Belkin AC 1200 DB Wi-Fi Dual-Band AC+ Gigabit Router

The Good The Belkin AC 1200 DB Wi-Fi Dual-Band AC+ Gigabit Router offers 802.11ac plus all the benefits of an N600 router.

The Bad The Belkin AC 1200 router supports only a dual-stream setup of both N and AC Wi-Fi standards, and doesn't have anything special to show.

The Bottom Line Despite the novelty of 802.11ac support, the Belkin AC 1200 is a mundane, though decent, Wi-Fi router.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 7.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 6.0
  • Support 7.0
6.4 Overall

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Review

Belkin AC 1200 DB Wi-Fi Dual-Band AC+ Gigabit Router

I've always defined an 802.11ac router as an N900 router with support for the 802.11ac standard on its 5Ghz frequency band. That's not entirely correct anymore, though. Case in point: the Belkin AC 1200 DB Wi-Fi Dual-Band AC+ Gigabit Router.

This is the first 802.11ac-capable router I've seen that only supports the N600 (or dual-stream) setup of the Wireless-N standard. It's also the first that comes with a dual-stream 802.11ac setup, which caps at 900Mbps (as opposed to 1.3Gbps for the three-stream setup). (For more on the basics of networking, check out this post.)

Other than these specifications, the new Belkin router is almost the same as the company's N900 router, the Advance N900 DB, in terms of design and features.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $200
  • Brand Belkin
  • Type wireless router
  • Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac (draft 2.0), IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
  • Form Factor desktop
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