If you are looking for powerline networking with better performance, Netgear ex6100 is the ultimate device to go with. Its WiFi data speed is fast enough, so that you can go for web browsing, live media streaming, and online gaming without any buffering issue. In this review, we will take the lid off from each and every detail of this device. Let’s have a look.
At the first glance, this device looks like a huge plug-in AC power adapter that has two antennas. All you need to do is merely plug it into an electrical outlet and you are good to go. But when you do so, possibilities are you will not be able to access the neighboring sockets because the device’s heavy body blocks them. This kind of design is popular with powerline adapters.
Taking aforementioned things into consideration, it’s quite tricky to find the perfect place to put your device during new extender setup. In case you place it far away from router, you will get bad connectivity and signal strength becomes too poor to be extended or widen. What’s more, it contains a LED light that glows when you put it far away from router.
Given that you have to plug it into a socket and your device takes a while to boot up, so it can be truly annoying to test it in different places in your home or workplace. In case you find a spot that is not too close but not too far to router, then congrats. You are in luck. If this is not the case with you, use an extension cable.
Does you router provides support for WiFi Protected Setup or WPS? If the answer to this query is yes, you are able to connect your extender within a matter of minutes. All you have to do is simply press the WPS on router and then on your device but after a couple of minutes. And that’s it.
Your device has been successfully connected to current WiFi network. It is all set to widen the range or coverage of Internet with its own network. It is worth notable that it does not repeat current SSID. Instead, the device makes its own two wireless networks namely 2GEXT and 5GEXT. Both of these networks make use of the same password as that of original.
With WPS method, you will notice that it is connected to 2.4GHz band network by default. But if you want to connect to 5GHz band, you have to log in to mywifiext. This is the only method to install and configure your device in case your router doesn’t provide support for WPS.
During the whole setup process, you have to keep calm as it takes a long while.
- Multiple roles
Netgear ex6100 includes one Gigabit network port. While working in the extender mode, it makes use of this port to connect a wired device to the network. For instance, one can connect a game console to WiFi using this port.
On the other hand, you can also use this device as a dual-band access point with the help of its side switch. This comes handy especially in situations when you use a wired router to host your home network.
- Provides support for the latest 802.11ac technology
- Comes with LED lights which help position it for the best signals
- Offers two WiFi networks: 2.4GHz and 5GHz
- Can be used as both a dual-band access point and a bridge
- Comes with only one Ethernet port
- No support for USB
Netgear ex6100 is a compact WiFi booster that gives you the ability to access both frequency bands at the same time. Thus, one can enjoy seamless Internet range and coverage through the home or workplace.