This is the modem router for those looking to step up from what the telcos provide. Unless you purchase a ‘premium’ router from a telco for an extra cost, you’ll probably be lumped with a basic router with only wireless N and a basic feature set. The X6200 seeks to correct this injustice with dual-band wireless AC and high-end functions.
At first glance, the performance numbers are nothing to write home about. 433Mbps for AC and 300Mbps for N wireless connectivity are not range-topping speeds by any stretch, but they will be sufficient for all but the most demanding home network needs.
Wireless AC is becoming increasingly important, with the onset of high-quality video and audio streaming services, and the X6200’s beamforming capabilities also ensures that bandwidth is directed to the devices, and not broadcast into thin air.
The lack of external antennas does hurt the device when it comes to range, but it’s still a marked improvement over what the telco-provided routers usually give you.
Four Gigabit Ethernet ports are also a welcome addition, ensuring wired connections are running at current speed limits. A USB 2.0 port is also available for either a network-accessible printer or connected storage.
Setup was a cinch. Simply connect your internet connection to the modem, connect to its wireless network (or to one of the Ethernet ports), open up the config page and run the quick start. After selecting your region, telco and Wi-Fi settings, you’re up and running. If you’re lucky enough to have a VDSL connection, however, you’ll have to configure the device manually.
Those that like to get their hands dirty with the nitty-gritty of router config can do so, with WPS, guest Wi-Fi networks, SPI firewall and NAT, VPN passthrough, disk management for any USB-connected drive, UPNP and FTP server capability, port forwarding and QoS all available to the user.
The X6200 will be a solid upgrade to most users’ existing modems, with a feature set and capabilities closer to what consumers should expect from their internet providers in the first place.