NETGEAR Wi-Fi Range Extender EX2700
NETGEAR, Inc (NASDAQ: NTGR) today announced the NETGEAR Wi-Fi Range Extender EX2700. The new extender is designed to extend any existing wireless network to eliminate dead zones and minimize slow or unreliable connections. It has an ultra compact design ideal for discreet placement in any home without having to sacrifice speed or performance.
The Wi-Fi Range Extender EX2700 extends an existing wireless network and delivers a reliable connection to all devices within the home and throughout the house, including laptops, smartphones and tablets. Multiple Wi-Fi Range Extenders can be used to create a seamless blanket of coverage in areas up to 4,000 square feet.
“The Wi-Fi Range Extender EX2700 is the perfect solution to eliminate spotty connections at home,” said Sandeep Harpalani, director of product line management for NETGEAR. “We are excited to offer consumers a compact alternative that’s more reliable than the extenders on today’s market.”
The NETGEAR Wi-Fi Range Extender EX2700 is ideal for anyone experiencing signal loss or performance degradation in their home. It can extend the network to all corners of the house, including floor-to-ceiling windows where connections were previously weak or non-existent. Users will now be able to stream HD video with less buffering, download files faster and enjoy online gaming without interruption due to dropped connections.
The NETGEAR Wi-Fi Range Extender EX2700’s sleek, compact design allows it to be placed discreetly behind a TV or PC monitor, on top of a bookshelf or in any other out-of-the-way spot without sacrificing performance. It features an Ethernet port for connecting wired Ethernet clients and a USB port that allows users to extend their network using another Wi-Fi router or create a wireless network for guests. Support for open source software allows consumers to customize their Wi-Fi experience based on their current Internet service provider.
Pricing and Availability:
The NETGEAR Wi-Fi Range Extender EX2700 will be available in the U.S. and Canada beginning in April 2015 for $79.99 at various retailers including Newegg.com, TigerDirect.com and Amazon.com. For more information visit www.NETGEAR.com or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter
What is the difference between a WiFi extender and a WiFi booster?
WiFi extenders are not boosters.
A WiFi extender takes an existing wireless network, by default on the same frequency, and repeats the signal to parts of your home where it has been losing coverage or is weak. With one in place, you increase the effective range of your wireless home network by repeating its signal with a little more power. This means that while total throughput rates end up being lower on average, every device connected receives substantially better performance because of less interference from competing signals.
WiFi boosters are designed to take any wifi connection – even on a different band – and repeat it on the current band using 2 antennas with high gain. A booster can actually provide better results than any single router or extend antenna by amplifying the signal. However, it must be on the same frequency as your main router – and if it is not, then you will actually end up with worse wifi performance.
Boosters do have another advantage over extenders which makes them a bit more of a pain to have around: they cause interference for other 2.4GHz devices in your area. Most 2.4GHz devices should have their channels manually set to 1, 4 or 11 to avoid being impacted by wifi boosters, including other boosters themselves.
WiFi extenders install in a few minutes and offer an easy way to extend your wireless network’s range while experiencing increased speeds and uninterrupted online activity. Find the right one for you with the WiFi extender Buying Guide.
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How does a wifi booster work ?
Wi-fi boosters use an amplifier to amplify the signal from your wireless router and transmit it over longer distances using two antennas with high gain. This is useful if you live in a large home (2 floors or more) where the signal from your router simply cannot reach all of the devices in the house (e.g., on your other floor or downstairs).
A wifi booster will typically improve coverage in any large home by boosting signal for devices up to hundreds of feet away, depending on how many walls are between them and your wireless router. A wifi booster will also reduce the number of hops that your devices have to make before they reach your router, which can improve performance.
The downside of a wifi booster is that it has to be used on the same band as your wireless router (2.4GHz or 5GHz). This means that if you place a 2.4GHz booster next to your 5GHz band router, you are simply reducing performance of your 5GHz devices because the 2.4GHz devices are still connected to the 2.4GHz wireless router and will use that signal instead even though they could be using the 5 GHz one (assuming that there is little to no interference between the bands). This interference is worse if the booster you choose can also go up to 5 GHz.
If you are on the other hand on the look out for a WiFi Extender, then this article will definitely be of some help. The WiFi extenders actually make use of two or more transmitters and receivers. They do not increase the speed nor reduce the distance of your network, but they act as an aid to your existing router by extending its range within your home. One important thing that you must remember while using a WiFi extender is that they operate on the same frequency (2.4GHz or 5GHz) as your wireless router.
If you intend to use only one extender with no other routers in your home it’s safe to say that you can pick either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz (both are compatible). But if you want to make use of any other routers’ signals for example through another ThinkPenguin Wi-Fi Booster then all will have to be on the same frequency otherwise there might be interference issues which might even cause your wireless devices to lose connection at times. Now, let’s move on and see how we can make the best use of a WiFi extender: