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LINKSYS RE1000-NP Wireless-N Range Extender
  • Wireless-N (2.4 GHz)
  • Fast Ethernet (10/100) Bridge Port
  • Extended range with multiple antennas
  • Flexible wall or desktop placement options
  • Also works as wireless bridge for wired device
  • $89.99
  • $46.99
  • Save: $43.00 (48%)
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2 out of 5 eggs Could be better - RE2000 may be the way to go 04/05/2014

This review is from: LINKSYS RE1000-NP Wireless-N Range Extender

Pros:

Once setup, it does give an appreciable boost in coverage. Did not have any "random" connection failures accept when power is cut to the host router. In my garage I went from 2/5 bars to full coverage and my speeds (via cellphone connected wirelessly and laptop) were as fast as they were in my main living area. That is impressive. Works with routers other than just Linksys, but setup may be more difficult if not matched.

Cons:

Setup disc is worthless and misleading. Not user friendly upon initial setup and not something I could recommend for a novice. I have family and friends that would not have been able to get this extender connected to my network if they tried. Limited to the 2.4GHz band (crowded) and the "N" is misleading to some as most associate 5GHz with "N". Will not automatically reestablish connection to host router if power is lost to the router (although it looks like the extender maintains all connection settings, it just needs to be told to reconnect). Inconvenient as it should automatically reconnect to the network it was setup to run with.

Other Thoughts:

Step one - throw out the included install disc. Attempting to setup a connection using that disc made things much more difficult than they needed to be and flat out didn't work, for me at least. I have a Netgear Nighthawk router that I was using to connect this with, so perhaps the included disc will work if you have a linksys router? The only way I was able to get this extender connected to my network was by using a hardwired connection from the extender to a laptop which was connected over the 2.4 band. Once you login to the extender, setup was straightforward. I moved the router and extender to different locations to check the range and each time the router is unplugged, you have to setup the extender from scratch all over again as if it was a new connection. Most won't be moving their router or extender several times, so that most likely won't be an issue for the average user. Overall, it does work and has a reliable connection if you set it and forget it. Had the included disk worked/connected right out of the box, if the extender would remember all connection settings if/when power is lost preventing setting it up from scratch again and not limit you to the 2.4 band, this would be a 5 egger. The RE2000 seems to address most of those issues and with that, I can't recommend the RE1000. If you want a Linksys extender, you're better off looking at the RE2000 for nearly the same price.

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