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Hands On: NETGEAR WN3000RP Universal WiFi Range Extender

NETGEAR WN3000RP Universal WiFi Range Extender

Design8
Features7
Performance8
Ease of Use9
Value for Money7
7.8 out of 10
Summary If you have WiFi cold spots in your house, the NETGEAR WN3000RP Universal WiFi Range Extender makes it easy to improve your speeds.

Setup

Setup is quite simple.

  • Find an outlet
  • Plug it in
  • Push the power button to power up the extender
  • Push the WPS button on your router
  • Push the WPS button on the WN3000RP extender

All you need to do is check the status LEDs to be sure you have obtained a connection.  For the WPS LED:

  • WPS LED indicates a WPS wireless connection.
    -Solid green. There is wireless security (WPA or WPA2).
    -Blinking green. A WPS connection is in progress.

For the remaining status LEDs:

  • PC to Extender LED is lit when the Extender is connected to a PC.
  • Status LED is lit when the Extender is powered on.
  • Link Rate LED indicates a wireless connection between the Extender and the router.
    -Green is best.
    -Amber is good.
    -Red is poor.

As part of the setup, the Link Rate LED is important when determining if the selected location of the device provides an acceptable “extended” signal.

Once past this simple setup procedure, you find the following “new” wireless network, which has the same password and other characteristics of the “original” wireless network differentiated only by the _EXT extension.

wifi

As you can see, it would appear that the signal strength is significantly improved.  On the adapter itself, If all went well, what you should see are across–the-board green lights.  This particular outlet was approximately 25 to 30 feet from the router.  I tried several other outlets and obtained a green LED(=good) reading in all but one outlet.  This particular outlet was approximately 45 feet away with several walls and other obstructions in the way.  This particular placement gave me a yellow LED (=useable) reading.

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We are now at a point where it is time to find out if the WN3000RP extender does truly extend the range of my wireless router.

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  • Toeknee182

    Thanks for the review.  Very comprehesive.

  • Ninjaasok

    from what i can see from the pictures your wifi router supports 802.11n upto 300Mbps but the
    WN3000RP only 54Mbps… looks more like a 802.11g produvt to me..

  • tharu

    hi.i am in russia.i live in apartment.i am using wifi connection. the router is situated in far away from my apartment.(may be 400m).if i use Netgear WN3000RP wifi extender can i use it as a acecess point.because i want extend my wifi signal 1 st floor to 9 th floor.please tell me the range of this extender. and wats the better acesses point or Netgear WN3000RP extender. thank you

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