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NETGEAR WN2000RPT Universal WiFi Range Extender Reviewed

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Introduction

NETGEAR WN2000RPT Universal WiFi Range Extender

At a Glance
Product NETGEAR Universal WiFi Range Extender (WN2000RPT)
Summary Easy-to-use dual-stream 802.11n wireless repeater / bridge with built-in four-port switch
Pros • Supports 300 Mbps maximum link rate
• Good setup wizard
• Can be used as repeater or bridge
• Doesn't require WDS
Cons • 2.4 GHz only
• Can't be used as access point
• Might not help much

Many products designed to stretch your wireless network's range have passed across the SNB test bench. Most don't deliver anywhere near what they promise, or require a router supporting WDS, or are near impossible to set up, or all the above.

So I cast a skeptical eye upon NETGEAR's WN2000RPT (not to be confused with its WNR2000 Wireless-N Router) as I unboxed it and prepared to be unimpressed. Little did I know that I'd be pleasantly surprised instead.

Inside

Figure 1 shows the inside of the WN2000RPT. Most of the good stuff is covered by RF shielding and heatsinks. But the FCC ID photos include a detail showing an Atheros AR9103 2.4 GHz 3X3 MIMO 802.11n radio, which is typically paired with an Atheros AR9132 3X3 Wireless Network Processor.

WN2000PT board

Figure 1: WN2000PT board

Note that this is a full dual-stream N extender, not single stream like the Innoband HomePlug AV Wireless N Kit. So you have more bandwidth to work with (or throw away due to repeating).

The design includes a four-port 10/100 switch, which I think is supported via an Atheros AR8236. So the WN2000RPT can also be used as a wireless bridge to wired clients, which will not suffer the 50% throughput reduction that wireless clients associated with it receive. 32 MB of RAM and 4 MB of flash finish up the design.




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Doesn't Work

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Reviewed by Brooke
July 12, 2014
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HUGE waste of money, and here's why:

1. The WIFI completely stops working several times a day.
2. Have to restart it every day, more than once.
3. I was required to factory reset it, and guess what, it no longer works whatsoever.
4. Custom support live chat isn't available for long after the purchase.
5. Called the support and I couldn't understand them as no one spoke English.

 

Waste of money

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Reviewed by Claudio
April 14, 2014
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Waste of money. Do not buy, have to reset every day.

 

If you like being annoyed a lot then buy this!

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Reviewed by jason
October 17, 2013
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I like the features because not many extenders have ethernet ports this one has four, tho why? I do not know. the wifi extender works well, but the e-ports do not. the wifi will be working fine but the ports goo out everytime I restart my PC. The e-ports are the only thing I need this for because I do not have a wireless PC and I have an xbox 360 thats not wireless the xbox gets internet most of the time but the PC goes out all the time. if I turn off my PC I know Im going to have to reset the extender. if you need this just to extend the wifi then its ok but if your trying to go from a wifi to ethernet then do not buy this.

 

The Netgear WN2000RPT is Great For Traveling

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Reviewed by Paul Fredrickson
September 11, 2013
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I have read all the reviews of how much problem people have with this extender in their house. Fortunately, I live in a house where my router can reach all parts of the house. My wife and I do a lot of traveling, either by car or by our motor-home. I have two of these extenders—one in the motor-home and the other at the house to use on trips by air or car. The units’ are great for hitting the road. At campsites, motels and condos, the wifi networks are sometimes too far away to get a good signal. The WN2000RPT brings them in close enough to effectively use. Even those wifi signals that are “useable” can be made much stronger. Sometimes, when you travel, your computer may only pick up “protected” networks, but the WN2000RPT often brings in “open” networks. I have stayed at several condos where they have a network that serves each side of the building, but you have to be out on the porch to “see” it. The extender picks up the signal from inside. I have never had a problem with my WN2000RPTs---But maybe it’s because I have used them for several years and have encountered and handled so many unusual network issues on the road, that I don’t consider any performance issue as a “problem”. If you travel, this is the extender you want to go with.

 

this is jhust bad

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Reviewed by annon//
June 08, 2013
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1. connection drops out way much
2. ive tried connecting an ethernet cable to the netgear, doesnt make any difference
3. Reduces download speed by almost approx like 10x +
4. This is so bad, in general, overall.. I wouldnt midn the speed, however number 1.. pisses me OFF WAY TO MUCH

overall. do not buy

 
 
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