Netgear EX6120 Extender Review8/10 (Expert Score)
- Extends WiFi range coverage up to 1500 sq ft, and connects up to 25 devices such as laptops, smartphones, speakers, IP cameras, tablets, IoT devices, and more
- Provides up to 1200 Mbps WiFi speed using dual band and patented FastLane (TM) technology for video streaming and casual gaming
- Compact size
- Easy installation
- Mediocre performance
- 100Mbps Ethernet port
The EX6120 is a great way to add more bandwidth and range to your home network. It is easy to set up and can be used with any device that has an internet connection. The extender provides a boost of up to 1,000 Mbps, so you can stream HD video, load files quickly, and connect multiple devices at once.
The Netgear EX6120 Extender is a tiny white and silver device that seemingly refuses to bring attention to itself except for the gaudy antennas protruding from its sides. Its small size can actually be considered a feature because unlike many other plugin extenders, it doesn’t block adjacent AC outlets. It uses a simple system of LED indicator lights to aid in placement. Green means good, amber means weak and red means poor. Once the power light is on you can use the WPS button to quickly connect to any wireless router that supports WPS. From there you can use the color of the Router and Device lights to find that magical sweet spot between your router and devices. On one side you’ll find the on/off button and the WPS button on the other you’ll find a 100Mbps Ethernet port.
Netgear EX6120 Features
You’ll only be disappointed with this extender if your expectations are too high. It was designed to be simple, cheap, and used only to fill in small gaps in a WiFi network. It puts out 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 867Mbps on the 5GHz band. Nothing to write home about. It does not use Beamforming or MU-MIMO to enhance its connections as higher-end extenders do. A nice feature of the EX6120 is that it can be used as an extender or an access point with the flip of a switch on its side.
In close-range tests in the same room, the performance of the Netgear EX6120 Extender was about what you would expect from a device with these specs. In 30 feet tests through a wall and up one floor the EX6120 fell far behind its bigger brother the Netgear X6. You can count on this extender for 4K video and music as long as you don’t run outside with your device and start doing laps around the house. If you’re well behaved you can expect a decent 90-foot range from it.
Netgear EX6120 Extender Installation
If you don’t want to use WPS you can also use a browser-based routine to set it up. Netgear’s Genie software is a little behind the times but it’s very easy to use even if you’re a beginner. Simply plug the extender into a wall outlet and connect to a computer to its default “Netgear_EXT” network. Enter “mywifiext.net” into a web browser and begin setting up the extender. The goal is to connect the extender’s WiFi network to your router’s WiFi network. You’ll then use the extender’s network name and password to connect your remote devices. Sorry, no seamless roaming.
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The Netgear EX6120 Extender may not be the answer to all the world’s WiFi problems but its affordability and ease of use make it an ideal choice for patching up dead spots on a WiFi network that’s nearing the edge of its capabilities without spending a bundle on a higher-end extender or full-blown mesh system.
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