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NETGEAR EX6100-100NAS Wireless AC750 Dual-Band Gigabit Range Extender
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great range and performance! Dual band! 05/20/2015

This review is from: NETGEAR EX6100-100NAS Wireless AC750 Dual-Band Gigabit Range Extender

Pros: After using a TP-Link extender with internal antennas, I was hesitant to test another extender. However, this device performed much better and had other great features as well.

The external directional antennas are a great touch.
Setup can be done multiple ways.
Extended range much farther than others.
Supported both 5GHz and 2.4GHz.
Easy to place out of the way and still have great range boosting.

Cons: None, maybe a little pricier than other options.

Other Thoughts: This is a great device for extending your router's range.

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TP-LINK TL-WA854RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, Wall Plug design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Lower price makes it a good entry point. Small form factor, easy to place out of the way. Performance was ok while it worked.

Cons: Overly simplistic setup was almost too simple that it made it hard to really know when the device was working.

Range was not much better than the router without the extender. That and the signal would drop off or the device would freeze every few days and require a reboot.

Other Thoughts: If you need an extender, keep looking.

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TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b PCI Express Up to 1.3Gbps Wireless Data Rates
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Having just upgraded my router to an AC router, I was in need of an actual AC supported device and this PCI adapter did just the trick on my HTPC in the living room!

Setup:
Installation was quick and easy. Inserted into my HTPC case (low profile was awesome), installed the driver, and was ready to go. I did not install the other included software as it is generally bloat and unneeded.

Range:
My home was not wired for ethernet, and my living room is no where near the wireless access point (due to poor coax availability when internet was installed). However, this adapter was able to pick up a full signal with excellent speed from 30+ feet away and through several walls and metal ventilation. Even the 5.0GHz band which is notorious for having lower range for higher speeds had 70% signal which is excellent compared to my phone which only gets 30% signal at the same distance.

Speed:
Used this to stream movies over the internet and over local network, as well as play online games and all experiences were superb. If your network and internet has the speed, this device can handle it!

Price:
A little steep at the ~$70 range, but AC is still new and you will pay a slight premium for it.

Quality:
Build quality, packaging, etc were all good. Seems sturdy enough and the antennas are snug and easily directed toward wherever you need them.

Cons: Price a tad high for a wireless adapter, but AC and 3 external antennas come at a premium.

Other Thoughts: I've said this many times and I'll keep saying it. I love external antennas. I cannot stand when wireless devices use internal antennas. The benefits and differences may all be in my head, but from personal experience external antennas have always provided better range and signal quality.

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Display Name: Joshua A.

Date Joined: 06/11/07

  • Reviews: 36
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  • First Review: 04/08/08
  • Last Review: 05/20/15
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