NETGEAR Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender: Improve the network coverage throughout your home with this universal Wi-Fi range extender. Connect your gaming console, Smart TV, Blu-ray player and more with the four convenient Ethernet ports, for an expansive wired network the whole family can enjoy.
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It does what it is supposed to do.
Posted by: MichaelSD from: Austin, TX on
This product does what it is supposed to do. I now have extended WiFi range. I connected my Internet ready av hardware to this (Blu Ray, TV) and they are seeing a marked improvement when it comes to streaming Netflix, YouTube, or simply searching the Web.
It was slightly challenging to setup but I got it done. Once the setup was complete, it was a breeze to connect wireless apps to it.
76 out of 85 found this review helpful.
Works well with most devices...
Posted by: BestBuyComputerSpecialist from: Sioux Falls, SD on
I have an Apple Airport Extreme router that broadcasts to my whole house perfectly fine, the lowest signal strength is about 50% in the far corner of my basement. My house is a two story foursquare house built in the early 1900s, so its not small at all. However, it only barely reaches to the neighbor's house, who wanted to pay me to use my wireless. It doesn't extend much past his wall that faces my house, and is "very low" in signal quality. With this extender placed along my wall facing his house, he gets three out of five bars on the opposite side of his house!
Pros: Good range, EXTREMELY easy to setup. I don't usually like Netgear products, but this one (so far) is fantastic.
Cons: There are two; one, its a little expensive. Two, it does not seem to like the neighbor's Linksys adapter, hence the 4 out of 5 rating. My wife's MacBook Pro connects great, my Intel chipped Windows 7 laptop does as well. I am still playing with the security settings to see if thats where the incompatibility lies, since my neighbor's adapter and PC are a little older.
19 out of 19 found this review helpful.
Much better than WPS
Posted by: bestbuyroolz from: on
In the past I've played with Netgear's WPS to extend the range of my wifi, all with very mixed results (difficult to setup, could only do WEP, conflicted with other devices, required occasional power-cycle of both routers, etc). With the WN2000RPT, all of these problems go away, it's exactly what WPS should have been: a quick way to extend your primary access point to remote areas of your business or home WITHOUT the need to modify your primary router's settings at all.
Setup is painless by plugging a cable in directly into the back of the WN2000RPT from your PC and opening "www.mywifiext.net".. I strongly suggest this vs. doing the setup wireless. You will need to know your existing router's SSID, security type (WEP, AES, etc) and the key(s). The wizard built into the router will guide you through the rest. Note unlike WDS, you will need to create a unique SSID for the WN2000RPT, it cannot be the same SSID as your current router. Because of this you'll also need to update your wireless devices to use the WN2000RPT's SSID vs. the current one, you want to choose the one with the strongest signal.
A bonus was the ability to plugin my network (non wifi) ready printer into the WN2000RPT, and viola I had a wifi printer. Same is true for any other device which has wired Ethernet but no wifi like PC desktops, blueray players, gaming consoles and the like. Make sure your devices are set to obtain DHCP automatically and this extender does the rest.
The only thing that's "hard" to setup was finding the right location for it, which needs to be midway between your current router and the area where you want to extend the range. You may also be limited if you want to plugin a non-wifi device (like I needed to with my printer).
In the end this is way better than using WPS. You can use security much stronger than WEP, the range is great and it does B/G/N. You can also save money by not needing to purchase seperate equipment to make your wired devices wifi enabled.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Extended Range, sort of, but cause some issues
Posted by: InfiniteT from: Seattle on
In short, I have a Dlink DIR 655 down in my office on the other side of the house. It does fine down in that corner of the house but over time we have added a bunch of various wifi conected devices (tablets, phones, ipods, etc) and on the farther ends and the upstairs of the house the signal would get week and slow.
I did a bunch of reading on the best way to extend the network signal accross to the other reaches of the house and even outside a bit. I have hard wired cat6 in the house but with a lot of little wireless devices I still need a strong wifi.
I wasnt sure about this extender idea since it basically creates a wifi network of its own that then wirelessly repeats back to the router. I thought it may slow things down. I was right. It did slow things down enough to that even a strong signal thru the repeater was slower than the weak signal from the router on the other side of the house. (Yes the repeater had a good signal to the router).
An even bigger deal is that it seems to isolate each wireless device you connect to it from others. By this i mean, even though the wireless connected device is connected and sharing the main connection to the outside internet, they dont see eachother. So all my little wireless devices can no longer stream music and video from the hardwired computers and NASes.. Something we do here alot.
I am no netwrok engieneer or anything but I know my way around computers/electronics and tech stuff.
So even though this did essensially exapand my wireless connectivity, the benifits are not worth it to me for what I lose. Since the speed of the weak signal from the source router is still faster than a strong signal from the repeater, this makes the repeater pointless to me.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Borbality from: CA on
I have my detached garage at home set up like a room for all my stuff my wife won't let me put in the "real" house, like guitars, workout bench, stereos, video games, etc. So it's only natural that I would want Internet in there as well.
Only problem was that I couldn't quite connect in there with my laptop, which I use to play music or listen to the baseball game or whatever other kind of cool stuff I want to do in there. Moving the modem around didn't help, so I looked online and heard a repeater might work. This Netgear one had good reviews and was available in the store so I excitedly picked one up. I really didn't want to run a cat-5 cable to a completely separate structure detached from our house!
I remember just a few years ago when doing ANY kind of modem/router connection was pure voodoo and never made any sense whatsoever, so I figured this would be pretty hit or miss and might not work at all (that's why I like Best Buy's return policy.) So I turned this on in the garage and expected the worst.
The thing started working before I even set it up! I had internet instantly! Just plug it in, push the button and then when you try to go online on your laptop or PC or whatever, a page will automatically come on your browser and start the setup process. It asks you which network you are starting from, asks for your network key, then lets you set a password for the new network (you can name it whatever you like) and then you connect to it and it's all good! I get more bars on my laptop on this connection than I usually do inside.
And the weird thing is that I have the actual Netgear Extender hooked up inside the garage, where I couldn't even get connection before. So it is able to be my wifi spot where I couldn't even get connection before. So that is really convenient. It's able to set up right where I need it to. I was worried I'd have to put it inside the house near a window or something, uglifying my wife's kitchen. That wasn't going to fly!!
So yeah, no problems here at all. Very cool product. I wish it was a little cheaper, but it seems fair considering the price of a separate modem or more expensive access point, which is unnecessary in my case.
Also what is cool is that you can turn it off and on again without needing to reset the connection. The power in my garage is usually off, so this is convenient as well. I hit the switch, it comes on, the little lights turn green and it's back up just like new!
BTW I have a 2wire modem from a couple years ago, FYI, so I'm not sure how it will work for other types.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Bill41 from: Menan,Idaho on
I bought this to be used on the road and from my house with metal siding to a RV about 75 feet from the house, I went from 2 bars to 4+. Easy set up.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Posted by: RandomHero2004 from: Independence, KY on
First, I'd like to say that I've used a wide range of Netgear products in the past and this was the first range extender that I've tried that had a 4-Port Switch on the back. Initial thoughts, product was great and easy to set up out of the box, directions were clear.
Now it's 5 months to the day and all it is for me is a headache. The connection does not stay active. It will drop, requiring me to restart which is only temporary because it will drop within the hour, if I get lucky I'll get a couple more hours. I've tried numerous fixes, re-flashed firmware, changed wireless channels, SSID and even putting it in the same room. Nothing seems to hold the connection. One thing I haven't tried is a different Router, but that would defeat its "Universal" name.
I wouldn't recommend wasting your time on this product because of the similar reviews I've seen and the amount of people complaining about the product on the Netgear Forum. There are plenty of good reviews, but what many will fail to acknowledge is their review time period. I've given the product a substantial amount of time to work and now it has failed me. Netgear doesn't seem to care that I wasted my money, but hopefully enough people will see that this does not live up to expectations and they'll look elsewhere.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Great WHEN it works
Posted by: Cantfindanamenotinuse from: Texas on
Others have already posted an identical review to what I have to say about this device.
I bought it as I needed to set up an office in my garage and needed to extend the network to reach.
1. The Price was right.
2. Set up was super Easy.
3. It works as advertised. Extends Network Range as promised.
4. I like the 4 wired ports Can attach nearby wired devices (DVR, Game Console, Blue Ray, Sling Box), But more on that in a second.
5. Enables Our IPADS to be used anywhere in the house. (Including upstairs)
As others have mentioned it can be a little quirky. The extender keeps losing connection with the base router. The indicator goes red, everything grinds to a halt and then it reconnects and comes back up. In my case this behavior is completely random. Sometimes it will go days with no issue, and then other times it happens every 15 minutes. I have a theory as to why this is.....Keep reading.
1. Keeps dropping connection with Router
2. Only works in 2.4 ghz. I have a dual band router and would love to extend the 5 ghz network as well.
One thing I discovered that I have not seen posted anywhere else.
You cannot use two of these on the same network!
I liked the wired ports so much that I bought a second on thinking I could use it as an Ethernet bridge for my AV devices as well as extend the network even farther by chaining the devices (I live on a couple acres and thought I could create network access anywhere on the property by chaining a second extender to the first). Maybe just me, so would love to hear if anyone has made this work.
BUT IN MY CASE (And this is soley based on my observations)...As soon as I brought the second online the network came to a crawl and the devices kept knocking each other off the air. One would turn green and the other would go red.
MY THEORY on why the Extender keeps losing connectivity....
The extender works on the 2.4 ghz band which is busy and susceptible to interference. I am suspicious that the two extenders were interfering with each other and the interference is causing the extender to lose connectivity. That would also explain the random connection loss being reported.
If you are experiencing this issue, try relocating the extender away from sources of possible interference. I found that the further I am from the microwave the less frequently the drops seem to occur.
9 out of 10 found this review helpful.
works great, no problems
Posted by: VLMTV from: VIRGINIA BEACH, VA on
I thought I needed another router. We moved into an older two story home. We had lived in a bigger two story home and our N router worked fine in our other home. In this house, as soon as I started up the stairs there was no wireless signal for my phone or Wii to watch Netflix. I talked to cable company and they told me I needed new router. I talked to ya'll and was told I needed an extender. I went to to the store to shop for a solution to my problem. The sales person knew exactly what my problem was and helped me choose the best extender for my needs. He even explained how the signal travels from the router and told me the best location for the extender. He told me it needed to be on the first floor under the location where I needed signal upstairs, for its best performance. He was polite and very helpful, something hard to find at some stores.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
known problem requires hard reset every 24 hrs
Posted by: boulder from: boulder, CO on
Great product in that it sets up easily right out of the box and does a great job extending the range.
The problem is that every 24 hours or so, the repeater loses the signal and requires a hard reset. The Netgear discussions forum has PAGES of discussion on this from 2010 until this week. There's some talk of a beta software that will fix this but why does Netgear continue to sell this product ignoring the problem and why does Best Buy recommend it? Why go through the hassle I have to of buying this and returning it. It was the only repeater Best Buy had in stock....so much for buying local. I'll have to find something else at Amazon. I can't believe other people aren't returning this product and that the tech guy didn't warn me. And actually my connection went down while writing this, requiring a hard reset and it's only been an hour since the last hard reset.