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    Does it need to be wired or will it wirelessly extend the network?   (10 Answers)

    By AH September 23, 2015.

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      No doesn't need to be wired. The Extender pick up your wireless router signal. All you need is and electrical outlet to plug the Extender.

      By Myncr October 16, 2015.

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      Can this use the same SSID as my existing router?   (10 Answers)

      So i won't have to change networks on devices when the signal gets weak as I move away from the main router.

      By Michael August 16, 2015.

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        You could be would not recommend it. As far as changing networks almost every wireless device has the option to connect to a more desired/stronger network so to speak, I would just be sure that is turned on on your devices and let them and the network decide which one is best, Just because you have 5 bars of Wireless on one network does not necessarily mean you will have better performance/speed than on one that gives you only 3 bars. those 5 bars may only be broadcasting in the 2.4Ghz band and only give you XX MB speed or not providing any network connection just SSID where the other could be faster and better. Always let your device(s) decide is the best option 17 year I.T tech A+/N+/S+ certified

        By jeff August 17, 2015.

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        What is the Range for this unit as I live in the country and want to provide wifi to my pole barn / work shop that is 80 yards from the house? Do I need a range extender kit with a receiver / booster in the pole barn ?? Thank you

        By Anonymous July 6, 2015.

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          You probably will need some device in the barn, depending on where the router is placed and what's between the router and wherever you will use it in the pole barn. My recommendation is to bury an Ethernet cable between the router and the barn and put a smaller router like Netgear's N900 router (which you configure in bridged mode to be a Wireless Access Point) in the barn to provide the signal you need. The router you buy for the barn will be dictated by the size of the barn and where you need the signal to be strong. You can buy bulk 500' Ethernet wire in a box (you'll need to buy the plenum cable, not the riser). You'll also need to put cable ends on it, but it is the most reliable connection you can have between two buildings on a farm. The main issue with a wireless range extender is that the WRE must get a strong enough signal from the router to repeat the signal with reliability. So it may need to be placed between the two buildings, which places it in the weather (plus it will need power).

          By splait July 11, 2015.

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          I have a 200 year old house with thick plaster walls. Will this work to get a signal upstairs to kids rooms?   (5 Answers)

          By Anne May 7, 2016.

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            Anne -- The Nighthawk works great in my 135 year old home. I have the same type of "real" plaster and lath walls. This unit does a great job.

            By Nighthawh July 2, 2016.

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            Can I hardwire this to my current wireless cable modem   (7 Answers)

            Is it possible or recommended to hardwire this range extender to my current cable modem. I assume that by hard wiring I would extend the Wi-Fi to the room with the range extender as if I brought the wireless cable modem to that room. Am I confused or mistaken?

            By ratchley December 26, 2015.

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              This can be used as your primary Wifi router or as a range extender. My setup I have the worthless U-Verse modem hardwired to this router and use this router to create my wifi network. This is very powerful and should give you much for range than your current wifi router.

              By CRed January 6, 2016.

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              Would a power line adapter also be beneficial in addition to this?   (5 Answers)

              We have wifi dead zones in our house. We have a single story home, 2000 sq ft, on 1 acre. The family room and back office are weak wifi signals. Even though family room is adjacent to room where router is located, it typically gets only one bar. I can't utilize iPad / iPhone functionality or AV receiver / smart TV capability, such as streaming movies. I am looking at getting this product as well as Netgear Powerline 1200 GB adapter, Model: PL1200-100PAS, to connect to the AV receiver. Would both products be needed?

              By Iron Chick July 10, 2015.

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                Iron Chick, That sounds about right, except I don't think you'll need the Powerline adapter if it can get the extended signal. However, if Ethernet is all it can use (as opposed to wireless), then you WOULD need the Powerline equipment. You just need to know that Powerline devices require that both outlets you plug them into be on the same circuit panel.

                By splait July 11, 2015.

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                Do I need this device if I have the Netgear - Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router (R8000)?   (10 Answers)

                I currently have a Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router (R8000). How much better will this extender make the router? Or is this over kill? I have my router on the middle floor(home is three stories). Do I also place this on the middle floor?

                By Anonymous June 16, 2015.

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                  You will probably be ok without an extender, but a lot depends on your house. I found that large mirrors in bathrooms act to cut down the signal in the master bedroom. If the kitchen is between you and your router this may also attenuate the signal. If you decide you need an extender you should not put it near the router, but place it at some distance between the router and where you most often plan to use the wifi signal.

                  By texasjack June 20, 2015.

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                  I am totally illiterate on this subject, so please keep answers SIMPLE! What wireless MODEM and what wireless ROUTER is suggested to have a strong signal 250 linear feet apart? I will be using a cable internet service. Thanks in advance!   (3 Answers)

                  By Casper May 21, 2016.

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                    The service you are using does not matter. All this does is pick up a very weak signal, then create a localized boosted version for you to connect to. It still has to do its best with that weak signal. If your router is in a location where it gives you a full, unobstructed signal, and about 125 feet away you are still getting a 10-20% signal strength, place this at that point and it will give you a "new:" network name that is full strength. Another 125 feet away, that might once again reduce to 10-20%. Keep in mind that now all your signals are going across to that 10-20%, then this extended is communicating BACK to the modem at 10-20% strength again. Your original modem wireless network name might be HOMEBASE. Using this extender, you'll create a new name such as HOMEBASE_EXT, and that's the one you will use. Technically, you could get 2 of these and then place them at each 85 foot interval, and maybe get a little better strength at each. But then HOMEBASE_EXT2 will still be communicating with HOMEBASE_EXT, and then it communicates with HOMEBASE. You're literally creating a bunch of "cell towers" to pass along a signal. That's all this is doing.

                    By CartoonHead November 26, 2016.

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                  does this extender work with Fios?   (5 Answers)

                  By kim May 6, 2017.

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                    Yes, I have Fios and it works great with it. Easy set up

                    By DriveCrash June 22, 2017.

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                  Will this work with Windstream?   (2 Answers)

                  By Bodybutter March 1, 2017.

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                    Yes, this will work with Windstream.

                    By CommunityAnswer March 1, 2017.

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