Netis named 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honoree

Written by Antony Leather

January 7, 2015 | 09:56

Companies: #netis

Netis Networking Hardware and 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honoree

Late last year Netis Systems announced it had been named a 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honoree for its Beacon AC1200 Gaming Router WF2681. A subsidiary of Netcore Group, a leading networking products and solutions company in China, it reached the UK shores quite recently via distributor Target Components . Its product family includes wireless routers, wireless gaming routers, wireless adapters, wireless and wired PC cards, switches, DSL routers, and network adapters.

Target Components has been working closely with Netis to make its new range of networking hardware UK-friendly with redesigned software that's easy to use and it's been kind enough to send us its WF2780 AC1200 router and WF2190 WiFi adaptor for a quick run through and speed test.

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The WF2780 is a dual-band 802.11ac wireless router with claimed speeds of 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 867Mbps at 5GHz plus four Gigabit ethernet ports. Meanwhile the WF2190 WiFi adaptor sports similar speeds at both of those frequencies while connecting to your PC or laptop using a USB 3 connector and sporting two detachable aerials.

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In the box of the WF2190 WiFi adaptor is a 1.8M USB 3 extension cable and desktop stand if you don't want to leave the dongle plugged into the rear of your PC or a precious front panel port. It installs its own software by default but you can disable this and just let Windows deal with connecting you to a WiFi network.

The WF2780 router was simple to set up and we hooked ours up to an ADSL modem in access point mode to run some speed tests. The UI is accessed in the usual way via a browser. It's fairly basic compared to more expensive routers we've come across such as those from Asus, but most things are here such as configuration of both of the 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi bands including the ability to create up to six additional wireless networks for guests and simple bandwidth throttling and port forwarding.

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With 20ft or so and a couple of walls in between the two, we hit a maximum of 168Mbps (21MB/sec) when transferring a large video file using the 5GHz band, with this dropping to 78Mbps (9.8MB/sec using the 2.4GHz band. The best speed we achieved was 225Mbps (28.2MB/sec) using the 5GHz band in the same room as the router but even with a few walls in the way the 168Mbps is still likely to be faster than you'll see from a powerline ethernet adaptor.

We'll be keeping an eye on Netis for future products announcements and would like to thank it and Target Components for sending us the WF2780 and WF2190.
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