Review Wavlink AC1200 Dual Band Router

Review Wavlink High Power AC1200/600/300 Outdoor Wireless on Aliexpress 2022. I live in an old house and for a long time it was without a special twisted-pair wiring around the house. And it was not like a significant problem until all the relatives got smartphones + a couple of tablets and plus a couple of laptops + a small gazebo in the yard. And then I also made my office on the second floor of the house and the leapfrog with repeaters / amplifiers / repeaters began, so that there was Wi-Fi everywhere and so that it was not necessary to hammer half-meter internal walls everywhere. I knew that sooner or later it would still come to the cable as the right solution to this issue, but I put it off. Now the deed is actually done.

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Who cares about the devices from the picture below, then from left to right:
– a rootless Chinese repeater, reset the settings to the factory settings every six months and had to be reconfigured, after a year and a half it bent (at what it was the most powerful, I even brought it out of the living room – pierced everything within a radius of 100 meters, I don’t know what kind of uberwafer the Chinese stuffed there);
-Wavlink repeater – expensive and multifunctional, with 2 * LAN and Dual Band, but still I expected twice as much power from it than from xiaomi pro;
– xiaomi pro for a dozen and a half bucks and in no way inferior in signal strength to the previous option, but not a dual band and with a dozen users it is already choking (the option for an apartment and 2-3-4 users);
– xiaomi stick is an excellent repeater for a couple of users and for one remote room, because it becomes difficult for him through 2 walls (however, I have a second generation and it has 2 antennas, which is also very good in total).

Dual Band router Wavlink AC1200 - 1200Mbps / USB Port / 2.4G / 5G

And here is another background – a diagram of a house where there is a router in the upper left corner, and then there was no wiring, there was no cable, and it was necessary to have stable access to the network on the second floor in the far corner, where the laptop logo is.

I solved the problem by installing xiaomi-pro, but when they made a small rearrangement + users were added even further from among the neighbors, the result became deplorable. Instead of 60 mb / s at the input from the provider, I had real 5-10 mb / s. And the film for one and a half giga was loaded for a couple of hours, and the video on YouTube was loaded for an hour + -, and you can’t watch cats in FHD. It’s sad.

This picture was taken a long time ago, the cable was gradually laid to the place where the old repeater was crossed out and it would seem that it should be brought to the end, to the laptop. Moreover, there were literally 6 meters left, if in a straight line. Here are just 2 walls + ceiling, which were not at all desirable to hammer.

I chose this model more in appearance than in characteristics.  In the reviews for the Wavlink AC1200, there is also not a lot of sensible, more in the style of "unpacked, looks beautiful, has not connected yet, but is already very satisfied, thanks to the seller, 5 stars."  A router was purchased at a price of 30 bucks and it fluctuates a couple of bucks back and forth - https://ru.aliexpress.com/item/Wavlink-AC1200-Dual-Band-Smart-Wireless-Router-with-USB2-0 -Ports-and-4x5d-External-Antennas-Smart/32782054133.html

I chose this model more in appearance than in characteristics. In the reviews for the Wavlink AC1200, there is also not a lot of sensible, more in the style of “unpacked, looks beautiful, has not connected yet, but is already very satisfied, thanks to the seller, 5 stars.” A router was purchased at a price of 30 bucks and it fluctuates a couple of bucks back and forth

A couple of weeks later, a large box arrived.

Dual Band router Wavlink AC1200 - 1200Mbps / USB Port / 2.4G / 5G
Everything looks really cool on it and inside - a cool design, a dual-band with high speeds, all sorts of assurances of ease of installation, environmental friendliness and other things.

Everything looks really cool on it and inside – a cool design, a dual-band with high speeds, all sorts of assurances of ease of installation, environmental friendliness and other things.

Dual Band router Wavlink AC1200 - 1200Mbps / USB Port / 2.4G / 5G
Dual Band router Wavlink AC1200 - 1200Mbps / USB Port / 2.4G / 5G

Included is a patch cord per meter and a strange 5 volt power supply. Strange, because often 9-12 volts go here, however this is not critical.

Dual Band router Wavlink AC1200 - 1200Mbps / USB Port / 2.4G / 5G
Dual Band router Wavlink AC1200 - 1200Mbps / USB Port / 2.4G / 5G

There is an instruction and I will leave a lot of photos of it here. Suddenly, someone lost and is just looking for where to find the instructions for the Wavlink AC1200. And below I will tell you how I did it all myself.

Dual Band router Wavlink AC1200 - 1200Mbps / USB Port / 2.4G / 5G
Dual Band router Wavlink AC1200 - 1200Mbps / USB Port / 2.4G / 5G
Dual Band router Wavlink AC1200 - 1200Mbps / USB Port / 2.4G / 5G
Dual Band router Wavlink AC1200 - 1200Mbps / USB Port / 2.4G / 5G

So, we connect the power, connect the twisted pair, connect to the new network and go by ip from the instructions – we see it in the address bar. And then something incomprehensible happened – the password entry field is not active. I even opened the code and looked inside there, mb it was made by a picture. I wouldn’t even be surprised! But no, there is a field there. Only even the correct password entered through the code and editing the page – they didn’t let me go further! What’s wrong, I thought…

Dual Band router Wavlink AC1200 - 1200Mbps / USB Port / 2.4G / 5G

I went the other way and installed the application for the Wavlink router from the playmarket. It’s funny, it requires registration and does not allow gmail. FOR THE FIRST TIME I see some kind of service that would not recognize gmail as a mailer! The recognition of my local mailer added even more epicness! But I registered, set up, okay.

Dual Band router Wavlink AC1200 - 1200Mbps / USB Port / 2.4G / 5G

Inside, it seems cool and plenty of settings and the ability to remake everything for yourself, but there are no updates and will not be. However, the piece of iron continues to work quite stably and this is not important.

Dual Band router Wavlink AC1200 - 1200Mbps / USB Port / 2.4G / 5G

Here’s a funny moment – you can adjust the signal strength, depending on what is more important – the range / power or less antenna radiation. Light bulbs there from the application can be turned off. Well, I played with it once and then scored on it.

Dual Band router Wavlink AC1200 - 1200Mbps / USB Port / 2.4G / 5G

I measured the speed next to the router – reference 60 mb / s. Like around the house – the whole first floor catches. He went out into the yard, walked around the backyard – he catches everywhere. Fine! And this joy was premature!

Dual Band router Wavlink AC1200 - 1200Mbps / USB Port / 2.4G / 5G

I go to the laptop – I see no connection. Sadly, it’s not enough. I added a repeater in the next room on the second floor – okay, it appeared. Instead of 5-10 mb/s, now I have 15+- mb/s and tests in the middle of the day when some of my users are not at home. Uploaded.

Dual Band router Wavlink AC1200 - 1200Mbps / USB Port / 2.4G / 5G

Walked around the house and thought what to do. I really did not want to hammer these holes and at the same time it was necessary to finally configure the network access normally. And he came up with it! I bought a patch cord of 30 meters and brought the cable out from the router, ran it under the roof and started it in a convenient place. And further along the wall and through the door frame led into the next room.

Dual Band router Wavlink AC1200 - 1200Mbps / USB Port / 2.4G / 5G

The most exciting moment was at the end to check the network via cable (the first screen), but if I damaged it somewhere, then a lot of work would be in vain. No, the standard is like at the entrance to the house. But the cable was inconvenient for me and I wanted to have a dual-band wi-fi on the spot + wi-fi needs to be distributed to neighbors further.

Therefore, I plugged the cable into a repeater with a bunch of antennas lying next to it anyway, installed it in the next room and got a second screen with a drop in speed. Okay, we finally have a solution. But what else does an external drive do in the photo below?

Dual Band router Wavlink AC1200 - 1200Mbps / USB Port / 2.4G / 5G
Dual Band router Wavlink AC1200 - 1200Mbps / USB Port / 2.4G / 5G

Because I returned to setting up the router and figured out its features – the Chinese optimized the access form only for the Internet explorer! It’s also nothing surprising, as for such a technique. But guessing also took a little time.

Of the nuances – a static ip, so as not to intersect with other equipment and even the possibility of fine-tuning.

Dual Band router Wavlink AC1200 - 1200Mbps / USB Port / 2.4G / 5G

Like limit someone’s speed or even exclude a specific device from access, also adjust the signal strength in terms of security VS speed, guest mode. Such.

Dual Band router Wavlink AC1200 - 1200Mbps / USB Port / 2.4G / 5G
Dual Band router Wavlink AC1200 - 1200Mbps / USB Port / 2.4G / 5G

But back to the hard drive – a 2TB external drive is connected and you can have a home NAS, only it is connected via usb 2.0 and I immediately realized the difficulty when I tried to pull a movie out of there – it takes about 5 minutes and it’s like a bit too much, I’m shielding. Especially if you take objects in 4k and weighing 50-100 GB. Despite the fact that the ports are gigabit and only the speed rests on usb 2.0 …

I will use this for home photo archives and for recording video from a surveillance camera in the yard, specifying the storage location – this is still a connected drive. I think that with the proper level of skills, you can configure access to the contents of the hard drive even from the outside, creating your own cloud.

Dual Band router Wavlink AC1200 - 1200Mbps / USB Port / 2.4G / 5G
Dual Band router Wavlink AC1200 - 1200Mbps / USB Port / 2.4G / 5G

If you also have a problem with twisted-pair wiring around the house, then repeaters can be a temporary solution to the issue and I would advise looking at xiaomi pro as a powerful and inexpensive repeater (especially if you don’t need a dual-band and don’t need lan ports). If you need more abruptly, then a Wavlink repeater  for 3 x xiaomi price tags can also be, but you just don’t need to buy 4 large and serious antennas like me – their range is approximately the same. No matter how much you play with communication channels, everything ends the same. And, only the antennas should be turned in the right direction, they are really not fake and the direction can change about 50% of the range.

But sooner or later, you will all come to twisted pair cable and cabling under the house, you need to understand this.

The Wavlink AC1200 router is quite an entertaining toy with a set of advanced router functionality, which can also be made the basis of a home file storage. If you don’t need a critical speed for regular transfer of objects in hundreds of GB back and forth. Typically Chinese nuances in the form of access to the webmord only through the explorer, the lack of firmware – this is all there and inevitable. But all this does not prevent the piece of iron from working normally and completing the network access project in the old house. Now I have it on the first floor and it is also enough for the yard – it is placed near the outer wall on the floor, but it breaks through. On the second floor, in the two rooms I need, he distributes a repeater to me and my neighbors.

I don’t see any point in flashing under openwrt or even customizing it, packets are not lost, the router does not freeze and fail – then why should he / himself complicate life then?

As a bonus, I still have a margin for speed, when my provider “grows up”, I have additional LAN ports if I change the TV set to some kind of smart one, for example. Well, here’s how it is.

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