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Julio Urquidi

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Linksys today announced its RE9000 Max-Stream Tri-Band AC3000 Wi-Fi Range Extender. It takes direct aim at NETGEAR’s EX8000 Nighthawk X6S extender announced this past August, priced at $169.99, $60 lower than the EX8000's $229.99.

Both products contain three radios, one 2x2 2.4 GHz, one 2x2 5 GHz low band and one 4x4 5 GHz high band. The extra radio enables the option of a dedicated backhaul connection when used with "tri-band" routers. This maximizes bandwidth available to devices by not sharing the same radio for backhaul and client connection.

RE9000 features include:
  • Integrated four-port gigabit Ethernet switch for wireless-to-Ethernet bridging
  • Three radios supporting maximum link rates of 400 Mbps (2x2 2.4 GHz), 867 Mbps (2x2 5 GHz low band) and 1733 Mbps (4x4 5 GHz high band)
  • MU-MIMO and beamforming support on both 5 GHz radios
  • 802.11 r/k support for faster roaming and band steering for optimizing client connection speed
  • Access Point mode
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) for quick, secure device connection and easy setup
  • Linksys’ Spot Finder helps determine the optimal location to install an RE9000 between the extender and the router.
  • Automatic and manual firmware update options let customers decide how they want to keep the RE9000 updated.
The Linksys RE9000 Max-Stream tri-band Wi-Fi range extender is available for pre-order now at $169.99 MSRP. Ordered RE9000s ship on November 23rd, 2017.
802.11r must be supported on devices and APs to work.
802.11k provides Neighbor Reports that contain information about neighboring access points to devices. It allows the device to have a better understanding of its surroundings.

What a device does with that information is in the device's control.

In other words, 11r and k don't coordinate transition activity among APs. They help clients that support the standards make decisions about the target AP to roam to and speed the authentication process.
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