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NETGEAR Dual Band WiFi Range Extender, Wall-plug edition WN3500RP-100NAS

NETGEAR Dual Band WiFi Range Extender, Wall-plug edition WN3500RP-100NAS

Item: 960157    Model: WN3500RP-100NAS

NETGEAR Dual Band WiFi Range Extender, Wall-plug edition WN3500RP-100NAS
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  • Extends dual band WiFi coverage
  • Connect iPads®, smartphones, and more
  • Works with any standard WiFi router or gateway
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NETGEAR Dual Band WiFi Range Extender, Wall-plug edition WN3500RP-100NAS
 
4.2

(based on 49 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (29)
  • Fast connection (23)
  • Reliable connection (22)
  • Secure connection (19)
  • Fast (17)

Cons

  • Unreliable connection (5)
  • Difficult to set up (3)

Best Uses

  • Home network (28)
  • Small networks (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • High bandwidth user (26), Low bandwidth user (9)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (32), Business (4)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (30), Mac (5)

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

easy setup, seems to be fine...

I first bought an Apple Airport Express, but as my "base" router is NetGear (not Apple) the Airport Express didn't work. My fault. Says that clearly. Anyways, I returned...Read complete review

I first bought an Apple Airport Express, but as my "base" router is NetGear (not Apple) the Airport Express didn't work. My fault. Says that clearly. Anyways, I returned the Airport (Staples was, of course, terrific about the exchange...no questions asked) and got this netgear thing. The setup was easy with my MacBook air. It is supposed to do it through WPS but that didn't work for me, so I did it "manually", which was no problem.
I am using this almost exclusively as an "AirPlay" adapter for a 1970's Sony receiver that I wanted to use my iphone to control remotely. One weird thing, and I'd say this is 80% "just" aesthetics, is that the power cord and the audio cord are on opposite sides of the NetGear Range Extender. when you use the direct plug method, this is not really an issue, but when you use the extension cord (so I can put the extender up on a shelf) it means I have wires sticking out, and I don't love that. Again, this is just for show.
In terms of performance, my iPhones drop the connection...a lot. This causes the speakers to pop, as if you pull a headphone plug out of the jack. Not great to hear, and probably bad for the speakers, though mine are old Sansui beasts that I got at a flea market. When it DOES work, which is MOST of the time, it sounds great and is really easy to use. This may be because my network is at capacity. We have a couple of phones, three or four computers, and a tablet on at any given time. Anyways, this basically gets the job done for what I need. I'd recommend this if you didn't go with the Apple Airport base station.

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Most Helpful Negative Review

 

interesting

Purchased this device so I could obtain coverage on my deck which was lost when I had to purchase a new modem & router (although I purchased top of the line units, these...Read complete review

Purchased this device so I could obtain coverage on my deck which was lost when I had to purchase a new modem & router (although I purchased top of the line units, these did not give me the area coverage I had with my old setup). The extender hooked up to my secure router very easily and showed up on all our computers, Iphones and Ipad although in contrast to the installation brochure, there were now two selections (router name and extender name) showing up on all devices, you can select either one. It caused some major problems with my wifi printers. They will intermittently go "off line" not recognizing either my extender or modem which results in the inability to print out until you "reset" the router and most times it is necessary to disconnect the extender. We have a wifi enabled thermostat which will communicate with the router and send an email to you when the temperature falls above or below its setting which is necessary when we are away from home for a few days during the winter and cold weather seasons. The thermostat will constantly send "lost communication" emails when the extender is plugged into the Right now I have resigned myself to leave it totally unplugged from the wall or turned off and intend to use it only when I want to sit on the deck or when my husband wants to mow the lawn and listen to his radio show on his Iphone. At the cost of nearly $100, I would say this unit is too sophistocated to be worth the money when you have wireless printers and a wifi enabled thermostat but I guess it depends on your intended use and how badly you miss internet coverage when you are outside your home. Our home is 1300 sq ft (raised ranch) and another 1300 downstairs plus an attached 2 stall garage and we have coverage with our regular modem throughout the house. It's only when we are outside that we need this extender. The unit must be placed near the area where you need coverage, which is not where my printers are located so the feature of the usb port(s) is totally useless as those are located next to our modem and router. However, if I really needed to "turn my usb printer into a wifi enabled printer" I would just move the extender into my office, for the time I needed to utilize this printer. This feature may be useful in these situations but I have never tried it so can't make a comment. Overall it does the job I purchased it for so I guess I would "recommend it to a friend" but with reservations!!!

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4.0

Works Great, easy to setup

By Mark N

from Kirkland, WA

Verified Buyer
This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about NETGEAR Dual Band WiFi Range Extender, Wall-plug edition WN3500RP-100NAS:

In a small medical practice, with the dual band router in the utility room some seven rooms away from the farthest exam room, 2GHz WiFi access was spotty and the 5GHz WiFi wasn't even making it back there at all. Total distance to the most remote room: ~100 feet and 6 walls. Netgear setup was quick and exactly as documented in the instructions. I installed it at the midpoint where the signal was still solid for both bands. I did not try hardwiring it to the wall since this first option seemed to solve the problem. Note the the Netgear creates two new WiFis; By default, it adds a "_2G" to the source WiFi name. So with a source WiFi name of "Kappa", the extender offers a new WiFi name called "Kappa_2G". You can rename it but I thought it was good enough. It's only been on the job for 1 week, so I'll have to wait to see if it survives the long haul.

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3.0

interesting

By Bette Szesny

from Schuyler, NY

Verified Buyer
This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about NETGEAR Dual Band WiFi Range Extender, Wall-plug edition WN3500RP-100NAS:

Purchased this device so I could obtain coverage on my deck which was lost when I had to purchase a new modem & router (although I purchased top of the line units, these did not give me the area coverage I had with my old setup). The extender hooked up to my secure router very easily and showed up on all our computers, Iphones and Ipad although in contrast to the installation brochure, there were now two selections (router name and extender name) showing up on all devices, you can select either one. It caused some major problems with my wifi printers. They will intermittently go "off line" not recognizing either my extender or modem which results in the inability to print out until you "reset" the router and most times it is necessary to disconnect the extender. We have a wifi enabled thermostat which will communicate with the router and send an email to you when the temperature falls above or below its setting which is necessary when we are away from home for a few days during the winter and cold weather seasons. The thermostat will constantly send "lost communication" emails when the extender is plugged into the Right now I have resigned myself to leave it totally unplugged from the wall or turned off and intend to use it only when I want to sit on the deck or when my husband wants to mow the lawn and listen to his radio show on his Iphone. At the cost of nearly $100, I would say this unit is too sophistocated to be worth the money when you have wireless printers and a wifi enabled thermostat but I guess it depends on your intended use and how badly you miss internet coverage when you are outside your home. Our home is 1300 sq ft (raised ranch) and another 1300 downstairs plus an attached 2 stall garage and we have coverage with our regular modem throughout the house. It's only when we are outside that we need this extender. The unit must be placed near the area where you need coverage, which is not where my printers are located so the feature of the usb port(s) is totally useless as those are located next to our modem and router. However, if I really needed to "turn my usb printer into a wifi enabled printer" I would just move the extender into my office, for the time I needed to utilize this printer. This feature may be useful in these situations but I have never tried it so can't make a comment. Overall it does the job I purchased it for so I guess I would "recommend it to a friend" but with reservations!!!

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5.0

Easy Wall Plug In

By emtnest

from Chelmsford, MA

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This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about NETGEAR Dual Band WiFi Range Extender, Wall-plug edition WN3500RP-100NAS:

I have had Comcast/Xfinity in my home it seems like forever!!! Why can't I get a signal more than 10 feet from my router/modem??? They told me that is the maximum distance! Really????? Whatever, I went t Staples and picked up this Netgear and it is able to do what Comcast can't and charges me and arm and leg for! If you are having problems in getting a good signal beyond ten feet in your home, this the what you need. I took it out of the box plugged it in, found it on my computer WiFi settings, clicked and I was off and running! Thank you!

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4.0

Ok Solution

By GLSFBG

from New York City

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This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about NETGEAR Dual Band WiFi Range Extender, Wall-plug edition WN3500RP-100NAS:

This range extender works ok for limited distances. You need to make sure it is positioned within range of the wireless router which takes some trial & error. My experience is that it extended the wireless signal only about 30 feet. There is only one Ethernet port which limits the usefulness. The main benefit of this model is its low profile. A traditional range extender would be more versatile if space allows.

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5.0

Works great. .

By UA

from Graniteville

Verified Buyer

Comments about NETGEAR Dual Band WiFi Range Extender, Wall-plug edition WN3500RP-100NAS:

I am impressed with how strong the signal is now. I definitely recommend this product. I have a very large house and the signal is reaching every part of it now.

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