NETGEAR Universal Wi-Fi Dual-Band Range Extender: Add some extra power to your existing network and access the Internet in areas of your home that were once dead zones. The FastLane feature of this universal range extender offers high-speed Wi-Fi over a single band, which makes for quick and consistent HD gaming and video streaming.
An absolutely excellant product!!!!
Posted by: Jahmal from: Houston TX on
I have been thinking about getting a range extender for awhile, but was turned off by all the wires & trying to figure out how to make it work, becaused my problem was that my router is located in the front of the house, & the signal weakens in the master bedroom located in the rear of the house. Running wires throughout the house was not an option. So, when I finally decided to take the plunge & get one last week, I noticed this one was new & wireless so I decided to give it a try. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I have made. This thing is ridiculously easy to setup & it works great., but I must say that I also have a netgear router & i'm not sure if that played a part in it being so easy to setup because of compatibility. You can't go wrong with this product if you are having problems similar to mine.
30 out of 30 found this review helpful.
Works well when located carefully
Posted by: JeffLN from: Santa Maria, CA on
I bought this extender because the wireless signal from my Netgear Router in my home office was being dropped when I was using a laptop in my living room. I installed the extender in my living room and have had no more problems. I am also streaming video with a Sony Blue Ray Player that I have hard wired to the extender and this is also working fine. The extender actually creates a new wireless network between itself and the wireless devices that you want to connect to it. This means that if you are using security such as WPA2-PSK you will need to create a new SSID and key that your wireless devices will use when you want them to go through the extender. I had it up and running with both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands in about 15 minutes. Most of that time was setting up the new WPA2-PSK security for the two new SSID's. The other point that may seem obvious but is worth mentioning is that even though the connection from your computer to the extender may be great all you're really getting for a connection to the internet is what the extender gets to your router. Therefore it is very important to locate it so that it is getting a good strong signal from the router. The indicator lights on the front are very helpful for this and I discovered that moving the unit just a couple of feet can have a huge impact on signal strength.
162 out of 198 found this review helpful.
Getting more signals without the wires!
Posted by: Netflixer from: Plymouth, MA on
Easy to use. Initially I purchased a wireless booster to get internet across the street to my home. Still had the same amount of signals with that and my Verizon wirelss router across the street. So, I returned that and got this placing it in my attic. Now my home is covered with internet from across the street. So if you already have a few signals reaching your laptop, get this and place it high above. (Less cars in between.)
Geek squad helped explain how to make it work and how easy it is to use it. After pressing on the WPS button and then the Verzon button, i found it in my other networks on my mac, then when i tried to open a page, it took me automatically to the settings page. I got confused at the part when it asked me what my Passphrase should be. I entered any name but when it ased for Key, I put the same Verzon password that comes on my Verizon Wireless router. After that was done, it asked you to check a box if its connected or not. Even if you check it, and press continue, I wasnt connected. You have to go back to "look for network" and find the new network name and add your old (Verizon) passord. So all this took me 5 minutes with both wireless devices. I unplugged the new device, walked across the street, went to my attic and plugged it in. Told myself I'd write a good review and hope I did. So I found my magic device that can finally work. Hope my instructions helped because I got confused (e.g. what the hell is a passphrase and key) and had to ask someone that knows his stuff as Best Buy and figure it out. I dont think there are any other stores like Best Buy that lets you play with their products until you find the right one which I finally did. Thanks Best Buy!
30 out of 32 found this review helpful.
Does what it's designed to do
Posted by: BLCjr from: Georgia on
Installed this in a 3500 sq.ft. house with the router at one end and this at the other. Push button setup (option 1) did not work (WEP Security). Used option 2 in the install guide with no problems (follow directions). The router creates two additional SSID's. It appends _2GEXT or _5GEXT onto the end of your original SSID. You'll need to go to each device you use to connect it to these new SSID's. Keep in mind that if your device does not support say 5 GHZ then you won't be able to connect to the _5GEXT network. This is not a problem with the Range Extender.
The instructions say to place it somewhere it gets 3 bars (connection strength to the router#. The location I chose is remote and my wife's laptop has trouble staying connected #hence the need for the extender#. To my surprise we got 4 bars in this location.
I'll likely move the extender to the adjoining media room to take advantage of the Ethernet ports.
Note: the following devices have been successfully joined to these new networks. iPhone #both#, an original and new iPads, Motorola Note 2 #both#, Wii #2ghz only#, Lenovo and HP laptops #both#, Samsung Blue Ray player. I've yet to hookup an HP Laser Jet 1102W or an AT&T Micorcell #via Ethernet). I don't expect a problem with either.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Excellent for what it's intended to do
Posted by: sctechman from: Myrtle Beach, SC on
I live in a large beach front building and we have wifi available but only laptops are able to bring in a strong signal. Other devices such as phones and game consoles lack the necessary antenna strength. The Netgear extender picks up the signal and redistributes it throughout our condo. It's rather easy to setup and does exactly as advertised.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Dickiensx from: Auburn, CA on
This works quite well to link between your router and device. Place somewhere between half to 2/3rds of the way toward device (although the connection status is seen directly on the extender and will decrease as you move it away from the router so it's easy to figure out). Mine was push button connection so I didn't have to use the website which was nice.
7 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Easiest device I've ever installed
Posted by: Mvolt3 from: Wildwood, MO on
We added an art studio to our home for my wife's glassworks. She was always complaining about the quality of the Internet in her room - so I purchased the netgear dual band range extender. Five minutes after I opened the box it was working! All I had to do was search for our network recognize it and add some password protection. Total time was about 10 minutes! I wish everything was that easy! She now has full bars on both 5ghz & 2.5ghz and is a very happy camper.
8 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Great Product. Easy Setup. Works great
Posted by: inspector1469 from: Redding Ca on
Bought this to connect a Camera DVR located in a garage. Used the older Netgear one before. This is much improved compared to the previous version. Great Signal Broudcast and connected to a Cradlepoint router with ease. The dvr only had a hardwired network connection so this was my best choice. Just think its a bit overpriced.
8 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Great router range extender!
Posted by: BarbeeM from: Pensacola, Florida on
We own and operate the Pensacola Victorian Bed & Breakfast. It is
a really big Queen Anne Victorian home. Our router is in my office
at one end of the first floor and our guests are all on the second floor
at the opposite end of the house. This range extender is absolutely
incredible in boosting our wireless signal up to the guest rooms. It was
very easy to set it up and we are extremely pleased.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: GARDETFAN from: WEST CHESTER, PA on
DID THE JOB FOR EXTENDING THE WIRELESS RANGE AND SIMPLE SET UP PROCESS.