Netgear's AC1200 WiFi Range Extender (EX6200) is an excellent piece of hardware despite a few software hiccups after a firmware update. Five Gigabit Ethernet ports and a USB 3.0 port make this extender a winning proposition.
More and more consumer range extenders coming to market are small, wall-mountable devices that plug right into an electrical outlet and sit flush to a wall. Netgear's AC1200 WiFi Range Extender (EX6200) ($129.99) bucks this trend. The AC1200 is a relatively large, standalone piece of networking hardware that looks like an access point. All that size translates to power, however. In fact, this is one of the most powerful wireless extenders I've tested. Add in extra goodies such as a USB 3.0 port (for connecting USB external drives and printers) and five Gigabit Ethernet ports to bridge networking gadgets, and you have a winning Wi-Fi range extender.
Of course, the EX6200 is pricier than smaller, wall-mountable extenders, such as the $50 , or the $30 TP-Link 300Mbps Universal WiFi Range Extender (TL-WA850RE). However, for more than double those prices, the EX6200 is not only a dual-band extender (the DAP-1320 is only single-band), but it can also operate as a bridge with five Gigabit ports. It's also got a USB 3.0 port, which allows it to operate as a print or media server. And then there are those powerful components under the hood. Take all that into account, and the price seems more than reasonable.
If it supported powerline networking and had better overall performance, the Netgear AC750 WiFi Range Extender EX6100 would be a great networking device. As a pure Wi-Fi extender though, it's both awkwardly designed and underpowered.
|Form Factor:||Wall Mountable|
|System Requirements:|| |
|Is Dark Sky-Compliant:||Y|
|Video Game Platform:||Playstation|
|Is Energy Star-Certified:||Y|
|Compatible Devices:||Unix , PC , Mac|
|Manufacturer Part Number:||WN3000RP-100NAS|
|Features:||NETGEAR Universal WiFi Range Extender|
|Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H):||4.00 x 5.70 x 7.10 Inches|