WiFi range extenders are very useful devices if you have coverage issues in your home. Netgear have a new extender called the Nighthawk X4 WiFi Range Extender EX7300, and here is our review.
Extend any router’s existing WiFi with the Nighthawk X4 AC2200 WiFi Range Extender, delivering speeds up to 2.2Gbps. The powerful and compact X4 increases coverage up to 930 m² MU-MIMO lets you stream to multiple devices for faster speeds than traditional WiFi, while FastLane technology improves performance using both WiFi bands. High-power amplifiers and internal antenna array increase range for whole home coverage. Boost your WiFi to the Extreme with Nighthawk X4 Wall-plug extender.
- Extends 2.4 and 5 GHz WiFi signals from existing WiFi routers for better range
- Dual band WiFi up to 2.2Gbps
- Up to 10,000 ft² of coverage
- MU-MIMO for simultaneously streaming to multiple devices
- High power amplifiers and internal antenna array increase range
- FastLane technology improves performance using both WiFi bands
- Convenient wall plug design for easy, discreet placement
- Works with any WiFi router
What’s in the Box?
The box contains the EX7300 extender and a Quick Start guide.
A Closer Look
Setting up the EX7300
You can easily set up the EX7300 using WPS by just pressing a couple of buttons. Or you can also set it up using the web interface. Make sure you have set the switch on the side of the EX7300 to determine if you want to use it in either Access Point mode or Extender mode.
The web interface configuration walks you through each step and only takes a few minutes.
Once you can finished the configuration you are good to go!
You can leave both networks running, or you can use Netter’s FastLane Technology which uses both WiFi bands to establish a single high-speed connection.
Or you can choose to use the FastLane Technology and select whether you want the Router-to-Extender to use 2.5 GHz and the Extender-to-Device to use 5 GHz or the other way around.
When you have chosen you can easily see the status.
You can also adjust the Wireless Output Power depending on the size of the area the extender is sitting in.
And this is what the EX7300 looks like running.
The EX7300 is quite large so you may need to look around for a suitable power socket to plug it into.
The setup and configuration of the EX7300 was very simple and fairly quick – in fact the longest part of the process was updating the firmware on it.
We tested out both the normal mode of operation and also the FastLane Technology mode and for our setup we found that the FastLane Technology mode worked best for us. That’s not to say it’s better than the normal mode, but for us it worked better, so make sure you test both modes to see which one works best for you.
The range worked great throughout the house – we always had a good signal and a fast connection, even in those usual hard to get a signal places!
Having an Ethernet port on the device made it even more useful!
All in all, if you are looking for a WiFi extender for your home and you want something fast and easy to setup, then take a look at the Netgear Nighthawk X4 WiFi Range Extender EX7300.
The EX7300 is available now priced £109.99, but as usual look around for the best deal.