I did numerous tests over a few days between NETGEAR AC1600 vs Linksys AC1200. The speeds of Linksys AC1200 are at a constant 53 -56 Mbps download and 5.78 -5.95 Mbps upload. My service level from Xfinity is 60 Mbps download and 6 up, so this thing is right on target. Versus this one NETGEAR AC1600 was used with Xfinity's internet service and my download speeds went to 290MBps. AC1200 is a solid product. I've had zero issues with it from the time I installed it. It pulls a little more speed than what I'm paying for with Xfinity, which is new for me coming from the standard issued modems.
NETGEAR AC1600 is pretty good, I can still get 50mbps down through a brick wall and a floor above with good strength. This router is pretty feature rich and suits my needs for a fairly complicated setup. This fast and modern modem allows the user to set device priorities. I gave priority to my smart HDTV and my laptop that I use to stream video and saw a miracle in rapid downloading of everything I needed. To compare these two routers they have one common feature and this is – no drop of connection. I was challenging it with 10 devices, and everything was solid as it has to be.
Netgear router required me to log into it once the new modem was online, so you should have that username and password handy. Pretty much plug and play. It even registered itself with Chromecast and showed up within minutes on my online account/equipment list, no tech support calls required! That's a huge plus in my book.
Now getting with Netgear AC1200 I got much better speeds and coverage throughout a house, where I have had tested both routers. Whether Linksys AC1200 or NETGEAR AC1600, I went to speedtest.net on my phone and guess what I saw? My speed was doubled. If that the thing which you expect from your new router, then Netgear AC1600 will not disappoint you.
If you want a slightly above average router at an affordable price then get this one. So long story short, everything about this unit is excellent. Simple set up, blazing speeds with little to no drop with distance (strong signal), options for multiple WiFi's, small footprint and extremely light. I liked the fact that it's sleek looking, small, and light. it's worth every cent.
I installed it with zero issues. Followed the quick start instructions provided. It couldn't have been any easier. So if you need a reasonably priced modem the Netgear AC1600 is your choice to make, as this router does what it claims. My one and only major concern are how hot it gets. When I say hot: I don't mean warm to the touch, I mean borderline that I am worried the components are melting/fusing together on the inside.