I wish companies would name their products to something a bit more consumer friendly. Case in point, the new ASUS RT-AC1200G+. It just rolls off your tongue right? Maybe something more like ‘ASUS ACPlus Router One’ or something along that line.
In any case, the name is just a small distraction, because the router, long designation notwithstanding, is a great piece of kit to beef up your home or office network and bring it to this decade for speed and performance.
Strength in Numbers
Sporting ASUS’s now familiar router design, the AC1200G+ comes with four antennas, with all antennas supports MIMO (multiple in, multiple out) signal, so that your data are always ensured of its integrity and strength when it flies through the air from your device to the router. It is also using ASUS’s FAST ( Fast Easy Stable) networking solution, a.k.a. easy network setup to help your network propagate and set-up in a jiffy.
At the back, you get four Gigabit Ethernet ports for your wired connection, along with the dedicated Ethernet port for your WAN connection, a USB 2.0 port, reset button and the power button, while the four antennas are located around the perimeter of the router body itself (two at the back flanking the ports, one each at the side of the router).
Thanks to ASUS’s easy to use networking firmware in the router, it is easy to setup your connection as it is a matter of just selecting your ISP (UniFi is included in the dropdown), setting up your WiFi password, and bob’s your uncle. Through the interface, you can have everything set up – from the setup of your QOS, DMZ, MAC client blacklist, WiFi signal type and more. Plus, if you have either a printer or external USB drive – plug it into the USB port, and it can be accessed by the network with a click. If you have a USB dongle or even an Android device – you can use the RT-AC1200G+ as a wireless hotspot device.
After setting it up for the first time, connecting to the network is either as easy as logging into the SSID associated with the router (you can personalise your SSID in the settings page) or just plugging into one of the LAN ports. We managed to get good performance with the router, with signal strength still at three bars even from two rooms away. Transferring files over the network was also quite speedy – we managed to transfer a 1GB file over WiFi in just under 3 minutes, and over LAN is less than one.
The ASUS RT-AC1200G+ is a great router to have in your home or office, thanks to its features and performance over the network.
Verdict: A more than adequate wireless router for any conceivable scenario
Total Score: 9/10