Netgear R6220 Vs Archer C5 Vs AC56U

Netgear offers various models of wireless router ranging from entry level, middle range and up to high end wireless AC5300 routers such as recent release Nighthawk X8 AC5300 router. In the middle range router you may consider Netgear R6220 or R6100. See also other 5 wireless AC1200 routers.

How this 6220 is compared with other competing routers in the market?

What this product does

Various models of wireless AC1200 router available in the market today targeted for medium home to serve multiple mobile devices including Android and iOS smart phones as well as your laptops. Most recent smart phones today come with wireless AC wireless adapter that can easily connect to your R6220 router network.




 
This router can deliver high speeds of up to 867Mbps in 5GHz band wireless AC, and up to 300Mbps in 2.4GHz wireless N. With two external antennas this router covers larger area with better penetrating to the walls and other obstacles.

Main features

  • Based on wireless AC1200 technology
  • Delivers speeds of up to 1200Mbps aggregately both bands
  • Gigabit Ethernet ports both LAN (4X) and WAN ports
  • 1x USB 2.0 port for sharing storage, printer
  • Netgear Genie convenience network management

The design of the R6220 is different than other Netgear models, it’s like a barge with two antennas floating on the sea. How do you compare this product with others such as TP-link Archer C5 and Asus RT-AC56U?

Netgear R6220 wireless ac1200 router

Comparison

You have many choices in wireless AC1200 class router, you may consider TP-link Archer C5, D-link DIR-850L or you may also consider Asus AC56U. both R6220 and Archer C5 represent router with two external antennas, and should you prefer router with internal antennas Asus RT-AC56U is one of the preference choice.

Table 1 represents spec comparison between Netgear R6220 and TP-link Archer C5 while table 2 represents spec comparison between R6220 and RT-AC56U. by separating single table for three comparison into two tables for two comparison it is easier mobile devices reading the table.

Wifi technology

Investing around $60 to create a fast wifi network for sharing your broadband internet is adequate for multiple mobile devices in home as well as covering your laptop and gaming console. Most recent release smart phones today support wireless AC adapters, mobile devices that are powered by Snapdragon 615 series and above and mostly those that are powered by octa core processors are featuring wifi AC adapter. Facilitating those wireless AC-based mobile devices with wireless AC1200 wifi network would be perfect, high bandwidth ideal for running heavy duty mobile apps including video streaming and online gaming.

All the three routers are engineered by AC1200 delivering high bandwidth of up to 1200Mbps both bands, covering all your high end smart phones with wifi AC adapter and other legacy Smart phone with wireless N adapters. Archer C5 and R6220 with two high performance external antennas assure penetrating your large home with better signal penetration. Asus AC56U with internal antennas is powered by Asus AiRadar technology for optimal signal performance.

Interfaces

All the three routers are embedded with four LAN Gigabit Ethernet ports, ideal for wired connection to your desktop, Blue Ray player and other gigabit Ethernet-based devices. Gigabit WAN Ethernet port is ideal in connecting to high speed DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem such as new Netgear DOCSIS 3 CM600 cable modem that featuring downstream speeds up to 960Mbps, or new Surfboard SB6190 that features download speeds up to 1GBps – the fastest DOCSIS 3 cable modem so far.

USB port is an essential port for storage or printer share in home network, a single USB port on Netgear R6220 probably not enough should you need to share both storage and printer at the same time. Archer C5 and Asus RT-AC56U are more beneficial device should you require two USB ports for sharing both printer and storage at the same time.

Asus has two USB ports that can be used to share 3G/4G modem besides sharing both storage and printer at the same time, while the other two competing routers can be used to share 3G/4G modem where two other cannot.

Table 1 comparison between Netgear R6220 Vs TP-link Archer C5

  Netgear R6220 TP-link Archer C5
Wifi technology Wireless AC1200 technology Wireless AC1200
Speeds Up to 867Mbps in 5GHz and up to 300Mbps in 2.4GHz band Up to 867Mbps in 5GHz and up to 300Mbps in 2.4GHz band
Antenna 2x external antenna 2 dual band detachable antennas (RP-SMA)
Beamforming No No
Ethernet Ports 4x Gigabit LAN ports and 1x Gigabit WAN port 4x Gigabit LAN ports and 1x Gigabit WAN port
USB Ports 1x USB 2.0 2x USB 2.0
Processor 880Mhz processor with 128MB flash and 128MB RAM CPU Qualcom/Atheros QCA9558@720MHz, 128 Mb RAM, 16MB of Flash
Price (+/-) $60 $70

 

Table 2 comparison between Netgear R6220 Vs Asus RT-AC56U

  Netgear R6220 Asus RT-AC56U
Wifi technology Wireless AC1200 technology Wireless AC1200 technology
Speeds Up to 867Mbps in 5GHz and up to 300Mbps in 2.4GHz band Up to 867Mbps in 5GHz and up to 300Mbps in 2.4GHz band
Antenna 2x external antenna Internal antennas
Beamforming No No
Ethernet Ports 4x Gigabit LAN ports and 1x Gigabit WAN port 4x Gigabit LAN ports and 1x Gigabit WAN port
USB Ports 1x USB 2.0 1x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0

3G/4G sharing, storage and printer share

Processor 880Mhz processor with 128MB flash and 128MB RAM Unspecified
Price (+/-) $60 $90

 

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Summary

Netgear R6220 is an ideal wireless router with wireless AC1200 technology to support high speed wifi network in home for sharing broadband internet with multiple Android and iOS mobile devices as well as your laptop and wired desktop connection.

See also:

  1. TP-link Archer C5 Vs Linksys WRT 1200AC
  2. Netgear R6400 Vs Archer C7 Vs Asus AC66U

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5 Responses

  1. Karfhud says:

    Does Netgear R6220 really can use 4G network through external USB modem ?

    • Ki Gr says:

      cannot, but Asus ac56u can…have a look at the comparison table.

      • Karfhud says:

        so the artical has a bug ?
        “1x USB 2.0 port for sharing storage, printer or 3G/4G”

      • Ki Gr says:

        you must’ve read the wrong way …that column belongs to asus ac56u, not R6220.
        Oups sorry …you’re right ….it is written in the main features, will fix it soon…Thanks for corretion.

        • Karfhud says:

          I thought that to all routers you can added external modem through USB and sometimes there is a compability issue with specific models… or am I wrong here ?

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