I just got the Netgear WN3000RP a universal Wi-Fi Range extender from flipkart. As the name suggest it’s a Wi-Fi extender that will extend the Wi-Fi signal. It is very useful if you are getting a weaker or no signal in some areas in your house or office.

I have a MTNL Wi-Fi router that gives a good signal in the room where it is placed, however if I move the laptop to another room I can barely access the signal. The only option is to be in the same room where the router is.

I have already covered an article on how to boost the Wi-Fi signal using Windsurfer technique. It did work well at least better than without it. But the signal at times was not that stable; it worked best when there is no obstacle and no movement around. Good enough for surfing but not trust worthy when it came to downloading or uploading stuffs.

I am using Tata Photon plus USB broadband dongle with 11GB free data usage per month with speed of up to 3.1Mbps and after the free data limit I can surf at speed of 115kbps or something for the rest of the billing cycle. I also have the MTNL Wi-Fi with 6GB usage limit per month (up to 3.1Mbps) after which I get speed of around 255 Kbps for the rest of the month.

Usually my Tata Photon limit gets exhausted by 20 to 25th of every month and I have to work on pathetic connection until the next cycle.  My desktop is out of range from my MTNL Wi-Fi and hence I got this Netgear WN3000RP Wi-Fi extender and now I am currently using the MTNL network via the Netgear device with full and stable signal.

Netgear WN3000RP box pack

Netgear WN3000RP review
The WN3000RP installation was pretty simple. This device has two antenna, on/off button, factory reset button, Ethernet port (can be used to connect the laptop / PC) and WPS button.

You just plugin it into the power slot and switch on the power. You can connect using WPS method or using Web browser. You can also connect devices to the ethernet port and access the same wirelessly example (TV, Gaming console etc.).

Netgear WN3000RP extender

I used the web browser option for setup. When you switch on the Wi-Fi extender you will see the NETGEAR_EXT as a new SSID. Just ignore you original SSID say for example it was “MYNET”. Connect to NETGEAR_EXT and when connected start the browser.

Netgear WN3000RP review

Once done you will see the NETGEAR setup screen where you will find the list of Wi-Fi SSID, there you will find your original router – MYNET, just select it and add the password just like you would do when using a Wi-Fi device. That’s all you need to do, the changes will be updated on the device and you will now find a new SSID called MYNET_EXT. The EXT is the extension. Just use the MYNET_EXT as your new Wi-Fi hotspot and you are ready to go.

Netgear WN3000RP side view

So basically you have the main router i.e. MYNET you can access that or use the MYNET_EXT which in fact will be easily accessible from places where it was impossible to access MYNET. Make sure you put the NetGear WN3000RP extender at a perfect place somewhere in the mid room from where it can easily access the parent Wi-Fi router and can also extend the range to every corner in your house or office.

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By Rajeev Rana

Founder and Chief Editor - gogi.in