Menu
D-Link and Netgear extend wireless range of 802.11ac networks

D-Link and Netgear extend wireless range of 802.11ac networks

The vendors have announced two new products each that cost between $60 and $130

D-Link and Netgear have both announced so-called range extenders to improve the coverage of Wi-Fi networks based on the 802.11ac specification.

At the International CES trade show, each of the network equipment vendors rolled out two new products. From D-Link comes the Wi-Fi AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender and the Wi-Fi AC750 Dual Band Range Extender. Netgear is introducing the AC750 Wi-Fi Range Extender and the AC1200 High Power Wi-Fi Range Extender.

The range extenders are not connected to the Internet like a wireless router, but are instead placed at the edge of an existing Wi-Fi network to amplify its signals.

The goal with all four products is to extend wireless signals to hard-to-reach areas such as basements, upstairs bedrooms or outdoor areas and in the process improve the performance of applications such as video streaming. They all use 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands to achieve this.

D-Link's Wi-Fi AC750 Dual Band Range Extender is the cheapest at US$59.99, and is described as capable of speeds up to 433M bps using 802.11ac.

For $89.99 users can choose between D-Link's Wi-Fi AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender or Netgear's AC750 Wi-Fi Range Extender. D-Link's product has four Gigabit Ethernet ports and can handle speeds of up to 867M bps. Netgear said the AC750 supports speeds of up to 750M bps. It has a Gigabit Ethernet port and external antennas to improve coverage.

The most expensive of the new products is Netgear's AC1200 High Power Wi-Fi Range Extender at $129.99. It has external antennas and five Gigabit Ethernet ports to connect devices such as Blu-ray players, game consoles and smart TVs. To improve performance it also uses a technology called beamforming which aims the signal more directly at the receiver. The unit's maximum capacity is 1.2G bps, according to Netgear.

To take advantage of the higher speeds users also need a compatible client.

The bandwidth that vendors report their wireless products are capable of should always be considered with some caveats, or as Netgear describes it: network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate and wireless coverage.

Netgear's extenders are already available and D-Link will start shipping its products in February.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags CESNetworkingwirelessnetgearD-LinkWLANs / Wi-Fi

Featured

Slideshows

Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel

Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel

Arrow Electronics introduced Tenable Network Security to local resellers in Sydney last week, officially launching the distributor's latest security partnership across Australia and New Zealand. Representing the first direct distribution agreement locally for Tenable specifically, the deal sees Arrow deliver security solutions directly to mid-market and enterprise channel partners on both sides of the Tasman.

Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel
Examining the changing job scene in the Kiwi channel

Examining the changing job scene in the Kiwi channel

Typically, the New Year brings new opportunities for personnel within the Kiwi channel. 2017 started no differently, with a host of appointments, departures and reshuffles across vendor, distributor and reseller businesses. As a result, the job scene across New Zealand has changed - here’s a run down of who is working where in the year ahead…

Examining the changing job scene in the Kiwi channel
​What are the top 10 tech trends for New Zealand in 2017?

​What are the top 10 tech trends for New Zealand in 2017?

Digital Transformation (DX) has been a critical topic for business over the last few years and IDC is now predicting a step change as DX reaches macroeconomic levels. By 2020 a DX economy will emerge and it will become the core of what New Zealand industries focus on. From the board level through to the C-Suite, Kiwi organisations must be prepared to think and act digital when the DX economy emerges in 2017.

​What are the top 10 tech trends for New Zealand in 2017?
Show Comments