Routers aren’t really one of the main gadgets we usually get excited about, though the Edimax AC600 Multi-Function Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router (or we can call it the BR-6288ACL since it’s shorter and easier) is about to change that.
The BR-6288ACL differs from other routers mainly because of its shape and form, which looks like one big antenna. Despite its slim profile, the BR-6288ACL still manages to pack a decent set of features that would rival more expensive models.
The BR-6288ACL supports the latest 802.11 ac standard, capable of delivering more than 433 Mbps throughput – meaning you can easily transfer large files across your network with ease. Even streaming content like HD videos will yield no hassles. This router is also dual band so you can easily connect or assign device from on the 2.4 GHz and the 5 GHz spectrum for optimal network flexibility. A LED light is placed on the lower part of the router that glows in different colors telling you of the router’s status.
The main router has includes minimal buttons at the bottom along with two ports: one for Ethernet and one for micro USB. The micro USB port is used for connecting a power source while the Ethernet port can be used to directly plug your network cable. Problem is if you want a wired connection would need to plug in the adapter that would allow you to connect only one wired computer/peripheral. So for those looking to connect multiple devices using Ethernet, you’re stuck at using wireless.
The BR-6288ACL is easy to setup thanks to an app that you can download on your smartphone where you can configure the router without having to use a disc to install software that might add to the hassle of configuring. Firmware upgrades also happen automatically so you don’t have to check every time.
What I love about the BR-6288ACL is the Normal Mode and Green Mode settings available on the router. Normal Mode will make the router transmit at maximum power for the best coverage or if you only need a connection in a certain area, you can switch to Green Model will let you reduce energy consumption for up to 30 percent.
Performance-wise I didn’t encounter any problems streaming full HD content from my PC to my smartphone. When most networks will get clogged with the amount of data being transferred, but the BR-6288ACL handled it with ease.
Despite the lack of more Ethernet ports, the BR-6288ACL still manages to perform decently in our tests, the simple setup and the elegant design make it one of the decent next generation routers out there.