Top critical review
It became an expensive paperweight after less than two months.
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2019
When I received my Netgear EX8000 I set it up. Setting up wireless network devices has become very easy so, it only took a few minutes. It did just what you'd expect a range extender should. The range was better than I expected and covered a wider area than other extenders I've used or setup for clients.
Just shy of 2 months I noticed a massive drop in signal strength. When I went to look at the EX8000 I noticed that every light was flashing green simultaneously. I then tried connecting a computer up to it via a wired connection to reboot it through the interface. The page wouldn't load up. I then tried pressing the reset button which did nothing (not even a single change in how the lights flashed). As a last resort, I unplugged it for over a minute and plugged it back in. I came back 5 minutes later and all the lights were still flashing green. I then left it unplugged overnight and plugged it back in. This time I watched the lights for a good 7 minutes. Not once did the lights change from their flashing pattern. After trying various things over the next few days it was apparent that the EX8000 was "bricked".
It seems very odd for a device that has been on the market as long as the EX8000 has to go out after less than 2 months. It was kept in an area that maintained a 78 degree (Fahrenheit) temperature with plenty of room around it. This experience has left me reconsidering recommending Netgear to even my client's home networking needs. One should get years, not months of use out of any equipment. In all my years of working on computers, upgrades have only been required for faster more capable equipment. I have a lot of old equipment that is 10 to 20 years old that still work for many clients who have less demanding needs.
I've heard of disposable equipment, but this is ridiculous!