Compare Belkin N450 vs NETGEAR AC1200

No more dead spots with NETGEAR AC1200 vs Belkin N450

Belkin N450 vs NETGEAR AC1200

Installation could not have been easier for Belkin N450 or NETGEAR AC1200 and that is always a plus. I have installed Netgear AC1200 for its running within 30 minutes, in comparison to Belkin N450 was installed just for 15 minutes.

Whether you get Belkin or Netgear, you`ll get excellent and consistent 5-bar connection. I could go to every corner of a house with my laptop and still get a connection to the internet. Additionally, I tried Belkin N450 with a PlayStation 3 and I had no connection problems. As a matter of fact, Netgear provides the same good speed and no drops as the above-mentioned router.

Concerning installation - it was easy to set Belkin N450 up and I found the administrative interface really easy to use. First of all, when you set it up to follow the instructions exactly! No shortcuts even if you are just replacing a similar router or think you have a knack for this sort of thing. There is some good news - Belkin supports setting up a separate guest network, so you can share your network with "guests" without risking any of your confidential mainstream data.

There is nothing to compare, as the setup for Netgear AC1200 was very smooth, too. It can detect the 2 bands (2.4G and 5G) from the 150Mbps router. The extender is very reliable and it has not dropped any connection with the router so far.

NETGEAR AC1200 or Belkin N450 – these routers worked great right out of the box. They are also easy to customize to your own preferences. It can greatly improve your WiFi network's speed and reliability.

Belkin is a powerful device, my wireless speed doubled, but versus Netgear, AC1200 connection was not so strong.

I recommend both Belkin N450 and Netgear Ac1200 to anyone that finds that their Wi-Fi coverage is limited.

How strong is Belkin N450 for extending your Wi-Fi?

It was easy to install and pretty straightforward to use. I tried streaming Amazon instant videos and this was flawless with a good strong connection. Also, I have been able to simultaneously use my laptop while having the streaming video as well. No skips, freezing or other common wireless streaming problems thus far.

Belkin N450 PROS:
  • Runs well with 2 or 3 devices simultaneously connected (as long as not all of them are heavily using bandwidth ie streaming HD video).
Belkin N450 CONS:
  • Not the best range (Keep in mind that this isn't a router that will cover an entire house very well, good for a small apartment).
  • It does not function well for heavy users (users that stream video, while online gaming and skyping at the same time).

Highly recommended NETGEAR AC1200 can surprise you

The fabulous piece of technology does exactly what it is supposed to do. Setup is simple — 10-15 minutes and you are up and running. The range extends over 100 ft. from the home's radius on the exterior with at least one bar. Inside the home, range and signal strength is 100% wherever you are. The bandwidth that the extender provides is much better, too, and supports several concurrent content streams. I can recommend the AC1200 on every level without reservation.

NETGEAR AC1200 PROS:
  • I had solid connectivity just about everywhere in the house and outside both 2.5GHz and 5GHz.
  • This extender can also be configured to be its own AP.
NETGEAR AC1200 CONS:
  • No more than two heavy-connected devices (as laptop and Smart-TV).

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Belkin N450
NETGEAR AC1200

Common

Model

N450
AC1200

Brand

Belkin
NETGEAR

Rating on Amazon

3.7
3.3

Reviews on Amazon

2430
360

WIFI features

WiFi Technology

802.11n
802.11ac

WiFi Range

5 GHz/2.4 GHz
2.4 GHz/5 GHz

WiFi Band

Dual band
Dual band

WiFi Speed

300 Mbps
867 Mbps

Channels Quantity

11
3

Encryption Algorithm

WPA2, WEP
WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK, WEP

WAN features

Ethernet WAN

SIM Card Slot

LAN features

Ethernet LAN

Data Rates

300 Mbps/sec
867 Mbps/sec

RJ-45 Ports

1
4

DSL features

DSL WAN

ADSL2

VDSL

VDSL2

Product Features

CPU

Dual Core Processor
Dual Core Processor

RAM

512 MB
128 MB

FLASH

128 MB
128 MB

Screen Size

3.4 inches

Screen Resolution

1440 x 900

QoS Support

LED Indicators

Ports & Interfaces

USB Ports Quantity

1
1

USB Ports Type

USB 2.0
USB 2.0

eSATA

Antenna

Antennas Quantity

4
2

Antenna Type

Internal
External

Management Features

WPS Push Button

Reset Button

Security

VPN Support

IPv6

Firewall

NAT

Power

Power Source Type

adapter
adapter

AC Input Voltage

120 V
110 V

AC Input Frequency

60 Hz
50 Hz

Dimensions

Size

10.4 x 9.3 x 3.1 inches
11.4 x 10.2 x 3 inches

Weight

1 pounds
1.9 pounds