Extend Your Network With the Netgear WN3000RP Universal WiFi Range Extender

Not all of us are lucky enough to have a home that’s wired for Ethernet, and for many of us who have to depend on wireless for network access within the home, there are places where our wireless signal just doesn’t quite reach.  Wireless network extenders solve this problem, and are nothing new, but most of them require a fair amount of technical prowess to get configured and working properly.  Netgear’s WN3000RP Universal WiFi Range Extender looks to be a solid attempt at making the task of propagating your wireless network throughout the house a much simpler undertaking.

LEDs on the face of the WN3000RP help you find the optimal location for extending your network, and the unit plugs directly into an outlet like a power brick, so it can go just about anywhere you have power.  It supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup for easy configuration, and supports all wireless security standards.  Further, the WN3000RP can also be used as a wireless bridge, if you just need to get a wired device onto your wireless network.

The WN3000RP Universal WiFi Range Extender is priced at $89.99, and is available now.

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4 comments… add one
  • GrannyPants June 14, 2011, 10:48 am

    i’d love to see a review of configuring without wps – as my belkin router doesn’t have that. would be interesting to see how easy it is to set up…

  • jaime June 15, 2011, 8:31 pm

    Isn’t this the same thing as an Apple Express? Apple’s offered it for almost a decade. And it’s white, small, and plugs into any outlet to be used as a Wi-Fi extender. And it takes two seconds to set up.

  • Andy Simmons June 16, 2011, 6:19 pm

    Jaime: you’re right, this is very similar to Apple’s Airport Express. The key differences are the support for WPS and the LEDs that assist with finding optimal placement.

  • Paul Gibbs September 30, 2012, 3:12 pm

    I have wasted hours of my time trying to get this Netgear extender working properly. It is close to useless as it knocks out the existing wireless network in the house every time you set it. Simply a waste of money.

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