Excerpt: I telecommute and require exceptionally strong signal when working from home. I use several Wi-fi enabled devices for my day to day operations. Unfortunately, I have dead zones, in an effort to rectify this problem, I invested in the Linksys (Cisco) RE-1000.I am extremely satisfied with my purchase! Setup was simple; just pop in the CD into a wi-fi enabled computer, plug the RE-1000 into an electrical outlet and your be ready to go.
Summary: I was suffering from chronic wi-fi weakness. The house I live is build of concrete. Needless to say, the main bedroom on the second floor had the worst reception of all. I set it up in less than 5 minutes and it was working like a charm. At the beginning, I thought it was a gimmick, I got the same level signal on my devices. All I had to do was to turn of and on their wi-fi capability and they picked up the range extender.
Summary: I live in a long apartment right now. My router is by the front door. Wireless signals were very weak on the other side of the apartment in the master bedroom and attached bathroom. I set up the RE1000, and then moved it into the laundry room, which is about halfway. With the laundry room door closed, signal is great though the wall into the master bedroom and bathroom. 5 bars instead of a fluctuating 2 to 3 bars.
Pros: 2.4GHz range - great for penetrating walls inside your home. Easy setup - Despite problems I see other reviewers having, I have set up and re-setup this thing a half dozen times and it always goes smoothly. WPS, install disc, using the browser interface - all worked great for me. (Hint - Right click on the disc icon in a Windows Explorer window and select open. Browse to the included instruction manual to save you time/headaches.)
Cons: Well, it is quite large. Much larger than other extenders I have used. Of course, it works better than other extenders I have used as well. Would be great if it supported 5GHz as well, but there is another Linksys product that does this.
Summary: We bought this to remedy weak signals in our home. We live in a brick home, with plaster and lath, so for every wall the signal must go through 2 in of basically concrete and metal. (Plus router has to be on far end of the house) I chose this item because we own a Cisco/linksys e6300 router and I figured it would configure easier due to being the same manufacturer. Not really the case. I don't recommend this item if you are looking for something 100% auto configure.
Excerpt: I got the Linksys RE 1000 because my daughter's computer in her room wouldn't pick up hardly any signal from my wireless setup. She was only getting one bar on the computer and could get on the internet but when that signal faded a little then she lost her connection and would have to try to log on again. I talked to a Staples tech and we decided to try this first and see what happened before investing in a stronger Wi Fi.
Excerpt: I needed an extender or bridge both to serve more wifi devices at one end of our house (growing kids and more smart devices) and to connect a bluray that is not wireless but is smart in a room without wired network access. After very fast delivery, within fifteen minutes of opening box and following instructions, the bridge is part of my network and all things wireless are at the wrong end of the house.
Summary: So: should you buy it? If you need to get a single device online but don't want another router as a bridge, then YES. But don't expect gigabit performance because this unit tops out at 100 megabit. If you have multiple devices in mind, then NO, get another router and make it a wireless bridge which utilizes your current WiFi network and makes it available to 4 LAN ports on the bridged router.
Pros: I was quite excited to receive this item for review as I have been eyeing it for some time. However I never purchased it because of the price and the low ratings. Why would I want it in the first place you ask: In 2009 I purchased a bluray player which came with a USB WiFi dongle. I would often stream Netflix but would either have spotty WiFi connection or during playback the stream would stop or go to a lower playback quality. Over the course of 5 years I have tried ...
Cons: Huge. You have no idea how large until you use it. If you have a two plug wall socket, this thing will obscure the second one no matter what you do. Luckily this product comes with the option of using a cord, thus converting this from a massive wall wart to a little box you can tuck away. But this is quite large. During setup the wizard says I will see signal strength bars on the unit but there is no such indicator so you will really have to guess about WiFi signal st...