Hi everyone, I’m JJ and I’m one of the resident engineers here at ViewQwest.
Recently ViewQwest just started to promote the Netgear R6220 AC1200 Wireless AC Router to replace the existing ASUS AC56S model. I bet what’s on most of your curious minds would be “Why Netgear? Why change? Is it better? If so, what’s better?”. I’m here to explain and summarize the benefits of the Netgear R6220 over the AC56S. To take it a step further, we’ve in fact done a comparison between 2 models of ASUS routers, the AC56S and the AC66U versus the Netgear R6220.
Maximum throughput and performance
First of all, let us take a closer look at the maximum throughput that the router is able to deliver under both Wired and Wireless setups.
While wired, and having all routers on the latest possible firmware, it would seem the both ASUS models have a slight difficulty breaking through the 900mbps download barrier despite multiple tries. The Netgear easily sweeps victory in this case as it was able to steadily and repeatedly get similar results of between 902mbps – 930mbps during the tests. While this may not be a major factor or have a major impact, it at least makes you feel better knowing by default, your Netgear router is able to deliver you your internet speed much closer to what it is supposed to be.
For the wireless peak performance, we were able to get a rather similar result across the 3 routers, and for wireless speeds, I’m sure most of you would be already aware that there would be a rather high fluctuation in terms of the results. Luckily, for the 5.0GHz performance test, all 3 routers were able to get rather close and similar output.
The ASUS AC66U takes the cake on this one, since the router itself boasts a wireless link speed on 5.0GHz of up to 1300mbps compared to the 867mbps of the other 2 models.
Now, let’s take a look at the output of the 2.4GHz frequency, for the sake of folks who may have devices that do not support dual band yet.
Bearing in mind that 2.4GHz often has interference in lieu of typical HDB environment, within the exact same location, space and WiFi channel, the Netgear R6220 managed to out-perform the other 2 routers standing at a steady 81mbps over the 2.4 GHz.
While this is hardly anything to be proud of, the stability of the speed standing at 75-81mbps (~10 MB/s) actual throughput while performing file downloads was also observed on the Netgear R6220 while downloading a benchmark file. As for the other two ASUS models, the speed fluctuated a little for both at speeds of 4-6 mbps and 6-9mbps for the ASUS AC56S and AC66U respectively.
Actual Performance on Mobile devices in a typical HDB Environment
As most of us do not use the WiFi right beside the router but access the WiFi from all around the house, I’ve decided to test out the actual performance that I managed to get while trying two different devices, namely the iPhone 6+ and a Sony Xperia Z1 at different areas of the house. The reason for utilising two different devices is that typically users feedback that whilst performance may be good on say their iPhones, it seems that their android devices always seems to underperform in terms of wireless when compared to the results on their iPhones.
The tests were conducted in a 4-room HDB apartment, which as a total space of 103 square metres, with the testing done in different rooms, namely within the Kitchen, Main Bedroom, Bedroom 3 and Bedroom 2 respectively. Note the positioning of the Fiber terminal point and the router is the same for the tests throughout.
Over here, you’ll definitely notice that the ASUS routers performance is much better than the Netgear one at all the locations, one point to note that the ASUS routers results had rather high fluctuation in test speeds between tests while the Netgear R6220 delivered almost the exact same result in all 4 locations tested.
Android (Sony Xperia Z1)
Based on the results above, we can clearly observe a pattern that the Netgear R6220 triumphs over the ASUS models not only in terms of speed, but stability and consistency as well, which was mentioned during the results of the iPhone 6+ tests.
Therefore to sum it off, if you have an iOS device dependent eco system at home, you may perhaps want to get the ASUS AC66U over the Netgear R6220, else if not, the Netgear R6220 is definitely the choice over here.
The pricing of the Netgear R6220 is a tad more expensive than the ASUS AC56S, but if you were to ask me, I would gladly spend that $20 extra to get the stable speed output that the Netgear delivers. Also, do take note that for recontract or new sign ups, there is a special promotion rate of $149 for the Netgear R6220! That is a steal considering how the device performs when compared to the ASUS AC56S and AC66U models.
An additional feature of the Netgear includes a mobile app called Genie which you can utilise to change and control settings of your router while connected to it.
Some key things you can play around with while using the Genie App is the ability to change the WiFi password, along with blocking/limiting access for certain users/devices via the App. This is a good key feature if you were to ask me, especially for parents who wish to limit the internet usage of their children in this day and age.
More details of the genie app is available at http://www.netgear.com.sg/home/discover/apps/genie.aspx
While the Netgear R6220 may not have gotten full 100% clear victory, it would seem that it was still a wise choice to replace the existing AC56S due to its stability and consistent output. Of course, the Genie App is just another plus point.
Warranty for the Netgear R6220 is for 2 years, and details of the service centre as follows:
Kaira Service Centre
1 Rochor Canal Road
#03-65, Sim Lim Square