Hardware Overview of the Access
The NETGEAR AC2000 802.11ac Wireless Access Point/Router Model WAC124, in this
manual referred to as the access point/router, supports dual-band concurrent operation
at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz with combined throughput of 2000 Mbps (300 Mbps at 2.4 GHz
and 1700 Mbps at 5 GHz). The access point/router is designed to function in a small
office network or home network.
You can use the access point/router in access point mode with its router features
disabled, connected to an existing router in your network. You can also use the access
point/router in router mode with its router features enabled, directly connected to an
The chapter contains the following sections:
• Top panel with LEDs
• Back panel with ports, buttons, and a power connector
• Position the antennas for best WiFi performance
• Access point/router label
Important: By default, the access point/router is in access point mode with its DHCP
client enabled and must get an IP address from another router in your network. For the
initial log-in process, also called single sign-on (SSO), the access point/router must
connect to the Internet and you must log in with a MyNETGEAR account. (You can create
an account during the log-in process.) After you complete the initial log-in process, you
can change the mode to router mode and also change the settings offline.
Note: For more information about the topics that are covered in this manual, visit the
support website at netgear.com/support/.
Note: Firmware updates with new features and bug fixes are made available from time
to time at netgear.com/support/download/. You can check for and download new
firmware manually. If the features or behavior of your product does not match what is
described in this manual, you might need to update the firmware.