You would be forgiven if you feel confused about why some 802.11ac routers advertise different max speeds to others.

Well, this is because there are minor differences among 802.11ac routers. We took a look at AC1900 vs AC1200 to find out the difference.

AC1200 vs AC1900: What Are The Differences?

The prefix AC stands for the fact that they are both wireless AC standards. So far so good.

The number points to the combined “speed” available using the 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands.

Meaning that;

  • AC1900 runs at 1.3Gbps on the 5GHz band, and 600Mbps on the 2.4GHz.
  • AC1200 routers run at 900Mbps on the 5GHz and 300Mbps on the 2.4Ghz band.

More: Netgear R6120 AC1200 Router Review

The bottom-line is that AC1900 is much faster on both bands. This is due to the way that they use more channels, which allows for better data transfer.

All these speeds are based on what we call “all else is equal”. Meaning that these speeds can be achieved if there’s no reason why they can’t.

Wall thickness, home size, router placement, router quality – all these effect speed. Plus much more.

AC1200 vs AC1900: Which Is Better?

If you just want to know which is better then look no further than the AC1900. These routers are hands down better than AC1200 models.

Always look for quality and at the reviews before making a purchase.

See our NETGEAR NIGHTHAWK AC1900 (R7000) REVIEW