NetGear announces WiFi Booster for Mobile

We have seen WiFi extender products before, but they tend to be both expensive and sometimes a pain to set up. Today, NetGear announced a new product that promises to offer a boost to your home WiFi network that's both cheap and easy to use.

The product is the WiFi Booster for Mobile and according to NetGear's press release, it's being made specifically to help boost the WiFi signals for tablets, smartphones and e-readers (although we suspect it can be used for laptops and desktops as well).

The design of the WiFi Booster for Mobile is made so it can be connected to a home electrical socket. The final work is handled by a web browser based set up so no CD disc is required. The device's LED lights allow users to pace the booster in the right place in the home.

While the device is made by NetGear, the company said that it will work with any WiFi router or gateway, including those made by Belkin, Linksys, and D-Link. The price of the WiFi Booster for Mobile product is just $39.99.

The big question about this product is its range. So far, NetGear has yet to offer any information on that front. Hopefully we will learn more when it is released later this summer.

Source: NetGear press release | Image via NetGear

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This is nothing new. These devices have existed for years... what's the news again? Maybe I'm missing something...

I have seen dozens of Access Points/Repeaters in this form factor (straight into the power outlet) on the market. Even Homeplugs with built in Access Point (so the uplink uses the existing electrical wiring of the house instead of repeating an already weak wireless signal at 1/2 throughput as Wireless repeating does as it uses the same radio for uplink and downlink).

I quick look at my local computer shops website and I can see that they sell Netcomm and TP-Link that do the same. I know that Apple Airport Express can do this. I have seen others. Even Netgear's own WN3000RP already exists.

Just a press release for a new product line, but nothing revolutionary here so not sure why it made it to the front page news other than it is marketed for 'Mobile' users (not that it actually means anything from a technical standpoint).

It is nearly identical to the Netgear WN3000RP that has been on the market for almost a year, except that it is slightly smaller because the antennas are completely internal instead of having small ones stick out the side, and there is no ethernet port so you can't use it as an AP or Bridge (which is very useful functionality especially for mobile users, just plug into an ethernet port in your hotel room or whereever and create your own WiFi hotspot where this isn't one or the signal is too far away)

Edited by Simon-, Jul 24 2012, 4:48am :

oh nice.... place this on the other side of the house with no wires like a access point needs and let it rip.. me like! Lookin forward to seeing specs.