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Netgear EX7700 Extender Offers Another Easy Mesh Option

Netgear today doubled down on its effort to bring its mesh technology to all existing Wi-Fi networks with the introduction of the new Nighthawk X6 Tri-Band WiFi Mesh Extender (EX7700), or Netgear EX7700 for short.

This is the third device in the networking vendor’s family of Nighthawk Mesh Extenders. Before this, the company had released the EX7500 and the EX8000 which are the low-end and high-end options, respectively.

The Netgear EX7700 comes in a sleek deign.
The Netgear EX7700 comes in a sleek design.

Netgear EX7700: The mid-tier option

The EX7700 lands right in the middle of its two older cousins in terms of specs and price. It features 2×2 802.11ac standard with up to 866Mbps on 5GHz and up to 400Mbps on the 2.4GHz.

Most importantly, it, too, is a tri-band extender with the ability to use one of its two 5GHz bands as the dedicated back-haul that connects itself to an existing Wi-Fi network.

As a result, the other two 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands can focus on serving Wi-Fi clients. This means clients connected to the extender will get similar net Wi-Fi speed to when they connect to the original Wi-Fi router.

The concept of dedicating a band for back-haul started with Netgear’s Orbi Wi-Fi systems. In a way, the EX7700 will turn any existing Wi-Fi network into a mesh, similar to one powered by an Orbi.

This means users can enjoy a fast and seamless Wi-Fi network with no or minimum signal loss. And, of course, they won’t need to replace their existing router, either.

See also  This Is How Your Home Wi-Fi System Is a Mesh

Netgear EX7700 vs. EX8000 vs. EX7500: Hardware specifications

The three extenders share the same dedicated back-haul concept and ease of use. However, they are quite different in design, Wi-Fi specs and price.

EX8000EX7700EX7500
Wi-Fi standard802.11ac802.11ac802.11ac
Wi-Fi bandsTri-band AC3000 
2.4GHz (2×2): Up to 400Mbps 
5GHz-1 (2×2): Up to 866Mbps
5GHz-2 (4×4): Up to 1733Mbps
Tri-band AC2200
2.4GHz (2×2): Up to 400Mbps 
5GHz-1 (2×2): Up to 866Mbps
5GHz-2 (2×2): Up to 866Mbps
Tri-band AC2200
2.4GHz (2×2): Up to 400Mbps 
5GHz-1 (2×2): Up to 866Mbps
5GHz-2 (2×2): Up to 866Mbps
MU-MIMOYesYesYes
DesignStandard 
(Not wall-mountable)
Standard 
(Not wall-mountable)
Wall Plug
Dimensions8.94 x 6.68 x 3.65 in 
(227 x 170 x 93 mm)
7.85 x 6.07 x 2.14 in 
(199 x 154 x 54 mm)
3.3 x 3.0 x 6.34 in 
(83.82 x 76.2 x 161.04 mm)
Weight1.9lb (0.86kg)1.17lb (0.53kg)0.67lb (0.304kg)
Seamless hand-off standard802.11k802.11k802.11k
Gigabit Port4x LAN2x LANNone
USB Port1x USB 2.0NoneNone
Access point modeYesYesNo
On/Off buttonYesYesNo
Price at Launch$180 $149 $119 
Netgear Nighthawk Wi-Fi 5 extenders’ hardware specifications: EX8000 vs EX7700 vs EX7500

In all, the new EX7700 extender is the EX7500 plus the fact it’s has two Gigabit network ports and a standard design. As a result, it enables users to connect up to two wired devices to the network, use it as an access point, and have the flexibility in placement.

Availability

The new Netgear EX7700 extender is available as pre-order now and will start shipping soon. It has a suggested retail price of $149.

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