If you live in a bigger home or in a multi-level home and have WiFi I’m sure you have run into problems where the signal is very weak. When installing a wireless router it is recommended that you install in the highest level of your home as the signal will travel better but everyone I know has their main cable installation in their downstairs and do not want to run the extra cables to extend the network to gain a little better coverage.
In my home I experience very weak signals on my second floor with my normal Wireless N router and in the third level loft unless you are standing in an awkward position you can almost never get a good signal and if I do get a signal it is usually lost after a few minutes.
I have had this issue for sometime now and I’m sure many people can relate and have been wondering about a simple solution to extender their network. I do come from a technical background and understand basic network setup too so first I purchased a standalone wireless access point and that was a huge headache since brands were not the same and configuration never matched — so I have a nice access point paperweight now.
I also thought about purchasing the power-line network extenders but they were just not in my price-range. Still searching for a solution that would easily extend my wireless network I came across the Netgear Universal Wifi Extender which would easily plug-in to an open electric outlet and even had the option to connect using WPS (Wi-fi protected setup) which is available on many new routers.
The Netgear unit arrived and after reading the very simple instructions I was ready for setup. It seemed very simple and no software is needed at all — if you do not have WPS capabilities your can access the router from your computer to connect to your existing network using their step-by-step setup program. I tried the setup using both connection options and both worked flawless and connected to my existing network almost instantly.
I was very excited since I now checked my signal on my top floors and I had great signal strength everywhere, which I was able to check using Wirelessmon, a signal strength tool which signal images are shown at the bottom of this review.
I then tried to access the internet and I was not able to get access as It showed it was a setting issue of some sort. After some quick reading I switched my wireless router to use PSK and the AES settings under my network security setup and then it seemed to work fine. I did have to restart all of my devices once these changes were made — and I also like to setup mac address filtering so I can regulate which devices are allowed to connect to my network and using the Netgear software was very easy to do this as well.
All of my Network printers work perfectly still and I can choose between my original wifi signal or the extended network signal with a quick click on my network settings.
Overall I was very excited how simple the setup was and that it did not matter what brand my original wireless router was and made for a simple and affordable solution to extend my wireless network all over my home and if you are looking to do the same I highly recommend the Netgear Universal Wifi Extender and give this device One Damn Good Review!
Setup Screen Screenshots
Wireless Signal Strength (In hardest to reach area of home)
Watch the video review:
- Extend Your Network Range
- Easy To Use
- Setup may be hard for some that are non technical