Extending Your Wi-Fi Range: Access Points Don't Live Up to the Hype

Thursday, January 7, 2010 , Posted by Johnny Fuery at 1:10 AM

Originally Published 2007-07-21 16:03:58

I have a client who runs her home network with a NetGear Router/Gateway. She lives in a split-level home, however, and was looking for an easy way to extend her wireless network range so that the entire house could be covered.

So, being the enterprising smart guy that I am, I headed on out to the netgear web site to verify that their access points can be used to viably extend a wireless network acting as a simple repeater. True to form, the netgear sales materials said "can work either in Repeater/Bridge Mode or AP mode" -- no wires, no mess, no configuration hassles, should be cake, right? Perfect, I thought, as I went ahead and ordered brand new Netgear WG602 from Amazon.

Wrong. The access point works great... with other access points. Extend an identically branded NetGear Gateway/Router? Not a chance. So, in order to accomplish the desired goal, I need to now purchase another Netgear WG602 access point.

Oh, and by the way, I've done this before with a set of LinkSys access points, and the Cisco/Linksys brand has no more love than NetGear does. Which really isn't that big of a deal, except that their stinkin' web site says otherwise.

Quit lying to consumers, NetGear!

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