- Extend existing Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home
- 700mW high-power design
- Dual band Wi-Fi up to 1200Mbps
- Dual core processor
- Get network status overview
- Check Wi-Fi signal strength
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Works good for me 04/28/2014
+Works as advertised with my Netgear R7000 router and my Asus RT-N66U router. It works great for covering areas of your home that may have poor wireless coverage.
+The “Fastlane” feature of the router works great! I much prefer using Fastlane than using the standard extender option which cuts the speed in half.
+The menu options are simple and easy to configure. Its not cluttered with a bunch of confusing settings, but that’s just my opinion.
+The Extender is very nice looking, with the red trim on the black. It doesn’t feel cheaply made to me, although the antennas needed to be tightened if I moved them too much.
+The LED status lights on the Extender make it easy to see if you have a good connection to the router or not without having to enter the firmware. They will be green for the best connection, then yellow for a good connection, and red for a poor connection.
-Some firmware settings are a little laggy when changing/viewing settings, but this is typical with a lot of routers.
-The led icons on the extender itself are a little too small, making it hard to see.
-There is no logging, or at least none that I have found yet.
We have a 2 story L shape to our house. The router I am using with this Extender is a Netgear R7000 on the first floor. Even though that router has great range, there is still a dead spot in our house at the farthest end/corner of the house (mainly due to the L shape) on the 5ghz band. I placed this Extender on the 2nd floor about half way between the router the room with poor reception.
When you first boot up the router, the white Netgear logo flashes. When it stops flashing that means it has finished booting. You can’t do anything until that finishes.
You can access the routers firmware/setup by either connecting to its wireless signal, or by using an Ethernet cable directly connected to the Extender, and then in a browser window type “mywifiext.net”. OR if you know the Extender’s IP, you can type that into the browser of any device connected on the local network.
Maybe its personal opinion, but I thought the setup was pretty easy. Especially considering that I have never used an Extender before. I used the WPS button first to connect it to my router with no problems.
In the settings, there is one part that lets you choose (or change) how you want the Extender to operate. You can use the normal Extender option or its “Fastlane” option. There are 3 options, and It’s a graphical image display which makes it easy to choose what you want to do.
At first I tried the normal Extender option, where it sends both a 2.4ghz and 5ghz signals to both the client and the router. It worked fine but it does cut the speed down to half due to having to repeat the same to both devices.
The option I MUCH prefer is the Fastlane option. Where you can either have the Extender transmit only the 2.4ghz or only the 5ghz signal to the client. You only get one extended signal that way, but your speed doesn’t get cut in half.
Using the Fastlane method, in the room where I always get no 5 GHz signal, I was able to get a strong signal that allowed for a fast speed transfer, where I was getting 30mbps, instead of the 0 before without the Extender.
I don’t use MAC filtering, but if you do, the Extender will create a virtual MAC for each device connected to it, which it sends to your router. It will change the first 3 sets of digits to 02:0F:B5 and the remaining digits will be the actual MAC of the device. You can see both listed in its “connected devices” option. Like others have said, make sure to read the manual, its only 19 pages of large print on a small booklet.
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