fast, and will probably double or triple the speed you'd get with a high-end 802.11n adapter.

Despite what the product description seams to indicate ("...And it provides simultaneous 2.4GHz (802.11n) and 5GHz (802.11ac)..."), this router actually supports the following standards on each band:

2.4Ghz - 802.11 b, g, and n
5.8Ghz - 802.11 n, a, and ac

I have tested this with several 2.4 adn 5.8 GHz 802.11n adapters and the included 802.11ac adapter. In all cases the 802.11n cards have achieved similar speed and range to my prior router (a *far* more expensive Linksys WRT610n), and with the Edimax AC 1200 adapter. The Edimax adapter easily achieves 200+mbps, and this was connected to a USB 2.0 port (which maxes out at 280mbps). It's possible that it could be even faster with USB 3.0.

The user interface is top-notch, and they have resolved the problem with having to reboot between every settings page. There is now a 'save' and 'apply' button at the bottom of every page, so you can save after making the changes in each page, and then at the end use an 'apply' button to apply the settings and reboot the router. Although my Linksys did surpass the Edimax here (it could apply many settings changes with no reboot), it's not a deal killer. The administration interface supports all of the typical options - Dynamic DNS, various port-forwarding and DMZ modes, gateways for certain devices, MAC cloning, etc. One thing that's missing is a build in print server or mass storage interface, but since you can simply assign these duties to any PC on your network, I have not found the omission to be critically important.

I did find the Edimax Setup Wizard to error out on my router, but when I initially tried to set up the router my Internet connection was down, so the two may have been related. In any case, I found the manual configuration web interface to be easy to use, and I was able to quickly configure my router that way.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
This router provides simultaneous dual band communication at 2.4 and 5 GHz for your wireless product needs. It also has four 1 Gb LAN Ethernet wired ports to help connect your home or office computers and printers together. In the box you will find:

* A CD with software and a full copy of the instruction manual on it.
* A small bag of mounting hardware and rubber stick on feet for the router.
* An Ethernet connection cable that is 39 inches long
* A brief start up guide.
* An AC power supply the will operate on 100 to 240 VAC 50/60 HX and it is UL approved. The length of the power supply wire is 60 inches.
* The router itself.

On the bottom of the unit you will find the location to either mount the rubber feet or holes to mount the router to a wall using the supplied hardware. The router features adjustable antennas that you can set to maximize the WIFI transmissions for your home. On the back of the router there is an on/off switch to turn off the wireless radio. There is also a reset/WPS push button with will start the easy setup and adding of new devices to the WIFI network for the users who are intimidated by using routers. The button can also be pressed and held to reset the router back to the original firmware default settings.

There are four 1 Gb Ethernet ports on the rear to connect your computers, printers or to another network hub. There is an Ethernet input for the connection for the WAN which is the cable from the cable modem and the power jack for the incoming power supply cord.

I received a notice from the supplier to update the firmware before I ran my tests and I followed their instructions which were clear and easy to follow.

We are a digital household with many wireless devices (actually 23 static IP address devices and 10 dynamic address devices). We need a fast and powerful WIFI that can handle the load. Our home is large and as a result we also use a 2.4 GHz Access Point with 1000 milli-Watts of power to cover all of the home and the surrounding land. Between the two devices we have full power over more than one acre of land around our home and even much further in some areas.

I love the dual band WIFI routers. We use select devices on the 5 GHz band for faster data transfer. In addition we can now backup two wireless computers to servers simultaneously by having one computer on each band. The 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WIFI channels support concurrent operation at max bandwidth without any interference.

In my experience the 5 GHz band provides faster rates of data transfer but it does not have the distance carrying capabilities of the 2.4 GHz band. It is also more influenced by the number and types of walls and different levels of floors of a building than the 2.4 GHz band is. These issues give you a combination of connection tradeoffs that you have to consider when selecting which items to put onto which WIFI operating frequency band.

All our other Ethernet wired hubs are 1GHz and by using this router even the wired ports on this router are 1GHz so there is no speed loss. We get great speed on all the computers in our home with this device. We stream movies wirelessly to our 55 inch TV and the speed is great. We do this from a server and the video feed is so good we can even fast forward through videos as if we were using a DVD. We experience no skips or flutters in the picture and sound. We also transfer movies wirelessly using Roku and we have no issues getting HD quality on the TV's.

On the bottom of the router you will find a label that lists the Pin Number for each frequency band and the MAC address for each frequency channel. You may be asked to input a pin number during some set up operations. The basic set up of the router to the internet was simple and fast but there is one issue. I had to convert my computers to Dynamic IP address selection and to obtain the DNS server address automatically. There are clear instructions on how to do this in the full instruction manual provided on the supplied CD disk.

I use static IP addresses on many devices to avoid address conflicts that can occur when using dynamic addresses on many devices. This Edimax router is limited to having 16 static IP addresses and in order to set them up you need to enter the MAC addresses of each device into a table on the router's set up software. While this is easy for an experienced WIFI router user is would be challenging for a novice to undertake. I also would like to use more than 16 static addresses.

Important items to remember when using this router:
* Set up separate SSID names for the 2.4 GHz and 5 Ghz channels and write down the names so you don't forget them.
* Set up separate passcodes for each channel and write them down also.
* Change the router access password so your neighbors or a passerby cannot hijack your WIFI router and reprogram it. Write it down! The default user name is admin and the password is 1234.
* The browser address is and this is not what I normally use. I use This address is changeable within the software but it caused me to have to reset several computers to test this unit out.
* Make sure that you program the WIFI security to prevent your neighbors or a passersby from stealing your Wi-Fi and using the bandwidth free. I use WPA2 personal (AES) mode. This is a pre-shared key protection.
* It is also important that you set up a router on a WIFI channel that is not getting hammered by a dozen neighbors using the same channel. If you have a Kindle Fire look at an app named WIFI Analyzer and you can look at the spectrum of channels and find the one that is the least used. You can select an open or least used channel and improve the quality of the communications and distance your WIFI will transmit.

I rate this router as a 4.5 stars product but since there is no such rating I put a 5 star rating on it. I use a top notch router now and its WIFI signal was better than this unit. In many locations of my home it was 30 percent higher in signal strength when compared to this unit. The 1 GHz Ethernet wired performance was the same.

I was supplied a sample for test and evaluation and I promised to provide a fair and honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2015
I bought two of these routers to extend part of my network across a narrow stretch of property.

I immediately noticed problems with documentation (both firmware and User Manual): spelling errors, grammatical errors, and overall hasty mistakes.

SECURITY ALERT: I also noticed that both passwords and encryption keys are exposed in certain areas of the web interface, and not just during setup. The industry standard is to always hide these behind placeholders unless explicitly allowed to be shown. Some people never know who might be looking over their shoulder.

I should note a few things which should have been included in documentation, but are not as of yet. This unit will only extend one network. For example, if you are using two of these units, either the main network or the guest network can be extended, but not both. Also, WPA (TKIP) encryption is not supported and does not seem to work when setup as an extender. The unsupported encryption is allowed as a configuration option, but causes unsurpassable connection issues.

Technical Support was quick to respond to my two initial inquiries and even offered some sort-of helpful advice for accomplishing what I was trying to do with my network. However, it did take more than a few e-mails to get my main problems resolved.

One outstanding issue remains, which Technical Support is still working on. The unit I have setup as a wireless extender shows a status of "disconnect" for both frequency bands. However, both frequency bands appear to be operating normally without any issues otherwise.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2013
I got this product off another site. The speeds and distance at 2.4ghz is great a vast improvement from the built in wifi in my comcast router. I have not been able to test the ac capability as of yet as my laptop does not have that capability. I NEED TO GET A USB ADAPTER (for anyone out there who wants to send me an early Xmas gift) The ease of set up is fantastic and is streamlined so it only takes three steps to set up.
-easy to set up
-price point (substantially cheaper than competition)
-speed increase
-dual wi-fi (you can set some devices on the 2.4ghz and some on the 5ghz depending on what you want to do)... shows 2 separate wifi SSID's
-the size and set up is nice, it doesn't look over bearing in the living room

- make sure that your computer has 5ghz capability if its older... it doesn't, so get it with the usb ac adapter
- with ease of set up comes the fact that if you are looking to tinker in the programming of the router... you cant, it doesn't have all the techy stuff some people love... which is a double edged sword, you cant screw anything up, but then you cant screw anything up
- no usb 3.0, while other ac routers have this... they are on average at least 100 bucks more... so yea, i'll save my 100 but wish I could set up a home server (maybe later)

In conclusion, if you are looking for stupid fast speeds and want something that is a "plug and play" style with minimal set up or tech knowledge needed this is a good product. If you aren't looking to make a proverbial fortress of Nerd then this would be a good choice for an upgrade.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon January 14, 2015
The Edimax Dual-Band AC1200 Router was sent to me (free of charge) so that I could provide an unbiased and an honest review.

It works flawlessly for me as an access point. Setup was easy and quick. It is giving more extended range with the wifi so that my entire home has coverage now. The device is in my living room and I have a HTPC hardwired to it.

The manual was comprehensive, easy to read and had large print that is "old eye friendly".

I also should mention that Edimax support is exemplary.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2014
Works great. Has some weird things it does like it has a network for 2.4 and 5 frequency. Setup was easy but recommend you do it on a computer not your phone. Distance is very good. Speeds are very good and and way better than my expensive netgear I had. It was a brand I didn't know of but works good for the price
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2013
First, I want to say thank you to my best friend John who gave me this amazing Wireless-AC router as a Housewarming Gift.

The setup is easy. You don't need to insert any disks for setup. The initial setup is very straight forward. Basically, all you need to do is plug it into power and connect to your modem (for example: my modem is Motorola Surfboard SB5101 Cable Modem). That's it. If you know how to configure your networking, you will find out more advanced features once you log in.

We currently have two iPads, two iPhones, 1 desktop and 2 laptops connected to the network. Only the latest laptop connects to 5 GHz network. However, all of devices received very strong signal and the speed is amazing. We are thinking to buy a wireless-ac PCI or USB adapter for my desktop. If you have the latest cell phone (HTC one or Galaxy 4), those devices can support wireless-ac to get the best performance.

This router has very good coverage in my 3-bed room townhouse. I'm very surprised that there is no any dead spot. I can even get the signal in my backyard. This is a HUGE plus for me.

What is bad: Edimax does not have the latest firmware on their website yet. It might get better speed and coverage if you update the firmware. This router does not have USB ports for printer.

Overall, this is a decent router. It has lots of features, including iQoS bandwidth control, concurrent dual-band wireless, supporting different connection mode( AP, AP Client, Bridge, and range extender), guest network, virtual server, MAC filtering, parents control, and VPN pass-through...etc. I gave this 5-star rating because I didn't run into any problems so far. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to upgrade to a Wireless-AC router.

======UPDATE @ 2013/06/28 ==============

i just upgraded my phone to Samsung Galaxy S4 this week. It is one of smartphones which supports Wireless-AC technology. The LINK SPEED under 5G (802.11ac) is 433Mbps! It is super fast. Hope my OLD Xbox360 can support wireless-ac...
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2013
This router is an absolute piece of junk. Because of range issues I am having with my almost 15 years old WRT54G router I decided to update. After some research I thought Edimax would offer good value and ordered one. After receiving the router I set it up and tested. I have to say that setup process was easy. However, immediately after setup (and I turned both my modem and router off after the setup to make sure there wouldn't be some interference from the previous connection), when I connected the network I was able to receive 2/5 bars from my PC which is in the same room as router (I got 4 or 5 bars from the old router). I thought, well, perhaps the range will be better and moved to the living room, tested both Roku device and the laptop. It was slower again. Finally I made a comparison using speedtest service, and as I suspected, when I did concurrent tests Edimax was significantly slower than 15 years old Linksys I have.

Being a determined person, I thought, "well, I ordered this mainly because of the range issue, so perhaps I can use this as a range extender" (it is a 3 in 1 device). I tested my connection speed in the living room before installing Edimax as a range extender there. I was able to get about 3 mbps. I resetted Edimax to factory defaults, reconnected, then setup it as a range extender. Did the speedtest again, and what is the result I get, still about 3 mbps.

My conclusion: avoid this useless piece of junk and keep your old router or if you have to buy a new one spend a little bit more and buy something better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2014
I decided to write this review as an answer to all this negative *, **, *** reviews.

I'm using this router as a wireless bridge between ADSL router and NAS and it works perfectly in this role.
As a nice addition I have 802.11ac connection between my Macbook Air 2013 and NAS, which allows me to use Lightroom w/o any cables (all my pictures are stored on NAS)

So my setup is follow:
Edimax (as client) <-- 2.4 802.11n --> ADSL router (Internet, Router, DHCP)
Edimax (as AP ) <-- --> Macbook AIr
Edimax <-- cable --> NAS

With the latest 1.16 firmware I have no problems at all. That is true that setting up the device could be tricky, but with minimal technical knowledge you won't face any issue.

PS On also available 2.04 firmware, which is useless for me, because in this 2.xx firwares Edimax decided to disable Bridge functionality.
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