- Features beamforming MU-MIMO technology
- Creates stable connections throughout your home
- Supports an area of up to 1,300 sq. ft.
- Set up and connect in minutes
- Security set up by default
- Doesn't offer WPA3
- Antennas are a little flimsy
Setting up a home network shouldn’t require you to be a tech expert. The Rock Space AC2100 Wi-Fi Router seeks to make setting up and managing your home network as simple as following a few step-by-step instructions. Plus, it’s designed to give smart homes – or just those with numerous Wi-Fi devices – the best connection speeds possible.
Overview of Features
The Rock Space AC2100 Wi-Fi Router is made for heavy use households, though it works well even if you just mainly browse online and check email. The four antennas, though, show that the router is made for much more. It features two bands: 5.0 GHz with download speeds up to 1733 Mbps and 2.4 GHz with download speeds of up to 300 Mbps.
While two bands in a single router isn’t unusual, the AC2100 gives you both bands under a single SSID, meaning you won’t have to choose between networks. When you connect, you’re automatically connected to the faster of the two bands, which also helps prevent congestion if one band already has multiple devices connected.
Thanks to the combination of beamforming and MU-MIMO, the router’s able to cover an area of up to 1,300 square feet. When placed in a central location, it can provide a strong, stable connection between different levels and rooms of your home. In my testing, this worked surprisingly well. MU-MIMO helps optimize connections based on your device’s needs, such as better streaming.
If you’re not familiar with beamforming, it’s a technology that allows the router to send a signal in the direction of your connected device versus just a general wide signal. This creates a much more stable and strong connection. Expect less lag and variations in signals thanks to beamforming.
If you want an even stronger connection, the router features four Ethernet ports as well for wired connections. There’s also a USB port for installing updates and connecting USB devices.
You’re able to manage all the various settings via the RS Wi-Fi app. From security to timers, there is a variety of ways to customize the router to your needs.
Setting Up the Router
Everything you need to set up the Rock Space AC2100 Wi-Fi Router is included in the box, except the app of course. You can download that for free for iOS and Android.
The instruction manual provides clear steps for setting everything up. Once you’ve connected the router to your modem, you can power your modem back on (power it off before setup) and power up the router. You’ll see blue lights on top of the router as the connection completes.
To set up the password, download the RS WiFi app (iOS / Android). Choose a password that’s easy to remember but hard to guess. After all, if you want to use any of the parental control features, you don’t want your kids logging in and changing the settings.
Once you’re connected to the Rock Space Wi-Fi network, you’ll see your router appear in the app.
The entire process, including disconnecting my old router, took maybe five minutes. Even without customizing anything other than the password, I was immediately able to connect any Wi-Fi enabled device in my home. And yes, devices did connect to different bands to provide optimal connections.
By default, you’re able to start using the router after setting a password. I love how quick and easy the setup process was, but I also like that you can do a lot more.
Connect to your Rock Space network and open the RS Wi-Fi app. You’ll see the router listed. Tap the router to manage connected devices, external storage (USB), and tools.
When you tap a connected device, you can control how and when it connects using parental controls. This is a great way to keep tabs on what devices are connected and for how long. It’s especially helpful for keeping kids offline when you don’t want them on.
The real power in the app is in the Tools tab, which is listed at the bottom of the main screen of the app. You can access numerous settings to customize your router.
If you have the router in your bedroom or just find the bright blue LED lights annoying, use the LED control feature to turn them off. I hate when devices won’t let me turn these off, so I immediately liked this router even more just for that.
As you can tell, the interface is easy to navigate. Simply tap to access the settings you want. One setting, not pictured above (within the Smart apps section), allows you to run a quick security check. I tried it and was shown a security problem, which involved not changing my app password yet. You’ll want to change your app password to something other than the router password for better security.
Speaking of security, the Rock Space AC2100 Wi-Fi Router features WPA, WPA2, and WPA/WPA2 Mixed encryption options. While WPA3 exists, many routers still opt for WPA2 due to so many devices not being compatible with WPA3. A firewall is also built in along with the option to create your own white and black lists for more security. While it’s not the strongest security, it’s still much better than nothing.
You can even manage your router remotely, including turning it off when you’re away or checking in on connections while you’re not at home.
Handling Multiple Devices
Since one of the router’s key features is being able to manage multiple devices simultaneously without issues, I had to try this out for myself. I’ll admit, I don’t have the same amount of usage as a family all trying to stream, play games, and browse all at once may have. But I did set up a few TVs streaming at once, tried playing a game online, and had my PC and phone running tasks as well.
Usually, my computer and phone drop the signal or at the very least lag, especially when I’m further from the router. I didn’t have any issues with this router. My signal was as stable directly beside the router as it was several rooms away.
I also noticed that the TVs and online game connected to a different band than my computer and phone. This allowed for faster speeds for streaming, while ensuring my computer and phone had their own band to run on. I didn’t have to do anything other than connect and the router did the rest.
Overall, this router delivers. The dual bands under a single SSID is a nice feature and makes connecting to the optimal network easy. Even if you have zero experience setting up a home network, you can still set everything up in minutes. The app controls give you quick access to security, parental controls, timers, and much more.
Plus, you can buy the Rock Space AC2100 Wi-Fi Router for just $79.99. For the coverage and features, it’s a great price.
If you need more coverage, you may want to try a mesh Wi-Fi system, such as the Rock Space Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System.
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