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AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router
Break out of the crowded 2.4GHz wireless band and achieve blazing wireless and wired speeds using this AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router from Monoprice!
This router relieves the crowding on the 2.4GHz band by adding a second channel at 5 GHz. Your existing 2.4GHz Wi-Fi® equipment can still connect at the 2.4GHz band, while your newer Wi-Fi equipment will be able to connect on the 5 GHz band.
It includes four 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports for wired networking connections and four fixed 5dBi antennas for superior wireless reception. It can achieve speeds up to 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and up to 900Mbps on the 5GHz band.
It supports a number of advanced features, including support for multiple SSIDs, bandwidth control, and VPN pass-through. An Ethernet cable and a removable stand are included.
- Complies with the IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, and 802.11ac standards
- Works on the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz bands simultaneously
- Includes four 10/100/1000Mbps RJ45 ports for wired connections
- Includes three 5dBi antennas for superior reception
- Provides up to 300Mbps bandwidth on the 2.4GHz band and up to 900Mbps on the 5GHz band
- Supports WEP, WPA-PSK, and WPA2-PSK wireless encryption
- Supports wireless MAC filtering
- Includes support for Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
- Supports multiple SSIDs
- Includes support for Bandwidth Control and Access Control
- Supports Virtual Server, DMZ, and VPN Pass-through functions
- Supports Dynamic DNS and Static Routing
Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of Wi-Fi Alliance.
Questions and Answers
password on router?
As others have observed, this is a Netis WF2780.
I flashed the newest firmware (netis(WF2780_US)-V2.1.35445) from here:
No issues after reflashing firmware. Although, if you're controlling access via MAC, remember to write down those addresses BEFORE updating, because they will get wiped out, of course.
Ran Avast and the security issue is now resolved.
PROS: - Has been running flawlessly since day one.
CONS: - None.
- There is no QoS option so I was not able to prioritize my VOIP traffic.
- I disabled DHCP since I use it as a WAP. But if I change any other unrelated parameters and save, it re enables DHCP. This is a major PITA. I think even a reboot resets DHCP to Enabled, and I may return the router for this reason.
- When using as a router, there is no option to have DHCP allocated IP addresses stick to MAC addresses (both DD-WRT and Tomato allow this, as do other routers).
- Dynamic DNS is only configurable for DDNS and NoIP.
- The MAC filter panels need manual input of MAC addresses instead of also offering from a list of connected device MAC addresses.
- When I first setup the router, the next morning none of the connected devices could access the internet, although WiFi networks were up and connected, and wired devices could access the internet. A reboot cleared it up. Router has been running now for a week without losing WiFi connectivity.
The cons apart, the router provides adequate coverage on 2 upper levels of my home but signal strength drops off in the basement to -130 db. (the router is on my home's main level). This is for the 2.4 GHz radio. The 5GHz radio drops off rapidly as I move further away from the router and is not usable if I move to the uppermost level. This is a characteristic of the 5GHz band, but I am not sure if competing routers like the ASUS RT68 perform better here (it costs more than twice the Monoprice router).
To Monoprice: If you have a plan to update the firmware so that configuration changes like DHCP etc. stick after reboot, please let me know, I will keep the router. Otherwise I will plan to return it.
PROS: Value for money - other AC routers are twice as much
CONS: Firmware software needs to evolve
- No QoS option - VOIP users will not be able to prioritize traffic
- Limited option for multiple SSIDs
- DHCP resets back to Enabled even if you change other parameters only.
PROS: Seems to be very stable with great performance. Able to connect on both 2.4 and 5Ghz throughout my house from multiple devices.
CONS: I would NOT connect this directly to the internet - I only use it as an AP internally. The firewall on this device is very poor, so don't rely on this being your 'edge' device. Telnet is open and enabled by default, with no password by default. Through telnet, you can access very low-level stuff (unencrypted passwords, system files, etc.).
The configuration webpage is very basic - even after you click 'Advanced'. There is enough there to get you up and running, but don't expect a lot of special features.
There is no easy one-click option to use this solely as an AP (I would expect such a feature to re-purpose the WAN port as another LAN port, disable the firewall, etc.)
VLAN tagging is not officially supported, though the underlying firmware looks like it might support it.
PROS: Multi SSID is nice.
Both 2.4/5ghz work simultaneously and are independent of each other so when 5ghz crashes 2.4 stays up
CONS: Never updated firmware
WAN port is only 100mbps so forget using this as a firewalled wifi AP to your network
Chosen hardware will never be supported by DD-WRT, OpenWRT, or Tomato
Does not work reliably at 5ghz 80mhz, 5ghz side will reboot randomly while 2.4 remains stable, adjust to 40mhz for reliable function.
I also wonder if Monoprice is ever planning to release firmware updates, since I don't see any evidence that they will on the product page. Give me an update with IPv6, and you can have the full 10/10 review.
Other than that, it's a great little router, especially for the price.
PROS: Easy set-up, good default settings (such as WPS disabled), clean and functional UI (easiest I've ever seen to reserve an IP for a specific DHCP client)
CONS: No IPv6 support
PROS: I would expect better support expected from Monoprice than Netis in China.
CONS: Available at competitive pricing at other suppliers.
CONS: Firmware out of date, out of the box
PROS: Stable, useful, (decently) straight forward interface. Has a great look to it, I like the clean white. Great signal strength.
This unit, at the time of writing, appears to be similar to a WF2780 (same FCCID). Though DD-WRT is not supported, a flash of the WF2780 firmware does yield a later firmware and a bit more stability and functionality. We've been using our unit this way for over 6 months and it is rock solid. We're buying another for the office. Thanks Monoprice!
I do not condone flashing the firmware if you do not know what you're doing, and certainly Monoprice does NOT cover you flashing non-stock firmware. Do not mess with it if your a novice.
CONS: None that I can think of off hand.
The only con is not the fault of the hardware. The cpu, wireless, etc, are common in other devices that are supported by DD-WRT. The only reason this appears to lack support is due to lack of demand and curiosity. I'm sure DD-WRT would run on this device with a custom build, however, no one has followed up on this yet.
PROS: Low Price
CONS: No option to setup as AP as opposed to router setup
No option to have LAN IP address to be assigned via DHCP
Any changes made to router automatically enables DHCP on LAN
No option to disconnect clients based on signal strength