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NETGEAR - AC1200 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender - White-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 3336 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    3.5 stars - decent, but watch for slowed wifi

    Posted
    bannerman
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    When I initially set this up, I set it to use both channels (2.4 & 5GHz). I set it up using my laptop, running off the wifi. Everything seemed to work fine, even though the Netgear site said it wasn't working. Turns out, it may have been because I was too far away from my router and the range extender didn't have perfect reception. A 2nd attempt, right next to my router, provided better results, though that had issues too. Both channels of wifi had much better reception on my 3rd floor with the range extender, but I noticed that my Roku wifi was now having trouble with bandwidth on the 5GHz channel, even though it was still hooked up to receive from my router, not the extender. Turns out the extender steals a bit of bandwidth in order to repeat it. So, I went back into the extender set-up, which forced me to go in circles, trying multiple times to set it up for a 2nd time. Getting the system to say it was turning off the 5GHz extended signal and getting it to ACTUALLY turn it off were two different matters. Netgear's online system is pretty straightforward, but I had to run through it a half dozen times for it to actually work. Also of note, even if you choose to not extend one of the channels, it may repeat the other channel onto both. In other words, even though I set it to not extend my 5GHz signal, it started extending my 2.4GHz channel onto BOTH channels out. One channel in, two out. Not what I wanted. I finally got it to only take in and put out my 2.4GHz channel. Since then, I'm happy with the range of that channel and my 5GHz channel doesn't seemed choked for my Roku. If I had to purchase again, I would have tried getting the version that also transmitted internet through your electric wires so that I could plug in my Roku via ethernet cable. This isn't a bad system, I just would have gone another direction. Now that's it's set up the way I want and it's working, I'd recommend it with these qualifiers but since the question is a "yes" or "no," I'm marking no. Might have saved money if there was a 2.4GHz only transmitter - didn't even look.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Effective and easily set up signal booster

    Posted
    jmi1044
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    My home has only one Ethernet connection - the one at the source downstairs inside my fuse box and cable modem box cabinet. It is in a finished basement kitty-corner to the side of the house where the television sits, so it would take major tearing up and finishing work to run a Cat-5 line to the upstairs where the television is and where people want to log on to portable devices wirelessly. Portable devices work acceptably well upstairs due to a decent router (D-Link DGL-5500), but there is not enough signal strength to wirelessly stream movies on my smart blue-ray player in the family room on the main floor. I purchased this Netgear AC1200 range extender (model # EX6150) and it solved my problem - plenty enough power to stream HD movies online with no viewing issues. It was very easy to set up. Do make certain you follow the simple instructions because they show you how to walk the booster outlet by outlet further away from the wireless source in order to make the most out of its range potential. I am pretty tech literate, but on the other hand I am working full time and going to school full time - I just do not have time to tinker and troubleshoot problems. I want to set something up quickly, simply, and then forget it is there. This range booster does exactly that! I like Netgear. I have owned several of their routers and found those to be similar to this product - they work well, last a pretty long time without glitches, and are very easy to set up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Much better range than expected

    Posted
    MD14534
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    My primary router is in the basement and two bedrooms on the second floor have always had poor WiFi. This range extender not only solved the problem in those rooms it provides 5 bars of signal in just about every room on the first and second floor. Configuration and setup is simple using WPS and autoconfiguration. If for some reason WPS configuration isn't supported, the user interface is very easy to access and use. The extender adds additional WiFi networks that use the same names are noted by EXT after your original WiFi names. You use the same WiFi password. With a device like this, location is critical. It needs to have a decent signal from your router so you can't really install it in an area that didn't have WiFi coverage before. There are LEDs on the front of the device that indicate if you should move the extender closer to the router or closer to the WiFi device connected. Speed is great. Using DSLReports testing, there is no degradation in throughput. In fact, in rooms where previously the speed was less than 1/2 of the full speed of our internet connection, the speed is now the same as with a direct WiFi connection to the router.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    could be better

    Posted
    Lolo
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    I purchased this product because I had dead spots in my house and it came recommended. The setup wasn't working for me so I called technical support to walk me through it. They asked if they could connect our my computers so that they could control it from their side and I agreed. They basically said that I had some type of virus attached to my wifi and that was why I wasn't able to complete the setup and that they would be able to get rid of it for 49.99. I declined this service because I had security software installed on my computer and felt if I did have a virus they should be able to remove it for free. After I declined they quickly hurried me off the phone . So I followed up with my security software company and they had never heard of such a thing. So then I called my internet provider to verify if there was such an thing and they said they had no information on anything like that but it looked like my modem wasn't activated correctly. so they corrected the problem and walked me through the setup for the extender. Now I do have More reception in my home but every week it seems to freeze when I'm connected to the ext and I have to reset it which isn't a biggie to me.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    When works, it's great, but in my case is buggy

    Posted
    Cesar
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    This device saved me the trouble of wiring up from my basement up to my 2nd floor, I had my modem and main router in the basement in which I get 55 MBps, however the 2nd floor was getting from 2.x to 5MBps at best, so I decided to go ahead and give this a try. The Good: Very simple setup. Really worked well, I went up to 45~49 MBps in my second floor. The Bad: For a reason beyond my comprehension, after few hours (some times 10 hours, 28 hours, 48 hours) the devices got a good signal but not connection at all !!! I tried to troubleshoot, unsuccessful, checked my channels on the WiFi and upgraded all the possible firmwares from my router (even replaced my home router by another one just in case the WPS was bad on my router, same results). At the end, the only way to fix the issue was to unplug this extender and let it 5 seconds and reconnect it back, then everything works like a charm for the next day or so. This behavior repeated for a week, so I'm returning this unit. Finally, I recommend anyone to give it a try and if you don't get that data connectivity lost (remember, signal always stays full) then you will be happy because it's really a life saver.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great device to boost wireless internet reach

    Posted
    Tg25
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    I bought this device because our wireless internet didn't reach into all parts of the house. Following the instructions, we plugged it into an electrical outlet where the original wireless internet signal was still fairly strong, but near a section of the house that had a weak or no signal. The 2 adjustable antennas are helpful. The supplied software app allows you to measure the signal from the device. You can use the app to play with positioning the antennas and which electrical outlet to use to maximize the signal strength and reach. Note, this device can only extend the signal it receives. It doesn't "boost" the signal strength. If you're unhappy with the strength of the signal coming into your house, this device won't improve that performance. This device is intended to extend your signal to parts of your house that don't get a strong signal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Flawless installation.

    Posted
    Jayxavier
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Been trying to get wifi extension into the first story of my house so I can use it in the game console (which I was only getting 890Kb/s) and also to be able to use the laptop in the patio. Have 2 Linksys WNDR3700 and have tried many times to use them both as the router and extender with the Comcast technicolor TC8305C (after bridging and wifi off) but no luck. After reading the reviews in the website I decided to try this extender. Followed the instructions which are very easy to understand, not too techie, and in less than 15 minutes I had the extender downstairs working with no problems. Now the game console is getting 9.4Mb/s which is more than enough to keep the game going. I did notice some drop on my regular wifi but I can live with that. The size is also appealing as you will not have to have a router size box laying around and you get a ethernet port as well. I was going to give it 4 stars due to the price being a little high but after researching around best buy price was pretty much compatible within 20 dollars from other places and you get to try it the same day and if it doesn't work you can return it with no hassles.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It works really well for gaming

    Posted
    NetworkingMonkey
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Causes IP Conflicts

    Posted
    swiebe
    • My Best Buy® Member

    This product works well except for one fatal flaw. On a network with multiple static IP devices, this device causes IP conflicts with a bunch of other devices. I tried it on an industrial network with several PLC's. These are devices that indicate an IP conflict and also indicate the MAC address of the device that caused the conflict. It may work fine for a day or so then all of a sudden all the other controllers lock up with a conflict. They all point back to the extender. This fact alone makes this item worthless. I have bought 2 of these. The one failed in about a month. They both caused the IP conflict multiple times, on different networks and different parent routers, so I know it wasn't a fluke. On a positive note, coverage is good and if you're just using it as a wireless hotspot, it seems to be fine.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good extender

    Posted
    TechnoG
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    I purchaed this Netgear extender for my 2300 square foot one story house. I had previously bought an Asus Model RT-AC68P Wireless AC 1900 router to replace an old router that started to fail. Contrary to the great reviews for this router, the signal would not extend very well from the one corner of the house it is located in to the opposite corner where the master bedroom is. I tried various adjustments to the router, but nothing would consistently make it extend its signal any further than the middle of the house. Even though it is supposed to be a powerful router, the AC standard part does not do well at further ranges, a fact the Geek Squad employee told me was a draw back to AC. Strong, fast signal close in but not so much further away. Of course, your experience may be completely different and there are numerous other factors that can affect the signal. Anyway, I decided to try out the Netgear and am very happy with the results. My signal and speed are exceptional in the master bedroom now and I couldn't be happier. The only reason I have not given it 5 stars, is because I haven't had it long enough yet to make certain it will continue to do an excellent job.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great WIFI extender

    Posted
    ZeeS
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    This is the best range extender so far. I wasn't sure about it, but it was recommended by the xFinity technician and I just decided to give it a try. It works great! I bought it primarily for my smart TV. There was no way for me to connect TV directly to my router because it is more necessary to have direct connection to my computer, so I obviously was in need to range extender for my TV. Netgear range extender is THE answer! I had another one before (securify almond) and it didn't work good - slow connectivity, sometimes it would not connect at all or it would drop the connection in the middle. It was frustrating to say the least. I don't watch TV often, but when I watch it I want it to work (obviously!) Now it works with this small thing Perfectly, so I am very very pleased with this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use for anyone

    Posted
    Melissa
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    I'm really happy these exist. I'm renting a house with a friend and we share wifi with the back house. The connection was weak when I got here so I looked for items that would enhance it. This product works really well, on occasion it might find a weak connection and pixelate the screen, but all I do is reset the wifi password on my smart tv and it's back to normal! It was easy to set up too, my roommate and her mom were able to do it, no problem! There's a button on yor router that you can press and then turn on the extender and it should connect itself that way or it you'll have to connect it manually on the computer, but it'll give you step by step instructions. Just find a happy medium between the actual router and where you'll be using it most and everything should work out great for you too! If you are doubtful just ask a Best Buy employee, they're always so knowledgable and helpful! Really happy with this belkin wifi extender, got to cut my data usage in half because of it which means I'm saving more on my phone bill each month! But I also get to watch all my cool shows and shop my heart away online!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works pretty well as advertised

    Posted
    BbGRRM
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    I was having trouble getting a wifi signal upstairs, approximately 40 feet away, and through 3 rooms, from my router. My signal strength beforehand, at best, was showing 15% from my PlayStation and my Amazon Fire. The signal dropped often and was ticking me off to no end. I read some reviews and narrowed my choices down. I went to Best Buy and the sales person highly recommended this one. The setup was relatively easy; about 15-20 minutes and I was ready to go. I placed it about halfway between the router and the upstairs devices, in a downstairs room. Now, the signal strength is usually in the 70% range. I did notice a drop in signal, after about 2 weeks. Turned out the channel on the router was crowded. I called the internet provider and they changed the channel used. My signal is good again. If you are getting little to no good signal, I would recommend this booster. Price was good, setup was easy, and it works. I was a little disappointed that the signal strength wasn't even better; I thought the 80-90% range would be maintained but, I do get a pretty consistent signal, so, I won't complain.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Serves its purpose, with 1 catch

    Posted
    Bentl0gic
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    I have no qualms about the quality of the device as it relates to the ability to extend my current wifi range. I did not like how it creates a different name than the current network, but had read from other reviewers that you can change the network name to match your current network. I did this... the problem now is that I have noticed when moving throughout my house my devices appear to try and switch in between my wifi... and the extender... and often get confused about which source it should get its internet and will try to link to the device that is farther away. Also if I am about halfway between my router and the extender my devices work pretty slow and frequently connect and disconnect from internet. This forced me to change the names back so i could ensure that my devices were connecting to the right source based on my location in the house.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    An intermitant improvement

    Posted
    Tanner
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Purchased this unit to assist with WiFi coverage in the downstairs area of our house as our internet modem is located upstairs. The instructions to sync the unit with the router were poor and didn't assist with the setup at all so I contacted the support personnel at the number provided on the instructions that came with the unit. They helped me connect my laptop to the unit via a LAN cable (not included but that I luckily had already) and then connect to the internet and set the unit up. I saw some mediocre results once connected but honestly nothing to write home about so I tried moving the unit several places around the house to see if I could get a consistently stronger signal. Unfortunately, the signal strength seems to ebb and flow with no real rhyme or reason. If I had to do this all over again I think I would probably not purchase this unit. Perhaps others will have better luck than I with this unit.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works Great

    Posted
    SteveJ

    So I had an issue with the strength and speed of the wireless signal in my second bedroom. Computer in main bedroom has Ethernet cable directly hooked into modem and gets speeds 90-100 mbps. The wireless was only getting between 10-20 mbps. Hooked this up and instantly got speeds up to 50-60 mbps. Only issue was that it kept dropping the signal. Sometimes after 5 minutes, sometimes after 5 hours. Googled issue and they mention interference could cause the issue and that you might have to change the channels on the modem. I thought this was B.S. and kept suffering with the dropped signals for another 2 weeks. Was on the verge of returning it, but decided to try and mess with changing the channels on the modem. Guess what...IT WORKS!!!......lol. 5G has not dropped signal in over 4 days and it runs between 90-100 mbps all day. Very Happy.......

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Defective Product

    Posted
    Rich
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I bought this today and attempted installation. I was unsuccessful. I’m not sure if the fact that this box had been previously opened had anything to do with this defective product. The installation seemed to be going smoothly until I had to enter my WiFi password for the extender. “Use the same password that you use for your WiFi router.” I did this. Again, again and again. “Incorrect password.” No, it’s not an incorrect password. So I start viewing posts about similar password problems and they suggest resetting the extender. I hit the reset for “7 seconds” and try the entire process once more. Same password error message. I give up. Back to Best Buy for a refund.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Waste of time and money

    Posted
    Yvonne
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    I was really looking forward to upgrading our previous extender with this one, but all it did was slow down our network to a snail's pace....to the point where it was impossible to use beyond our normal network range, which kind of negates the point of having this, right? Plus, since you have to plug it into a wall outlet, you are somewhat limited as to where you can place it. On the plus side, it was super easy to set up and easy to tell whether or not we were connected and how strong the signal was. Unfortunately, this makes no difference if the product doesn't extend said signal so that it can actually be used. We ended up returning this.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Extended signal, but still weak

    Posted
    DanaK
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    The Wi-Fi extender worked just as advertised. But, while it extended the signal, the signal was still weak. To put it simply, if you have the extender at the limit of your Wi-Fi range (say, just 2 out of 5 bars), it just extends the 2-bar signal. You'd have to put it much closer to the modem to get a stronger signal. My house has so much concrete between the modem and the rest of the house I'd have to set up a virtual train of extenders to get a strong signal. A Spectrum Tech Support guy suggested I get a NETGEAR - Powerline 1200 Gigabit Ethernet Adapters (2-Pack), which uses the electrical lines throughout the house instead of trying to extend the Wi-Fi signal. Got them today from Best Buy, took all of 5 minutes to set up, and it works great! Now, instead of the 9mb download speed in the other room, its in the upper 40's.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    For the price it works exceptionally well

    Posted
    Iboughtitatbestbuy
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    I purchased this device to extend the wifi in my place. It was a very simple setup for the Verizon router I have. I pay for 100 down and 100 up and with the device I was able to get 80 up and down. I am giving it 4 stars because after 3 weeks of running it seems to fail pushing out the 5ghz connection even though it still broadcast the 2ghz connection, all that I needed to do was unplug and plug back in but I wouldn't expect this for something that was just purchased. Other than that no issues I can stream 4 k to it with no lag unless lots of people are on the wifi streaming as well then u may or may not get a buffer here and there but for family night it shouldn't interfere if everyone is there watching the 4K movie. Additionally it has removed all lag that I was getting on Xbox live wirelessly. Last thing is I really like that I can use it wirelessly and with an Ethernet connection simultaneously this feature can be set by the side switch.

    I would recommend this to a friend