Bigger is the best when it comes to occupying the gaps in your home Wi-Fi network. Netgear Nighthawk X65 Ex8000 has the ability to boost the network strength in dead zones. At $180, you will get the best range extender which has worth buying.
Design: Forget connecting the Netgear range extender Ex8000 into the wall socket as it is taller than the previous versions of the device. Its dimensions are 8.9x 6.7x 3.7 inches. This device is gigantic as compared to Netgear Ex6120 AC1200 Essentials Edition range extender. You can easily put it on a desk or behind the couch. In the package, you will get 2 adapters. On the top of the device, you will find eight LED that will display the status of 5 and 2.5 GHz networks and other network activities. If the X65 is working properly, then all indicators indicating throughput and link status will glow white. It works on 5GHz Channel with Fastlane technology that allows the data to move between router and extender. You can move up to 1733 Mbps data over 5GHz channels and 400 on 2.4 GHz channel.
Performance: In terms of performance, it is one of the best devices that is ever developed. With iXChariot software, you can get up to 526.1 of speed. This is marginally higher than TP-Link RE650. At 75 feet test, you will get 472 Mbps speed. It has throughput 11 percent more than TP-link. Both the results are almost 20 times higher than the expensive E300 model number.
Features: Netgear’s Nighthawk has updated 802.11 specs that run on Beam-forming and Mu-Mimo techniques to satisfy the family with other connected devices. Inside X65, there is a quad-core processor and has 6 antennas that cover up to 2500 sq.ft area.
On contrary to this, you can’t replace or target the antenna to the desired area. These are fixed and can’t be replaced with the higher performance ones. However, you can connect 2 X65 together in a mesh-like arrangement for high signal strength.
Setup and software
You can set up the X65 extender in two ways and it hardly takes 11 minutes to configure online. The time and effort required are lesser than that of E300.
You can begin by plugging the AC adapter into the socket near the host router. You can use WPS button given at the back of the device for connecting it to the router. However, you can also use Netgear Genie instead of using the WPS button. After connecting it to the network, open ‘Mywifiext.net’ on the browser and start reading on-screen instructions for the rest of the process. The instructions are available online on the setup page. You will find the instructions under ‘Assistant wizard’ option.
Warranty and support
The X65 is coming with a normal one-year warranty which is equal to that of TP-link devices. Like other Netgear products, it is coming with 24/7 support with 90 days money back guarantee. This time is enough to check it properly after the setup.