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Netgear WN3000RP IEEE 802.11n (draft) 54 Mbps Wireless Range Extender
The NETGEAR Universal WiFi Range Extender effectively doubles the operating distance of your entire wireless network and conveniently avoids additional need for power cables or device clutter on your offce desk or home theater. WN3000RP extends your wireless network to include the area outside the range of your existing wireless router by overcoming obstacles and enhancing overall network signal quality, giving you the freedom to roam anywhere in the house and access Internet without worrying about coverage. The product was specifcally designed to be plugged into an electrical outlet, and blends in nicely with any surrounding. It is compatible with wireless b/g/n routers, gateways and Internet service provider devices. General Information: Manufacturer: Netgear, Inc. General Information: Manufacturer Part Number: WN3000RP-100NAS. General Information: Brand Name: Netgear. General Information: Product Model: WN3000RP. General Information: Product Name: WN3000RP Wireless Range Extender. General Information: Product Condition: Not Applicable. General Information: Product Type: Wireless Range Extender. Miscellaneous: System Requirements: Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows 7 Microsoft Windows Vista Microsoft Windows XP Microsoft Windows 2000 Mac OS UNIX Linux Web Browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 Firefox 2.0 Safari 1.4 or higher. Miscellaneous: Certifications & Standards: IEEE 802.11b IEEE 802.11g IEEE 802.11n IEEE 802.3 IEEE 802.3u CEC. Miscellaneous: Green Compliant: Yes. Miscellaneous: Green Compliance Certificate/Authority: REACH, RoHS, WEEE. . Technical Information: Wi-Fi Standard: IEEE 802.11n (draft). Technical Information: Bluetooth Standard: Not Applicable. Technical Information: ISM Band: Yes. Technical Information: UNII Band: Not Applicable. Technical Information: ISM Maximum Frequency: 2.40 GHz. Technical Information: Wireless Transmission Speed: 54 Mbps. Technical Information: Wireless Security: WPA-PSK WPA2-PSK 64/128 bit WEP...
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362 of 383 found the following review helpful:
Works great with a WNDR3700v2Jun 10, 2011
By C. Maddalena
I have been pleasantly surprised with this extender. My WNDR3700 is in the basement next to a large metal work bench and under a lot of metal piping. All of this interference creates a deadzone on the other side of the first floor in the two bedrooms. The house is wired, but this is really annoying for iPads and laptops. I was considering running some longer CAT5e and putting the router in the middle of the basement on a wall, but I tried this extender first.
It's a much more expensive solution than $6/50' of CAT5e (monoprice.com), but I also wanted to extend the WiFi out into the backyard. I plugged the WN3000RP into the wall, waited for the green ready light, pressed the WPS button on the WNDR3700, held down the WPS button on the WN3000RP, and the connection was made. I had a new network named MySSID_EXT with the same security and passphrase.
I tested it out with INSSID on my laptop and my WiFi Analyzer app on my phone. I wandered the house checking the signals. In the bedroom I had a very weak signal from the router(or no signal)and an excellent signal from the extender. In the backyard, I had no signal from the router and a still excellent signal from the extender. Speed tests showed no real difference in speed, but Netgear says you should expect some reduction in speed. It could impact video streaming or file sharing, but I haven't noticed any issues.
I would really like to see an extender like this that supports 5Ghz, but 2.4 is just fine for what I needed. I also don't have a lot of other networks nearby.
The house is 1,700 sq. feet on the first floor and the extender provides a signal everywhere. The backyard is fairly small, but I can go about 75' to my patio and still have an excellent signal (that's about 140' from the extender through a wall. The extender is placed at the edge of the deadzone, as Netgear says it should be.
175 of 185 found the following review helpful:
Great Product!Jun 18, 2011
By Mark Lawson
I have a Wireless N router (Linksys WRT160N V2) at one end of my house where my main Desktop PC is located. I bought a new laptop which i use 95% of the time at the other FAR end of my home and the signal i got was poor to fair.
I was looking to upgrade my signal quality to my bedroom as much as possible and purchased 3 different wireless N routers trying to accomplish this. None of them got any better range. I returned each router and then searched for Wireless N Range Extenders and came across this at Staples.
I wasn't too sure it would work but boy was i pleasantly surprised!
I bought it, took it home and had it installed in about 10 mins.
I placed it about half-way of my home and then went and connected my laptop and BAM! Excellent signal strength with 300.0 connection speed!
I am very happy with this product so far.
Highly recommended for those needing extended coverage of your current wireless setup.
420 of 490 found the following review helpful:
Does not work as promised...Sep 12, 2011
I'm a highly advanced user; my home network is entirely Linux based or embedded systems, I've been the CIO of a major corporation, and I understand the ins and outs of software development and networking. My setup at home requires I extend the range of my wifi network to cover my house. It's too large for one router to reach, so I picked up this unit for its small size and supposed ease of use.
Getting the unit initially up and running was fine - it was a no-brainer to add it to my existing WiFi network, provided by a DLink (DIR-655) router. So far, so good - setup really _is_ easy. I then moved the unit to a suitable location where there's adequate signal from the router and also where it can adequately cover the expanded space.
Unfortunately, the easy setup was the only positive feature of this unit.
The primary issue is that the WN3000RP locks up all the time and fails to route packets. After running for anywhere from 8 hours to a couple of days, it fails to maintain connectivity between the primary wireless network ("A") and its extended network ("B"). I can associate to the network "B" with a device, but it will not pass any traffic off to A. It's like the device has a memory leak or crash in the routing app internally that causes it to lock up and stop passing packets back and forth. It seems relatively traffic dependent - streaming videos through the device will induce it sooner than just background network traffic (mDNS advertisements, SAMBA notifications, pings, etc).
The only fix is to unplug the WN3000RP and plug it back in, which gets it working for another couple of hours or days. Obviously, this is unacceptable... If, at the same time, I connect another device to my primary network, "A", that device has zero connectivity problems. That network's been up and stable for months at a time!
The other issue I have with this box is that it also does the stupidest thing I've ever seen - modify the MAC address of devices passing through the unit onto my primary network! Who thought that was a good idea? Not only does this produce MAC addresses that don't conform to the proper vendor ID range selection (since the first portion of the MAC address should identify the vendor of the network hardware), it makes it virtually impossible for me to provided reserved IP allocations properly for devices in my house that roam between the two networks, A and B.
If you have _any_ kind of sophistication with networking or computers, or if you are just a guy who likes to stream content (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime movies, etc), stay away until they fix the firmware in this device. NETGEAR clearly rushed this to market with no quality assurance testing and a ton of poor engineering choices along the way.
141 of 163 found the following review helpful:
Best Range ExtenderJun 08, 2011
By Carol Mae
After trying other range extenders and not being satisfied, I tried the Netgear Range Extender as a last resort before wiring the house. My wifi is set up at one end of the house and cannot get wifi at all in the kitchen and very low reception at the far end of the house. This range extender gives me 3 bars no matter where I am in the house. It is a fantastic product and by far the best on the market.
41 of 47 found the following review helpful:
So far -- no good!Dec 25, 2011
By Master Universe
This device, Netgear WN3000RP range Extender, advertises easy setup; CD-less installation, and no need to wire to install. well after 2 days I'm still stumped. It also says to be compatible with all routers including Verizon FIOS (Actiontec MI424WR). So I envy the dozens of reviewers here on Amazon that claim this to be "The Best".
The Actiontec does not support WPS (the "easy" setup path). So I followed the other path. Connected to the Netgear_EXT WiFi networked from my laptop; used the browser to access [...] and opened the Setup WIZARD. Walked through the 4 simple steps, and -- nothing! I repeated the process dozens of times, each time resetting the Extender back o the factory setup (pressing and holding the reset). I tried all possible security configurations WEP, WPA/WPA2. But all produced same results.
Going through the 4 steps, the Extender initially identifies my home (FIOS) WiFi network (mySSDI), and it does create a mySSID_Ext WiFi network (as expected). And moreover, all my devices (smartphone, laptop), can see and connect to this WiFi network. The Signal strength is Excellent. But this network does not appear to be able to talk to the Actiontec.
My Actiontec is set not to do MAC authentication; so this isn't an issue. But the Extender doesn't even show up on the FIOS Networked devices list (my laptop, Android phone, iPhone, Tablet, all do show up). So the Extender is unable to establish the communication link with the Actiontec.
The Netgear online Support seems to be crashing this weekend and I can not submit any questions.
If I resolve the issue -- I'll update this post. Otherwise -- if you use FIOS -- the WN3000RP is NOT your product.
UPDATE: Another reviewer below, gave me the solution -- he talked to tech support and was told that the WEP passphrase has to also go into the Key 1 field!
Now, this is NOT mentioned in any of the documentation. In fact, there is a button right there to automatically "Generate" Keys for Key1 through Key4 (the system compute the keys from the passphrase field). I have played with these keys for the past 2 days -- but it would have NEVER occurred to me to to insert the same passphrase into Key1!
So the good news -- it works now pretty well with the Actiontec FIOS.
Wow, I would have spend my life never realizing this by myself! No other Internet discussion site mentioned this (it must be the best kept secret)!
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