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NETGEAR WiFi USB 2.0 Adapter - AC Dual Band (A6200)

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  • Upgrade your PC to the next generation 11AC WiFi
  • Ultimate range and performance with 802.11 AC
  • Adjustable antenna for improved performance
  • Beamforming+ for a stronger, faster, more reliable WiFi connection
  • Easy NETGEAR Genie set up
  • Supports Windows Vista, XP, 7, and 8
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 5.3 x 1.6 inches ; 6.7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B008HO9D7M
  • Item model number: A6200-100NAS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 29, 2012

Product Description

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.

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Customer Reviews

Very easy to install and it works very well.
John Turi
My desktop's connection however is very unreliable and disconnects at random intervals and will not reconnect until I unplug and replug the adapter.
D. Solomon
I am going to return this product tomorrow for sure and spend less the money I did on a product that's worth it.
vic

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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Furlong TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 15, 2013
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If you have one of the new AC routers, you will need to also purchase and AC WIFI adapter to be able to take advantage of the additional speed on the 5GHz Band that the new standard supplies. Since I had upgraded my router, I wanted to have the extra speed and decided on buying this adapter.

My requirements for this adapter were that it needed to support Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines. Let me give you my results with each:

For Windows 7, follow the directions on the package. Ensure you load the software FIRST and then connect the A6200 adapter when it tells you to do so. In a week long test of this device with my Windows 7 laptop I have found the device to be VERY stable and to provide about 30% faster data transfers than my old N rated adapter. There is a software app that is also loaded called the A6200 Genie that makes checking your connections easy. This software is NOT required for the adapter to work. If you do not want the app, install the stand alone software only.

For Windows 8, DO NOT USE THE DISK AT ALL! Instead, go to the NetGear website and download the beta version of the Windows 8 software. Follow the directions for the download and ensure you unpack the file to a location that you can find (such as to your desktop - I created a file on my desktop call A6200 that I downloaded and unpacked the file to). You will find a set of instructions and the files necessary to install the A6200 on your computer.

Once you have that done, connect the A6200 to your computer. This is a large device and may cover up more than one USB port!! To allow for this, NetGear has provided an extension cable and mount. This cable and mount works very well and is a nice addition.
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106 of 129 people found the following review helpful By TankerHC on December 27, 2012
I will preface this by saying I have been an IT Pro (Including Broadband, Area Engineer) for over 31 years.I know what I am doing.

First the good. If you are using this with Win. 7, expect a drastic increase in up and down transfer rates. When a Cable company promises a speed, they dont guarantee that speed, just "up to" that speed. If you pay for 20 down, and get 10, well you got what they promised. With the new 802.11AC Standard a couple of things need to be considered, for one this is not a mature standard (Its still in Draft) and the hardware isn't mature either. Almost everything AC related is in Beta.

However, if your using Win 7, installation and upgrade should be fine. I pay for 30 Mbps down and 6 up. With N standard I was getting around 12 down and three up and that was with good hardware. After installing the Netgear AC router and adapters on 5 computers, every computer saw a major increase in speeds. For example, on my primary high end build desktop, as mentioned I was getting about 12 our of 30, now I am measuring 32-35 down and average on 6 different tests 6.4 up. Where I was getting 3. An example of transfer rates on the home network drives I was able to transfer a 50 MB file in .0324 seconds. Thats fast, and its consistent. One of the biggest ways that you lose speed (Transfer speed) is through packet loss. Packet loss on the AC standard measures near 0. Anything up to Win 7, I say you should go for it.

Now the bad news. It doesn't work on Windows 8. All windows 8 drivers are currently in Beta and have not been updated since launch. The adapters will not stay connected in Win 8.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By CSM746 on October 19, 2012
I purchased the R6300 in June and recently two A6200s for a Dell E6510 and a Dell E5520. Both with 64 bit Win 7 Professional. Running R6300 firmware 1.0.2.36 and A6200 software 1.0.0.18 I am running a consistent 866.5 mbps in most locations the laptops are used. Going to the furthest distance in the home on another floor I obtain 526 mbps. In the library, which is two walls and about 35 feet from the router I get 702 mbps. This is WPA2 Personal/AES and channel 157 on the 5 ghz freq. With of course 1300 mbps set on the config for the wireless. I transferred a 325 meg file from my DNS323 NAS in 14 seconds. Impressive and completely stable for a week now. I browsed the disk and found the "stand alone" .exe which just installs the driver and not the overhead of the Genie app. I would recommend this equipment.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Lee on February 3, 2013
First off getting 802.11ac router/adapter won't affect your actual internet speeds much since your ISP is only giving you say 35down/10up for high speeds that's Mbps; theoretical speeds for AC is in the 1.3 Gbps. Your modern 2.4 and/or 5GHz routers are capable of your ISP speeds. People who have issues on the 2.4GHz might have to look at number of routers in their area on similar channels as that will affect their speeds.

But if your local traffic on wireless is high due to a lot of devices connected then of course this will help out a lot.

As for this adapter the box is slightly misleading it lists WiFi Technology with AC1200 speed of Up to 300/867 Mbps but you know USB 2.0 is max 480 Mbps signaling and about 280Mbps effective throughput. Granted it does have a little mark which on the side label does state its limiting factor is the USB 2.0 interface. So any review that claims they're getting 800Mbps or over 480Mbps is at best a faulty test.

Testing this adapter with Netgear, Cisco, Asus and Belkin ac routers this is probably one of the better ac adpaters. The DLink ac adapter was horrible. The A6200 performed on average 170 Mbps with peak performance at 200 Mbps depending on the router and number of streams. But this Unit does not work well with the Asus or Belkin ac routers as I was only getting 100 Mbps max (could have been other factors). The other option is the Cisco ac bridge which I was able to get anwyhere from 600-800 Mbps after increasing my TCP window size for the test.

As there isn't much of a selection of AC adapters so this one isn't a bad choice. But I would wait for someone to come up with a better interface like USB 3.0
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February 5, 2013
Thanks for your honest review, J. Lee -- we're glad that the adapter is performing for you.

We also wanted to share some additional benefits of 802.11ac:

- 802.11ac has enhancements to increase range over what 802.11n can provide.
- 802.11ac defines adjacent channel detection, so the coexistence of each is improved.
- If the router and adapter are in different rooms with a wall between them, the throughput would likely drop to USB 2.0 speed levels -- in that case, the A6200 may outperform an 802.11n device.
- The A6200 provides an antenna swivel feature, which allows you to adjust for better performance in different environments.

Thanks again and we hope you enjoy the extender. If you have further questions or feedback, feel free to email us at amazon@netgear.com.

Regards,

NETGEAR Team

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