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.
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Crazy Range! Excellent Coverage
Posted by: Dragonhunter281 from: on
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!
14 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Bonus Wi-Fi Range
Posted by: mikeheel from: on
The specs for this new wi-fi range extender are impressive. I appreciate the beamforming technology. It also supports all current (and prior) wi-fi standards: 802.11ac, 802.11n, 802.11a/g, and 802.11b.
The extender is a fairly basic white box that mounts directly via plug into a power outlet. It looks fairly generic, like a carbon monoxide detector or such.
I have a fairly new Linksys (AC1900) router. The extender is also an AC1900 device. I pressed the WPS button on the router to initiate pairing and then, per instructions, the WPS button on the extender. Failure. I went through the process several times but never could establish connection with my router from a distance of 5 feet. I then abandoned the WPS setup instructions and switched to web setup, which went smoothly for both 5Ghz and 2.4 Ghz bands.
Once it was up and running, it gave me a good analysis of the proper location via spot finder. That was helpful.
The instructions recommend giving the extended network a different name than your primary network, such as adding "ext" to the end of your network name. I actually forced it to use the same name as my primary network, since all my devices are new enough to switch seamlessly. If you have older devices, I would suggest you follow the naming directions provided with the extender.
So far, so good. As I mentioned earlier, the specs are very strong for this extender, and it lives up to my expectations. My devices connect and stay connected seamlessly. The extender offers a range of an additional 10000 square feet (roughly 100 x 100 feet, if that helps give a better idea). I'm a big fan of MI-MIMU, which seems to work well here, too. I use a ton of wireless devices - multiple streaming devices across the house, several gaming consoles, a selection of laptops, tablets, and mobile devices, and a few other connected household devices (thermostats and such). Everything works well.
I now have a very strong signal throughout both floors of the house (router is on top floor, extender on first floor) as well as my yard. In fact, I have decent signal just past the end of my cul-de-sac.
I should note it also includes a 1 GB ethernet port, which could be handy for certain devices.
I am pleased with the function and appearance of the device. My only gripe was that the WPS setup failed multiple times. For that reason, I can't give it 5 stars.
16 out of 17 found this review helpful.
Extends Range Nicely, But There's a Cost
Posted by: ryanmcv from: Phoenix, AZ on
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.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Best AC Wireless Extender with MU-MIMO feature
Posted by: Selva from: on
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.
13 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Easy to setup and instructions are clear
Posted by: TforTiger from: on
The Linksys RE7000 is very easy to set up. It took me less than 10 minutes from reading and following the instructions to get my iPad connected to the extender's network. The RE7000 offers a few connection setups for people's liking. It offers WPS, browser-based or wired setup. I don't see why people will use wired setup since it is not the most convenient way for a network, but it is an option for people who prefer wired option. My old router doesn't offer WPS, so I am not able to setup using WPS, may be in the future when I have a new router. The brower-based set up sounds complicated, but surprisingly it is not. I followed the instructions and didn't run into any problem.
I setup the RE7000 using my iPad and it was pretty straight forward. I now can use my iPad in my backyard 50 feet away from my house which usually was a wifi dead zone. However, there is a minor drawback. I tested the internet speed on my iPad while connecting to the RE7000, it was somewhat 15-20% slower than the connection directly from my router in the house. I don't feel much of a difference from browsing online or watching YouTube, but that's what the results was from multiple speed tests. I do get a bigger coverage area from it, at least 50 feet from the dead zone, but it reduces my internet speed a little bit. I personally think that it is doable since slightly slower speed is a lot better than no speed at all when there is no connection.
The packaging is also very simple, which is a plus. The box only has the RE7000, a setup paper and regulatory information. Pretty much plug and play. And I like the idea of simply unplug the extender from the outlet and move it to the other corner of the house when necessary. It is very handy for occasional use when there is a need for it at certain area of the house.
Now the next test will be durability, will update in a few months about how it holds up.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Dead spot remover
Posted by: jhancock from: on
A great extender. I used it with 3 different routers, all with good results, made by different companies. I settled on the LINKSYS EA9500 MAX-STREAM™ AC5400 TRI-BAND WI-FI ROUTER.
Easy to install. Unpacking and setup required less than 10 minutes. I read and followed the easy instructions. I then configured my network using the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi software. Using the software I was able to prioritize my attached devices, allocating bandwidth where needed and locate the Linksys MaxStream RE7000-AC1900 Wall Plug In Range Extender with MU-MIMO in an optimal location to eliminate a dead spot.
I now have faster and more consistent connections than ever before. I live in a very electronic “noisy” area with over 25 networks visible at any given point in time. My network is now only limited by my carrier for web access speed.
As I stated in my review of the LINKSYS EA9500 MAX-STREAM™ AC5400 TRI-BAND WI-FI ROUTER –
Simple install, great build quality, great technical specs, great performance and great management software.
This is what computing should be – “it just works!”
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Posted by: tmcgo510 from: on
I really like this product. It does its job very well! The box came with only the range extender and a few pamphlets of information on setting it up. My initial impression of the range extender is that it is a little bulky compared to other products that I am familiar with that do a similar function. The device plugs into a standard two prong electrical outlet. It has a LAN plug on the bottom for connecting a wired device to the wifi network. On one side of the device there is a WPS button and directly underneath that there is a device reset button which performs a factory reset. Along all corners of the range extender are vent holes to keep the device cool since it will most likely be in continuous operation. Turning the extender on was very easy. It is a simple as plugging it into a wall outlet. After powering the device, the light on the front will blink orange every few seconds. Scanning for wifi networks with whatever device you are using allows you to see the extender and select it as a network device. The instructions list a web address that allows the user to log into the range extender itself and set it up. This process is extremely simple and would really be a breeze even for someone with very little tech experience. After following the prompts on the screen, the range extender will scan for surrounding networks and list them for you to select the wifi router who’s signal you are wishing to boost. After selecting the router you wish to connect the range extender to, you simply type in the password for the main router. This range extender also gives you the option of not only broadcasting a 2.4 GHz signal, but also a 5 GHz signal simultaneously. After setting up the range extender it will show you what Linksys labels "Spotfinder" technology. This shows you a visual picture of whether or not your range extender is far enough away from the router to best extend the network. After finishing the setup of the range extender, the light on the front will stay solid green. If the user logs in again while connected to the range extender, they have many other options ranging from hiding the device SSID to changing passwords. Users can also update device firmware, control device access, and manage almost all other settings very similar to managing a normal router from the browser log in feature. The range extender allowed for me to get wifi signal to a back corner of the building that normally had terrible wifi signal. My device stays connected to the network and it is just about as good as standing next to the wifi router itself. I highly recommend this device. It works well and is very user friendly! I set this device up completely using a smartphone and the mobile browser website on the range extender was great. Get this product, you won't be disappointed!
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Easy Setup/Seamless Coverage
Posted by: bigbob53 from: on
Linksys Wireless Range Extender RE7000
I received this free sample product from Linksys in return for my honest feedback. Setup was a breeze using the Quick Start Guide included in the box, and took less than 10 minutes total. Using the WPS (Wi-fi Protected Set-up) button, the unit quickly paired itself with the Linksys EA7500 Max-Stream router. Finding the sweet-spot for the location of the RE7000 was also a breeze by using my Smartphone and the Linksys Spot-Finder technology. I simply typed in http://extender.linksys.com in an open browser window where a signal strength scale appeared to help guide me to the best location for the range extender. One of the features that I like the most about the RE7000 is the Seamless Roaming feature which automatically switches between the router and the range extender as I move about the house or outside into the shop areas. This gives me the best source for my wireless signal no matter where I am at on the property, which means no manual switching to the extended network. The RE7000 range extender is compatible with any wi-fi router; however, my understanding is that the Seamless Roaming feature only works with Linksys Max-Stream routers.
Without a range extender, my home has some dead spots toward the back of the house with virtually no signal to the shop and garage areas, but with this range extender I no longer have dead zones in my home and can go from the front of my home to the garage and shop area with no loss in coverage…seamlessly.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Works Great, BUT...Freezes DirecTV
Posted by: McFunky from: on
I bought this to go with my Linksys router and it works great UNTIL you connect to it and try to watch DirecTV. As soon as you connect to it, it will cause the DirecTV to Freeze up and you have to reset the DirecTV every time. I read another review that mentioned this and bought it anyways hoping to not have the same problem, but I did. I had to return it. If it wasn't for this issue with DirecTV it would be great. Linksys says it isn't them, DirecTV says it isn''t them and Charter says it isn't them. Meanwhile, I am the loser with no clear answers.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Quick fix for dead areas in our home.
Posted by: Katy from: on
We were having issues with getting internet on one side of our home. Noone could stay connected on their devices if they were on that side of our house. After spending a good deal of time talking to a customer service representative, we decided on this product. After following directions on where to plug this device in the house, we connected our devices to the extender. We are now able to receive internet service throughout the house. The reason for 4 star rating is that it does cut out once in awhile and can be slow at times.