Netgear announced at CES 2013 its first wall-plug dual-band Wi-Fi range extender, the Universal Dual Band WiFi Range Extender Wall-plug Edition (model WN3500RP).
You plug it into a wall socket within the range of an existing Wi-Fi network to help extend its range. It’s also the first Wi-Fi range extender that can be directly connected to speakers for music streaming using AirPlay, via its standard 3.5mm audio jack, or the USB speakers via its USB port.
The new Universal Dual Band WiFi Range Extender can simultaneously extend both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi bands, making it best suited for a dual-band home network. It works, however, with a Wi-Fi network that uses either of the two frequency bands.
The WN3500RP comes in a compact design, just slightly bigger than a power adapter of a mobile device. It comes included with a dock and with a separate power cord in case you don’t want it to crowd the power sockets. The device’s USB port can also be used to host a printer and share it with the rest of the network.
The new Universal Dual Band WiFi Range Extender, Wall-plug Edition (WN3500RP) is available now and costs $100.