It appears that your review was written quite a while ago. Take everything I say with a grain of salt because I'm new. In many ways, Netgear’s EX8000 is better than its Orbi system. In all, the new EX7700 extender is the EX7500 plus the fact it’s has two Gigabit network ports and a standard design. The EX8000 is essentially an Orib satellite expansion unit. I live in Australia, so it may be a while as I will have to get it from the US, I believe the power adapter is 110-220V so it should work fine, otherewise it will be a long distance return. I bought an Asus GT-AX11000 as my main router and a Netgear X6S EX8000 Extender, both based on your super-helpful reviews. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one. Got it, Joe. 1733Mbps 5GHz, Tri-band AC2200. My Internet drop is also in the basement so I know exactly how it is. So yes, the EX8000 is an extender that gives you some benefits of a mesh system. I was quite impressed with the Netgear EX8000’s performances. Thanks again , Sure, John. 5. But I have no idea if this works as a mesh or not. EX8000 and R7800 loses their WLAN connection very often. This extender can quickly work with almost any router to turn an existing network into a robust and efficient Wi-Fi mesh-like system. More here. My question: Can the EX7700 "start" my WLAN (WWW comes over LAN) and work as the Mesh-Master or do I have to get a "ROUTER". What was never clear to me is that can you have it wired to the router and select AP mode, then just manually enter the EX8000 SSID to be the same as the router SSID (and of course have the same wifi password) and have it work kind of like a mesh setup. Netgear Nighthawk Mesh Extender EX8000 vs. EX7500, Thursday, November 26th, 2020 • Stay safe, everyone! It will give me something to do LOL. You can also use the NETGEAR Wi-Fi Analytics mobile app (for Android and iOS) to find out the best location. You might have a chance if you use that band in the compatibility mode, but it’s not guaranteed. and trying to coax Netgear X6S triband EX8000 extender to connect to main router 5MHz hi band for dedicated backhaul. We tried using the same spectrum access name, a new access name, static IP, changed channels, etc, but it to no avail. Also, a few times I have had the LAN stop working (wireless and wired clients) and was only able to fix it by unplugging the EX8000. That’s what I tried – each band has a MAC Filter – but with the same SSID, my -1 devices got ejected as well. Also, it’s not a great idea to use an extender. An EX8000 is used for a WLAN Repeating. As an extender, it works with all routers from any vendors. Thanks. The Netgear site offers to “pre-order” this device. 2. That helps, too! We’re going in a circle. The EX7500, however, has no ports and is designed to plug directly into a wall socket. The extender automatically uses the router’s Wi-Fi network (username and password) as its own. I have an X8, wasn't sure what I could do with the ad protocol with the X10 but I bet it's sick! I guess MESH would take care of this automatically… any way I can keep extender connected to hi band and everyone else out? But all APs and extenders work similarly to a mesh when you use the same Wi-Fi network name and password in between them. So question. The extender connected to the high channel of the main router, extending on low band as expected. Create a Secure WiFI 6 Bubble with Business Access Point WAX204. Keep those consistent throughout your broadcasters and you’re set. The EX7500, however, has no ports and is designed to plug directly into a wall socket. Generally, if your routers support 802.11r or 802.11k (and so does your client), you’ll find that you can move between the hardware units and still maintain the connectivity. My dual-band router uses ethernet cable to the triband router for backhaul, so that would not be the explanation I think? This band has the only job of connecting the extender to an existing Wi-Fi router, leaving the other two bands free to serve clients. Yeap, just pick the “Auto” settings and it will work, Joe. The EX8000 follows the same rules as a mesh system in terms of where you should place it from the router. The device will still work as an independent broadcaster that thas nothing to do with the existing router. I would love to try Mesh if not for the guest network issue. That said the biggest difference I see is the 3rd band for the EX8000 capable of being "twice" as fast as the third band for the EX7500. Note that the EX8000’s IP address will change after the setup process. Thanks for the very fast reply. Also, though not necessary, for best performance, I recommend using this interface to figure out what channel the EX8000 uses and change those on the router according to avoid interference. I have hidden the SSID for the hi band (same name but diff MAC address from low band I would thihk) and told apple devices to FORGET NETWORK, but they keep connecting to hi band instead of low band.