PCQuest - - CYBER MEDIA LABS - — Ashok Pandey ashokpa@cy­ber­me­

The NETGEAR AC WiFi Busi­ness Ac­cess Point (WAC510) is built for small busi­ness, such as cafés, doc­tor of­fices, and other ser­vice in­dus­try lo­ca­tions, re­quir­ing re­li­able WiFi for busi­ness ap­pli­ca­tions and high-den­sity pub­lic WiFi. It fea­tures the lat­est Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) tech­nol­ogy to achieve ag­gre­gate WiFi speeds up to 1.2Gbps and of­fers two Eth­er­net ports, in­clud­ing a Power-over-Eth­er­net (PoE) 1GbE port.

In­stead of re­quir­ing a sep­a­rate wire­less con­troller at an ad­di­tional cost, the WAC510 is man­aged by the new NETGEAR In­sight app de­signed for mo­bile in­ter­faces, of­fer­ing the in­dus­try’s eas­i­est-to-use ex­pe­ri­ence for busi­ness ac­cess point de­ploy­ment.

Easy to setup: The ac­cess point can be eas­ily setup, af­ter plugin with power and adding into the net­work, you can man­age the de­vice us­ing sim­ple to use UI. Its app is quite easy and use­ful, this al­lows even a new per­son to con­fig­ure the de­vice as well as track it.

In­stall the app on your An­droid or iOS de­vice and cre­ate your ac­count. Once done, you would get an op­tion to choose your de­vice and then move ahead. Just fol­low the app in­struc­tions to com­plete the setup which in my case took only a few min­utes.

The app of­fers loads of fea­tures in­clud­ing track­ing the con­nected de­vices and more.

Per­for­mance: We tested the sig­nal per­for­mance of NETGEAR ac­cess point us­ing an iso­lated ‘N’ net­work with the router con­nected to two ma­chines, one wire­lessly and the other with ca­ble. Us­ing the ‘Qcheck 3.0 bench­mark, we checked av­er­age through­put with a 1000 KB pay­load. In this test, it clocked an av­er­age speed of 72 Mbps. We trans­ferred 61 MB of data from one ma­chine to the other and here too, the time of 9 sec­onds. Us­ing Wi-Fi Net­work An­a­lyzer, we tested the wire­less speed of the router and it re­sulted in 73 MBPS of speed and -54 dBm of sig­nal strength.

Bot­tom­line: The ac­cess point comes with sev­eral in­ter­est­ing fea­tures and good trans­fer speed. It comes at the pre­mium price, yet worth to con­sider in­vest­ing the amount to not only en­joy the fast in­ter­net ac­cess also keep your net­work se­cure.

KEY SPECS: 802.11ac, up to 1.2Gbps (300 Mbps at 2.4GHz and 900 Mbps at 5GHz), MU-MIMO tech­nol­ogy, Two Eth­er­net ports PROS: Good trans­fer speed, easy to setup and use, iOS and An­droid app CONS: Comes at pre­mium price

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