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Netgear Adds $99 SOHO / SMB Access Point

Julio Urquidi

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The new NETGEAR WAC104 is an AC1200 class simultaneous dual-band 802.11ac access point designed for small office/home office environments.

The WAC104 supports maximum link rates of 867 Mbps at 5 GHz and 300 Mbps at 2.4 GHz and includes a built-in four-port Ethernet switch for wired connections. Dual 3 dBi antennas are not upgradeable and Power over Ethernet (PoE) is not supported. Features include MAC address based access control and WDS-based point-to-point and multipoint wireless bridging / repeating.

The NETGEAR WAC104 will list for $99 and ship later this month.
 

pete y testing

Very Senior Member
The new NETGEAR WAC104 is an AC1200 class simultaneous dual-band 802.11ac access point designed for small office/home office environments.

The WAC104 supports maximum link rates of 867 Mbps at 5 GHz and 300 Mbps at 2.4 GHz and includes a built-in four-port Ethernet switch for wired connections. Dual 3 dBi antennas are not upgradeable and Power over Ethernet (PoE) is not supported. Features include MAC address based access control and WDS-based point-to-point and multipoint wireless bridging / repeating.

The NETGEAR WAC104 will list for $99 and ship later this month.

lol what makes it " designed for small office/home office environments." i see nothing but smoke and mirrors here , snake oil advertising at its finest
 

thiggins

Mr. Easy
Staff member
lol what makes it " designed for small office/home office environments." i see nothing but smoke and mirrors here , snake oil advertising at its finest
That's kind of harsh, Pete. What is "snake oil" about an AC1200 AP for $100, not matter what environment the pitch says it is for?
 

pete y testing

Very Senior Member
hi tim

nothing harsh about it , its simply how they advertise it , its like there is something special about it because it aimed at the small office/home office environments.

its nothing but a 867M 5 gig and 300M 2.4 gig standard access point , nothing special or exclusive to that class or any class , just more sucker punch advertising designed to impress those that know little

pete
 

thiggins

Mr. Easy
Staff member
nothing harsh about it , its simply how they advertise it , its like there is something special about it because it aimed at the small office/home office environments.
I agree there is nothing special here other than perhaps the price. But there are many more things I'd call "snake oil" than this.

I just get tired of the negativity......
 

scoopnog

Occasional Visitor
and that is ?
Three year hardware warranty. 90 day phone support including remote assistance with options for extension. Lifetime chat support. Consumer level is one year hardware warranty. 90 day basic support. Higher end business class Netgear products typically have lifetime hardware warranty with similar support options as this SOHO AP. And they cost 10 times more than this AP.
 

sfx2000

Part of the Furniture
That's kind of harsh, Pete. What is "snake oil" about an AC1200 AP for $100, not matter what environment the pitch says it is for?
It's a nice price, and focused towards small biz... so it's a bit different than the retail/consumer products (as indicated by the warranty)

The only downside I see with it - Single BSSID, which precludes SSID/VLAN separation - which can be important in the user cases - "small office, dental office, small hotel"

Haven't had a chance to dig into the FCC database to see what it's built on..

And to put things into perspective - the WAC720* from Netgear is $250USD on NewEGG - so if one doesn't need mulitple SSID and SNMP support - this is a fair product for $100USD...

@thiggins - any chance of getting a review on this device?

* WAC720 is also AC1200
 
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L&LD

Part of the Furniture
sfx2000, considering what is actually available, I would agree with your assessment (above).

For myself and my customers though, I have never (and have still not seen a reason, yet) to recommend an AP over a 'full blown' Router. Even when the router costs a little more. Why? Too narrowly focused for my taste (i.e. too 'disposable').

In that sense, if these highly restrictive, imo, AP's were in the $30 to $50 range (and that would be with full 3x3:3 AC class connection capabilities along with true Guest WiFi) I could see me making use of them for certain customers.

At their current prices though (even at a low $99USD)? Not even worth mentioning to anyone that I would want to do repeat business with.
 

Samir

Very Senior Member
I've been looking at this as a possible part of a new solution for working from home (need to upgrade everything for the higher bandwidth Internet we have now). I've found it almost everywhere for around the $70 price point now.

The ability to connect to a radius server for wifi authentication is the big 'business' feature that it has--if you're going to use it. Other than that, a solid AP with a 4 port switch and 3yr warranty. Still not sure if I want this one to be 'the one' though. My wife is used to ac1700 and I'll get reamed if anything is slower than the current crisp speeds from the comcast equipment.
 

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