Netgear Nighthawk X6S Tri-Band Mesh Extender Review

Most of us have had a love-hate relationship with wireless networking. It’s a wonderful technology when all your devices remain connected and perform well in every room of your house, but that’s not always the case. When your devices intermittently drop off or can’t find a strong enough signal strength for reliable web browsing, or even if you’re suffering through endless video buffering, there isn’t much you can do in that moment, but accept you’re at the mercy of your wireless router.

Networking companies sought to fix that with wireless network extenders, but most of those early devices were a messy affair that required separate network names and manually selecting which network to connect to. And even though many of them appeared to boost signal strength, network bandwidth wasn’t always very good.

In the last couple of years, consumers have been introduced to home mesh networking solutions, like the Netgear Orbi AC3000, which we awarded an Editor’s Choice, but what if you’re stuck with an ISP-supplied router or unwilling to give up your existing one, yet still want to boost your Wi-Fi range and eliminate dead zones? 

Netgear Nighthawk X6S Rear Quarter

Netgear’s Nighthawk X6S Tri-band WiFi Range Extender (EX8000) seeks to solve your wireless networking woes by taking the FastLane3 technology that we praised in the Orbi AC3000 and implementing it in a standalone range extender that works seamlessly with any router – even the combo cable modem router that your ISP may have forced you to lease. 

Netgear X6S Tri-Band WiFi Range Extender (EX8000)
Specifications & Features
WiFi Bands Simultaneous Tri-Band WiFi – 802.11b/g/n/ac 2.4GHz 400 Mbps + 5GHz 866Mbps + 1733Mbps – Dedicated Backhaul between Nighthawk X6S and router
Beamforming Implicit & Explicit Beamforming for 2.4 & 5GHz bands
Ethernet Ports Gigabit Ethernet: 4 LAN 
USB Ports One (1) USB 2.0 port
Key Features Six high-performance antennas with high-powered amplifiers

One WiFi Name with Any Router or Modem…

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