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    AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router
    Product # 11538
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    All this technical stuff means nothing to me. Will it support a smart TV 300 ft. away?
    Glenna J D on Mar 3, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Whether or not a WiFi signal will support any device 300 ft away depends on what objects stand between the device and the signal source. The number and the density of obstructions will determine how much usable signal will reach the device. But, in just about any situation, 300 ft for a typical WiFi signal is pushing the envelope.Enter an answer to this question.
    how to reset
    password on router?
    New User U on Dec 31, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Hello, if you want to hard reset it, hold down the reset button on the back of the router for 15 seconds. It should reset back to factory settings where it will have the default logging and password. Thank you!
    Is the WAN port on this device gigabit or 100Mbps? One of the reviews suggest the latter.
    Christopher S on Dec 21, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Gigabit LAN ports. I did buy this router to maximize my 200mbs internet DL speed. However, all your other network devices i.e. computers, network hubs, repeater etc, should have gigabit port as well otherwise your link will be downgraded to the lowest device speed.
    Can this be configured as an AP?
    Sean C on Aug 5, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: You need to flash the official NETIS firmware for that, but yes it can. I use mine as an AP and pFsense as my router. The Netis firmware is linked in the reviews of this product
    Does this repeat the signal or does it show up as a separate wifi to connect to?
    A shopper on Aug 8, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: I have Spectrum non wifi so it shows and a different wifi and by the way very easy to set up Im very happy with this item I hilly recommend it
    3.7 / 5.0
    62 Reviews
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    New Firmware Available
    My Avast anti-virus app reported the original firmware was making making my network insecure. Avast was identifying this as a Netis brand.

    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.
    June 17, 2016
    Good AC router for the money, with room for improvement
    This is a good AC router, but certainly not a top performer. First the limitations I encountered:

    - 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

    Built well

    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.

    September 8, 2014
    Works well as an AP
    Overall, this device will work well if you are only looking for a basic access point. If you were planning on using this as your router/firewall as well, or if you want to tweak low level settings (like DD-WRT allows you to do) I would keep looking elsewhere.

    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.
    September 9, 2014
    No firmware updates WAN port is 100mbps
    If you're buying this for dsl or any usage pattern that will never need 100mbps over your WAN port this isn't a horrible unit. Had I realized they have zero access to download firmware for this unit it never would have been purchased. The 100mbps limitation is a bait and switch in my opinion as they don't mention it on this page.

    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.

    March 19, 2015
    Initial reaction: decent, but no IPv6
    OK, so in my opinion, you shouldn't be able to sell something and call it a router if it doesn't support IPv6. IPv4 is dead, NAT is evil, let's get with the program here!

    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
    August 28, 2015
    Netis WF2780 OEM
    The Monoprice Product 11538 looks just like the Netis WF2780. Both units have remarkably similar specifications and features. In fact they appear to be identical except for the color. I can't confirm they are the same so, I won't go into the details of my experience. I will just say that I am very happy with my Netis WF2780. Take a look elsewhere at the Netis unit and judge for yourself.

    PROS: I would expect better support expected from Monoprice than Netis in China.

    CONS: Available at competitive pricing at other suppliers.
    April 4, 2016
    Another great Monoprice value, Would buy again
    Great feature filled router for an excellent price. Under $35 delivered. Getting great coverage. Simultaneous dual band is great to have. My nexus 5x is getting 866mbps connection speed, almost the advertised max. I have old walls with heavy cement plaster. Getting great penetration. Upgraded the firmware to the latest version linked in another review. Thanks for that, worked great. We have tried hard to be patient with our next router purchase and I am glad we got this one. We tend to pay about $35 for each router and they have lasted us 7-15 years each. $200 features for $35.

    PROS: Price
    Signal Strength

    CONS: Firmware out of date, out of the box
    August 27, 2016
    Decent router for the price
    This unit is installed in a business application, as an extender via gigabit LAN to a 24,000 sq foot machine shop, mounted in the center of the shop. It is mounted high on the wall and powered utilizing a POE splitter inline with the gigabit data. The unit does not draw much power, as It is mounted and still able to be powered via a POE switch 250+ feet away. We have not experienced any signal loss or dropouts.

    PROS: Stable, useful, (decently) straight forward interface. Has a great look to it, I like the clean white. Great signal strength.

    Other Thoughts:

    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.

    Other thoughts:

    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.
    June 11, 2015
    Price Point
    You can't beat the price on this solid full featured device. I was easy to setup and I was online with excellent wireless speeds in no time. Lots of security features that aren't included in a lot of much higher priced comparable devices. Matched with the dual band USB adapter for my PC and I have excellent performance for under $100.

    PROS: Low Price
    Easy setup
    Security features
    July 18, 2016
    Wonky software ruins this router
    I bought this as a replacement for another AP I had at home. It acts as expected except for all the cons I mentioned. Basically feels like a good idea for hardware and poor ROM implementation with limited functionality and no updates to ROM so far

    PROS: 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
    December 8, 2014