The range of network extenders available to consumers has exploded over the last two years. There are several reasons for this. We are all using an increasing number of wireless and wired devices in our homes and offices, extending wireless outside into our garages, as well as outside entertainment areas. Wireless network extenders make extending wireless coverage area very easy – both inside and outside the home. Another reason is that, in many cases, wireless extenders will also allow you to connect a wired network device via Ethernet cable, adding wireless capabilities to the device.

Joining the raft of options available is the Actiontec WEB6000Q Wireless Network Extender, which has just arrived at WGS for review. Let’s get down to business and see what you get in the box, ahead of our full review which will be available very soon.

Actiontec WEB6000Q Wireless Network Extender

The Actiontec WEB6000Q Wireless Network Extender arrived in a bulk brown cardboard box. There was no sleeve or markings whatsoever on the box other than a small white label with the part number, MAC address, and serial number bar codes.

You’ll need to lift the flap and open the top of the box. Once open, you will see the accompanying paperwork sitting on top of the extender, which is wrapped in a medium-weight plastic wrapper. There is a small compartment on the right side that contains the AC adapter. The box is still nothing more than a plain cardboard box.

Remove the brown cardboard tray to get access to the 6 ft Cat 5E cable and AC adapter.

 

Unlike the outer packaging, the Actiontec WEB6000Q Wireless Network Extender itself is an attractive device. The base is the perfect size to keep it stable on a table-top. It even has soft rubber feet to keep it from moving around during our (many) earthquakes here in Oklahoma. There are two Ethernet ports on the back, a port for the power adapter, and a reset button.

What’s in the Box?

Actiontec WEB6000Q Wireless Network Extender

Inside the box you will find the following items:

  • The Actiontec WEB6000Q Wireless Network Extender
  • 1 6ft Cat 5E Ethernet cable
  • 1 Wall Wort
  • 1 Quick Start Guide
  • 1 Licensing agreement
  • 1 Regulatory and Compliance Notice

Specifications

Interfaces: Two 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports
Wireless: – 802.11 a/b/g/n/11ac
– Wireless 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Dual Concurrent Radios
Wireless Security: – Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA, WPA2)
– Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)with WPS Push Button
– Pre-Shared Key (PSK)
– MAC Address Filtering
– AES Encryption

 

o say the packaging is very simple and plain is an understatement. We will see how the Actiontec WEB6000Q Wireless Network Extender performs later. I plan to test this to see how far I can extend my current Wi-Fi signal and see if I can get a signal in the barn, about 100 yards away from the house. That should be a challenge !

Check back to see the results of my review, coming very soon.