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NETGEAR WGX102 54 Mbps Wall-Plugged Wireless Range Extender
List Price: $79.99

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Product Description

NETGEAR offers wireless, Ethernet, powerline and phoneline networking products through a complete line of routers, gateways, switches, hubs, and adapters. NETGEAR products offer the strongest security and privacy options available to protect home and business customers.

The NETGEAR WGX102 54 Mbps Wall-Plugged Wireless Range Extender offers:
  • A simple way to extend a wireless network.
  • Enhanced security thanks to WPA and 64/128-bit WEP encryption.
  • Sleek design that fits into any decor.
The NETGEAR WGX102 54 Mbps Wall-Plugged Wireless Range Extender makes it easy to create a wireless network anywhere you have an electrical outlet. This makes it feasible to extend an internet connection to even the farthest reaches of your home without a tangled mess of cables.

Just plug the WGX102 into an outlet to extend your wireless range. View larger.
Elegant Design and Simple to Install
The WGX102 is a small silver-colored box with rounded edges that has no wires or ports of any kind. Installation is truly plug and play: simply plug the device into the outlet and you have a wireless network originating from that spot.

Note that the use of this device requires the separately sold NETGEAR XE102 Wall-Plugged Ethernet Bridge, which connects from an existing wired or wireless router to the power line.

Fast and Secure
The WGX102 complies with both the Homeplug 1.0 and 802.11g wireless standards for compatibility with a wide range of devices. Since 802.11g is backwards compatible with 802.11b, you don't have to worry about your older devices that might not yet support the newer standard. The WGX102 supports 64-bit and 128-bit WEP encryption as well as WPA so you can be sure your data is safe from prying eyes.

The NETGEAR WGX102 54 Mbps Wall-Plugged Wireless Range Extender is backed by a 1-year warranty.

What's in the Box
WGX102 54 Mbps wall-plugged wireless range extender, resource CD, installation guide, ethernet cable, warranty/support information card, and "read me" flyer.

  • Wireless Range Extender plugs into a wall outlet to extend a 802.11g network
  • Supports IEEE 802.11g wireless standard and is backwards compatible with 802.11b networks
  • Enhanced security thanks to WPA and 64/128-bit WEP encryption
  • Sleek design fits into any decor
  • Device measures 6.5 x 3 x 8.6 inches (WxHxD)

Customer Reviews:

  • Wireless range extender
    This product performs as advertised. I get continuous excellent communication from a distant device in a usuually poor reception area....more info
  • WGX102 Fails every 4-18 months
    Like so many others I found that the unit fails quickly. The original failed after 4 months. The replacement lasted only long enough to get beyond the warranty period. I then bought a refurbished unit and it lasted 16 months. The original companion XE102 is still working, so I am going to replace the WGX102 wth a second XE102. I will have to connect the remote computer to it with a cable, but since it can be moved to any outlet, it is still pretty flexible. I hope I have found a way around the unreliable WGX102....more info
  • Works great
    Since our router is in the basement and our computers are on the second floor and in the office behind the garage, this range extender really helps. Both of our computers work much better.
    ...more info
  • worked initially, then stopped
    No way to trouble shoot - no way to see inside the device. After the 100+ dollars spent, you'd think you wouldn't just have to throw it away. What a waste....more info
  • WGX102 Prone to Hardware Failure
    I purchased a WGX102 about 18 months ago. The first unit I purchased failed after a few months. NetGear replaced it, because it was under warranty. The replacement unit worked nicely for about 15 months, then it failed too, with pretty much the same symptoms. The unit only has a one year warranty, so NetGear told me I would have to buy another. I'm not going to do that, because the units don't seem to last, and I don't want to have to buy another one every 18 months or so.

    I've seen a number of reviews on various sites by other customers who have had the same experience. Be warned....more info
  • Configured quickly, good range, but it's not very fast
    I bought this, plus the companion XE102, at another web site. I was prepared for troubles, particularly since a got a refurbished set at a bargain price. However, all the setup, including adding WEP security, was accomplished quickly with no fuss - and I'm the kind of guy who attracts trouble when it comes to network configuration. Everything worked the first time. The range is pretty good, too.

    I gave it just three stars because the throughput is much slower than when I connect instead to my regular Netgear wireless router. Still way faster than dialup, but photos on "paint" onto the screen instead of popping onto the screen. Some of this may be due to the fact that my house is about fifty years old and some of the electrical wiring is questionable. Still, I'm pleased to have coverage at the far end of the house without any hassle....more info
  • It worked in a multivendor environment
    I'm simply surprised. I had no compatibility issues what so ever. Truly plug and play....

    My environment is a DSL line (SBC DSL Pro) running to a Speedstrem modem, which runs to a Linksys router. The router plugs into a Belkin home plug network with another computer at at another home-plugged outlet. The Netgear range extender provides the 54g environment for my laptop even without issue....more info
  • Far better than the CNET review
    I wanted my old windows 98SE computer at the other end of my 5000 sq. ft. house to be wirelessly connected so I wouldn't need to keep switching telephone modem plugs depending on which PC needed internet access. My Netgear WGT624 sent out just enough signal but the 98SE connection would fail as soon as the main PC was accessing the internet, too. I went through several different set up hassles with other routers and antennas - nothing worked.

    I got this range extender expecting the worst since the outlet I would use is about 75 feet away. I followed the simple directions - Plug ethernet cord into router and the ethernet bridge. Plug bridge into wall outlet. Restart computer. Plug range extender into room where internet access is desired. Wait one minute. Well, wait more like 15 seconds and the 3 lights went on. I turned on the windows 98Se computer and I had a connection speed of 54 mbps - just like that - contrary to what CNET says.

    Amazing - worth every dollar....more info
  • Netgear WGX102 54 Mbps Wall-Plugged Wireless Range Extender
    Surprisingly works fairly well. Easy to install and integrate with my existing wireless infrastructure. Only complaint is I have to reset the base unit fare more than my existing Netgear Wireless Access point....more info
  • Netgear wireless extender fills the void
    I recently purchased two computers for our home. One was a lap top for my wife and the other was a desktop for my home office. We already had the main desktop computer with dsl internet connection so we needed to install a wireless router so we could both have access. Since my home office was at the opposite end of our home, the wireless signal was very weak. The Netgear wireless range extender was just the ticket to fill the void. Easy to use and very simple, just plug into any electric outlet....more info
  • defective still no refund
    Hooked bridge up to my router then extender to the room I need internet and room was still dead area. Sent it back for refund and it has been over almost a month without any response from seller or Amazon, I had to email Amazon and was told seller has 6 months to refund money. Product was sent in a timely manner is the only positive thing I can say...more info
  • Network Killer
    I bought this and the WE102 to, of course, extend the range of my quite happy, WEP-protected wireless network. The computer to be added belonged to my wife. I have a series of addresses in the 192.168.1.x range, but the Netgear stuff demands that the network be disabled, and that at least one computer become a 192.168.0.x in order to put a SECOND WEP on the WGX102. This, as everyone probably knows, is completely dependent on whether Microsoft feels up to it. I went through 100,000 ipconfigs, etc. I spoke literally for hours to a gentleman in India who was nice but whose accent was so difficult for me to understand I wished I hadn't waited on hold for an hour to talk to him.

    Yesterday it worked for a while, but today, it doesn't any more. I'm not a rank amateur, neither am I a geek with all the time in the world. I'd avoid this like the plague, unlike the other reviewers, none of whom, if I remember correctly, mentioned network security concerns. Long story short--you can't run this setup with a secure network.

    There is a whole consortium of people out there working to develop standardized home powerline networking. They've been at it for some time. I don't think they've gotten anywhere, I'm sad to say. I gave one star because Amazon doesn't have a lower rank....more info
  • Worked poorly, then broke!
    This thing was a major hassle from the start. Difficult to set up (even for an experienced computer user like me). Once it was set up, it took about 5 minutes to get an IP address every time I connected to it. For the non-tech savvy, that means I would turn on my computer, connect to the network, then wait 5 minutes to be able to go online, even though I was laready fully connected to the device. That level of terrible performance is simply unacceptable.

    Then, about 4 months after I bought it, it up and broke.

    Don't waste your money on this terrible, terrible piece of equipment....more info
  • Initially Great. Now it does not work.
    When I first plugged it in it worked immediately. I had a brief, 4 minute power outage. Now it does not work at all. I have rebooted, unplugged and replugged. Nothing. The customer support response was less than intelligible to me. The device is not in use anymore....more info
  • If you need something that works, don't buy this item!
    I purchased 3 of these devices to set up a wireless network at one of my customers. I have been setting up networks for six years and I have set up many wired and wireless networks. The basic marketing material sound great, like it will work very well. However, the user documentation is woefully inadequate except for the reference guide which you must download from Netgear web site. Once you have the guide, you will find out how to enable WEP encryption or change the IP address on the unit. It all sounds easy, except for one thing, it doesn't work! The software can find the units on the powerline network but is incredibly flaky in connecting to those units. For example, you can ping the device a few times but then it doesn't ping for 5 minutes or so, then it does. If you make changes using the software, changing the units IP address for example, then click on apply, often that is the time it cannot connect. Then you can't ping the old address or the new one. So, you have to press the reset button and start over. The building that I set this network up in was built in the last 5 years, so the electrical wiring is up to code and not creating the problem.

    The basic Netgear setup assumes that you don't have more than one device (they all default to the same IP address and it's very time consuming to change the address because the connection is so flaky!)and you don't care about enabling any encryption. Yeah, that's great if you want to give your neighbors wireless access to your computer and your web connection. I don't think most people would want to do that. I worked with 3 units and a wireless bridge device (the required Netgear XE102) for about 5 hours and could get it to work but only on an unacceptably intermittent basis. I would strongly recommend that you not buy this product since it will only create a lot of frustration and suck up lots of your time and then, not work consistently. Or you could just use it without any encryption or security. Uh, wait a minute, you probably shouldn't do that!...more info
  • Netgear WGX102 54 Mbps Wall-Plugged Wireless Range Extender
    I bought this unit, Netgear WGX102, along with the Netgear XE102 Powerline Ethernet Adapter for my wireless network and the combination work great. I have excellent signal through out the house. The complain I have is the documentation is really bad but once you figure it out it works great.
    The unit come with default address of and my Netgear wireless router was set at To get this to work I connect the Netgear XE102 to my wireless router. Set my computer to a fixed IP of to allow me to connect to the Netgear XGX102. Once connected I change the configuration of the WGX102 to set its IP to and set a new SSID. After that I just change my computer back to "Optain IP address Automatically" and configure my computer's wireless network to use the SSID of the Netgear XE102. Now it's working great with excellent signal strength and so far I haven't have any drop connection or interferences from my neighbors....more info