Netgear WiFi Range Extender EX6200
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Netgear WiFi Range Extender EX6200 Review
Most of the consumer wireless extenders coming into the market are wall-mountable gadgets of small size, which plug into electrical outlet, sitting flush to wall. The EX6200 is a fairly large, standalone hardware-networking piece which resembles an access point. Its enormous size easily translates into power, however and the wireless gadget features USB 3.0 port that connecting printers and USB external drives. This is along with five Gigabit Ethernet ports for bridging networking devices.
The Netgear WiFi Range Extender EX6200 measures 9.92 x 6.85 x 1.22 inches by Height, Width and Depth. The red and black design which it exhibits is quite striking to behold. This gadget can function vertically or horizontally on red stand included within the packaging. Premium hardware specifications are unique to the EX6200, which are much better than what is present in a majority of Wi-Fi extenders. It has 800MHz dual-core processor, 700mW high-power amplifiers, apart from having two external high-gain 5dBi antennas.
The EX6200 is more costly than smaller extenders which can be mounted on walls, like D-Link Wireless N300 Range Extender. Even then Netgear WiFi Range Extender EX6200 is not just a dual-band extender, but can operate a bridge having five Gigabit ports too. It features as well USB 3.0 port that enables it function as media or print server. Certain other powerful components are also hidden under the hood, which could make its price seem logical.
The extender EX6200 ships with Getting Started guide, one-page manual in format of workflow. This guide starts by questioning if the router has Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button. You can follow instructions to the left side of this guide, if you answer “Yes.” Follow the steps found on the right side, if your answer is “No,” conversely. Instructions are quite clear and easy-to-follow owing to the workflow logic employed. Two ways are available for setting up the EX6200, namely using Netgear Genie software wizard of the extender or applying WPS. When applying WPS, you might wish placing the extender close to router, preferably in clear line of sight. Next is powering up your extender, pressing WPS button on it and finally activating WPS function on router.
Netgear WiFi Range Extender EX6200 features “Device to Extender” LED found on EX6200, which lights solid green as extender gets paired successfully with router. Applying WPS method extends the band of 2.4GHz on dual-band networks. One requires pressing WPS buttons on extender and router once again in order to extend 5GHz signal on same router with WPS.
Individuals seeking full control over wireless-network extension can use the second connection method. When using a laptop, connect to the preconfigured wireless network of extender (login plus SSID credentials are offered within guide). Opening up browser automatically re-directs a person to the Web-based interface of the extender. A wizard communicates to the user via selection of the network desired for extending.
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- The Netgear WiFi Range Extender EX6200 is manufactured by Netgear and was added in December 2014 in the Wireless Bridges & APs section
- This product has a rating of 4.3 out of 5
- The best price of the Netgear WiFi Range Extender EX6200 in Canada is $99.97 at Best Buy
- In Canada this product is available in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa-Gatineau
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