Expand your wired Internet network with this NETGEAR Powerline 1000 PL1000-100PAS network extender, which features HomePlug AV2 to support Gigabit speeds for improved coverage. Push-and-Secure encrypts your network connections at the touch of a button.
At first I was a bit skeptical because you see all the reviews and some people say there great and others just trash them. Since I’m working from home now I’ve moved my office to the basement. And if you all know basements...they are bad for WiFi connections. It doesn’t matter how fast your bandwidth is, what service company you use, or how new your home is. If you have a dead spot in your house nothing can fix that in my opinion. I have to say this option works wonders. No more drop Zoom calls, spotty calls that keep breaking up and everything works fantastic with direct connection. I’m sure this isn’t the best on the market but it certainly does work wonders in my house. Plus the price was great opposed to jumping directly with a more expensive option. Would highly recommend trying.Sep 11, 2020 16:28
I moved into a small apartment in my mother's garage about 150' feet from the main house. The WiFi signal was super weak. I bought the Powerline 1000 just hoping it would work. It works like a champ. The only setup is plugging one box near the router and the other box near your computer or device you want to use. plug the ethernet cables in and your done. You do not have to share the same breaker, just the same service (breaker box). This product works.Nov 26, 2020 16:54
I bought this for a friend because he kept lagging every time we played online games together git sick of loosing. so I bought this item to boost his single now I'm the only one loosing and he is kicking button againAug 22, 2016 15:25
I have had this for almost 2 years now and it still works great. Had a couple of hiccups through the time but they still work great.Jun 17, 2019 20:07
Bought this because, unfortunately, my home office is as far from the wifi router as possible. Easy to use, took two minutes to set up, and I'm now hardwired into Verizon FIOS with perfect service. Highly recommend if your wifi signal is weak and you don't mind plugging into an ethernet cable.Oct 13, 2020 09:10
My home office is in the back of the house, opposite where the wifi and router are in the den. Air routers proved worthless, so the choice was to run a 200' ethernet cable to the rear of the house, or something I hadn't heard of till recently but network extenders that use the wires in the house to send the signal. Viola! I had signal, and not the 115mbs that comes into the house, but a respectable 25-35mbs, which I suppose would be more had I gone the ethernet cable route, but for work (Covid quarantined working from home) it does just fine.Jul 11, 2020 18:15
I've only had these for a short time bu I don't know if I can get Best Buy to take them back. They drop the connections every hour or so! Furthermore I have no wiring problems. This is a brand new house!Sep 28, 2018 22:04
Needed a way to connect a desktop that i just bought to our home network. Didnt have a wireless card in pc and area that pc is located is in a poor wireless signal area. For a simple and inexpensive solution this works great. My only reason for 4 stars is that the only open wall outlet that i had open was about 10 feet from the router and i have a ethernet cable showing in my living room.May 13, 2016 17:33
NETGEAR AC1200 Mesh WiFi Range Extender boosts your existing WiFi by increasing your range and speed. It compatible with any standard WiFi router to deliver AC1200 dual band WiFi with up to 1200 Mbps. Includes Mesh features Smart Roaming and one WiFi name. Easily connect all your smart home devices to one network, no new WiFi names and passwords needed. Move from room-to-room while streaming video on your mobile device without any interruptions. A Gigabit Ethernet port provides WiFi connectivity to a wired device like Blu-ray players, game consoles, smart TVs or streaming players over your existing WiFi network. Just plug it into any outlet and experience the difference.
Almost didn’t buy this product because all my friends and family said these products don’t work. Guess what, it’s been great. I was trying to stream on a TV in the basement with no luck until I bought this product. I think the issue is that people just plug it in and don’t follow the directions. For it to work, you need to switch to the WiFi name given by the Netgear which should end in _2GEXT or _5GEXT.Apr 19, 2018 08:18
I got this Wifi extender for my xbox one cause I had to put the actual router in another room. I still wanted to wire my xbox one so I could play games like battlefield 4 that require a strong and fast internet connection. This product does the job I see no difference when between having it hard wired to the router, and to the NetGear extender in FPS or latency. It's a little probably by 3 MB (which isn't much) so yeah. I still get 80Mbps-100+Mbps, and I have Xfinity Internet so go figure. If I had Google Fiber it would probably be 100 times faster. But those speeds (80Mbps-100+Mbps) are basically the same when I had it plugged into the actual router. So overall it is a product well worth it's price.Jul 09, 2016 00:21
Works great if set up isn’t working on your phone via the app, use your computer and be done in seconds.Feb 26, 2021 15:44
Definitely well worth the price! If you need a WiFi extender that will work through concrete walls, this is the one for you!Dec 21, 2018 19:21
I set up the extender on my own. After a slight problem and a call to a member of the Geek Squad, the extender worked nicely. I'm glad I purchased it.Aug 21, 2016 13:19
The Netgear AC1200 WiFi Range Extender solved all the problems we were having at our house. Pretty easy to connect to my router. Very good product and excellent service at Best Buy. Sales rep was very helpful.May 01, 2015 14:26
Could not connect to http://mywifiext.local/ when trying to connect to my router via WPS
Tried the Nighthawk App but the app struggled to connect to NETGEAR_EXT, and kept restarting the setup over and over.
Finally, was able to get the thing set up using my laptop and connect to http://mywifiext.local/.
The speeds were much slower than my router. I figured that this would be overkill since my house is a little over 2000 sq ft, but I was wrong. My speeds ranged from 12 Mbps down / 1 Mbps up to 40 Mpbs down / 22 Mbps up. My router was 100+/80+ respectively in the same locations. I tried several locations, but the screenshot was the best speed I was able to get.
The final straw is my smart doorbell wouldn't connect to it no matter what I tried. I had a separate SSID/network name with "_EXT" suffixed to the end. I turned off 5G. Would not connect no matter what.
Put the "extender" back in the box and will return it.Jul 10, 2020 23:31
I haven’t noticed a major difference after using this product, but my service has improved somewhat.Jan 04, 2020 06:29
Get rid of wireless dead zones in your home or office network with this NETGEAR AC750 dual-band Wi-Fi range extender. Internet speeds of up to 750 Mbps ensure a fast connection and compatibility with any standard Wi-Fi router. Ideal for HD video streaming or gaming. Gain the connectivity you need for tablets, smartphones, laptops and more.
I needed a range extender to get a 2.4 ghz wifi signal into a metal-cased low voltage transformer on the other side of my kitchen's exterior wall. It was a job that I expected my nearby Ubiquiti access point to handle, but it wasn't up to the task. I was ready to do without a wifi-controlled switch for my backyard lighting when I decided to find a cheap wifi extender as a last-ditch experiment.
This one was the least expensive one that I found at Best Buy. After some discussion with the salesperson, I concluded this might be all that I needed.
I mounted it on an outlet on a kitchen counter and fired it up. Because it is small white box, it's unobtrusive there. In fact, it's barely noticeable.
When I went outside to program the transformer's timer, not immediately found the extender's SSID and joined my LAN. It hasn't skipped a beat since.
In addition to the one job that I asked it to do, the extender sends a signal well into my backyard. I wouldn't use it to stream hi res video, but it is usable by phones and tablets out on the deck. Now that I have reliable internet in the backyard, my next grill will be wifi-controlled.Nov 09, 2021 20:01
I have AT&T internet cause it’s either that or Spectrum. Internet comes into the house in the living room. Problem is the bedrooms are in 3 of the 4 corners of the house so it’s spread out. 1 room was spotty at best. 1 was 50% of the time. 1 was zero bars always. With our new NetGear Range Extender, full bars all over. I work from home and my kids are always online with homework and we stream our TVs. Best Buy at a totally affordable price that I’ve made in years. Don’t wait, get one. Wish I tried this before!Oct 14, 2021 21:30
This Netgear Extender was fairly easy to set up, and has operated perfectly from the moment it was activated. So at least a few weeks in, this item is doing the job much better than the piece of crap from Linksys it replaced. And was much cheaper than Linksys support wanted to charge me to remotely "clean" my computer of unwanted hitchhikers on my wifi that barely reached from the office to the living room. Give me a break.Oct 22, 2021 16:36
I have wifi lighting in one bedroom and it was always getting disconnected. So obviously I had to keep setting it back up - which wasn't the quickest or most straightforward task to complete. Also, I would oftentimes lose a signal on that side of the house with different devices.
Anyways, after researching different solutions but having these attempts fail to boost the connection, I finally came across wifi extenders - so glad I did! Honestly, it seemed a little too good to be true. So more research by me. I read some other 'professional' reviews but what really sold me were the Best Buy reviews right here. After reading many of them I was convinced and so went ahead, bought it, plugged it in and problem solved!
Who knew you could solve so many problems with only $40!Nov 09, 2021 18:17
Purchase this item for my daughter since she has online classes and didn’t have wi-fi connection in her bedroom. Plugged it in her bedroom she now has wi-fi and downloading is fast.Oct 29, 2021 17:25
This allowed my husband to have his TV in his man cave in the cellar go from a poor connection to an excellent connection.Jul 30, 2021 15:53
the product has two prongs for some of the outlets. It is convenient and provides a strong meshwork. My blink cameras are 7-8 feet away outside my apt and get full signal from this extender. It was also nice to sit outside my patio and get full bars on my laptop.Nov 05, 2021 15:35
I purchased this to get Wi-Fi signal to my laptop which was unable to connect from the living room. I found that wasn't the problem and will be needing to get a new laptop. Internal issue in the computer. Was easy to setup but unfortunately had to return it. Once again Best Buy is a great retailer to deal with.
Fast shipping and return policy was simple. will be shopping soon for a updated laptop from them.Nov 10, 2021 07:41
Expand your wireless network with this TP-LINK RE450 range extender, which features Wireless-AC technology with dual-band speeds up to 1750 Mbps and 3 adjustable external antennas for reliable signal strength and coverage.
Long time users of the internet can remember modems and dialup. I had two phone lines so I wouldn’t tie up the main phone line. I then progressed to DSL and finally cable. The instant internet connections were glorious – and then came WiFi. I thought I was in heaven!
However, there was one problem. My house is long and the cable came in at one end of the house and that’s where my router was located. I had great coverage at that end of the house but was a little spotty in the other end. I have an Airport Extreme base station and was very happy with it. I had tried other range extenders, but they seemed to slow down my connection and they proved to not be very reliable. So when I had the chance to try the TP-Link AC1750 RE450 Range Extender, I was expecting to be disappointed as I was with the other range extenders. Boy was I surprised!
The first thing you notice about the AC1750 is it size. It’s not small. The electrical plug is at the bottom of the unit and covers most of the other plug in your electrical outlet. This is a small price to pay for the performance – more on that in a bit. It is 6.5 inches long and 8 inches with the middle antenna extended. It is 1.5 inches deep and 3 inches wide but 5.5 inches wide with both side antennas flipped up.
Once you plug it in, a blue LED power light lets you know that it is ready to go. The quick instruction guide follows you through the set up. There are two options – using a web browser and using WPS. I used the web browser. In your Wi-Fi settings you will select TP-LINK_Extender_2.4GHz and then go to your web browser of choice and enter http://tplinkrepeater.net. Use admin for both the username and password. You will be prompted to change both of these and then you will be guided through the rest of the setup process. I selected to keep the existing SSID and to have both the 2.4GHz and 5 GHz networks show as one. When the settings are to your liking, the extender will reboot and you will set the 2.4GHz and 5GHz light lit up. The large circular button will have a blue ring around it if your extender is in a good location (at least halfway between the router and your dead zone) and red if it is too far away.
Now for the real test. Did it help my dead spot and increase my speeds? I know that the 2.4 GHz band can travel farther, but the 5 GHz is better because it can transfer larger amounts of data and is less congested. I used a Wi-Fi app to test the coverage on my Mac. The results are shown in the pictures. I was in the middle of my house and could barely see the 5 GHz band before the extender, but after I was not only seeing it there but everywhere in my house! I recently upgraded to a 30 Mbps internet plan and was only getting that in the bedroom above where my router was located. As you can see in the picture, I was not getting the speed I was paying for. This picture was taken at the complete opposite end of the house! I went from 15 Mbps to 34 Mbps. There is also an Gigabit port if you want to run an Ethernet cable to it.
I can not sing the praises of this range extender enough. With all the streaming and downloading that is being done in my home, the increased speeds and coverage is amazing.
If there are any problems, it comes with a two year warranty and 24/7 technical support. It says on the box it will work with any W-Fi router. It played very nicely with my Apple Airport Extreme. I’m sure that it you get this extender you will not be disappointed!!
(This is a review of a free product received by TP-LINK as part of the review program.)Mar 14, 2016 09:21
Using it as an Access Point (AP) gives it better performance than a simple Range Extender (RE). No need to try and boost a weak signal to begin with. We have Cat-6 throughout our home, so running this AC1750 from one of our network ports as an AP extends a Wi-Fi signal that our Verizon Wi-Fi 6 router cannot accomplish. We use this TP-Link-AC1750 (RE450) in the basement and a TP-Link-AC2600 (RE650) also as an RE on the 2nd Floor.Jun 25, 2020 17:23
The TP Link WiFi extender does a good job at extending WiFi coverage. I put it in the mud room to extend coverage to the security camera on the garage, and I no longer have interruptions in recordings.
I give this product 3 stars because of the size and price of the product and difficult setup. The product is about the size (height and width) of two hands together. It also has a bright blue light that you can’t turn off. It’s somewhat of a good thing if you want to use it as a night light.May 29, 2021 17:24
As good as it was reviewed. Only issue I had was yard and garage. 17,500 square foot yard is now almost completely covered and the detached garage has a signal.
Read the instructions and setup is fast and easy if you have a modern router they will find each other with two button pushes.
I just purchased a new wifi modem and it didn't connect to the 5G the first time but now it is right as rain.Jan 02, 2021 12:19
Following each step in EXACT ORDER and both 2.4ghz & 5ghz lights stay solid blue everytime !!
If you have to unplug and move to a different/new location >> all 3 lights stop blinking = good to go !
No need to push the wps button a 2nd time.Oct 09, 2020 19:09
Had to have GeekSquad come by and set it up but Rene was awesome and knew what he was doing!! This TP Link WiFi extender is fantastic!!Feb 14, 2021 17:49
In a room with bad signal it works twice better than before.Feb 21, 2018 17:42
Constantly drops from the network. Works for a day or so and make be reinstalled. Even the tether software can’t find it.May 17, 2021 13:18
Prevent dead zones around your home with the help of this Linksys Wi-Fi range extender. It works with all types of Wi-Fi routers, and it uses multi-user MIMO for speed and efficiency. This Linksys Wi-Fi range extender can be used to create a different access point or to extend the field of the router’s connection.
In large homes, a Wi-Fi signal will inevitably degrade as it travels through walls and other sources of interference. I was eager to test the Linksys RE7000 in a 4-bedroom house where the 2 farthest bedrooms have always had spotty Wi-Fi coverage. The range of my network has certainly been extended, but there are a few quirks and drawbacks that buyers should be aware of. Put simply: If you currently use a Linksys Max-Stream router, set-up and use of this range extender will be much smoother. Regardless of the brand of your router, there may be a noticeable degradation in overall network speeds when using this extender. Read on for my full experience.
- My current router is a Linksys Max-Stream EA7500, which currently broadcasts two signals and SSIDs: one for 2.4 GHz and one for 5 GHz.
- The router and extender are used in a 2-story, 4-bedroom home. The router is centrally located on the bottom floor. The two bedrooms directly above it have always received a great Wi-Fi signal, even without the extender. The other 2 bedrooms on the far side of the house have spotty reception, at best - particularly on the 5 GHz band.
- The installation guide offers two methods for configuring this extender: using the WPS buttons on the extender and your router (if equipped); or using a browser-based utility that will allow for more configuration options.
- Setup is relatively easy, but I would highly recommend using the browser-based setup rather than the WPS buttons. The browser-based utility will tell you whether or not you've placed the extender in an ideal location (Linksys calls this "Spot Finder"). If you have a dual-band network like I do, you can choose which bands you want to extend (both 2.4 and 5 GHz, or just one of them). After following the step-by-step instructions, the light on the extender will turn a solid green, indicating that you're good to go. Just make sure that Spot Finder utility indicates that the extender is in a "Just Right" location -- This will typically be about midway between the router and the areas where Wi-Fi is weak or non-existent.
- Because I have a Linksys Max-Stream router, the new, extended network uses the same name/SSID as my main network. So when looking at the lists of available networks on my devices, I still see only my two SSIDs: one for 2.4 GHz; one for 5 GHz. Linksys calls this "seamless roaming."
- In my case, the range of my network has certainly improved. The 2 bedrooms that previously had a weak signal now show full bars on both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands. Without the extender, YouTube videos and complex webpages would take several minutes to fully load. Now, videos and webpages load at acceptable/normal speeds.
- I couldn't complete setup using the WPS buttons. I tried three times, but the light kept blinking orange (indicating an error). Luckily the browser-based setup (described above) seems to be the better option, anyways.
- If you have a non-Linksys router, your extended network will be identified using "_Ext" at the end of your main network name. Not a huge issue, but you'll have to reconfigure your devices to connect to the "_Ext" network when you're out of range of your main network.
- Speeds on the extended network are noticeably slower compared to the main, non-extended network. I ran several speed tests -- my Internet download speed drops from 150 mbps on the main network (the max provided by my ISP) to only about 75 mbps on the extended network. The speeds fluctuate greatly, but I have yet to achieve anything higher than 80 mbps on the extended network. Latency has also increased -- ping times (using speedtest.net) are around 45 milliseconds on the extended network, compared to 10 milliseconds on the main network.
- Even as I move away from the range extender, my devices stay connected to the slower, extended network for some time before they finally jump back over to the main, faster network. This will, of course, vary by device, but it can be frustrating when you're within feet of the router and expect full download speeds. Usually turning a device's Wi-Fi off and then on again will force it to connect to the main network.
For my purposes, the RE7000 range extender does its job and succeeds in blanketing my entire house with a usable Wi-Fi signal. However, I'm slightly disappointed that my overall Wi-Fi network speeds have taken a hit. If you need maximum Internet speeds in all areas of your house, then this might not be the right solution. But if you're just looking for a way to be able to browse the web or stream videos in areas where Wi-Fi is hard to reach, then give this a look.May 22, 2016 02:58
The Linksys RE 7000 Range Extender has been a real treat to use. Our Wi-Fi has been an issue for a while with horrible range coverage and speed inconsistencies so I was excited to finally test this. Setup is fairly straightforward and I am confident that most can set this up without any difficulty. The RE 7000 Linksys Range extender can be used in one of two ways: wired or wirelessly. The wired method involves connecting an Ethernet from your modem/router to the bottom of the RE7000, which then plugs in to the wall. The wired method is recommended as opposed to the wireless since it creates an access point directly from your source, thus providing maximum speed. The wireless method uses your Wi-Fi signal to talk to the range extender, and increases the range; however the speed will be less as you have to rely on an increased latency between your device to the extender then back to your original Wi-Fi signal. I tested both methods and while coverage did improve with the wireless method, our results were still inconsistent because our Wi-Fi built into our modem is inconsistent. I want to add if your connection is fast enough, either method will suit your needs, but my recommendation, as well as Linksys's recommendation, is to go in expecting to use the wired method. All my results shown here will be using the wired method as they represent what the RE7000 was designed to do: Increased range and fast, consistent speed. In addition, the WPS button on the RE7000 also worked as designed when connecting my phone and our Sony TV upstairs to the extender. I would try both methods if any problems should arise.
Setup is done primarily through the web browser interface, but you can also connect via the IP address they give you for a manual based install. I did the web-based method as most will choose that way and surprisingly the interface is straightforward. After you create an admin password, it takes you to the settings. For each of the two Wi-Fi frequencies, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, they are split into separate access points, which can be enabled or disabled depending on your preference. On the wireless installation, your access point may use the same name as your old router but will add "_EXT" at the end of it. Likewise, you can always customize your SSID. As for any issues, the only one I ran into was after I had restored the RE7000 to factory settings, my Acer Iconia One tablet kept asking for the admin password that had been erased every time I tried to load the extender web address. I bypassed this by using the IP number used for manual setup; it redirected me back to the welcome screen. If that doesn't work, try clearing the browser cookies and cache. I would also recommend copy the welcome screen's URL during your first initial setup just in case you will need to start over. Above all, be patient, as networking sometimes requires you to redo things, often times working after the tenth time.
In our house, we have had many Wi-Fi issues over the last year or so; mainly inconsistent speeds and coverage was nearly nonexistent if you were anywhere other than directly above the study, upstairs directly above the router or actually in the study. However, using the wired method with the RE7000, our range increased dramatically and the consistency was a HUGE improvement. Essentially, the second half of our house that previously had no Wi-Fi coverage before now had full bars and a strong consistent 18-22 MBPS download and 2.5 upload. In my room, with the door shut, the range extender provided full bars of coverage when before it was average even with the door left open. The range improved so much that places that would see very poor signal strength now had almost nearly full coverage! My room saw the biggest jump over the inconsistent numbers found on the old Wi-Fi in comparison to the strong consistent signal using the range extender. Using the same test server, I noted:
Old Router (Pass 1) 8.28 MB Download/ 2.11 MB Upload/ 34 ms
Old Router (Pass 2) 3.27 MB Download/0.66 MB Upload/34 ms
RE7000 (Pass 1) 22.07 MB Download/2.37 MB Upload/33 ms
RE7000 (Pass 2) 22.24 MB Download/2.30 MB Upload/33 ms
In the dining room, I noted the results using an AE3000 Linksys USB Adapter connected to my newly built desktop. I noted the results below:
Old Router: 6.00 MB Download/1.71 MB Upload/23 ms
RE7000: 22.85 MB Download/1.93 MB Upload/22 ms
As you can see, the RE 7000 performance is absolutely stunning and the consistency has drastically improved. Even places that still have only average bars are so much faster and smooth because our old modem simply could not handle the square footage of our home. In essence, if you need to improve your range and do not mind using the wired connection (perhaps you have a way to hide the cable) then this is absolutely recommended. Wirelessly, I caution to make sure your source is fast and consistent; once done, the RE7000 will tremendously improve your range of the signal. In fact, picking up the device in the backyard was mind bottling!
I would like to mention that when you pair this range extender with compatible Max Stream Linksys Routers (EA7500/9500), the range extender will automatically detect this feature during setup. Next, a message will pop up noting that it will streamline the setup and that it recommends using the same settings used on the main network for a seamless experience. I tested this using the wireless method with my EA9500, since this would be the method you would use to activate such a feature. Thus, because of this, I cannot comment if this would work by using a wired connection from the router to the RE7000 but I imagine it would and thus provide a better experience. Anyways, once connected, on Wi-Fi devices you will not see what physical device you are connected to: both the RE7000 and whichever router used will appear under the same SSID. On extremely fast connections, where delay would be nonexistent, I assume this would be a nice experience, but on slower ones, like ours, I was noticing some spikes in latency and inconsistent numbers once again. Granted, they were not as wild as they were before. Conclusively, your connection will alter your experience here. Personally, I would prefer to see the two access points created by the RE7000, as well as those from the router so I know what I am connected to. Overall, it is a nice feature depending on your preference and connection.
The RE7000 Range extender is an amazing product that I have no doubt will improve your wireless experience no matter which method used to setup. With my precautions, it has the chance to drastically improve your networking needs; much like it did when I used it with an Ethernet cable. The range and performance is definitely there. At its cost, it could prove quite drastically the most effective way to improve your range and access to Wi-Fi, especially in large or multistory houses. I would recommend that if you are purchasing this, check to see if you have the ability to use this with a wired connection. If you do, then I have no doubt you will be pleased like I have been. If you need to use the wireless feature, I still recommend this, but like before I caution that your results will drastically vary depending on your source connection, location of the extender, and your household construction. Fast connections should have no problem, but slower ones may experience some interruption or increased latency, as we are more prone to "feel" it when we do not have access to our full consistent speed. Overall the RE7000 is highly recommended and certainly performs like a five star product!May 26, 2016 14:45
This is world first AC wireless range extender with MU-MIMO feature from Linksys displayed at CES 2016.
I am extremely pleased with this purchase and wireless extender performance. I am not a big fan of wireless extender and this one changed my assumptions. I had some dead spots at my 2800 feet home (especially second floor) and this extender resolved all the issues. This is one the fastest wireless extender in the market delivering superior Wifi speed. Before the setup, the wireless speed was only 30 mbps / 10 mbps download / upload speed. After the setup, I am getting 225mbps / 33 mbps in second floor which is unbelievable speed.
The setup was very easy and configured dual band wireless (2.4Ghz and 5Ghz) less than 5 mins. This extender works with any existing wireless router and I have configured this extender with Netgear Nighthawk X8 router. If your router supports WPS mode, setup can be done quickly for dual bands or you can use the browser to configure the extender.
By default, it will create new SSIDs for 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz. If you would like to use the same name as your existing SSID, you can change it in configuration page after the initial setup.
This extender has many excellent features. The most useful features are the beam forming and the cross band technology features. This is the first extender supports MU-MIMO feature. It has 1 Gigabit Ethernet port which can be used for wired network. Wi-Fi speed is unbelievable in 2nd floor and speed tests delivered more than 225mbps on Galaxy Note 5 phone. With wired connection my results around 360mbps download and 35mbps upload.
I have listed some of the technical specifications and features for this AC wireless extender
• Wi-Fi Technology:
• Key Features:
o Multi-User MIMO and Seamless Roaming for faster and more efficient throughput - Next-generation MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output) technology ensures your network can deliver faster and more efficient throughput to every MU-MIMO connected device. This means your whole household can surf the Internet, stream HD movies, play online games, and more simultaneously--without annoying buffering or lag.
o Supports two Wi-Fi modes, to extend router's connection or create a new Wi-Fi access point
o Works with all Wi-Fi routers
o Easy setup with WPS and Spot Finder Technology
o Eliminate Dead Zones and Boost Wi-Fi range. Extend your home Wi-Fi to hard-to-reach locations in your home such as your backyard, garage, or bedroom so you can get the Wi-Fi to smartphones, iPads, tablets, and laptops to enjoy streaming HD movies, online gaming, social media, and more.
o Seamless Roaming - No more dropped connections for voice calls from iPhone, iPads, smartphones, or tablets when you move from one room to another or to your backyard when synced with a Linksys MAX-STREAM Router or other supported routers.
o Dual Bands for Faster speed and reliability - The range extender offers dual wireless bands of 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz for combined speeds of up to 1.9 Gbps--double the performance of single band. Newer Wireless-AC devices are routed to the higher-speed 5 GHz band, while older wireless-N and G devices utilize the 2.4 GHz band.
o Cross Band Technology to maximize simultaneous use of both bands for high speed connection
o Beamforming Technology to focus the Wi-Fi Signal directly to your smartphone, tablet, and laptop for faster Wi-Fi connection
o Spot Finder Technology for best placement
o Works with Any router
• Network Standards:
• Wi-Fi Speed:
AC1900 (N300 + AC1733)
• Wi-Fi Bands:
Simultaneous Dual band, 2.4 Ghz + 5 Ghz
• Wi-Fi Range:
10,000 SQ FT
• Number of Ethernet Ports:
It is one of the best and fastest wireless extender in the market. If you are looking for faster internet and longer Wi-Fi range, please go and grab this extender from the stores.May 12, 2016 11:46
I purchased this extender to address a particular problem. My house is long and the internet enters on one end. This means my wireless router doesn’t reach the opposite end very well. Signal strength is good but speed drops noticeably. I was hoping for this to compliment my EA9500 as it was said to be designed specifically for this router. In the end what I have come up with is a mixed bag.
For the far end of the house my speed has definitely improved. The problem is it has done so at the expense of speed in the middle. The actual router itself has excellent speed and good range. Without the extender I can achieve over 300Mbps in the center of the house. With the range extender, the highest I regularly achieve is 200Mbps. The problem is this range extender, even when paired with the router it is designed for cuts the original speed in half. I have a 400Mbps internet. Directly connected to the primary WiFi I can get 376Mbps, on the WiFi. When the extender is involved it uses half the bands for a return signal effectively cutting any speed in half. This would be fine if the range extender only did this at the far end of the house. The problem is that in the middle sometimes the signal strength is stronger from the extender by just a little compared to the router and so I end up losing speed. I would push the extender further out but the signal strength to the extender is too poor.
This brings me to another issue, the configuration. The box says it has an easy way to determine signal strength leading to believe there is some sort of meter on the outside of the unit. There is not. In fact you have to manually log into the unit to see signal strength. The problem with this is the documentation for setup isn’t the greatest. Once the instructions were sorted out another issue is that sometimes during the initial setup it just doesn’t connect to the source router but you can’t be sure if it is not connecting or just slow. The instructions tell you if you are extending a compatible router you can keep the same WiFi name but instructions are vague on how to do this. They mostly point you to using WPS. From what I can tell this can only extend 1 2.4GHz and 1 5GHz network and the companion router actually provides a total of 4, two primary and two guests. I wasn’t able to figure out if it actually extends the guest networks but reading the documentation I am led to believe it does not.
There is a possible workaround to the speed issue is to use this as a hardwired extender as it has an Ethernet port. The far side of my house, like most, doesn’t have Ethernet as this point so I couldn’t test but from what I can tell it doesn’t exactly extend the WiFi when hardwired so much as create a _EXT WiFi. This means if you have a WiFi called MyHouse then the extender will create another called MyHouse_EXT. Again I didn’t have a way to try this but that isn’t exactly seamless roaming.
Currently I have the extender paired to my router via WiFi. The WPS failed for me so I had to use the password method. The instructions don’t tell you but when pairing with a compatible router you enter the password for the WiFi you are extending.
In regards to reliability it has been a mixed bag. I have had some power issues lately so I can’t blame everything on the extender but I have had to reset it at least 5 times in about 2 weeks. Sometimes everything will look ok but I just can’t browse the internet. I reset the extender and everything is good again. In the end it has been helpful and I am hoping if I can get a cable to the other side of the house it might be more helpful. At this point I have mixed feelings about this unit. All in all though this unit is still new and nearly every grip of mine can be fixed by future firmware upgrades which it doesn’t automatically. I’m hoping that it will improve over time.
Does extend range
Improves speed in distant areas
When paired wirelessly with a compatible router it offers seamless roaming
Clutter free case with no external antennas means it can be installed in the open without getting snagged or bringing attention to itself
Brings up a warning webpage if the main WiFi is not accessible making troubleshooting quicker. You know you have to reset your router instead of the extender.
Can be wired or hardwired
Can act as an affordable standalone wireless AC access point
Automatically updates firmware
Cuts speed of main WiFi in half even when paired with the router that it is a companion for
Overlaps the primary WiFi zone and can cause loss of speed in the overlap zone
Can be unstable. Sometimes it just loses the connection with the main router and needs to be unplugged
Leans heavily on WPS setup which is less secure to leave active
Slow bootup and connection makes you think the unit is not connecting
Signal Strength meter is software based slowing down placement and feels less intuitive
Internal antennas don’t reach as far
Final thoughts. Overall if this range extender can be an affordable way to extend your existing WiFi without requiring a complete change as long as you can accept its limitations, setup woes, and stability. It has no standout features but can get the job done. Stability issues will likely be sorted out in a future firmware upgraded, which are automatic. Hardware wise it is a decent box. It just needs software refinements. If Linksys could find a way to pair a unit such as this with their routers without cutting the speed in half then it could be a perfect solution for those who want a high end router without dealing with a mesh. This unit can still get the job done but it won't surprise you with great features and easy setup.Jun 15, 2016 09:43
Data on Linksys MaxStream RE7000-AC1900 Wall Plug In Range Extender with MU-MIMO
- Works with all Wi-Fi Routers
- Room to room Wi-Fi with seamless roaming (only with max-stream routers)
- Eliminate dead zones and boost coverage with mu-mimo technology
- Boost Wi-Fi range up to 10,000 sq ft
- N300 + AC1733 Mbps with dual-band
- Easy setup with spot finder
- Mu-mimo with quad stream (multi-user, multiple-input, multiple-output)
- Dual band 2.4 ghz + 5.0 ghz dual band
- Gigabit port
- Beamforming technology (focuses signal to devices for optimal performance)
- Cross band technology (maximizes simultaneous use of both bands)
- Push button connect
- Mu-mimo (multiple users can enjoy multiple devices without lag or buffering)
- Access point mode (set up an AC Wi-Fi access point for an expanded network)
- Linksys Max-Stream AC1900 + WiFi Range Extender (RE7000)
- Quick Install Guide
- Regulatory Information
Minimum System Requirements
- PC, MAC, or tablet with Wi-Fi Enabled
- AC Power Outlet
- 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wireless router or access point
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0, Firefox 20, Safari 5.1, or Google Chrome 25.0 browsers or higher
Testing/Setup/Pros & Cons
- Device is a little bulky in the sense of finding where to plug it in
- Setup of the device was extremely simple
- Quick start guide is on point
- I used the WPS button to setup both 2.4 & 5.0 connections (push button to connect)
- Unplugging and moving it did need/require me to redo the push button to connect setup (this was after setting it up and following directions on the quick start guide)
- Testing of current speed(s) without the range extender (Desktop = 16ms ping, 58.01 mbps down, 04.23 mbps up//Phone = 15ms ping, 53.47 mbps down, 5.33 mbps up)
- Testing after successfully hooking up the range extender (Desktop = 19ms ping, 66.36 mbps down, 04.42 mbps up//Phone = 27ms ping, 66.03 mbps down, 04.76ms up)
- Keep in mind, the testing was done with my ISP being Charter and having the 60 mbps plan (so in this sense, the booster kicked in and went over the 60 mbps ISP plan
- Changing the password for the extended network was a little confusing to me
- Extender Access Password under Administration (Management) *I thought this was the password for my Wi-Fi as opposed to the extender
- No log out button? Some people may not care. For me, I would like to have a log out button
- Extender.Linksys.com (works on mobile as well/mobile view capable) which is great!
- Spot finder technology is not a separate app or software but is built into the Extender.Linksys.com portal which shows you if your extender is in the optimal spot. This is awesome!
- Wireless access points get doubled with the extender. What I mean is that when you originally have 2 wireless access points (whatever your wireless access point names are) you end up having 2 more that have *ext at the end of them. So you basically get 4 wireless access points. One is for 2.4 ghz and the other is for 5.0 ghz. Since I have 2, I ended up having 4 total. To some people, this gets confusing and its a little unorganized.May 15, 2016 20:09
Who’s it for: For combatting the wifi dead spots in your home due to structural interferences
Pros: Easy to setup and only takes up one plug space
Cons: Could use a better iphone app
I had a big problem with getting complete wifi coverage in my townhome. Its not like its super big at 1700sq feet but it’s the walls and competing radio interferences that creates this dreadful dead spots in my home.
My setup is this: my wifi router is located upstairs in my two-level home. I have no issues connecting to both 5ghz and 2.4ghz channels upstairs. But I get spotty wifi signal when im on the main floor in the living room. The wifi signal will be so degraded that I get faster internet if I switched my iphone over to LTE. I’m trying to avoid racking up my cell phone’s LTE data plan when im at home! My Linksys router has 8 adjustable antennas with “beam forming” with no luck of reaching me on my couch. I almost gave up until I did more research that I could benefit from an extender like this Linksys RE7000.
The setup was very easy. Probably the easiest extender I have ever used. It’s an extender that only takes up one power socket space. This is nice since it doesn’t require any table surface so you can plug this unit in behind a couch if you want to. To start extending your current wifi router, which this works with any branded router, just press the WPS button on the side of the extender and press the same button on your router. Within 5 mins and you will be extending both your 2.4ghz and 5ghz wifi bands at near full speeds as if you were sitting next to the wifi router itself. The form factor is worth noting. Its brilliantly simple. There is only one Ethernet jack if you want to plug in something that’s not wifi equipped but it’s the one simple status light and one WPS connect button that makes this form factor awesome. The one light changes from amber to green with green being fully connected. And the fact that it’s all self-contained in one unit and only takes up one outlet is worth its weight in gold.
In conclusion, it’s a very competitively priced wifi extender that’s very simple to install and get running. I have no more dead spots in my home anymore and I’m able to still use my wifi when im a few houses down the street too! An important tip is proper location for your wifi extender. Too close to your router and it won’t actually help your dead spots. Too far from your router and you will not gain any wifi strength. Luckily, Linksys has a web based page that shows if you are too close to your router or too far from your router for the extender to work perfectly. This is a no brainer installation. If I didn’t have that tool, I wouldn’t have known that my main floor bathroom was the best location and not the kitchen location that I originally thought would be best. This could have been incorporated into their phone app but for some reason its web based. A bonus for using a compatible Linksys router with a Linksys extender is the “seamless roaming” option. I can walk around the house between both levels without dropping a signal and manually changing my wifi connection.
I would recommend this RE7000 to anyone looking to decrease their wifi dead spots!
I hope my review helped in your decision!Jun 13, 2016 10:38
Initial impressions: Box is very appealing and well thought out, all the info you need to know is on it.
One thing that stood out was the ability to connect to a site to find the trouble spots or low signal strength areas. This takes the guess work out of where to put the unit.
I was surprised at how little filled the box. Just the unit, a quick start guide and a warranty/safety guide.
The instructions were clear and concise and was up and running in no time. Very user friendly.
Before I plugged in the unit, I went to each room and ran a test with speedtest.net, in the front of the house, the back, the garage and front and back yards. I was getting about 29.9 mbps on main level and 26.9 in the yards.
I live in a ranch style house with 1750 sqft on ground level and 1750 sqft in the finished basement.
With my main router installed on the lower level in the middle of the house.
Once I plugged in the unit and was setting it up, which took about 4 minutes. The phone/tablet utility said the garage area was the best spot to place the unit.
The unit can be used for a hotspot or an extension to your network. I chose to use mine as an extension.
If you were going to use it as a hot spot there is also an area for a network Ethernet cord to attach to.
When you are setting it up, the utility asks which method you would like to use. (Hot spot or Ext)
The utility then asked which network I was going to connect to. I found mine which was a dual band and it asked me to put it the connecting password. After doing so the new networks broadcasted immediately.
I logged all my devices into the new EXT_networks so this way my devices will automatically switch to the best signal. So now when I am in the garage or yard area my phone switches to the EXT network and when I ran the speed test it went from a 26.9 mbps back up to a 29.9/30 mbps.
In closing I would say that if you have noticeable low signal areas or in a multiple level house or an entertainment area outside in the back yard this unit would work great for you. Either as a hotspot or as a network extension.
If you live in a single level house under 2000 sqft you might look into moving your router around first before buying this. You may not need it.May 16, 2016 13:08
For fair disclosure, I consider myself to be a novice techy….I know just enough to be dangerous, but not enough to be an expert.
Tech and Spec.
According to the supporting documentation, published white papers and other articles, the Linksys Max-Stream AC1900+ WiFi Range Extender is designed to provide an extended range to your WiFi with MU-MIMO. It also has the ability work with all routers and compliments a network that doesn't currently have MU-MIMO. The RE7000 features wireless seamless roaming, cross-band technology, and a multi-mode to switch between repeater and access point.
The form of this new gigabit range extender is very nice. Sleek form design. Only challenge one might have is if you have a sideways outlet you may have a bit of a hard time keeping it from slipping out of an outlet since it does not have a rotating plug in the back to accommodate this type of outlet setup
I don’t currently have a range extender in my residence nor have I ever had one. So this is a new item for me to add to my existing network. I have recently just upgraded to the Linksys Max-Stream AC5400 Mu-MIMO Gigabit Router with MU-MIMO (model EA9500). The signal strength had dramatically improved with this new router already. I am hoping to reach even better signal strength with this extender.
Upon opening the sealed box the typical clean packaging is in play. Very well protected and all the item you need are in very plane site and easy to unpack.
The setup guide is a very simple 4 step setup process. One of the nice features in the setup is how Linksys created a very easy to see and understand process to make sure you know the extender is connected with a simple LED indication on the front of the unit. Setup is pretty straight forward with step 1 plugging in the range extender near your router. Step 2 the LED indicator will start blinking orange. It is important to wait for the LED to blink orange before going to step 3. Steps 3& 4 is connecting the extender to your router for each bandwidth you have. I have two with my router so I need t0press the WPS button on your router and then press the WPS on the side of the extender. Now you repeat this step twice if you are setting up a 2.4 Ghz and a 5. Ghz network. The LED will turn solid green when connection is successful. If the LED starts to blink continually orange the connection has failed. If the LED stays lit orange then the connection to the router is weak and you need to relocate the extender to get better connectivity. Personally I think they should have used another LED color like purple for a weak connection.
However, here is the piece of information they did not tell you. If you have a router that uses Max-Stream, the router will automatically setup the extender to work with the router. I have a Max-Stream router and I did not know this. Why this is important. After you connect the extender to the router you need to access the range extender settings after setup to tweak the final settings. The range extender has its own access interface. I was struggling at first to get access to the interface and could not figure out why I was having trouble. What I found out was because I have Max-Stream the router was already in process of connecting it to itself and making all of the tweaks automatically. Cool feature. But, I had to do some online reading to find out this fact.
Location of Extender.
Now I had to try a couple of different locations for the range extender. After placing it in a couple of locations, both on the first and second floor the signal indicator showed a solid orange instead of solid green. What appears to be happening is a few of the walls in our house have extra sound proofing materials in them causing the signal to be obstructed. The final location was on the second floor in the middle of the house with open access to the entry foyer. This large open space area allowed the signal to reach the extender and to provide the best overlapping range. As a result, I got the solid green LED which is what you want.
The signal strength is very strong with the extender and it has made a difference. I have mention in other reviews that I have a rather large 2 story home with a basement. With my Max-Stream router we have increased our signal strength from 75% to 80% on the first and second floors to now having 100% signal strength throughout the first and second floor. Now I know that results are not going to be the same for everyone. But after making the adjustment and testing the signal strength and access to the extender it has increased and remains constant at 100% full bars throughout both floors of the house.
Overall, I am quite impressed and very satisfied with the new extender. I would recommend this to anyone that need to enhance and extend/improve the signal range of your WiFi signal throughout your network.May 15, 2016 19:50
NETGEAR AC750 Mesh WiFi Range Extender boosts your existing WiFi by increasing your range and speed. It compatible with any standard WiFi router to deliver AC750 dual band WiFi with up to 750 Mbps. Includes Mesh features Smart Roaming and one WiFi name. Easily connect all your smart home devices to one network, no new WiFi names and passwords needed. Move from room-to-room while streaming video on your mobile device without any interruptions. A Gigabit Ethernet port provides WiFi connectivity to a wired device like Blu-ray players, game consoles, smart TVs or streaming players over your existing WiFi network. Just plug it into any outlet and experience the difference.
I have a Netgear R6300V2 Router with beam forming technology in a 3000 square foot home. The R6300 covered most of the 3000 square foot home; however, I needed to extend the WiFi signal to provide WiFi coverage to an outdoor area just beyond the reach of the R6300. I purchased the Netgear AC750 and placed it about half way between the outdoor area and the R6300 and I was able to connect to my home network by connecting to the unique SSID I configured on the AC750 Extender. On the AC750 I pointed one of antenna's toward the outdoor area and pointed the other antenna in the direction of the R6300 router. I now have WiFi coverage indoors and outdoors.Apr 17, 2015 18:29
This is really good I am the worst person with anything that has to do with technology but I was able to set it up really quick and easy and it works perfect I am really happy Thank you !! Love this product! I would definitely recommend it!Jun 14, 2021 19:38
Not so easy to install as the salesman said but if I could do it anybody canJun 19, 2015 19:56
Hi, if you are looking to expand your wireless or wired ethernet, this is what you need to do so, it works perfectly and it covers great area.Feb 21, 2019 05:29
I am very satisfied with the result, I have an Internet plan of 200 mbs and the WiFi signal never reached 50 mbs and now after I installed this WiFi amplifier I have speeds of up to 300 mbs.Apr 10, 2021 11:54
It's okay thought it would be better. Still have to play around with locationDec 25, 2020 22:59
100% good it's good I love it I recommend to any oneMar 27, 2017 01:03
Seems to be working like it should.ill give another update in a few weeks.Dec 19, 2020 04:50
Extend your existing Wi-Fi with NETGEAR AC1750 Wi-Fi mesh extender, and get the speeds that you pay for throughout your home. This mesh extender improves coverage and works with your home Wi-Fi to create a powerful Wi-Fi system. It includes such mesh features as Smart roaming and one Wi-Fi name. Easily connect all your smart home devices to one network with no new Wi-Fi names and passwords needed. Move from room to room while streaming video on your mobile device without any interruptions. Connect a wired device, such as a Blu-ray player, game console, smart TV, or streaming player, to your Wi-Fi network with one Gigabit Ethernet port. Other powerful features, including MU-MIMO and Smart Connect, ensure that every device is assigned the fastest available Wi-Fi connection. Easy setup with a touch of a button. Boost your Wi-Fi to the extreme with this wall-plug Wi-Fi mesh extender. It works with your existing Wi-Fi router, gateway, or ISP-provided gateway.
Our house is one floor but has thick stone and concrete walls. The NETGEAR AC1750 (R6400) Router was in an inside closet and WiFi was good in half the house poor in the other half and nonexistent in the garage and outside. We now have coverage throughout with good speed and reliability. Did have a difficulty in the beginning. I did not realize that the install was not complete. Loading the app on my phone and utilizing the web site I realized the error and was able to complete the install correctly. Suggestion: Be aware of the notification lights on the device.Jul 13, 2021 13:36
I purchased the Wi-Fi Range Extender to extend the range of the 2nd floor devices since the router was in the basement. As Wi-Fi Range Extender I would not recommend this product. With the extender located in my upstairs hallway I was getting speeds of 80Mbps down using SpeedTest on my iPhone at the furthest distance in my house. However, without the extender I was already getting 150Mbps to 220Mpbs to the basement at the same location on the 2nd floor. I had CAT5 lines installed upstairs when the house was built so I decided to configure the device as an access point. AMAZING!!! I was easily getting 350Mbps to almost 500Mbps download speeds. With the access point upstairs, 25 wifi devices upstairs of the 70+ total devices and growing now connect to the upstairs access point. Configuration is a little tricky but once you get it setup no worries. The iPhone Nighthawk app is useless but the website tool is great, not many features, but easy to configure.Apr 12, 2020 19:42
The unit has helped us reaquire our WiFi settings after being out of range. Saves time n effort.Nov 09, 2020 03:30
Needed to boost our WiFi signal in our home & it really did the job. It’s in our upstairs hallway. I would recommend it.Jun 19, 2020 16:39
Easy to set up. Better wifi signal upstairs in our bedroom. It’s not blazing fast but it gets the job done. No complaints. I got it 50% off during the black friday sale.Dec 03, 2021 16:30
Has increased my Wi-Fi speeds exponentially. I needed a stronger Wi-Fi connection in my house as I have two stories. You have to be patient to set up the device. But the set up isn’t that difficult, especially if you set it up through the app.Dec 06, 2021 10:50
Works as described. Easy set-up and provides coverage in an area of my house that had poor coverage.Nov 20, 2021 23:32
I was having a hard time streaming on my Smart TV in the living room. Once I got the extender I could stream my shows easier and faster. I didn’t have to wait for it to upload my shows.Sep 25, 2021 04:07
Linksys RE6500 Dual-Band Wireless Range Extender: Improve signal quality and fill in the dead zones in your wireless network with this extender. Plus, an audio jack on the back of the extender lets you plug in your speakers and listen to music from your wireless devices, like smartphones, tablets and computers.
Solid piece of equipment. I needed it for the garage because I am in there working on my car and my iPad couldn't receive a strong enough signal from the living room. Now I have this in there it seems the internet is faster on the ipad in the garage than in the house. I know this sounds crazy but this device is amazing.Dec 02, 2017 08:43
I tried "A's" best unit, TOTAL BUST.
Walked in my local store, asked who knew the most about wifi extenders and Athena raised her hand. Sure enough, this unit "plugged and played" easy peasy.
Next day, I bought another for my hangar. Best Buy Geeks are GOOD!Apr 08, 2017 09:22
Now I have complete Wifi coverage in my entire house.
Highly satisfied with the productMar 30, 2019 07:24
My wireless router is the Linksys brand; the BestBuy in-store sales associate suggested that it would probably be best to match brands for the router and the range extender. I think that he was correct on that call. I needed the extender because a big 'ole refrigerator is directly in the path of signal from my wireless router to my laptop computer. This caused the signal to 'come and go.' The extender is placed so that the wireless signal to its antennae is not blocked by the refrigerator; the laptop sits about 18-in. from the extender. With the extender I have had a 100% non-interrupted wireless signal. This works great! (And Best Buy guaranteed that it would do the job.)Mar 21, 2015 13:27
I'm so glad I got this extender for my house, the internet modem is downstairs and I was having really spotty wifi upstairs but now it's full bars.Nov 28, 2018 20:06
This is an excellent extender. I have a Peloton bike, which an excellent stationary bike, but it drops internet all too often. I I bought the extender, mounted it on the bike and made the bike think it's connected by ethernet by plugging the bike directly into the extender I mounted on the bike. Now it never drops and all I have to do his bet on my bad motor scooter and ride. I mean my bad Peloton....May 25, 2018 16:21
I didn't realize how much of a dead zone my room was until I speed tested with and without this WiFi extender. The setup is easy, and I get up to 4 Ethernet connections to this single device. I'm thankful for my investment.Apr 14, 2021 17:02
I have used one of these for a few years now, and it always works. It is very easy to see if the original signal is strong enough because you will see a white steady light. If it turns to orange steady, it means you are a little too far from the main router, and you have to shorten the distance. I have not used the phone app that helps with this because it is so easy just to get the white light and know it's good. Speed is very fast, and having 4 gigabit ethernet ports in the garage without having to have dug a trench for wires makes this thing well worth it. Linksys/Belkin is the way to go for all networking gear now. Linksys is the best (stay away from netgear stuff with all their online registration and constant automatic updates), and this device is superb. I am online now buying another one for a friend and have set up several of these for people I know, and they are all still working.Oct 07, 2021 09:15
Expand your wireless internet coverage with this NETGEAR four-stream Wi-Fi 6 mesh extender. Speeds of up to 1.6Gbps support 4K streaming and gaming, and OFDMA technology offers enhanced data transmission across multiple devices. This WPA3-enabled NETGEAR four-stream Wi-Fi 6 mesh extender features WPS, letting you easily connect to your network.
WiFi wasn’t reaching upstairs very well, so I bought this mesh extender. Now I get the same speed upstairs as downstairs. Installation was easy, but I did have to experiment with putting it in 3 different plug locations before I found one that worked best. Good experience for much less $ than buying a completely new mesh system to replace my standalone router.Oct 06, 2021 13:38
So glad we bought this. Service has been so much better as our router is upstairs and have had no issues since setting it up and it is very easy to set up.Oct 15, 2021 15:31
Had to return this router, was unable to plug it where I wanted, however it worked great where I was able to plug it in breiflyOct 27, 2021 18:12
My family was having wifi fading in and out. With this product if fixed those anoyying problems. 100% internet all over the house.Oct 07, 2021 11:32
I bought this item because I needed extra coverage in my house for outdoor home security items. I could not get this to connect to the items. Tried to get help from Tech Support. I don't like having to speak with someone who is not fluent in English and understand the problems involved in setting up the product. I got frustrated and decided to return the item back to Best Buy and just use the older extender that I was currently using.Oct 29, 2021 16:18
It’s works like the say, get better streaming’s and internetNov 04, 2021 21:55
Great mesh extender would definitely recommend. Exceded my expectations.Oct 14, 2021 13:21
Works great! Easy to install! I would highly recommend!Oct 20, 2021 02:49
NETGEAR® Nighthawk® 8-Stream Wi-Fi Mesh Extender (EAX80) supports the latest-generation Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) standard. This powerful Nighthawk Mesh Extender works with your existing Wi-Fi to create a powerful whole home mesh Wi-Fi. Enjoy a better connected home experience, and extend faster Wi-Fi to the farthest corner of your home with blazing-fast speeds up to 6 Gbps.
I own an ex8000 as well as buying this one. I can only get 20mb down on a 400mb connection with this one. In the area I use this, I don't have other wifi stomping on this. My other wifi extender will give me full speed over 400mb. I can only get full speed if I connect via Ethernet to this one.
I also checked the bandwidth of this devices signal. I only checked 5g since that's what I was extending. The bandwidth is much smaller with this unit vs the other one and my router. I'll include a picture showing the default names. You can see the slim tooth pick vs the fat signal of my router. The other extender looks similar to the router. If you want an extender, go for the ex8000 not this one.
Seems like a real loss for netgear.Jul 19, 2020 17:15
Easy setup, the range, the speed, the area of coverage is as advertised. Great product for my wi-fi system.Sep 07, 2021 10:02
I needed a wifi extender with LAN port, then decide to go for this option. I truly feel like I have 2 modems in my house now because I had the wall plug type previously. This extender is paired with my xfinity xfi modem with gig speed, the modem is downstairs and the extender is upstairs. The speed of the extender is just as fast and I’ve had no issues since.Oct 23, 2021 22:53
I bought this to add WiFi signal throughout my home. It covers two floors now and I even get wifi outside. You need to make sure you sync your existing wifi and the extender right next to each other. Uses the same wifi account and does the transition between the two devices on its own.Jan 25, 2020 15:54
This is perfect for someone whose internet is spotty in your home.Sep 19, 2021 18:23
Does the job. Keeps the internet running quickly in my living room. 1300 feet away from the source. I'm impressed. It's improved the connectivity outside as well.
I am glad I bought it.Oct 01, 2021 15:42
My AX11000 Wifi 6 router already gives me excellent signal throughout my home, but in the very far corners the 5GHz speeds left a bit to be desired. Of course this is no fault of the router because 5GHz signals do not go through walls as well as the 2.4GHz signals. So I hooked up the AX6000 mostly with the hope that I could get the same lightning fast 5GHz speeds everywhere in my home.
This thing delivered and then some! The 5GHz speeds are consistently fast throughout my own home, and I am now able to get a wifi signal at my next door neighbor's house. Not the kind where it shows up in your list of networks but never actually connects when you click on it either. A stable, reliable connection. Obviously most people won't need this sort of benefit but just goes to show how well this product is working.
Setup was a breeze. I used the nighthawk app with no issues (follow the directions they give you and you can't go wrong), but the web interface gave me more options to tweak settings. You also don't need to worry about whether you're connected to the extender or the router. It will all be paired together so you only need to have a password for your original network name, meaning family and guests won't complain asking which network they need to join (for example, there won't be a Netgear44 and Netgear44_EXT; just a Netgear44 and the devices do the work for you).
Strongly recommend this device to anyone needing greater coverage of their large home, perhaps someone with a workshop, detached garage, or if you need better signal to entertain in the backyard. Granted, I am using a wifi 6 router so this extender might serve you even better if your current router is not the latest technology.
I can appreciate why someone may not want to pay so much for an extender, especially if you are already using a wifi 6 router in a smaller home. I believe it is a solid value for the benefits it provides to larger homes with dead spots though and would recommend to family and friends in need of greater, more consistent coverage for their homes.
I received this product as part of Netgear's First Look Review Program in exchange for my unbiased opinion and experience.Dec 02, 2019 14:27
Great extender. Paired with Nighthawk WiFi. Works as it should. Easy set up and install.Nov 03, 2021 13:53