Edimax isn't one of the first few brands that come to mind when talking about routers, and BR-6478AC isn't exactly a model name that would leave much of an impression, not to mention how it looks like it belongs on top of a retro TV set from the 60's, but don't let any of that fool you. The Edimax BR-6478AC is a perfectly capable AC1200 Wi-Fi router. While it may not be the best router in its class, it offers respectable performance at a bargain price for an AC router, making it an excellent choice for people on a budget who are getting tired of their old Wi-Fi N or very low-end Wi-Fi N routers and need to upgrade to a higher class without having to shell out a hundred bucks or more.
When it comes to Wi-Fi performance, the BR-6478AC is second only to the top-ranked router in the AC1200 class, which costs nearly twice as much. Edimax has also thrown in five Gigabit Ethernet ports, and the ability to switch to access point or range extender mode if you already have a high-end primary router and simply want to extend Wi-Fi AC access to those distant, currently uncovered parts of your home. Though being a budget router, it doesn't offer any of the extras that you'd expect from high-end routers. There's no USB ports for connecting and accessing your portable disk drives over you network, there's no built-in media streaming support, and the software is quite basic. though you can setup a guest network and have some control over network usage, thanks to the built-in smart bandwidth management.
The Edimax BR-6478AC is available for $67.99, which is quite a bargain for even a decently performing AC1200 range extender or access point, let alone a fully functional AC1200 router.