31 Mar 2014

Netgear Wi-fi Extender

Netgear Wifi Extender
We had intermittent internet coverage in our main bedroom so I invested in a Netgear wi-fi range extender this week from Amazon.co.uk.  Price was just under £28. The unit simply plugs into a free 13A socket with no ugly wires.

The extender takes the off-air packets and regenerates them so the remote signal is considerably improved. It does NOT use the mains wiring to send the signal over. First impressions are good, with a strong signal now in the bedroom. Setting up the extender was simplicity itself.  We'll see how it works over the next few weeks.

See http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B009C9FQNQ/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 .

I may invest in another for the radio shack where coverage is not that brilliant. I need to watch switch-mode PSU noise though. This is unimportant in the bedroom but might be an issue with weak signals. At least I can try the bedroom unit in the shack first before buying another.


Peter Marks said...

Wow, 13A, it must be powerful!

Roger G3XBM said...

An odd comment Peter.

My router uses a 13A socket and so does my 22A DC PSU in the shack. We no longer use 3A (widely) here in the UK as 13A are our "standard".

Zak The Rabbit said...

I suspect Peter may have been having a gest!

Interesting though, Roger do you have a mower monitor that can go between the extender and the socket? I'd be interested in knowing what the actual power input to the device is

Martin G7MRV

Roger G3XBM said...

Thanks. No real way of checking current taken by the device (I can check broadband speed through it though) but I think it is quite low power. It is the regeneration of the packets (I think) that makes it such an effective repeater. Let me see if the quoted spec says anything about RF power out.