Netgear’s release of their Nighthawk X4 AC2200 (EX7300) Wi-Fi Range Extender that saw it join up with the rest of the networking manufacturers like Linksys and Amped Wireless, in offering Multi-user Multiple Output, Multiple Input or MU-MIMO technology for plug-in range extenders. It is easier to manage and also install the EX7300, but it doesn’t have to go through the outlet, and it is also relatively large. However, in the 5GHz tests that we conducted, it delivered a good range of performance and high scores with an excellent MU-MIMO throughput as well.

NETGEAR NIGHTHAWK X4 AC2200


NETGEAR NIGHTHAWK X4 AC2200 Review

Devices like the NETGEAR NIGHTHAWK X4 AC2200 are becoming more popular because they are space savers using a single outlet. Below is a discussion of the design, features, performance and other details regarding NETGEAR NIGHTHAWK X4 AC2200.


Design

The EX7300 is a bit larger compared to the Linksys RE7000 and the TP-Link 450 Wi-Fi range extenders, however, it does not utilize external antennas, unlike the TO-Link RE450. Instead, it has an internal antenna array that is in its chassis, in addition to its multiple high power amplifiers.
This AC2200 is a dual extender that can reach 450 Mbps maximum speeds on the 2.4 GHz band as well as 1,733 Mbps on the 5GHz band. Performance enhancing Wi-Fi technologies that have recently been invented is also supported, which include beamforming. For that reason, the data goes to the clients directly instead of using a broad spectrum. There is the MU-MIMO stream as well. In this case, the information transmission is to the compatible clients at the same time rather than sequentially. It can perfect as a wireless extender or a wired access point.


Features

It has a three-pronged plug at the back of the grey and white extender, and the bottom there is one Gigabit LAN port. Although the second receptacle on regular wall outlet is not blocked by the EX7300, it lacks pass-through outlet.
The left-hand side of it there is a WPS button, a reset button, the access point/extender switch and on/off button. The front panel has LED indicators that are for client links activity, WPS activity, router link activity, and power. When there is a poor connection, the client and the router LEDs are red. When there is a good connection with amber. If there is an excellent connection, it is green.
On the wireless settings page, one can enable or disable each band. You can also limit the speed of each of the bands. Other options are renaming your SSID and changing Wi-Fi passwords. Devices connected enables one to see information on each of the clients connected that includes the MAC address, name, and IP address.
On the do more menu, there is a fast lane option that enables one to dedicate one radio band to extender or router communications. The other band could be for extender/client communications. This offers across the board enhanced performance. It should only be great when all clients are either 5GHz clients or 2.4 GHz, clients. Disable that option if there is a mixture of clients. Other settings are available that enable you to update the firmware, back up settings and create access schedules.
It has a dual-band Wi-Fi of up to 2.2 Gbps and extends 2.4 and 5 GHz signals from Wi-Fi routers. Thanks to the MU-MIMO technology, it is ideal for streaming simultaneously to multiple devices. It also uses Fastlane technology to improve performance and Works with any Wi-Fi router.

NETGEAR NIGHTHAWK X4 AC2200


Performance

It is very easy for one to install the EX7300. All one needs to do is to pull it into one of the wall outlets. Then, press on the WPS button. The WPS LED will start to blink within minutes. Wait for a few seconds until the LED glows a solid green color that indicates that the link was successful to the 2.4 GHz band. To connect with the 5GHz band, I did the process once again, and it was all set.
Some high scores from the 5GHz throughput tests have been turned in by the EX7300. On the same room test or proximity test, it had the highest score at 338 Mbps of the Amped AC2600.
The EX7300 scores led the field also at 50 feet with 115 Mbps and 25 feet at 170 Mbps. It has a 66.7 Mbps throughput at 75 feet.
On the 2.4 GHz test, at proximity, the EX7300 had a score of 57.8 Mbps at 25 feet a score of 43.7 Mbps. At 50 feet the score was 25.1 Mbps, and a score of 12.6Mbps at 75 feet. It beat the Linksys RE7000 scores across the board, but it was not the case with the TO-Link RE450. The scores of Amped Wireless REC44M were 53.6 Mbps for proximity, 48 Mbps for 25 feet. Others were 21.4 Mbps at 50 feet and 18.7 Mbps at 75 feet.
If you are looking to fill the dead area in your home or office space where your chief router cannot reach, do not worry. This Netgear Nighthawk X4 AC2200 Wi-Fi range extender is the right choice for you.


Pros

Ease of use is usually a guarantee. The CD-less setup is excellent mobile devices. It supports Multi-User Multiple Input. The gadget exhibited stable throughput in testing
Cons
It has no pass-through outlet, but it doesn’t block neighboring outlets. It is also bulky.


Setup

The setup of the EX7300 is easy. It’s plugged into the wall in the same room where the router is. Then the WPS button is pressed and wait for it to glow.
For one to access the settings on the EX7300, type http://mywifiext.net in the address bar of the browser. That prompted the launch of the console and opens a status page that displays router and internet connectivity status, the SSID information on each of the extended radio bands and the wireless signal strength.

NETGEAR NIGHTHAWK X4 AC2200


Conclusion

If you need to fill dead spots that cannot be reached by your router, consider using it as a great option. They are easy to install and scored the fast throughput, and they do not have to pass through the outlet and is a bit on the bulky side. In comparison to the TP-Link RE450, you will have to pay a little more for this EX7300, but it supports MU-MIMO stream and better overall performance.

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