Updated 4/22/15: Amped Wireless RTA1200 now legal
Updated 2/25/16 - Router performance retest due to measurement process error
Last month, we reviewed three AC1200 class routers in Part 1 of our roundup. Part 1 focused on routers from well known manufacturers and included the Linksys EA6350, NETGEAR R6220 and TP-LINK Archer C5. We had also intended to review the Amped Wireless RTA1200 router in Part 1, but we were unable to verify an FCC ID for the product.
We contacted the company for information about the FCC ID, but as of this review, the issue still remains unresolved. However, Amped has stopped selling the RTA1200 on its website, but it's still available from other etailers. Until Amped resolves this, the RTA1200 is illegal for sale in the U.S.
The RTA1200 now has a valid FCCID and is legal for sale in the U.S.
Part 2 of our AC1200 router roundup includes less expensive routers from lesser known manufacturers, namely the Totolink A2004NS and Netis WF2780. As we were gathering products for this review, Monoprice asked if we would like to review its 11538 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router. When we got it in, however, we discovered it's a rebrand of the Netis WF2780, which we determined from its identical FCC ID registered to Netis, as shown below.
Netis WF2780 and Monprice 11538
This isn't a big surprise, since Monoprice's business model is to work with OEMs so it can offer low prices. The 11538, however, is only around $5 cheaper than the Netis WF2780.
We had also intended to include the Tenda F1201 in the roundup, but ran into FCC ID problems again. The product has an FCC ID all right (V7TF1201), but we could not find it in the database. So the Tenda F1201 is also not legal for sale in the U.S.
Since we haven't previously reviewed products from either manufacturer, we'll include a brief slideshow for each to provide a feel for the user interface. Additionally, each review will call out features that are unique or worthy of mention. Common features can be found in this table generated by the Router Finder. We'll cover comparative storage, routing and wireless performance in their own sections to that you can easily compare products.