The Netgear WN3500RP (N600) eliminated all the dead wifi-dead-spots in your home. The range extender set up is very easy. It was literally up and running within 10 minutes. Areas of your home that used to have low reception will have “full bars” for sure. The trick of course is to find a place in your house that still has a good signal but is close enough to the “dead spots” that it will cover those areas once it’s turned on.
The NETGEAR Universal Dual Band WiFi Range Extender, 4-port WiFi Adapter extends dual band WiFi coverage for your wireless home office or home theater network. It works with any standard router or gateway and enables a better WiFi connection for laptops, home theater devices, smartphones and more.
At its default settings this range extender operates like two separate wifi signals for your home. For example, you have your main router’s broadcast going out first. Then once you place this Netgear N600 range extender downstairs, it connects to your router’s signal, and then broadcasts its own pair of signals – one in 2.4ghz, and one in 5ghz. These two additional signals is what you connect your streaming devices and game consoles to (Roku, Apple TV, Xbox, PS3 etc). The 5ghz band is the faster of the two signals, but only newer devices seem to use this. That is why the 2.4ghz band is also broadcast – so that all your devices can utilize the range extender’s coverage.
The WN3500RP also features “Fastlane” mode where the N600 extender dedicates its resources to only one band and by doing so, boosts the speed and performance of your range extender. Its better to turn on the Fastlane mode on the 5ghz band, and for anyone of your devices like TV or Gaming console. You can directly be connected it to the Range Extender with an Ethernet cable because the WN3500RB has an Ethernet port as well. If you want the fastlane mode for the 2.4ghz band then, of course, you can turn off for 5ghz and turn for 2.4ghz band.
Speed is good, but it can be faster
There is a noticeable difference between the speed of the router’s signal and the signal from the range extender. For instance, if you connect your Ipad wirelessly to your main router instead of the range extender, I typically notice a 20%-30% faster download time, even with Fastlane mode turned on. But since your HDTV is too far from the router, the range extender is the only choice I have to stream video to the HDTV. Yes, it’s a small gripe. But since this range extender is typically more expensive than most, it’s somewhat disappointing.
If you’re looking for a good range extender that has dual band functionality, this is a good one. Just know that that accessing the configuration menu can be a little confusing after the initial installation. But once it’s up and running it works quite well. Netgear even supplies a stand and separate power cable so that you can have it free-standing instead of plugged into a wall.
- Ideal for extending WiFi to devices like the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3, iPad 2, and PlayStation 3
- Extend dual band WiFi up to 600Mbps
- 4 Ethernet Ports – Connect a wired device like Blu-ray player, game console, or smart TV to your WiFi network
- FastLane Technology – Use both WiFi bands to establish one super high-speed connection; ideal for HD streaming & gaming
- Easy Installation – Push ‘N’ Connect connects computers and/or routers to the extender quickly and securely.
- No CD orEthernet cable required
- Works with any standard router or gateway
Boost N600 Dual Band WiFi
Extend both 2.4 and 5GHz WiFi and reduce wireless interference.
Easy installation using any web browser, no CD required.
4 Fast Ethernet Ports
Connect up to 4 wired devices like Blu-ray players, game consoles, smart TVs or streaming players to your WiFi network.
Use both WiFi bands to establish one super high-speed connection; ideal for HD streaming and gaming.
The specifications are as follows:
Product Number- N600 (WN2500RP)
WiFi Technology- 802.11ac
WiFi tech and range – Dual band Range
WiFi Performance- N600 (300 Mbps+300 Mbps)
WiFi Band- Dual Band 2.4 + 5 GHz
Number of Ethernet Ports- Four (4) 10/100 (4 LAN) Ethernet ports with auto-sensing technology
- Extends 2.4 and 5 GHz WiFi signals from existing WiFi routers and extends range
- FastLane™feature provides high-speed WiFi over a single band and is ideal for HD gaming and video streaming
- 4-port WiFi adapter for wired to wireless connections (Blu-ray™players, gaming consoles, DVRs, Internet TVs)
- Dynamic LEDs display real-time network connection status and optimal extender placement
Ease of use:
Push ‘N’ Connect using Wi-Fi Protected Setup® (WPS)1
Wi-Fi Protected Access® (WPA/WPA2–PSK) and WEP
Dimensions: 177 x 116 x 30 mm (7.0 x 4.6 x 1.2 in)
Weight: 0.25 kg (0.54 lb)
IEEE® 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz
IEEE 802.11 a/n 5.0 GHz
Four (4) 10/100 (4 LAN) Ethernet ports with auto-sensing technology
2.4 and/or 5.0 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n wireless router or gateway
Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 5.0, Firefox® 2.0, Safari® 1.4, or Google Chrome™11.0 browsers or higher for setup
Supports Windows® 8