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NETGEAR N600 Desktop WiFi Range Extender (WN2500RP) Reviews

NETGEAR N600 Desktop WiFi Range Extender (WN2500RP)

NETGEAR N600 Desktop WiFi Range Extender (WN2500RP)

  • 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

Extends range of any standard single or dual band WiFi router.

List Price: $ 120.00

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  1. 219 of 224 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Wish it was faster, but still works well regardless, January 13, 2013
    By 
    kunoh (San Francisco, CA) –

    The Netgear WN3500RP eliminated all the dead wifi-dead-spots in my home. The set up is very easy. It was literally up and running within 10 minutes. Areas of the house that used to have low reception now had “full bars” according to my Ipad. 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.

    Dual Broadcast:
    At its default settings this range extender operates like two separate wifi signals for your home. For example, I have my main router’s broadcast going out first (upstairs in my home office). Then once I placed this range extender downstairs (living room), it connects to my 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.

    Fastlane Mode:
    The WN3500RP also has “Fastlane” mode where it dedicates its resources to only one band (you choose which band) and by doing so, increases the speed and performance of the range extender. In my case, I chose to turn on the Fastlane mode on the 5ghz band, and for one of my devices (the Roku 2XS) I directly connected it to the Range Extender with an Ethernet cable (the WN3500RB has an Ethernet port). Of course, this meant that the 2.4ghz broadcast wasn’t going out from the range extender anymore. I figured that was ok because I use the Roku to stream video the most, and if other devices needed to use the 2.4ghz band in the future, I could always turn off the Fastlane mode and turn the 2.4ghz band back on.

    Speed is good, but I wish it were faster:
    There is a noticeable difference between the speed of the router’s signal and the signal from the range extender. For instance, if I connect my Ipad wirelessly to my main router instead of the range extender, I typically notice a 20%-30% faster download time, even with Fastlane mode turned on. But since my 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.

    Setup:
    To set the range extender up, I followed the user’s manual and used a laptop connected by Ethernet to my home network (you could do this wireless as well). At this default setting, the range extender works perfectly well – broadcasting both the 2.4ghz as well as the 5ghz band. But I wanted to run the Fastlane mode which meant I needed access to the configuration menu. In order to do this, I first had to use a device that was on the range extender’s network (in this case, my Iphone). Then I could easily sign into the range extender’s configuration menu and adjust settings to the Fastlane mode. (Devices not on the wireless network of the range extender couldn’t seem to do this). This wasn’t explained very well in the manual included. I had to actually go to Netgear’s forums to find this out.

    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.

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  2. 267 of 283 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Works Great!, February 17, 2012
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    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: NETGEAR N600 Desktop WiFi Range Extender (WN2500RP) (Personal Computers)
    I bought this after having a bad experience with the Amped line of extenders. This repeater was a breeze to setup, even the advanced functions. There wasn’t a need to take a computer and reconfigure it to do the initial setup, right out of the box all I had to do was connect my laptop to it’s temporary wifi ssd and reconfigure it from there using a simple step by step setup. I really like the fast lane technology where you can have it communicate on one band to your router and one band to your devices. Doing this increased my repeat speed by 300%. I live in an apartment building and can see over 20 wifi networks from my normal operating area, using the fast lane setup where I use 2.4Ghz to connect to my router and then 5.Ghz to connect to my devices works best as the farther out you take your devices in a 2.4Ghz wifi cluster environment, the more interference you have. One thing people should realize in that the signal is being repeated. . .don’t expect to get the same speed as connecting directly to your router. When connected to my router I get aprox. 60-95MBs throughput, when it is being repeated on this product I am getting at max 30MBs using fastlane which is much better than other repeaters I’ve used. Also the 2.4Ghz will generally get about 15-20% better range but the 5Ghz works much better in wifi dense areas.
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  3. The manufacturer commented on the review belowSee comments
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Slow throughput, February 24, 2016
    By 
    JM (Washington DC, USA) –

    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: NETGEAR N600 Desktop WiFi Range Extender (WN2500RP) (Personal Computers)
    I purchased this to get a stronger wifi signal on the back patio now that spring is around the corner. This device is probably the easiest networking piece of hardware I’ve ever used, I work in IT and my Mom could probably set this up. This being said, I have 150/10 cable internet where I usually get 180/12 from all of my devices using an ASUS AC3200. I set this up to configure it in my living room to them move to the bedroom. Just right here in the same room, the highest download speed I can get is just under 10Mbps. I didn’t expect to get the 180 downloads but I also wasn’t expecting near DSL speeds. I’ve tried every configuration, used wifi analyzer to ensure I was on non-congested channels, it just won’t provide the performance I need. Would have been nice but it’s going back. 2 speedtests attached, one on my Android connected to my Asus router, the other connected to the Netgear N600 a couple of feet apart.

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  4. stem
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    Feb 25, 2016 10:06:50 AM PST

    NETGEAR Team says:
    Hey RM,

    We thank you for your review and sharing the pictures of your speed test. Please feel free to email us directly if you would like help getting the best possible performance. You can email us at netgearteam@netgear.com – just make sure you include a link to this review and the current firmware that you have running on the WN2500RP. Please feel free to add any additional details that you think can speed things up on our end.

    Regards,

    NETGEAR Team

     

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