Nighthawk EX7000 Wireless AC1900 Range Extender

Netgear offers new Nighthawk EX7000 wireless AC1900 – a high performance wireless range extender, simultaneous dual band, 700mW high powered design with dual core 1GHz processor

Why wireless range extender

Why some people require a wireless range extender? Mostly your wireless routers or wireless modem gateway broadcast signal in all direction with the center where the router is located. Some constraints make you deciding to put the wireless router at the front room of your house so that with the additions of existing obstacles the router’s signal cannot cover throughout the whole rooms at home.

 The router cannot broadcast up to the farthest corner of the house, the pool and the tree house at backyard probably dead zone area. For that reason you need to add a range extender device to eliminate dead zones so that your mobile devices (laptop, Android and iOS) can roam throughout the house up to the backyard without interruption.

Why simultaneous dual band AC

Most recent Smartphone and Tablet devices come with dual band wifi feature to allow you connect to the wifi network using either 2.4GHz or 5GHz band for best quality signal connection possible. The latest generations of Kindle HDX tablets feature dual band wifi, and even HDX 8.9 features wireless AC dual band. And many high end Smartphone come with dual band wifi and even support latest generation wireless AC technology.

It is therefore a simultaneous dual band wireless range extender is required should you extend the network to eliminate dead zones. Netgear offers the latest wireless range extender – Nighthawk EX7000 wireless AC1900 following its success with the previous flagship Netgear EX6200 based on wireless AC1200 technology.

Nighthawk EX7000 wireless range extender
Nighthawk EX7000 wireless range extender

What this product does

Netgear nighthawk EX7000 is a simultaneous dual band wireless range extender to boost the speed and coverage of your existing wifi network, and to eliminate the dead zones. This Nighthawk EX7000 delivers dual band speeds of up to 1300Mbps in 5GHz wireless AC and up to 600Mbps in 2.4GHz wireless N simultaneously. This is ideal in extending your existing wireless AC router such as wireless AC1200 routers (such as Linksys WRT 1200 and Archer C5) or even the latest wireless AC1900 routers including Archer C9 by TP-link and Netgear R7000 routers.

With the addition of 700mW high power design assures your existing range extended to the farthest corners of the house up to 10.000 Sq ft area. With the inclusion of 5x Gigabit Ethernet ports allow you connect high speed Ethernet-based devices including gaming computer, game console, Blu-Ray player, HDTV and more.

Main features

  • Based on wireless AC1900 technology
  • 3x dual band external antennas
  • Simultaneous dual band up to 1900Mbps
  • high power 700mW for ultimate range
  • covering up to 10.000 Sq. ft.
  • Come with 5x Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • 1x USB 3.0 port for sharing storage

Current rating is satisfaction – a 4.2  out of 5 star average customer rating in Amazon with the price around $150.

Click here for EX7000 spec details and current price in Amazon.

Netgear introduces two new models of range extender with wall plug design based on wireless AC technology – the Netgear EX7300 AC2200 Nighthawk X4 based on high speed AC2200 and the other one is EX6400 AC1900 range extender. Up to end of Feb 2016 they are not available in the market.

Comparison EX7000 with Amped

There are various models of wireless range extender devices you can purchase from the electronic stores such as Amped REB175p wireless AC1750 range extender, and the more economical product TP-link RE580D. How do you compare the three products? Have a look at the following two comparison tables.

Amped offers this REB175 high power wireless range extender for business purposes such as for retail stores, warehouse or even your large house with backyard. You can also configure this device as the wireless bridge to link two wifi networks together, or you can configure it as the WDS-Bridge. With EX7000 you can also configure it as the wireless AP device to add wifi network to your existing wired network. TP-link RE850D is consistent with it’s purpose for working as Wireless range extender only.

TP-link RE850D is also based on the same wireless AC1900 technology with three external antennas and high power 700mW amplifier,same as EX7000.

Table 1. Nighthawk EX7000 Vs Amped REB175P

 Nighthawk EX7000Amped REB175P
Wireless technologyWireless AC1900

Simultaneous dual band

Wireless AC1750 simultaneous dual band
Antenna3x detachable dual band external antennas3 x detachable high gain dual band antennas
AmplifiersHigh power 700mW amplifiers 3 x 2.4GHz Amplifiers

3 x 5GHz Amplifiers

6 x Low Noise Amplifiers
Range10.000 Sq. ft.8.000 Sq. ft.
Operational modesRange extender, Access PointRange extender, Firewall range extender, Network Bridge, and WDS-Bridge
Ethernet Ports5x gigabit ports autosensing technology1 x RJ-45 10/100/1000M LAN Port

1 x RJ-45 10/100/1000M WAN/LAN/PoE Port

1 x RJ-45 Console Port
USB Port1x USB 3.0 with DLNA media server1 x USB 2.0 Port for Firmware Upgrades & Admin

You may alo like Amped REC22P high power model. To understand deeper insight about Amped REC22P click the link below for spec details.

Amped Wireless REC22P High Power Plug-In AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender

Table 2 shows you spec comparison between Nighthawk EX7000 Vs TP-link RE580D. You can see that the main apparent difference between the two products is the absence of USB port in TP-link RE580D.

Table 2 Nighthawk EX7000 Vs TP-link RE580D

 Nighthawk EX7000TP-link RE580D
Wireless technologyWireless AC1900

Simultaneous dual band

Wireless AC1900

Simultaneous dual band

Antenna3x detachable dual band external antennas3x dual band external antennas
AmplifiersHigh power 700mW amplifiers 700mW high-powered amplifiers
Range10.000 Sq. ft.Unspecified
Operational modesRange extender, Access PointRange extender
Ethernet Ports5x gigabit ports autosensing technology5x  10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet Port (RJ45)
USB Port1x USB 3.0 with DLNA media serverN/A

Considering the lower price compared with Amped REB175, Nighthawk EX7000 is more favorable to purchase with the additions of 5x Gigabit ports and one USB 3.0 high speed port for sharing the storage. TP-link RE580D offers lower price compared the other two products, you may consider this RE580D as alternative solution. You may also like new TP-link Touchscreen extender RE590.
See also Top ten wifi range extender

For compact devices, wall-plug design wireless range extender you may consider:

  1. Linksys RE6700 AC1200 range extender
  2. TP-link RE450 AC1750 range extender – wall-plug design
  3. TP-link WA850RE N300 range extender

Cheers, KG.

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