I’ve often had issues with my wifi signal cutting out or dropping off completely. That’s why today I’m going to talk about wireless range extenders.
Linksys, a leading brand in wireless networking, today announced its new lineup of Linksys Wi-Fi Range Extenders. Consumers often experience a weak wireless signal in some parts of their house or apartment caused by blocking elements such as walls or interference from other devices like baby monitors, microwaves or DECT phones. The new Linksys Range Extenders help maximize wireless coverage and help eliminate “dead spots” in the Wi-Fi coverage throughout the home.
Consumers can choose between three new powerful versions – Linksys AC1200 MAX Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE6500), Linksys N600 PRO Wi-Fi Range Extender(RE4000W) and the Linksys N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE3000W). The RE6500 and RE4000W are dual band range extenders featuring Cross-Band technology which helps provide a stronger and more consistent signal throughout the home. All three range extenders are compatible with any wireless router and are designed to extend b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi signals.
Strategy Analytics, an industry research firm recently reported that Wi-Fi is already being built into 68 per cent of all consumer electronics devices sold in the U.S. “That is a lot of devices in the home that need a good reliable signal to perform,” said Mike Chen, vice president product management for Linksys. “Consumers are depending on Wi-Fi for their smartphones to avoid burning through their mobile data plan, or for streaming to TV or tablets in all areas of the home. A stable and strong Wi-Fi signal is critical for connecting the devices in your home today and the devices users are sure to bring into their home in the coming years; a good range extender can help future-proof their home as those devices are added, as well as provide a rich media experience.”
Linksys AC1200 MAX Wi-Fi Range Extender – RE6500
The RE6500 helps eliminate Wi-Fi dead spots throughout the home by increasing the wireless signal from an existing wireless-AC router. With up to 10,000 sq. ft. of coverage, the RE6500 also comes equipped with Cross-Band technology that enables the Wi-Fi signal to simultaneously receive data on one band and transmit on another. The result is a stronger, more consistent signal throughout your home. With four Gigabit Ethernet ports, users can hardwire their devices for faster streaming and gaming. Music fans can connect a stereo system or audio speaker to the RE6500 and stream music from a smart device or computer. The Wi-Fi range extender is designed for flexible placement options so users can enjoy all their devices, from anywhere in their home.
- Next-Generation Wireless-AC Technology featuring simultaneous dual-band speeds up to N300 Mbps (2.4 GHz) + AC867 Mbps (5 GHz) to reduce traffic and maximize data
- Cross-Band Technology maximizes the simultaneous use of both bands for faster data transfer speeds
- Audio Streaming Capability – Connect a stereo system or audio speakers to the RE6500 to wirelessly stream music from a smart device or computer
- 4 Gigabit Ethernet Ports extend the range of four wired devices to ensure uninterrupted media streaming and fast data transfer
- Detachable External Antennas that can be adjusted to provide the best coverage
- Universal Compatibility – compatible with all a/b/g/n/ac devices
- Works with any router or gateway, including routers supplied by service provider
- Easy Setup, requires no CD
Linksys N600 PRO Wi-Fi Range Extender – RE4000W
The RE4000W helps eliminate Wi-Fi dead spots throughout the home by increasing the wireless signal of an existing router. RE4000W extends the wireless coverage up to 7,500 sq. ft. and features Cross-Band technology, allowing the Wi-Fi signal to receive information on one band and transmit on another. The result is a stronger, more consistent signal throughout your home. Two Fast Ethernet ports provide hardwire connectivity, allowing users to experience faster streaming and gaming. The RE4000W can be plugged directly into a wall outlet and setup is simple and fast.
Linksys N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender – RE3000W
The RE3000W helps eliminate Wi-Fi dead spots in the home or apartment by increasing the 2.4 GHz wireless signal of an existing router. With up to 5,000 sq. ft. of additional coverage, the RE3000W offers N300 Mbps speeds, which makes it great for surfing the web and basic online uses. The RE3000W Wi-Fi Range Extender can be plugged directly into a wall outlet and can be easily connected to wireless signals throughout the home.
The chart below helps provide a quick look at how the new Linksys range extenders stack up and which one would be ideal for a user’s home experience. A range extender white paper is also available, and goes into more detail about what range extenders are and how to choose the right one.
|Extended Reach||Up to 5,000 Sq. Feet*||Up to 7,500 Sq. Feet*||Up to 10,000 Sq. Feet*|
|Wireless Band||Single Band (2.4 GHz)||Simultaneous Dual Band2.4 GHz + 5 GHz||Simultaneous Dual Band2.4 GHz + 5 GHz|
|Plug-in or Desktop||Plug-In||Plug-In||Desktop|
|Wired Ports||1 Ethernet||2 Ethernet||4 Gigabit|
Pricing and Availability
The RE6500 is available immediately at major retail and online resellers for an MSRP of $129.99. The RE3000W and RE4000W are available for an MSRP of $79.99 and $89.99 respectively.
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*Maximum performance derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specification. Actual performance can vary, including lower wireless network capacity, data throughput rate, range and coverage. Performance depends on many factors, conditions and variables, including distance from the access point, volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, operating system used, mix of wireless products used, interference and other adverse conditions.
Range specifications are based on performance test results under normal use case conditions. Actual ranges will increase or decrease depending on wireless obstructions, operating environments and building material. Wireless coverage claims are used only as reference and are not guaranteed, as each wireless network is unique.
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