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Can a router be used as a Wifi extender?

jerseyboy114
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Can a router be used as a Wifi extender?

Years ago my son bought a Netgear wifi router that he hooked up to our cable router which he said would boost the wifi around the house.  The son is now married and gone.  We recently got a new Fios router from Verizon.  I don't  have any of the paperwork on the Netgear router but it looks like an AC 1600 type.  

Can this be used like an Extender for the Fios signal?  Or, will it have a Netgear wifi and basically compete with the Fios signal?

We have poor WiFi connectivity at both ends of the house, basement, etc.

I know nothing of this stuff.

thanks for any thoughts.

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antinode
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Re: Can a router be used as a Wifi extender?

> [...] it looks like an AC 1600 type.

 

   "AC1600" is a speed, not a model number.  Look at the product label.

 

> Can this be used like an Extender for the Fios signal?

 

   Without a model number, it's tough to be confident of much.

 

   What, exactly, does "like an Extender" mean to you?  Were you
expecting to run an Ethernet cable between your (unspecified) "a new
Fios router from Verizon" and your (unspecified) "a Netgear wifi
router", or were you hoping for a wireless link between them?

 

> I know nothing of this stuff.

 

   Visit http://netgear.com/support , put in your (actual) model number,
and look for Documentation.  Get the User Manual.  Read?

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Re: Can a router be used as a Wifi extender?


@jerseyboy114 wrote:

Years ago my son bought a Netgear wifi router that he hooked up to our cable router which he said would boost the wifi around the house. 

 


If this is the age of the device that you want to repurpose, I'd think again. Could be well behind the curve on wifi standards.

 

Then again, devices that support AC1600 are not that old, six years at most.

Just another user.

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jerseyboy114
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Re: Can a router be used as a Wifi extender?

I was able to find the model number, it was under a sticker with the preset wireless settings.  The model is R6300.  There seems to be a few different versions of the R6300 WiFi Router from Netgear and I don't have anything that tells which it is.

I did download documentation for one version and it has a section that shows that a R6300 router can be used as a Repeater in a WDS.  Is this the same thing as an Extender?  If so, if I can set this router up correctly it seems it would solve my issue and extend WiFi coverage to those areas of my house that the Verizon router doesn't reach very well.

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antinode
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Re: Can a router be used as a Wifi extender?

> [...] The model is R6300. There seems to be a few different versions
> of the R6300 [...]

 

   "R6300" = "R6300v1".

 

> [...] WDS. Is this the same thing as an Extender? [...]

 

   If the picture there looks like what "Extender" means to you, ...

 

> [...] it seems it would solve my [problem] [...]

 

   I'd run the experiment.

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