In the fall of 2016 we covered our first Tenda
branded wireless router, their AC9
, and we were very impressed. Tenda has been in business since 1999, and since then they have been expanding their lineup of easy to install and affordable networking gear for home and office use. In this review, we will be covering the AC6, which is a compact AC1200 rated wireless router that has four large antennas which help it to deliver both 867Mbps at 5GHz and 300Mbps at 2.4 GHz connections to what will hopefully be a large range.
Before taking a closer look at the sample provided for review, let's check out some features and specifications on the device, as taken from the official product page
on the Tenda website...
» Fast 11ac speed ups to 1167Mbps, delivering both 867Mbps at 5GHz and 300Mbps at 2.4 GHz concurrently.
» Broadcom Chip with 900MHz CPU and 3x processing speed provide better compatibility and superior stability.
» High powered amplifiers and external antennas for whole-home coverage.
» Beamforming+ technology boosts range for the 802.11ac WiFi devices.
» Smart managements of WiFi schedule, LED indicator and power saving all are for your healthy E-life.
» 30-second easy setup.
» Standard&Protocol: IEEE802.3, IEEE802.3u
» Interface: 1*10/100Mbps WAN port, 3*10/100Mbps LAN ports
» Antenna: 4*5dBi external antennas
» Button: 1*WiFi on/off, 1* Reset/WPS button
» PowerInput：100-240V—50/60Hz, 0.2A
» Output：DC 12V==1A
» Dimension: 220*141.5*49mm
» LED: System*1,WAN*1, LAN*1, 2.4G*1, 5G*1,WPS*1
» Wireless Standards: IEEE 802.11ac/a/n 5GHz, IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz
» Data rate: 5GHz: Up to 867Mbps, 2.4GHz: Up to 300Mbps
» FrequencySimultaneous dual band 2.4 & 5GHz
» Transmit Power:
» CE: <20dBm(2.4G), <23dBm(5G)
» FCC: <30dBm
» Basic Features:
» SSID Broadcast: Enable/Disable
» Transmission Power: high, medium, low
» Wireless Security:
» WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK, WPA/WPA2
» Wireless Security: Enable/Disable
» WPS(WiFi Protected Set-up) fast encryption
» Internet Connection Type: PPPoE, Dynamic IP, Static IP, PPPoE(Russia), PPTP(Russia), L2TP(Russia)
» Operating Mode: Wireless Router Mode, Universal Repeater Mode, WISP Mode
The lists above include confirmation of plenty of features you need, and plenty other that you would like, in a wireless router. The one disappointment to me is that the wired ports are not Gigabit. I still use wired connections wherever possible, and with plenty of media to share from storage on the local network and an Internet connection rated for over 100Mbps, relying on this router would put a squeeze on the bandwidth on the LAN and WAN.