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WiFi extenders

Martyh
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WiFi extenders

Hi, I recently went to a retailer for a Wifi extender, the EX7000, however they supplied me with an R7000, I know very little about networks, however can I use the R7000 as an extender or should I exchange it?

 

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Martyh
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Re: WiFi extenders

Brilliant, looks like I can use it as an AP (know what that means now) and extend our coverage, really appreciate your response, thought time zones might affect reply times..cheers

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TheEther
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Re: WiFi extenders

If you need wireless repeater functionality (i.e. the extender takes your router's Wi-Fi signal and rebroadcasts it for greater range), then you should probably exchange it.  The R7000's repeater functionality is crippled unless you are willing to install 3rd party firmware on it.  The R7000 is, however, a great router.

 

On the other hand, you can use the R7000 as an AP.  An AP can also "extend" the range of you Wi-Fi network.  The caveat is that you must connect the AP to the main router via Ethernet.  If you are unwilling or can't run an Ethernet cable between the two, then go ahead and exchange the R7000 for an EX7000.

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Martyh
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Hi The Ether, thanks for your comment, appreciate it. Not sure what an AP is, however we do have an Ethernet cable from main WiFi router to TV set top box, so can put R7000 at the TV end. Where do I find instructions on how to set up as I am no tech expert? Basically want to extend current WiFi coverage using R7000. Cheers
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Martyh
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Brilliant, looks like I can use it as an AP (know what that means now) and extend our coverage, really appreciate your response, thought time zones might affect reply times..cheers
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