Diamond Dual-Band 2.4GHz/5.0GHz Wireless 802.11n Range Extender ReviewBluePanda -
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Diamond Dual-Band 2.4GHz/5.0GHz Wireless 802.11n Range Extender Closer Look:
Moving on to the product itself, there doesn't seem to be much to look at. The Diamond Dual-Band Wireless Extender is rather simple in appearance. It has a white body with a rounded rectangular gray face and slight cutouts for indicator lights. The Diamond logo is written on the front, but beyond the cutouts for the wireless signal indicator, you might not know what this is without further inspection.
The bottom of the device has some cutouts for heat dissipation (more on the top), and a bright yellow Ethernet port with a green indicator light. There is also a rubber reset button that can be pressed with the end of a paperclip if you ever want to set it back to factory settings. Lastly, you'll notice a couple of Phillips head screws on the bottom from assembly.
The back of the device has a sticker on it with the model number, a barcode, serial number, and some power ratings. There is also an official FCC compliance ID printed on there. The top of the wireless extender actually has a button on top for Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) connections, which allows capable devices to connect to the network without being given the network password. This is great for guests and a quick way to grab Internet for your mobile device. I tried it with my phone. I set my phone to be looking for WPS and simply held the WPS button on top of the Wireless Extender. My phone saw it and connected shortly, right to the 5.0GHz frequency. Not bad! Was super simple, and just worked; how often do I get to say that?
You do have to configure the Wireless Extender with the provided Ethernet cable prior to being able to use it (I'll cover this setup on Page 4), but once it is set up, it is as simple as plugging it into the wall and having your range increased. It seems to take a bit to "wake-up" once you've plugged it in. It seems to be running an Android OS based on its appearance on the network, so it could take a bit to set up and "boot". Once it is up and running, the wireless indicator light bars show up. This indicator shows you the strength of the signal you are broadcasting. A weak signal, or one bar, means you are only providing less than or equal to 10% of the signal. This helps you locate the best location in the house to provide the best signal. Just be patient when plugging it in; as I said, it is just taking some time to boot up. But there you go – an extended network area that doesn't really involve much setup. Cool!