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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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278 of 285 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.
112 of 115 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.
123 of 133 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.
253 of 281 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.
35 of 39 found the following review helpful:
Add Me To The List - This Thing Is GreatJun 21, 2011
By electronics guy
And yes, I got this through Vine. But I also give product's good and bad sides and will here as well - though the bad isn't that bad and the good is amazing. This unit has lots of advanced features if you want them and the good manners to not make you have to use them if you don't want to or if you don't know how to.
Like they say, it extends wireless coverage. If you have a dead spot where you want to use something with a wireless connection, this is a great solution. But it also has an RJ-45 (Ethernet) connector on it so you can use this to plug in items that don't have wireless capability but do have wired. This unit will give them wireless capability. Very cool.
It really is easy to set one of these up. It's a pretty compact case - about the size of a large wall-wart with the antennas already attached. All you do is take the thing out of its box and plug it in. If you have a wireless router/switch with a WiFi Protected Setup (WPS) button on it, all you need to do is press the WPS button on this and on the router and they will automagically connect.
I connected this to a Linksys router running Tomato firmware. The setup was as easy as plugging it in, telling my computer to connect to the WN3000RP with the network name NETGEAR_EXT (I think that's what it was), and then putting into a browser window. That gets you the basic setup where you can give it the settings to connect to your wireless network. Again, if your router has WPS capability, you don't even need to do this. Just press a button.
On my Linksys I run with MAC address filtering so people have to know more than the the network name and password. Until I turned off the filtering the WN3000RP wouldn't completely connect. That is exactly as that is supposed to work. So into the Linksys to add the WN3000RP to the allowed device list and it connected right up. It was like hitting the jackpot too.
Once the WN3000RP connected, it enabled all the fun settings on this thing and it is very configurable. Really nothing exotic for a wireless device, but all the things you need if you want to do more than a plain vanilla setup and lock down your network.
SSID broadcast, MAC address filtering, connected device list (with the intriguing heading of "Wireless Devices (Wireless intruders also show up here)"), the ability to set a static IP, set gateway, DNS, DHCP, subnet, etc. It's all there, plus saving off or restoring from a config file if you wish. And firmware updates. DHCP isn't configurable in this firmware version (V126.96.36.199_1.0.12)- just on or off.
Also, the "Wireless intruders also show up here" bit is no joke. The ability to inspect that list will let you see who might be interloping. It's a great diagnostic. But the WN3000RP lets you lock it down where you should never see a interloper at all if you so choose.
The wireless extender signal will accommodate multiple clients and as mentioned, the wired RJ-45 port will accommodate wired network devices and even the uplink or WAN ports of another router/switch if you wanted to use this to bridge networks wirelessly or turn a wired network security camera into a wireless one.
I checked power requirements and it pulls just under 3 watts. That works out to about $3-4 per year at current rates and about 30 pounds of CO2 per year if you leave it on continuously.
I can't yet comment on durability, but for features it's an A+++. It's super easy to set up. It's fast. Seems to have fine range. I'm impressed.
The downs - inability to fully configure its DHCP server and that may or may not get "fixed" down the road. At least for now you can't.
This is a very cool unit and on my network, it's going to be used to bridge a wired network netcam into the wireless world.
This is a clever unit with lots of configurables, nice sleek design, and is just very cool. Five stars solid.
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