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NETGEAR EX6100-100NAS WiFi Range Extender-802.11ac Dual Band Gigabit

  • External Antenna
  • Up to 750Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • Dual band WiFi up to 750Mbps
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Learn more about the Netgear Inc. EX6100-100NAS

Model

Brand
NETGEAR
Model
EX6100-100NAS

SPEC

Standards
IEEE 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz
IEEE 802.11 a/n/ac 5GHz
Wireless Data Rates
Up to 750Mbps
Security
WiFi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2-PSK) and WEP
WPA/WPA2
WPA2
Antenna
External Antenna
Interface
1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet port with auto-sensing technology
Dimensions
4.8" x 2.91" x 1.5"
Weight
0.47 lbs.

Feature

Features
Dual band WiFi up to 750Mbps

Supports new 802.11ac & b/g/n WiFi devices

External antennas for better performance

Extender mode to boost existing WiFi. Access Point mode to create new AC WiFi access

Connect a wired device like Blu-ray player, game console, smart TV or streaming player to your WiFi network.

Use both WiFi bands to establish one super high-speed connection; ideal for HD streaming & gaming.

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • YING L.
  • 10/7/2014 12:02:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsvery disappointed

Pros: Easy to setup. Got it running in less than 5 minutes. Extends Wifi range as intended. Looks nice.

Cons: Very slow. Drastic drop in Wifi speed compare to connecting directly to router. No configuration other than setting up 2.4GHz and 5Ghz frequency. 4G on my Galaxy S4 was faster and I'm on Sprints network.

Other Thoughts: Lets start with my modem/router configuration. I am currently using a Motorola Surfboard eXtreme Cable Modem SB6120 DOCSIS 3.0 with a Netgear N900 WNDR4500 wireless router and Comcast Preferred Blast Plus internet.

Using Netgear's Analytical app, all the Wifi that were within range were mainly using default channels and I was the only one using Channel 11 for 2.4GHz b/g/n and Channel 161 for 5Ghz a/n. So far so good. I set up both frequency in less then 5 minutes using WPS method and started testing on my desktop, my phone, both my kids tablet and what do you know? I was only getting between 2 to 6 Mbps. I thought maybe i did something wrong so went over the setup procedures again. Still the same results. Since I was using the WPS, I tired the Smart Setup, same result.

Connecting directly to my router on my desktop using a Linksys AE1000 USB adapter, I was getting 103.46Mbps Download and 12.09 Mbps Upload. Using the same adapter to connect to the extender (Note: desktop computer and router only separated by 1 wall and extender is in the same room with my desktop) I was getting fluctuating speed between 2 Mbps and 6 Mbps download and 6 Mbps to 8 Mbps upload. The USB adapter and the extender is roughly 5 feet apart.

Very disappointed.

Manufacturer Response:

Hey Kenji,

We will be happy to help you with your EX6100. When you get a chance please email us at newegg@netgear.com and please provide the detailed information you provided above.

If you have any other information you would like to share don't hesitate-- we are always listening.

Regards,

NETGEAR Team

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  • Michael P.
  • 10/4/2014 3:22:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDisappointed

Pros: The coverage and connectivity is nice while it stays connected. My hopes were high at first.

Cons: It only ever stays connected with Internet access for about a week. After that, all connected devices loose connection to the Internet. The device seems to stay connected to the router, all computers seem to stay connected to the device, but suddenly connected computers no longer have Internet access. The only fix is to unplug the range extender, wait for a few minutes, plug it back in, restart all connected computers, and connection is restored. This has become annoying and seems to happen at the most inconvenient times. I honestly wish I never bought it.

Other Thoughts: I thought it was going to work out, so I tossed the packaging. I doubt it can be returned now.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Anonymous,

The disconnect issues you mention definitely aren't normal for the EX6100, and we'd like to help. Please email us at newegg@netgear.com and our engineers will work directly with you to see what's wrong. It will also be helpful to know the firmware version that's currently installed on the extender.

Regards,

NETGEAR Team

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5 out of 5 eggsExcellent and Reliable

Pros: This is an excellent little, near plug and play, range extender.The build quality is not bad at all and in the roughly six months I have had it in use it has held up just fine with out a single problem. The WPS set up button works just fine if you follow the proper sequence of pressing the button on your router, then on the extender within the required amount of time. It has lights on the front that will help you to determine the direction and quality of your connection that give you a good visible overview of what's going on. This is Dual Band, so you get your 2.4 and 5 GHz bands extended out with this single unit. I have the unit located at least a couple hundred feet from my main router located in my basement office. This extender provides the range necessary for my kids to connect through the house on the main floor without a problem. Without an extender it is impossible to receive a signal in the far bedrooms on the main floor of the house. With this Range Extender we have a 5 Bar signal everywhere! The unit has a Ethernet port on it and can be used as an access point if that's what you have a need for and is a nice added feature. The device plugs straight into the wall outlet so there is no block with cord to get lost or deal with which I think it nice.

Cons: The only real thing I can see that some may consider a con, is that because it plugs directly into the wall outlet, you may not be able to use both plugs on the outlet you use depending on it's location.

Other Thoughts: I would have no problem recommending this to anyone, it does a really excellent job, has a number of nice features, and the cost is reasonable for what you are getting.

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  • Francis B.
  • 8/5/2014 10:22:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding,

Pros: It is backwards compatible, it works beautifully.

Very nice speeds even far away!

Cons: No cons.

Other Thoughts: Recommended!

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  • Clinton B.
  • 5/5/2014 6:52:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great

Pros: Fast & Very Simple Setup, Good Range, Low Latency.

Cons: None Yet.

Other Thoughts: I received one of these from Netgear through a promotion at no cost. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase one if something were to happen to this one.

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5 out of 5 eggsWhat a Range Extender Should Be!

Pros: This network range extender out-performs any other device of its kind that I've used in the past, by leaps and bounds. From $20 cheap-o models to $150 pro-sumer models, I've tried several.

Although the area I am using this device for (my garage) gets little WiFi use, over the last month I've never had issues with dropped connections or my devices bouncing between networks.

I tried WPS setup, but was unable to get it to work. That said, Smart Setup was very easy and straightforward. The provided installation guide is well-written and easy to follow.

This device can also be configured to act as a Wireless Access Point - plug it into a network cable and create a WiFi hotspot wherever you need it in your house. I did not experiment with this feature, but if I was desperate for every ounce of bandwidth, I could run a CAT5 cable to my garage and re-configure this device as a WAP.

With two walls and about 50 feet between my AC router and the Range Extender, I was consistently getting 22Mbps download and 15-17Mbps upload on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. While this falls short of my available 75Mbps download speed, it is far and away better than the lousy 400Kbps-2Mbps I've experienced with every other range extending device I've used. And as I said, the signal does not seem to be unstable or unreliable. Audio streaming and 1080p Youtube playback never paused to buffer. What more do you want from a wireless device?

Cons: Some may consider the cost of this device prohibitive, but you get what you pay for, especially in consumer-grade wireless devices. It's well worth the extra money for the peace of mind and lack of frustration.

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  • Zulma J.
  • 4/21/2014 9:18:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsNo More Whining

Pros: Easy setup
Easy to read manual

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: My daughter was constantly complaining that her room could not receive WiFi. To teenagers today, this is a major problem. I checked it out and found she was correct. Our house is a long ranch style and the AirPort Extreme in the basement was not reaching her bedroom. Looks like I needed a WiFi Extender. The Netgear EX6100 was just what the tech doctor ordered.

Right out of the box the first thing that I noticed, and really appreciated, was a manual that was written in coherent English. Many times tech companies that are based overseas have manuals that are nearly incomprehensible. Not so here. The manual was clearly written and had colored illustrations that made it really easy to set up the extender.

To set it up, you place the Extender in the same room as your router. You can connect to your existing network in two ways, WPS or using the Smart Setup. I chose the Smart Setup. Make sure that the switch on the side is set to extender. Go to your WiFI settings and select your existing network. After connection is made, the LED on the front of the Extender will glow green. Open your browser and go to [...]. There you can select your network and enter your existing password. Here you will be also able to select a 5 GHz network to extend if your router supports it. You can choose to rename the Extender SSID or keep it the same as your existing network. The Setup genie recommended keeping it different and connect to it only if your existing router signal was weak. I chose to rename it the same as my existing network. After you apply all the settings, you are good to go. You can now unplug the Extender and move it to close to where your dead spot is. In my case, near my daughter’s bedroom. There is an color changing LED on the front of the router that lets you know how good the connection to your router is. Green is best, amber is good and red is poor.

I had no problem connecting this to my AirPort extreme. Setup was a breeze, speeds are great and the manual was one of the best I have ever seen. The price is also very reasonable, and the best thing of all…my daughter is actually smiling!

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4 out of 5 eggsEasy to use

Pros: Easy to setup and use.
Physical switch between AP and Extender mode.
Ethernet port.
5GHz band.

Cons: Price
Lack of configuration options.

Other Thoughts: The setup was easy. Connected to it's WiFi out of the box and was walked through a (here's the key) FUNCTIONAL setup routine.

Next, I flipped the switch to AP mode, plugged in Ethernet and has been working for a couple weeks since.

The default settings were great, WPA2 AES security mode.

Only down side is the price, for $90 i'd like a more robust interface.

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4 out of 5 eggsDecent range extender

Pros: Easy to install, distance lights are a very nice addition, seamless integration with router from the same company, ethernet port is a nice plus, uses 4 channels for a combined total of 80MHz for spectrum, you don't have to force the extender to take on the name of the router's SSIDs

Cons: Installation can be somewhat clunky, can't choose channel for frequency band, uses the 2.4GHz band to communicate back to the router

Other Thoughts: In my neighborhood I just realized that no one uses the 5GHz band- but it could be also because the 5GHz spectrum has a hard time reaching out. This would be a situation that would call for a WiFi range extender. Not only will this product extend the 5GHz band range, it also extends the 2.4GHz band! It also is compatible with the new 802.11ac standard. This device uses a 1x1:1 MIMO configuration for the AC standard, while it supports 2x2:2 MIMO for B/G/N. What this means, is that this device will top out at a theoretical 433Mbps instead of 867Mbps which could be had with a 2x2:2 MIMO configuration. This isn't that big of a deal, because using an extender usually will cut your throughput in half. This extender was placed strategically at the halfway signal point of the main router so that acceptable levels of performance can be achieved. My home internet connection speed is 50Mbps- which was easily topped out by the extender and the router. I was able to get 6.2MBps consistently. My home network test was a little more interesting when you had the devices communicate on the 5GHz frequency. With system A connected to the 5GHz AC spectrum and system B connected to 5GHz N, I could only manage a connection speed of 8-10MBps- I was expecting almost 3x that amount as N tops out at 300MHz. Unfortunately the router's ethernet ports topped out at 100Mbps- so with computer B connected to ethernet I could only manage 10MBps which is maxing out the ethernet port. Data transfers using the wifi extender got a little more interesting. With computer A connected to the Wifi Extender, and B now connected to the main router, sending to computer A yielded 2.3-2.5MBps. The reverse transfer was even worse, at a shocking 400KBps. This was confusing because I could get the same download speeds (internet) whether I was connected to the extender or router. I was expecting a slowdown with the use of an extender, but nothing to that effect. Regardless, for me (and I imagine most consumers) all I cared about was if it could access the internet and could it do it's job. It does it quite well. I have had a few hiccups here and there with timeout issues, but they are few and far between. I did take off an egg for some setup issues (easy to initiate the extender setup again, can't set channels) but for the most part it does play with the other router well. I think this device only uses the 2.4GHz connection to communicate back to the router- the reason being that the router only shows this device connected to the 2.4GHz network and not in addition to the 5GHz network (I am not using the fast lane technology- which allows 1 band to be dedicated to communicating with the router and the other band used as the repeating frequency) If this is true, then the max speed would top out at 300Mbps- even though the AC maximum speed is 433Mbps. Overall, if you're looking for a solid repeater that supports the AC standard, I highly recommend you take a look at this product.

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5 out of 5 eggsWorks as intended. Fantastic!

Pros: Easy setup. Good looking. Excellent signal strength. Clear and concise instructions. Works perfect.

Cons: I found absolutely no issues with this device.

Other Thoughts: I have a 30Mbps web service. My router is in the back of my house in my office. Surfing the web and downloading files has always worked from anywhere in my home but in my living room (the furthest from my home office) the signal was always around 2 bars on any device and web speeds were always on the poor side compared to the areas closest to my office.

When I set this extender up I plugged it into an outlet in my office, followed the instructions in the booklet and within 2 minutes I was up and running. I then plugged the extender into an outlet in my kitchen (which is pretty much in the middle of my home. Once the extender was turned on it connected to my network within a minute and now all of my devices are getting full bars in the living room and even in my front yard!

I won't bore you with all my speed test numbers but I will say this: This extender DOUBLED my internet speeds on all devices when compared to not using the extender. I'm receiving blazing speeds on all devices.

One thing to remember is once the extender is setup and connected to wifi network, you must then connect to either the 2.4GHz or 5GHz access points in your wifi connections screen on any of your wireless devices. So instead of connecting to my main router point I selected the 5GHz access point, typed in my wifi password and then BAM! it just worked.

I wanted to keep this review simple mainly because the typical person just wants to know if this works and how well it works. It does my friends. It works as intended and beyond my expectations.

I have used several extenders over the past few months and I have to say; hands down this is the best extender yet! Buy it, you will not regret it!

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