Netgear WN3000RP Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender

Features

  • Extend Network - Extend Internet access throughout your home for wireless devices like iPads, iPods, laptops, smart phones, game consoles and TVs.
  • Enhance Existing Equipment - Keep your current equipment and improve coverage to eliminate wireless 'dead zones'.
  • Plug-and-play - Sets up in minutes, no need to insert a CD or plug in Ethernet cables.
  • Push 'N' Connect - Push 'N' Connect using Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) connects computers and/or routers to the Extender quickly and securely.

The Good

  • Very simple to setup.
  • Works very well for the vast majority of customers.

The Bad

  • May need to be positioned carefully for best results.
  • A bit pricey compared to other solutions.

 

Customer Comments

Have my wifi set up already but the signal is weak a room or 2 away from the router.
Bought this, plug in, press a button on the router, press a button on the extender, and wait a minute or so (be patient).
Job done.
It seems to cover a much wider area than my original router, there is no dropout anywhere over a large area (probably up to 100m, through lots of walls). it has never once let me down since plugging in. Quick, easy and reliable. FAB bit of kit.

EDIT. now been using for 10 months. Remains as reliable as day one.
EDIT2. now been using for 21 months. Still no issues whatsoever.

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These really are very easy to set up and work just as described.
Top marks to Netgear, as always they have made a useful well thought out quality product.

The instructions are clear and concise and the device is not over complicated. It is ideal to solve the common problem of poor wireless signal in parts of the home. You often find that where your phone sockets are and where you can locate your master wireless router does not give a good wireless signal in all locations around your home. Maybe you wish to have a good signal in the back garden and the signal from your router located at the front of the house is blocked by the house walls. In my case the router is located upstairs and I was getting very poor signal strength in a downstairs extension.

To set up the extender locate a mains socket on the boundary of your current wireless reception. I used my laptop to check wireless signal in a couple of locations before plugging the extender in. You need a location which has good signal and is nearer to the location of poor signal strength than your existing wireless router.
Once plugged in one click of the button on the side initiates the connection process, lights on the front indicate this is happening, and the extender should automatically connect to your existing network in a minute or so.
If it fails to connect, possibly due to conflicting networks from your neighbours, you can prompt the extender to connect to your network by accessing the extender from a computer. There is a well presented interface which guides you through the process of manually configuring the extender. You can also adjust a number of other settings including restricting access to certain devices, security settings and IP addresses.
Once set up I've not had to revisit any of the set up process or undertaken any maintenance of the extender. Its has just got on with the job of extending my network.

I have also found that the wireless signal produced by the extender is a better quality and has a greater range than my master router, a BTHomeHub.