Netgear Nighthawk X6 vs Linksys RE9000 Range Extender

Netgear EX7700 aka Nighthawk X6 Wifi AC2200 is a three band wifi range extender. How good is it compared with Linksys RE9000?

Netgear EX7700

Still suffering dead zone at the far end of your home? The easiest way to solve this problem is to add a wifi range extender, extending the existing range to the dead zone area.

With your existing wireless ac network in home either two or three band, to extend the coverage using the same network name (SSID) as your existing router – trust to Netgear EX7700 or Nighthawk X6 wifi ac2200 range extender.

We’ll compare this product, Netgear ex7700 vs Linksys re9000 wireless range extender in the following paragraphs.


Same SIID name

With multiple SSID names (wifi names) within homes require your mobile devices (laptops and mobile devices) to switch from one network name to another when they move from one place to another place. Nighthawk x6 creates one wifi name, same SSID name as the wireless router / wifi gateway to allow you roaming seamlessly within network coverage.

If you compare with other products, Netgear ex7700 vs Linksys re9000 you can find that re9000 doesn’t use the same SSID as router, but uses different network names in addition of router’s SSID. However when re9000 connects to other Max-stream router series it works seamlessly using the same SSID name.

See also Linksys re9000 vs Netgear ex8000 wireless extender.

Netgear ex7700 / Nighthawk x6 mesh extender (~$150)

Three band

Like the faster model Netgear ex8000 (Nighthawk x6s) a three band mesh wifi extender with AC3000 network segment, ex7700 Nighthawk x6 is a lower speed model with AC2200 based network segment. One dedicated 866Mbps speed @5GHz band for connecting to the wireless router or wifi gateway, and the other 866Mbps @5Ghz band plus 400Mbps @2.4GHz band for clients connection. No more halving wifi speeds like it was before, you have full speed for all connected clients to the router.

If you compare ex8000 vs ex7700 you can find that besides the speeds, ex8000 has four gigabit LAN ports and one USB port while ex7700 has only two Gigabit LAN ports and no USB port.


Ex7700 not just connect to the same vendor Netgear routers or gateway, but Nighthawk x6 works universally to allow you to connect to other third party routers such as Motorola mr2600 or Linksys routers, or TP-link Archer C5400 wireless gaming router.

Seamless roaming

Any mobile devices which support 802.11k standard can roam seamlessly moving from one room to another room without interrupting. It’s annoying if you should switch to different router or extender, it should connect seamlessly.

Netgear ex7700 / Nighthawk x4 range extender is ideal solution for extending the wifi coverage to dead zones area in home and the good thing is that it can connect to any third party routers and roam seamlessly.


  • Wifi AC2200 three band mesh extender with patented FastLane3 technology
  • Three band Wifi speeds up to 866Mbps @5GHz band 1 & band 2 and up to 400Mbps @2.4GHz
  • One wifi name using the same SSID as router
  • connects to any wifi router or wifi gateway
  • Smart roaming for seamless coverage for mobile devices with 802.11k standard

Nighthawk x6 range extender is not designed with wall-plug model but it is a desktop model you can place on the table or bookshelf and allows you connect up to four two Ethernet LAN ports to any Ethernet-based devices like internet TV, game console or desktop computers.

Netgear vs Linksys

Let’s see how Netgear ex7700 vs Linksys re9000 are compared regarding spec and features.

Both Netgear Nighthawk x6 and Linksys re9000 range extender are designed with desktop form factor, ideal for placement on the table or on bookshelf blending with your room décor. Indeed it is not as simple as wall-plug model to reduce device clutter but these models are powerful.

Linksys RE9000 range extender (~$130)


The wifi bandwidth of standard extenders drop up to half the router bandwidth, sharing clients and the link bandwidth between router and extender. Today with mesh wifi extender, there is one dedicated bandwidth as link backhaul between router and extender that is not used for clients connection to the extender device.

Both Netgear ex7700 and Linksys re9000 wifi extender use dedicated band as link backhaul between router and extender, however total bandwidth is different as shown in the table.

One network name

The good thing with Nighthawk x6 is that it connects universally to any third party router to create one network name same as the router’s SSID. However, Linksys re9000 can work with one network name only if connecting to any models of Max-Stream series router such as Linksys ea7300 or Linksys ea9500 max stream series.

With one network name, Nighthawk x6 is ideal connecting to any third party wifi ac router you might have in home. With the addition of two Gigabit Ethernet ports, with Linksys re9000 you have more ports compared with Netgear.


Netgear doesn’t equip Nighthawk x6 with MU-MIMO feature, but re9000 does. With MU-MIMO router the system send data throughput to multiple MU-MIMO compliant devices concurrently.

Have a look the spec comparison table below.

Table 1 Netgear vs Linksys

Model Netgear ex7700 / nighthawk x6 Linksys re9000
Wifi technology Three band AC2200 Three band AC3000
Wifi speeds 867Mbps @5Ghz band 1; 867Mbps @5Ghz band 2 plus 400Mbps @2.4Ghz 1733Mbps @5Ghz + 866Mbps @5Ghz + 400Mbps @2.4Ghz
One SSID name Yes, universal to any third party routers No, different SSID with router. One SSID name when connect to Linksys Max Stream router
Dedicated backhaul Yes, 866Mbps @5Ghz Yes, @5Ghz
Ethernet 2x Gigabit LAN ports 4x Gigabit LAN ports
USB port N/A N/A
Price (in Amazon Oct 2018) $150.00 $130.00


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