NETGEAR EX2700 Review

You always hear people talk about routers and modems. Sure, they are the devices that are the basic for home internet. However, they are plenty of other networking devices as well, such as WiFi extenders. I always hear people complaining about bad wireless strength at certain areas of their home. This is quite typical for bigger buildings. And that’s exactly where WiFi extenders can help. One of such is the NETGEAR EX2700 model. It’s a highly rated extender that’s designed for larger homes. Well I discovered that there aren’t many opinions on it and I was in need of one as well. So I decided to review it myself.

Technical Specification

  • Dimensions: 67×55×34 mm / 2.6×2.2×1.3″
  • Weight: 100 g / 0.22 lbs
  • WiFi speed: Up to 300 Mbps
  • WiFi band: 2.4 Ghz
  • Standard: 802.11 b/g/n 2.4Ghz
  • WPS (WiFi Protected Setup)
  • 1 Ethernet port

In The Box

  • Netgear EX2700 extender
  • Installation guide

Design

The Netgear EX2700 is an incredibly compact WiFi extender. It doesn’t come with any cables or loose wires. Instead, they have added the power plug directly to the body of the device. Which means that all you have to do is just plug it into the wall outlet. That’s it. And that will just hold up the device. You don’t need to worry about the size or the weight. The EX2700 is only 67×55×34 mm / 2.6×2.2×1.3″ and it weighs 100 g / 0.22 lbs. So it’s definitely super light and compact.

NETGEAR EX2700 Design

Besides being compact, Netgear is also very well known for their appealing designs. That’s also the case with the their extenders. The EX2700 is made out of white greyish plastic that feels really solid. As in it doesn’t feel like it will break apart in your hand. The sides of the extender have 2 antennas that you can adjust. There are also two physical buttons for turning on the device and enabling secure WiFi connection (WPS). All of the LED lights are on the front of the device. Oh and there’s also a single Ethernet port on the bottom, right next to a Factory Reset pinhole.

Setting It Up

Another thing that Netgear is well known for is their incredibly stress free setup process. Honestly it took me like 3 minutes max to get everything up and running. What you do is you first plug in the EX2700 to a power outlet and turn it on from the power button. Once that is done, you get either a laptop, tablet or a phone and connect to a new WiFi network. The network is called. NETGEAR_EXT. It doesn’t have a password.

Next it should either automatically open up your browser and take you to a registration page. If it doesn’t do that, then you should just search for mywifiext.net. Then you need to fill in all of the registration details. Also I want to point out that the “Password” section is only for accessing the Extender settings area / dashboard. It’s not the same as the network password.

After you have filled all the details and successfully registered, the device will tell you to connect to your current WiFi that you want to extend. You pick the network from the list and press Next. If your WiFi is password protected then you enter that and press Next again. Once it’s done with that, you get to a window where you can choose the name of the new extended WiFi network. It’s also the place where you can choose a password for it. Then you go Next again and that’s it, the extended WiFi network is ready for use.

Performance

I have been using the Netgear EX2700 extender for a couple of months now. And so far I haven’t had any issues with it at all. On the contrary, I haven’t experienced any dead zones anymore. The area that I had problems with is beautifully covered with WiFi now. And that’s all thanks to the WiFi extender.

The maximum WiFi speed that the extender supports is 300 Mbps. That’s basically the cap. The actual speed depends on the internet package that you have. Also this particular extender does not limit the amount of devices connected to it. So if your current router supports a maximum of 8 devices, then that limit remains. Doesn’t matter if some are connected to the extender. Router will still limit it.

There isn’t any actual data on how much the extender increases the range. But based on my experience, it’s the same as having a second router. That makes sense as well since the range depends more on the frequency. It supports the standard 2.4 Ghz WiFi frequency. Unfortunately it doesn’t support 5.0 Ghz networks. If that’s something you require then you should take a look at Netgear EX6100 instead.

Conclusion

I’m personally really happy with the Netgear EX2700 extender. It’s more than enough for me as my internet speed is just below the cap. Plus there aren’t that many devices connected to WiFi at my house. So for me it’s perfect. I’m a huge fan of the price as well as it doesn’t put a dent in my wallet. So if you are looking for a fantastic WiFi extender, that is also extremely affordable, then you should definitely check it out.

7.4 Total Score
Good!

Design
9
Build Quality
9
Wireless Speed
6
Wireless Range
7
Features
6