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Pros: This range extender is the best i've ever come across...
- it's super easy to setup
- it's got great connectivity (both range and speed)
- it has a nominal footprint
- it provides a huge benefit in its space
A few of the key performance indicators all surround its ability to perform in places other units cannot. The fact that it's a wireless range extender but also has a wired ethernet input stand out in my opinion. A few other units do this too, but this unit is awesome in that I can run a single gigabit line to another floor & then have gigabit AC coverage on that entire floor.
In addition, this extender gives me full home coverage over wifi, something I have yet to accomplish with any devices. For what it's worth, I own over 40 routers, over 20 powerline adapters/range extenders/db boost network interface cards, and countless other network devices. The closest i've come to whole home coverage (save for wiring ethernet across my home) was a gigabit powerline adapter/wifi broadcaster. This however, forgoes the need for dedicated lines. One of the drawbacks to powerline is that it "requires" a dedicated electrical line...meaning no surge protector, no extension cords w/ added lines, no line multipliers. So in my basement, where electrical outlets are few and far between, i'm not able to add splitters to increase the count of electrical connections to my outlets. With this, I can broadcast wifi across my whole home w/out fear of the drawbacks of my powerline adapters.
Another huge benefit for this extender is the fact that i've had it for about a month now & not had a single connectivity issue. To be honest, i'm not a huge fan of Linksys after the Belkin merger...but with this extender, I have not a single complaint. I'm actually shocked at how easy it worked & how flawless it ended up being.
On the same floor as the router it gave me the same connection link speeds as the router.
On the floor beneath (my topology is my router on my south side of floor two...stairs on the north side. So I plugged this extender into the north wall next to the stairs. This gave me quicker speeds in the basement on my AC network. It jumped from an average of 585mbps up to about 660mbps average. Which beats everything save for running cat6 downstairs into a switch.
The spot finder was super cool...it allowed me to dial in the ideal range to ensure that I was far enough away to get maximum distance, but not too far away to degrade connection speeds and link quality.
Finally -- the setup was flawless. I was up and running an extended network in less than 3 minutes total.
Oh another huge pro - even on my extended network I was able to connect to devices on the original network. In the past, i've always been able to connect to networked devices such as computers via an extended network. However, I did experience issues with certain devices, such as my Nest Thermostat and Protect and my Roku devices. With this extender, I was able to connect to anything via the network and the network_ext SSIDs.
Cons: If I had to name a con it'd take a while to come up with one...but I suppose i'd say it's the orientation of the box. It necessitates the bottom outlet to be used for the connection. It'd be best if it could go upside down &/or have the ability to rotate the plug orientation to ensure I could plug it in upside down.
Overall Review: Great device!!!!
Pros: Starting with the packaging this product comes in a simple, but elegant solution. Open the box, read the short instructions, stick it in the wall and with a few simple configurations you are off and running. I've had many and I mean many extenders. This is by far the best extender I have ever used, bar none. I own a large home and I have struggled with adequate wireless coverage for years. Once I did the spot finder and found the appropriate location in my house I actually disabled my WAP that was nearby. This saturates more than 50% of the western side of my house (3500sq ft). My wifi strength and speeds throughout the house on a laptop and various smart phones is always right at or near my wired speeds of 90mbs down/6mbs up.
One thing that others have wished they could test was the Max-Stream seamless roaming. Well after some time I decided to purchase their AC1900 Max-Stream router and see what this was all about. In the past I have used WAPs on different channels using the same SSID, but it was never seamless. This technology when paired with the Max-Stream router and the seamless technology is so frigin flawless I love it. I never have drops anymore or issues with my wifi devices moving from the basement to the upper floors. If you own this extender and haven't bought their new routers, do it, you won't regret it.
Cons: I'd say the thing I don't like most is the cost, but the age old saying you get what you pay for stands true. I've had many upon many extenders at lesser prices and they weren't this good at what they were built to do. The other con is to enjoy the seamless roaming you have to buy their router, which for me set me back another $185. I ultimately justified this cost because my Archer C8 was deciding it didn't like to keep my wifi up consistently. After switching to the new Linksys Max-Stream router and this extender, I literally have had zero problems. On the Archer I had drops at least 1-2x a week.
Overall Review: One thing I'd like to give an alternative point to is the DirecTV discussion. I own the HD DVR and the GenieGO. I have had them connected both on wifi and wired and experienced no problems. I'm not sure why the other person experienced those issues, but I can attest that DirecTV and this extender with their router has no issues. All in all, buy this extender and while you are at it, buy their Max-Stream seamless roaming router, you won't be disappointed.
Pros: Easy to setup
If plugged in the bottom outlet you can still use the top
LED is informative and not to bright.
Does not drop signal on any of my devices
Tested with a large file download, streaming multiple videos to different devices, no issues.
Has 4x4 or quad stream MU-MIMO. Thought this was just some fancy lingo. But my mind is changed since I have been trying to overload this RE7000 and seems I can't.
Cons: I really don't have any cons. Except maybe do not use the WPS set up for security reasons.
Overall Review: I have used several range extenders. Most are as easy to set up as the RE7000. But none performed as well.
Very pleased with the LINKSYS RE7000 Max-Stream AC1900+Mu-Mimo W-Fi Extender.
I highly recommend the RE7000 to anyone looking to extend their wifi range.
Pros: The LINKSYS RE7000 Max-Stream AC1900+ Mu-Mimo Wi-Fi Range Extender has to be the absolute best Range Extender I have ever had the pleasure of using, it took me no more than 10 minutes to get the RE7000 setup, the setup process was so very easy, I simply went to http://extender.linksays.com and you have two options to choose from “Set up range extender” or “Access range extender settings” which I did to rename, and set up the 5GHz Band. If you have very little knowledge about setting up a network you will have no problems at all. I have been using the RE7000 AC1900 for almost a month now and it has performed flawlessly since I first set it up. This is a seriously good Range Extender, in fact it’s better than the router I have it linked to.
Cons: I honestly cannot think of one bad thing to say about this Range Extender, I love the small form factor, Dual-Band, and the over-all speed and area of coverage.
Overall Review: The LINKSYS RE7000 Max-Stream AC1900+ Mu-Mimo W-Fi Range Extender is the best range extender I have ever used, in most cases it will probably outperform your router and the coverage area is great as well, you will not have any dead spots in your home and I still have signal at least 25 yards outside. The RE700 can justify its higher price point; I have had many routers and range extenders in the past and most of them end up in a bin, simply because they are not up speed, but the RE7000 AC1900 has a permanent place in my home.
Pros: * I set this router up twice, just to test the WPS and manual setup procedure. Both went very easily as I expected. I’m not a fan of WPS for security reasons, not that I have anything I’m concerned about keeping super secure, but it sure makes setup faster if you’re not comfortable with manual setup. I liked all the options available.
* Being slightly larger than my electrical outlet, it prevents you from using a power block in the second plug, but that is easily resolved with an extension cord. I put my extender on the end of a 6-foot cord and placed it on top of my entertainment center’s top shelf, hidden and out of the way, hopefully for a better signal than up against the wall down by the floor. Then when using the ”Spot Finder Technology” which is supposed to show me where to place my range extender for optimal performance, I discovered I was correct in my placement, receiving a stronger signal that was just right! It’s a nice feature, but is also available to anyone with a smart phone and a free Wi-Fi signal strength app. Nonetheless I’m glad Linksys is thinking about stuff like this for their customers.
* It’s an AC1900 extender, for extending your router’s AC1900 Wi-Fi signal. AC1900 feels so much faster than older technologies (N300), although I find it has less capability in penetrating walls sometimes and loses signal strength. I’ll never look back though.
* The extender worked fine with both my Netgear AC-1200 wireless router and Linksys EA6900 AC 1900 router. I did not notice any dropped signals when connected, and speeds felt unhindered when tested using the extender vs being connected directly to my main router. There was some slight slowdown when I ran the speed test but nothing I could “feel”, nor could I definitely correlate it to problems with the extender. This strength of the extender’s signal was outstanding, so much so that I’m using it now in access point mode as my main connection house wide. This may be because of its location over the location of my main router but I like having two strong signal points to choose from now, one upstairs and one downstairs.
* There is a Gigabit port built into this extender. Nice.
Cons: * I did not really find any cons with this router other than in order to benefit from its seamless roaming feature, you must have a Linksys Max Stream router. I really would like to have tested this feature as it sounds like an incredible convenience and I wanted to see how “seamless” the transition really is.
Overall Review: * Of the five range extenders I’ve used, this Linksys RE7000 range extender has impressed me the most, mainly due to the fact that it is AC1900 capable and also the many great features Linksys has included with it. Ultimately, it expanded my home Wi-Fi network as advertised with a simple setup procedure that included bonus features I did not expect to get. This signal measures very strong with no drops or noticeable slowdowns. It’s pretty much everything one could expect in a Wi-Fi range extender.
Pros: None thus far.
Cons: Nice and sleek little range extender. It's very easy to configure and plugs right into an outlet. I used the WPS setup button, but you can also configure it manually. It also has an ethernet port to hard-wire devices directly into it. It has both 2.4 and 5GHz channels for your different devices. It automatically wants to match your SSID but with adding _ext onto the end of it. You can configure it with a different password if necessary. I have this about 20 feet from my main router in a hallway. It helps extend signals to the other side of the house. I am impressed with this device.
Overall Review: None
Pros: Latest in wireless technology for a range extender. This unit has 4x4 or quad stream MU-MIMO for simultaneous multiple client connections. This means it is implementing wave 2 which can be faster than more expensive and higher bandwidth wireless implementations.
Very flexible placement due to the high range of the wireless connection. Wireless n range is also significantly boosted by new wave 2 implementation. Signal can be good up to two floors below you such as in the basement.
An Ethernet port is included as with all wireless range extenders starting with the wireless-ac standard.
The design needed to implement this is much more involved as there is more hardware and antennas needed. Therefore, this unit is much heavier and bulkier than others.
You might run into problems using wireless-ac routers with older wireless-n range extenders. This unit would be the best replacement for that.
LED's used on the unit is simple but yet intuitive. The parent company is Belkin which is also American. This unit is made in Taiwan.
You simply press the WPS button on both the router and extender after you plug this in. There is no CD or bulky user manual included nor needed, which is the norm nowadays with many other types of products. Firmware updates are available on the easy-to-use Linksys website.
Cons: I could not think of any cons other than reminding you about the WPS vulnerability if used outside of your living space. Anyone would be able to use your connection otherwise.
Overall Review: Recommended to use with latest wave 2 standard wireless router. Wave 2 is more about wireless range beamforming and MU-MIMO than brute force closer range bandwidth. This wireless range extender is definitely on the expensive side but is very well worth its price tag. With the acquisition by Belkin, Linksys is now much more innovative than before and had become a leader in the industry instead of only a follower. Wireless range extenders are finally worth to consider as an alternative to landline range extenders which has no wireless. You can access the settings wirelessly at http://extender.linksys.com as expected with all wireless ac range extenders.
Pros: The nice thing about this is it is easy to setup and move around your house. You can easily plug in and connect to a router with WPS or hard wire to your computer for a manual setup. After it’s setup, you can just unplug it and move it to another outlet.
Cons: I never could get the 5GHz to work. Whenever I would try connecting to it, it would just say trying to connect.
The 2.4GHz band worked fine, however, it had worse range than my router that was 10ft further than the range extender.
Overall Review: For $150, I’ve seen better extenders.