Netgear Nighthawk Wifi Range Extender video review

Netgear Nighthawk Wifi Range Extender video review

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I have tested lots of Wifi range extenders but this one is a lot more than just a simple WiFi repeater. The idea behind a range extender is that you place the device on the edge your existing WiFi range and then the extender creates a new WiFi network that extendens the current one. The Nighthawk is a powerful range extender, print server, file server and even a DLNA server for pushing media around the home. You can also use it as a standard WiFi access point connected to a router or switch. Another option is you can use it as a WiFi bridge as it has 5 gigabit Ethernet ports built into it, so if you have a device that doesn’t have WiFi but it does have Ethernet you can connect the device up to the Nighthawk via a cable and then it can access the WiFi.

Setting it up is really simple, you can use WPS to set it up automatically or there are manual setup options.

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In this video I unbox the extender and walk through the manual setup process including look at the signal strength of the device via Netgear’s Android app. I try adding external storage to the Nighthawk and then try browsing the content over wifi from my laptop. I also try media sharing via DLNA, so you can access content stored on a drive attached the extender from devices like an Xbox or a TV.

The Netgear Nighthawk (R7000) costs around £126 on Amazon and there are cheaper WiFi range extenders available but this has the extra features and is higher powered than many of the cheap extenders.

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One thought on “Netgear Nighthawk Wifi Range Extender video review

  1. Thanks for the video Ian. Two questions:
    What was the app you were using on your phone to measure signal strength? and
    What sort of range can you get and maintain a usable signal? 50m?

    Regards

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