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NETGEAR Adds Wall-Plugged Three Radio Extender

Discussion in 'General Wireless Discussion' started by Julio Urquidi, Oct 14, 2017.

  1. Julio Urquidi

    Julio Urquidi News Editor

    Apr 12, 2016
    NETGEAR’s EX7500 Nighthawk X4S Tri-Band WiFi Range Extender is a tri-band Wi-Fi extender in wall-plugged format.

    The new extender is essentially a less expensive version of the EX8000 introduced at the end of August. The EX7500 uses a two stream 5 GHz backhaul radio vs. the EX8000's four stream. Both extenders have dual-band two stream radios for client device connection.

    Both products have 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz low band (Channels 36-48) and 5 GHz high band (Channels 149-161) radios and use the 5 GHz high band radio for dedicated backhaul connection to the router being extended.

    The EX7500 supports maximum link rates of 400 Mbps @ 2.4 GHz and 866 Mbps in each of its 5 GHz radios to get its "AC2200" speed classification. The EX8000's 4x4 design supports the same maximum link rates in its 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz low-band radios, but 1733 Mbps in its 5 GHz high-band, which add up to its "AC3000" class.

    Other Nighthawk X4S Extender features include MU-MIMO support, Smart Connect band-steering and 802.11k support for smoother roaming. For optimal installation, the Android-based WiFi Analytics app and Smart LEDs on the front of the extender help guide extender placement.

    NETGEAR’s Nighthawk X4S Extender will start shipping Oct 20 and list for $179.99.