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WNCE2001 to WN2500RP

August 13th, 2012 Comments off

For a couple of years I’ve been using a Netgear WNCE2001 in my living room to connect my TIVO and WDTV Hub. The WNCE2001 is a “Universal WiFi Internet Adapter” which pretty much lets you turn something with a wired network connection into wireless. In my case I hung a 4 port switch off of it and hooked up multiple devices. I had read different articles about people saying this would work with multiple devices and some saying it would not. It worked fine for me and allowed the devices to get DHCP addresses and everything seemed fine most of the time. My main problem I had with it is a few times (two or three) over a couple of years, it would just forget it’s settings or something. It would just stop working and I would have to get it down and hook it up directly to my laptop and default the settings and reset it up. This time I couldn’t get it back working so I ended up getting a Netgear WN2500RP which is a Universal Dual Band WiFi Range Extender with a 4-port WiFi Adapter so no need for a separate switch. This thing has a signal meter on the front so you can easily see the signal strength for both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. The WPS Push N Connect made it about the easiest way possible to hook it up. It took about 5 minutes to hook it up and have it ready to use. So far it seems like a much better way to extend a wireless network to wired devices.

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