Netgear Announces the WiFi Booster for Mobile to Bring Wi-fi to Those Hard to Reach Areas
I’m not quite sure why this is specifically called the WiFi Booster for Mobile as it’s just a wi-fi extender, but hey if it helps sell the product then why not right? The new WiFi Booster for Mobile or WN1000RP from Netgear is very inexpensive at $40 and it’s just a wi-fi extender for your home or office that will allow you to bring wi-fi everywhere you need it. There’s no release date, it just says summer of 2012, but I think it’s worth looking into if you need better wi-fi coverage.
NETGEAR today announced the WiFi Booster for Mobile (WN1000RP). The compact, WiFi Booster for Mobile amplifies WiFi coverage for mobile devices in the home by extending and strengthening an existing WiFi signal, giving consumers the ability to enjoy an improved wireless experience on tablets, smartphones and e-readers.
Consumers are leveraging WiFi connectivity at home more than ever before to browse the web, stream movies and play online games on their devices. The NETGEAR WiFi Booster for Mobile improves an existing WiFi signal throughout the home and even outside on the deck or patio, enabling users to move freely around the house while streaming content on everything from tablets and e-readers to smartphones.
In addition, the NETGEAR WiFi Booster for Mobile helps consumers reduce the risk of unforeseen mobile data plan charges by easily accessing their home WiFi networks instead of the carrier’s mobile networks. In a March 2012 report by Chetan Sharma, researchers found that 90% of tablet owners prefer to use WiFi, not mobile data plans, to get online at home. The NETGEAR WiFi Booster for Mobile enables users to surf the Internet and stream content using WiFi, unconstrained by mobile data plan usage limits.
NETGEAR’s WiFi Booster for Mobile repeats a 2.4 GHz WiFi signal from existing routers and gateways to boost range and WiFi performance. It has a small form factor and is simple to install with a mobile-friendly browser-based setup and real-time LED indicators helping to determine optimal placement to ensure the best WiFi coverage. With the small wall-plug design and NETGEAR’s Push ‘n’ Connect (WPS) feature, the WiFi Booster for Mobile connects quickly and easily once plugged into a power outlet and provides an instant and secure connection to any existing WiFi network.
"Consumers today want the best connected experience, complete with the ability to enjoy online entertainment on their WiFi connected mobile devices throughout the home," said Damir Skripic, product line manager for connected entertainment at NETGEAR. "The NETGEAR WiFi Booster for Mobile enables this experience by significantly increasing WiFi coverage in the home, which is ideal for roaming iPads, iPhones, Android tablets, Kindle e-readers, smartphones or any other mobile WiFi devices."
Pricing and Availability
The NETGEAR WiFi Booster for Mobile will be available at major retailers in summer 2012 starting at$39.99.
Learn more about the NETGEAR WiFi Booster for Mobile at http://www.netgear.com/WN1000RP
I had an earlier version of Netgear’s wireless range expander (WRE54), and it did indeed expand the range of the wireless network. Unfortunately, it supposedly also halved the speed of the wireless network to which it connected. (Some vaguely-qualified ‘expert’ explained how the range expander worked and made that assertion about halving network speed. I won’t vouch for the statement’s truth, but my experience made me think that it was.)
Does anyone know if this new unit does the same thing?