We have repeatedly examined the so-called “range extenders”, which are special devices that are known to increase the coverage Wi-Fi, comfortable to reach every corner of the house and ensure higher-level Wi-Fi performance. As for modems/routers for which there are models available at various price ranges, from the cheapest to the most complete but expensive, even for the range extenders, there are various types of expensive and cheaper products.
The Netgear Nighthawk Wi-Fi Extender D7000 is an advanced product with 700mW amplifiers that enhance the signal. Along with that, it has got a 1GHz dual-core processor that maximizes performance and compatible with any Wi-Fi standard (supports 802.11b connections/g/n 2.4GHz and 802.11 a/n/ac 5GHz) suitable for HD video streaming and gaming and of course also for connecting devices such as computers, iPads, tablets, smartphones, smart TVs and more.
Contents of the package
The product arrives in a cardboard box inside which we find:
- The actual extender (black, dimensions: 252 x 174 x 31 mm, weight: 654g).
- Support base.
- Three detachable antennas.
- A quick installation guide, CD with various manuals.
- The threads for the antennas.
- 5 Ethernet 10/100/1000 ports.
- WPS button (for easy connection with other devices that integrate the same technology), the ON / OFF button. On the backside, there is a USB 3.0 port.
Configuration with WPS button
Installation can take place in various ways. In any case, simply connect the antennas to the threaded connectors, turn them clockwise to tighten, bend and rotate the antennas in position.
At this point, you can connect the extender to the power outlet and turn it on next to the Wi-Fi router (for the first configuration). If our router is equipped with the WPS button, just press this button on the extender: the connection speed LED and the device-extender connection LED will flash green, within two minutes just press the WPS button on the Wi-Fi router.
After a few seconds, the 2.4 GHz connection speed LED lights green, indicating that the connection between the Wi-Fi router and the extender is good. If the Wi-Fi router supports the 5 GHz band (not all routers support it) and you want to extend this band, repeat the step and verify that the 5 GHz connection speed LED is lit solid green, confirming that the connection has been established.
If we do not have a router with a WPS button or are not sure, the procedure is simple. You connect the antennas, turn on the extender and select the network named “NETGEAR_EXT” from the list of Wi-Fi connections on your computer.
The device-extender LED turns green intermittently and the wizard window appears on the computer. By clicking on “New Extender Configuration”, you are asked to indicate an account for Netgeargen.
At this point, indicate the country of residence and specify how to use the extender: as a Wi-Fi Range Extender or as an Access Point. The first item allows to extend the range of the existing Wi-Fi network; the second allows you to create a Wi-Fi hotspot at a point where you already have a wired connection.
If we simply want to extend the existing Wi-Fi network, simply select the first entry. At this point, you are asked to select the existing network that you want to extend. From an available list, you can select 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks. If you do not want to extend both Wi-Fi bands, just deselect the Wi-Fi band by deselecting the dedicated box.
If the network does not appear in the list, you can manually enter the wireless SSID. At this point just click “Next”, enter the password of the existing Wi-Fi network and wait for the completion of the Wi-Fi connection between router and extender.
At this point, you can enter a network name and security settings for Wi-Fi networks of extender (by default the same names as existing Wi-Fi networks are proposed, with the addition of the “EXT” suffix), confirm the settings and after a few minutes, the extender is ready.
The positioning of the unit
Now that the extender is connected to the Wi-Fi router, you can move the device to a position where the Wi-Fi range is increased (the chosen location must, of course, be within the range of the existing Wi-Fi router’s network, so that the extender can connect to the Wi-Fi router. other device and extend the signal).
The connection speed LEDs allow you to choose the optimal location for the connection between the extender and the router. The LEDs on the top indicates the quality of the connection. If you do not have a connection or the connection is poor, you will need to move the extender close to the Wi-Fi router, trying again until the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz connection speed LEDs turn green.
The LEDs on the top of the device allow you to check connections to the Ethernet ports, to the USB port and above all check the connection speed to 2.4GHz and 5GHz (the two LEDs are distinct). The green without intermittence indicates “optimal signal”, the yellow without intermittence “good signal”, the red without intermittence “poor signal” and off instead, the absence of connection.