Netgear AC1450 Vs Asus RT-AC56U

Netgear offers another model of wireless ac routers with wireless AC1450 simultaneous dual band. How good does it compare with others?


Unlike Apple which only introduces two models of wireless ac routers i.e. Airport Extreme AC and Time Capsule, Netgear comes with various models of wireless ac router ranging from wireless ac1200 to the fastest one wireless ac1900 routers. In wireless ac1200, It comes with two models i.e. R6200 and R6100 but with slightly different features. R6200 comes with USB port and Gigabit ports but R6100 comes without USB port and Fast Ethernet ports.


Netgear also comes with something different like no other vendors come. It comes with wireless ac1450 router; no other vendors come with this speed. They generally come with wireless ac1000, ac1200, ac1750 and the fastest one is wireless ac1900 router in the middle speed category including Netgear R7000.

What this product does

Netgear AC1450 comes with the wireless ac technology – the future of wifi technology with gigabit speeds – the speeds that only the wire could reach. Now you can enjoy the speeds of wifi with gigabit speeds – the future of wifi technology you can taste today.

Main features

  • Based on 802.11ac technology with beamforming antenna technology
  • Speeds of up to 450 (2.4GHz band) + 975 Mbps (5GHz band)
  • Engineered with dual core 800Mhz processor
  • Gigabit wired ports both LAN and WAN ports
  • High speed USB 3.0 with DLNA certified media server
  • Comes with easy to use Netgear genie app – a personal dashboard to monitor, control and repair your home network

Netgear ac1450

With these high rich features, can it compete with other popular wireless ac routers in its class that have been around for a while? Let me pick up one of Asus products RT-AC56U with wireless ac1200 router to compare with Netgear AC1450. To simplify the spec comparison, have a look at the following comparison table.

Wifi speeds

Netgear AC1450 speeds are faster than its competitor Asus AC56U in both bands as you can see from the table. Both routers are engineered with the same beamforming antenna technology for solid wifi connection to wifi clients. Asus comes with its special AiRadar beamforming and RF fine tuning for extending the range, increasing the data speed and enhancing stability.

Interface ports

Normally high performance routers come with high speed gigabit ports, yes you can get them both WAN and LAN ports. Both routers come with 4-port Gigabit switch for solid wired connection and 1x Gigabit WAN port for high speed modem connection. Consider of using DOCSIS 3.0 Cable modem with gigabit Ethernet port should you subscribe Cable broadband services for optimal data throughput from modem to router. You can opt high speed Surfboard SB6141 Cable modem with downstream speed up to 300Mbps.

Netgear ac1450 backpanel

USB ports

Two USB port-router is more advantageous than router that comes with only one port like Linksys EA6400 wireless ac1600. Both routers come with two USB ports, the only main difference between Asus RT-AC56U and Netgear AC1450 is the 3G/4G support. Asus comes with the capability of sharing 3G/4G with cellular modem connected to the USB port, but Netgear doesn’t.

Guest network

Both Netgear and Asus come with guest network support. But with Asus AC56U you can create up to three networks each band, more than enough for segregating network to multiple segments. Most recent Asus routers come with multiple SSIDs, you can also see comparison between Asus AC66U Vs Netgear 6300v2.

See how easy you can setup guest networks in Asus – watch this video tutorial (courtesy of Asus co)

Should you require network that can be segregated up to three networks each band, you can consider Asus AC56U. Should you demand the speed, Netgear AC1450 is faster theoritically. However, it is better to jump to the R6300v2 or the fastest one R7000 which prove excellent in performance.

Netgear AC1450 Asus RT-AC56U
Wifi technology Wireless 802.11ac Wireless 802.11ac
Speeds 450 (2.4GHz band) + 975 Mbps (5GHz band) 300 (2.4GHz band) + 867 Mbps (5GHz band)
Antennas Internal antenna arrays with beamforming technology High power beamforming Airadar antenna technology with special Asus RF-fine tuning
Ethernet ports Gigabit ports 4xLAN and 1xWAN Gigabit ports 4xLAN and 1xWAN
USB ports 2x USB ports – 1x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0;

Storage and printer;

DLNA media server

2x USB ports – 1x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0;

Storage and printer;

DLNA media server;

3G/4G sharing

Guest network Yes Yes, up to 3x SSIDs each band
Cloud ready No Asus AiCloud app for mobile devices


With Netgear AC1450, if you subscribe a DSL broadband service typically the ISP provide you a modem gateway. If this is a modem gateway, you cannot use the Netgear as the wireless router. What you need to do is configuring the device to operate in Wireless AP and connected to the DSL modem gateway. In COnfiguration menu, select Advanced setup -> wireless settings -> click use other operating modes. You can choose whether the device to operate as the wireless AP mode or Bridge mode.

Comparison Netgear AC1450 Vs Linksys EA6300 AC1200

You may also consider another wireless ac router in its class – the Linksys EA6300 wireless ac1200 router. Besides slightly speed difference between the two routers, Linksys EA6300 comes with only one USB port.

Comparison table Netgear AC1450 Vs Linksys 6300 AC1200

Netgear AC1450 Linksys EA6300 AC1200
Wifi technology Wireless ac1450 Wireless ac1200
Speeds 450 (2.4GHz band) + 975 Mbps (5GHz band)  Speeds up to 1200 Mbps (N300 in 2.4GHz + AC867 in 5GHz)
Antenna Internal antenna arrays with beamforming technology 4x Internal antennas with beamforming technology
Ethernet ports Gigabit ports 4xLAN and 1xWAN Gigabit ports 4xLAN and 1xWAN
USB ports 2x USB ports – 1x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0;

Storage and printer; DLNA media server


1x USB 3.0 port for shared Storage, virtual USB and Media Server

Software Netgear Genie Linksys Smart Wifi
Price Around $ 140 Around $130

Both routers come with easy to use software to allow you manage your home network conveniently from your mobile devices, Android, iPad or any other smart phone devices.

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