Netgear N300 Wifi Range Extender – Review

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Do you have dead spots in your home where you get no Wifi signal?

I am sure many of us do!

In my case, we moved into our home a few months back.

Our cable modem and router are upstairs, and the Wifi signal is terribly weak in our bedroom downstairs.


When I use my cell phone in our bedroom downstairs, it uses 4G LTE data rather than connecting to the home Wifi network.

Why would anyone want to burn 4G LTE data when sitting at home? This drove me nuts!

I wanted to put an end to this nonsense and started looking for Wifi range extenders.

Within thirty minutes of searching and researching, I located what I wanted to buy – the Netgear N300 Wifi Extender.


Netgear N300 Wifi Extender

  • Works with any standard Wifi Router / Gateway (I have a cisco wifi router at home)
  • Plugs directly into a wall electrical outlet
  • Ethernet port available to connect a wired device
  • Extends Wifi speeds up to 300 Mbps
  • Wireless: 2.4 GHz, supports 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Price ~$29.00


Netgear N300 Wifi Extender – Quick Facts from Amazon

  • Netgear N300 Wifi Extender is the #1 Amazon BestSeller in its category
  • It has an overall 4.0 out of 5.0 rating
  • 12,912 reviews at the time of this writing
  • 1000+ questions answered at the time of this writing


Setting up the Netgear N300 Wifi Extender is done in three simple steps:

#1 The initial power on and set up of the Netgear N300 Wifi Extender must be done in close proximity to your primary home Wifi router.

This is to ensure that your extender connects with your Wifi router.


#2 Once set up is complete, you unplug and move the Wifi Extender to a midway location between your primary Wifi router and the dead spot.

The location you choose must have a decent Wifi signal from your primary Wifi router.


#3 Finally use your cell phone or laptop to check if you have full coverage at your dead spot.

If you can follow simple instructions that come as part of the Netgear install guide, then you should be able to set it up in less than 15 minutes.


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#1 If your home network’s SSID is NETWORK, then the default SSID the Wifi Extender will set up is NETWORK_EXT. You can rename the Extender SSID to anything you want.

I just named it the same as my home network’s SSID – no “_EXT”.

It works!


#2 Normally, you can go to the to access your Wifi Extender’s configuration / settings.

If you make the extender’s SSID same as your home network’s SSID, you can still visit the page – you need to have a direct Ethernet cable connection from your laptop to the N300 extender once the SSID of your Wifi extender is the same as your home network’s SSID.

If you don’t have a direct wire connection, you won’t be able to get to the configuration page.


#3 After the set up is complete, the extender’s configuration page menu shows options for installing the latest firmware.

I always like to ensure that I am using the latest version of firmware available.

So, I clicked the firmware update button – it downloaded the latest image through the internet, installed it, and the extender rebooted and was running like a charm.



It took me about 15 minutes to complete the set up and upgrading the firmware.

I was in exuberance once I had it working.

My bedroom went from “zero” signal strength to full Wifi strength and my cell phone no longer switches to using the 4G LTE data.

I ‘m a happy man! Sarah is a happy camper too! It was $30 well spent! 

Do you have dead Wifi spots at home? How did you address the problem? If you are looking for a solution, give Netgear N300 Wifi Extender a try. I am pretty sure you would be a glad you did!

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18 thoughts on “Netgear N300 Wifi Range Extender – Review”

  1. I fortunately have not had any dead spots in my house so far. However, my father in law has some serious dead spots in his house. He has tried everything to get the wifi to extend but he hasn’t tried the Netgear N300. I will mention it to him next time I see him and see if this could potentially solve his issues.

    Thanks for sharing!!!

    1. Welcome back, MSM!

      It is good that you don’t have any Wifi dead spots at home. I hope that the N300 works out for your father in law. Let me know how it goes and if it helped him address the issue.


  2. Currently living in an apartment after a move, I’m lucky enough to have my internet all over the house — but I have been places where that isn’t the case. I’ll certainly need to keep an eye on this device for potential future needs.

    Keep up the great writing!

    1. Hi Rob,

      Welcome to Stretch A Dime!

      Thank you, I am glad that you found the post useful.

      Hope to see you more here.


  3. Dead Wifi spots – yet another reason a frugal home is beneficial, can you imagine the wifi dead spots in those huge mansions with multiple wings?

    Thankfully we don’t have any dead spots, but the wifi in our bedroom gets awfully weak at times. If we lived in a slightly bigger house it’d definitely be a problem, thanks to your article I know how to fix it though.


    1. Hi Jasmin,

      Yes, huge homes would probably have many dead Wifi spots.

      Wifi dead spots depends a lot on where your router is located, its signal strength, and how many walls / obstructions are there between where it is and where you are located.

      In my case, the signal seemed good around most of our home but for our bedroom downstairs, which was annoying.

      But, Sarah and I are happy now :).


  4. We thankfully don’t have any dead WiFi spots, but it’s great to know there are solutions if a future home ever does. I love how technology has progressed to a point where there are affordable solutions to problems like these!

    1. That’s great, DC! Yep, the Wifi extender is definitely an affordable solution. It has made my day :).


    1. Hi Amanda,

      You are the first one to say that you have experienced my pains. I was feeling left out.

      If you got a new router that sends out stronger signals, then might not need an extender.


    1. Hi Laurie,

      If you have weak Wifi spots at home, an extender would definitely address your problem. If you do try, please let me know how it worked out for you.


  5. Nice! I’m lucky in that I don’t have any dead spots in my home and not burning 4g LTE data along the way. Great tip though for someone who has those dreaded spots!

    1. Welcome back, FS! Glad to hear you don’t have any issues. Yes, it is a very cost effective work around to address weak or dead Wifi spots.


  6. My laptop has always had problems with wifi, however close I am to the hub. I’m now trying a usb converter and that seems better but I still get drop outs. This Wifi Range Extender looks like it might solve my problems. Thank you.

    1. Welcome back, Sue! I used a USB extender for stationary desktop and it seemed to work well on it. The N300 Wifi extender I have now works like a charm. I get full signal strength where I used to have dead spots. Give it a try, I think it will address your issue.


  7. No dead Wifi spots for us. In addition, I consider the bedrooms not a space to take any electronic devices (only the kindles are accepted).
    But some houses have issues, you are not unique. There are devices to extend it, my colleagues use it.

    1. Hi Claudia,

      That’s great. Also nice to hear that you are disciplined at limiting electronics in the bedroom.

      Wifi is a must have for me around the home :). It was driving me nuts when I saw that I was using cellar data instead of Wifi from my cell phone.

      With N300 extender, I now have full signal strength where I used to have dead spots. I am glad that I was able to address the problem at a decent cost.


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