If you’re looking to extend the full capacity of your high-speed Internet connection, and your downstream bandwidth is more than 5 Mbps, avoid the Edimax extender. It’ll slow you down. If you’re just looking for something to get you some sweet, sweet Internet where there is none, the Edimax extender will do the trick. If I didn’t already have an ActionTec FiOS router reflashed with DD-WRT downstairs providing Internet to my consoles and TV, could theoretically use the Edimax extender. However, don’t expect to get Netflix in HD while connected to it, according to Netflix and Hacking Netflix.
Note that I did not extensively test the router/bridging capabilities of this unit, because there are far better units available out there that do specifically this task.
Kudos to Edimax for prominently linking to its GPL’d code for the device on its product page, though.
Right now you can pickup the N300 at my favorite online retailer for $39.99. ThinkComputers gives the Edimax EW-7438RPn N300 Universal Wi-Fi Extender an 8 out of 10 score.
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.