Digging into the RE7000s GUI shows a clean, easily understandable interface with pretty much everything you could possibly need for a device like this no more than a mouse click or two away.

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How does it Perform?

To test the device, I ran it in Wi-Fi Extender mode, rather than using it as a wired extender, since I suspect this is likely to be the more common use case scenario for a device like this in the home. Like the EA9500 testing I used iPerf and tested both UDP and TCP streams to get a feel for how it would handle differing types of traffic. I also checked signal strength in various nearby locations as well as taking speed-tests with iPerf at the same spots. For comparisons sake I have also included readings of the signal strength for the EA9500, which was a floor below when testing.

As you may have noticed from the screen shots of the GUI earlier, the RE7000 wasn’t showing as being in an optimal location when I was initially writing the review, so speeds will have suffered for this, as such tests have been conducted with the RE7000 in the ‘sweet spot’ also just to show what the device can do when it’s properly set up.

Firstly, looking at signal strength, there is a huge jump when using the RE7000 over connecting directly to the router in areas where signal strength would be impacted by distance or building materials, which is exactly why a device like this is vital in larger buildings, since the lower the signal strength the lower the overall throughput to your devices.

Linksys RE7000

109.99
9.3

Physical Design

9.5/10

Software Features

9.0/10

Performance

9.5/10

Pros

  • Great looking bit of kit that just vanishes into the background
  • Fast, reliable connectivity
  • Fairly feature rich fo a device of this type

Cons

  • Slightly more expensive than alternatives on the market
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