Netgear Wireless-N Wi-Fi Range Extender
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1/30/2015 - $29.99
Decent Amazon Reviews for a refurb but begs the question, which version are we getting (v1/v2/v3)?
I would buy the WN2500RP version cause i need the dual band. So hopeful they put that one out soon.
This device is not perfect it does not work consistently I will not buy it again.
I bought several of these from Amazon and was never happy with their performance. I ended up selling them in a garage sell to an old lady that believed they were portable microwaves (you place your food between two of them and then push both buttons simultaneously and your food cooks in under 20 seconds). Never heard back from her so I assume she was happy with her purchase. Her poor husband probably got yelled at every time she tried to use them because he did something wrong setting them up.
If you get entirely annoyed when your network is not working well, and you have dropouts and buffering even though your bandwidth should support it then you need a new plan for wireless. This might work fine if you are trying to extend a simple network with few devices that doesn’t do much HD streaming. I spent the last several years and plenty of cash to figure out the best combination of devices, that is the easiest plug-n-play solution. It’s expensive, but it’s stable, can handle a $hitload of devices and can stream HD Homerun prime in HD easily throughout a 3300 sqft house (3 floors). Best of all this is the easiest set-up and least configuration (the QOS is figured out by the router- don’t have to mess with setting it up) I have ever done. The main router on the main floor is NETGEAR R8000-100NAS Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router (about $300)http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=33-122-611
the extender I use in the basement is (don’t use the Amped wireless router though- it’s junk):
Amped wireless REA20 High Power 700mW Dual Band AC Wi-Fi Range Extender $170
Look this is a lot of jack to throw down, and I don’t think everyone needs this. This is basically for people that have limited network knowledge (and patience), lots of devices, and the need to stream high bandwidth over a relatively large area with few hiccups. I just know after several years experimenting with different set-ups this is the only combination I have found that works for me on all fronts consistently and is stable.
Tried to use with At&t Uverse 2wire setup, never had luck hooking it up.
I had the joy of owning one of these little guys when they were brand spanking new. It worked great for about a year before it petered out. I’m not sure if these aren’t just made to last or what, but I feel like I should have pushed out a little more life out of it than what I got.
Thanks for taking the time to post this detailed writeup, Gak. It was extremely helpful.
No problem- I’m glad this helps. I just spent too much money on stuff that didn’t work, and finally after a lot of trial and error found a solution that did work that didn’t require specialized network configuration skills. Hopefully this will help people in a similar situation from wasting money on stuff that won’t meet their needs.
Interestingly enough, I have the exact same setup. I have 2 of the wireless extenders and they have served me well. (My basement is built very, very solidly - so much so that that I cannot get a call on my cell phone down there - but the extender works and I have a great tornado shelter.)
Thanks for the suggestions. If I could “rep” you here, I would.
Can I put this wifi extender at the far end of the house from the router? We are having a lot of trouble with our tv and Netflix - movies keep rebuffering.
Lots of good information so far from several wooters, which is really appreciated. Thanks for the detailed write-ups as well as possible solutions. If I were, say, to give this a shot and try it out, does anyone know if this is compatible with AT&T’s U-Verse Motorola gateway/modem? I’ve read reviews of similar repeaters/extenders, some that simply plug into the wall, that had compatibility issues with the AT&T modem. If I recall correctly, it was something about how one or the other is full duplex while the other was half duplex. I’m just concerned that I’ll spend money on this and not really do what I’m after, which is extend my WiFi signal into the basement. Thanks for any insight!
What I have done with mine is put my extenders in the room where I have the greatest need for a good signal. What happens is that when I open the wireless device in that room it sees the option of using the router signal or the extender signal. You may find your situation better served by putting the extender in a location somewhere between your wireless device and your router.
Ideally you want to put your extender about 1/2 way between your router, and the furthest point you would be connecting for the wifi signal. Something like this: