Netgear EX6200 Extending Your Wireless AC Network
There have been already a lot of wireless router products that have been manufactured with the latest wifi technology 802.11ac which is the 5th generation of wifi technology. You are able to choose one of the wireless ac routers from the online store or at an electronic store nearby your city, various models of wireless ac routers from various vendors like Asus, Linksys, Netgear and more.
Although this 5G wifi technology can reach speeds of up to 1300Mbps, range limitations still a constraint. The more barriers from the router to the client, the client side gets weaker reception. For that reason you need a wireless range extender device which can extend the reach to a wider area.
Wireless AC Extender
Probably you think that you need an extender device based on wireless ac to extend the range of your router which is also based on wireless ac, you really do need it in order to extend the optimal range. And Netgear offers EX6200 a wifi range extender based on wireless ac1200 technology. Amped also offers you the same wireless ac range extender REA20 and still more products from different vendors. In this article we will focus on these two products.
Actually Netgear offers three models of wireless AC1200 range extender; the XE6200, EX6120 and EX6150. So what are the differences? Let’s have a look at this comparison table.
Netgear Extender Comparison
All the three models delivers the same speeds – wireless AC1200 with FastLane feature to provide high speed wifi on both bands.
Comparison table EX6120 Vs EX 6150 Vs Ex6200
|Model||Wall plug||Wall plug||Desktop|
|Antennas||2x High power dual band external antennas||2x external antennas||2x 5dBi external antennas with 700 mW high power amplifiers|
|Ethernet Port||1x Fast Ethernet 10/100Mbps Port||1x 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Port||5x Gigabit Ethernet Ports|
|Modes||Range extender||Range extender and Wireless access point||Range extender|
For compact device you can choose the first two products, very nice plugged in directly to the power outlet on the wall. For the desktop model you can choose EX6200.
Let’s back to EX6200 product.
What this EX6200 product does
EX6200 is a high power wireless ac 1200 range extender that will boost your existing wireless ac network (or any wifi network) to wireless ac dual band with speeds of up to 1200Mbps. Reach the farthest corner of your home that cannot be reached by your existing network with this dual band ac extender.
- Based on wireless ac1200 technology
- 700mW power amplifier with two external high gain antennas
- 5x Gigabit LAN ports
- 1x USB 3.0 port
- Powered by dual core processor
For more practical model, Netgear offers you a wall-plug design extender which is also powered by wireless ac technology – the EX6100, but this one is slower version. This is a wireless ac750 dual band wireless ac extender for supporting farther coverage of your mobile devices such as Android, iPad or any other smart-phones for better roaming within the home. Or you may also consider the previous wireless N300 version the WN3000rp.
Have a look at the following video introduction (courtesy by YouTube and Netgear)
Comparison Netgear EX6200 Vs Amped REA20
To help you choose a wireless ac extender in the market today so I present another ac extender product from Amped that is also packed with high power amplifier. In order to allow you to read the difference between the two (if any), the following table shows the spec comparison between the two products. Other more economical product you may consider TP-link TL-WA850RE wireless N300 good looking design extender.
For outdoor purposes, you may consider TP-link TL-WA7510N – an outdoor CPE with single 5GHz band and weatherproof and surge protector.
Both EX6200 and REA20 are based on wireless ac1200 wifi technology delivering the speeds of up to 300Mbps in 2.4GHz band and up to 900Mbps in 5GHz band. You can extend your existing wireless ac 1750 routers including Asus RT-AC66U or whatever the router currently you have that experiences limited coverage to the further area by adding one of this extender.
Amped apply two stages of amplifiers for its 5GHz band, you know that 5GHz band typically provides shorter range than the 2.4GHz band. By amplifying the signal in two stages, Amped claim that the coverage would be much better. The system overall can cover up to 10,000 sq ft ideal for large home with the backyard or large office with the warehouse.
Generally the wall-plug design of the wifi range extenders do not come with the Ethernet port, or probably come with only one Ethernet port which is usually designed for client configuration. Both Netgear EX6200 and Amped REA20 come with five Gigabit Ethernet ports you can use for clients connection with wired connection.
If your router is not equipped with a USB port you can use this extender to share storage disk by installing a USB storage disk on its USB port. There is a major difference to the USB type mounted on Netgear that uses USB 3.0 which would have 10 x faster speed than USB 2.0
To help you understand Amped, you can watch the following video introduction:
Comparison table EX6200 Vs REA20
|Netgear EX6200||Amped REA20|
|Wifi technology||Wireless ac1200||Wireless ac1200|
|Speeds||Up to 300Mbps 2.4GHz 802.11n and up to 900Mbps 5.0GHz 802.11ac||Up to 300Mbps 2.4GHz 802.11n and up to 867Mbps 5.0GHz 802.11ac|
|Antennas||700 mW high-power amplifiers |
5dBi high-gain antennas with Beamforming technology
|1 x Detachable High Gain 2.4GHz Antenna|
1 x Detachable High Gain 5.0GHz Antenna
1 x Detachable High Gain Dual Band Antenna
|High power||700mW||700mW |
2 x 2.4GHz Amplifiers
|Ethernet ports||Five (5) 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports with auto-sensing technology||Five (5) 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports with auto-sensing technology|
|USB port||1x USB 3.0||1 x USB 2.0 Port for USB Storage|
|Price||Around $120||Around $109.00|
The newer model of Netgear range extender is NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 AC2200 Tri-Band WiFi Mesh Extender
Please note that Netgear released new high speeds range extenders either wall-plug model Netgear EX6400 AC1900 and EX7300 AC2200 range extenders. See also top 10 best range extenders.
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- Amped AP600EX High Power AP for indoor and outdoor usage with weatherproof design
- Linksys RE6700 wireless AC1200 Range Extender wall-plug design and power-outlet pass-through
- Differences between wireless AP and wireless router – to help you choose the correct device to build a wifi network