To date, the router has become an integral part of any home. But if the user likes technology and creates smart housing, they need high-quality and powerful device, capable of providing Internet for all his gadgets. One such device is an Internet center Keenetic Extra, which we will introduce in today’s material.
Appearance Keenetic Extra quite typical for devices of this class: a small plastic box that is attached to four antennas. However, it looks pretty simple, so there is no worry that you’ll have somewhere to hide the router – it will easily blend in your home interior.
The front panel has indicators for power, Internet, FN, Wi-Fi and a button to control the Wi-Fi network. The latter allows you to conveniently connect new devices to your network, or enable/disable Wi-Fi. By the way, in the settings you can reassign other functions to this button.
On the left side there is a port USB 2.0 Type-A designed for use with 3G/4G modems, printers and external hard drives.
There is a FN button that the user can assign any action.
On the right side of any controls missing, but on the back panel you find reset button, power socket and network ports. Unfortunately, the Gigabit ports in Keenetic Extra no, but to be Frank, and 100 Mbps for home use is enough. The Gigabit port is required, you should pay attention to the model Keenetic Giga.
Equipment Keenetic Extra standard: in the box you will find the router, power supply, Ethernet cable and manual. The initial settings are simple and not problematic. You must connect the network cable to the router, switch the power on, then connect to the device either wired or wirelessly. If you do setup on the PC, simply go to the website my.keenetic.net.
By the way, the web interface is available both in English and in Russian and Ukrainian languages, so configuration problems, the user should arise.
Also can all this be done via the mobile app My.Keenetic which is available in Google Play and App Store.
App My.Keenetic allows you to connect to the Internet, to reconfigure Wi-Fi settings and manage integrated services. There you can learn the status and current connection speed, enable or disable guest access point and monitor connected to your network device.
The app is also available the control module built-in torrent client Transmission that allows you to download interesting content, not even including PC. It is sufficient to connect to the router external hard drive and it will download.
Then move on to the wireless network. Keenetic Extra is a router class wifi AC1200. The claimed network speed is in the range of 2.4 GHz – 300 Mbps in the 5 GHz band – 867 Mbps. there are four antenna gain 5 dBi each, as well as additional amplifiers for reception and transmission to “balance” the relationship with a low-powered client devices like smartphones and tablets. In the end, the total gain along with antenna is 7 dBi.
As for working in real conditions, Keenetic Extra proved from the best side. Thanks to the support of the two ranges of operation, you will not be without the Internet even in remote corners of your apartment. If the router is near you, the speed will be limited to only 100-megabytes port. If the device is in the next room, the connection speed will drop slightly but, nevertheless, makes it comfortable to use the Internet.
In addition to these opportunities Keenetic Extra offers many different functions and settings. The router works with IPTV and Smart TV that supports the DECT-station, can serve as a file server, Time Machine, DLNA servers and IPSec VPN allows to configure routing IPoE/PPPoE and L2TP/PPTP (up to 95 MB/s), Internet filters and parental control.
- The index of the model: KN-1710
- CPU: MT7628N 580 MHz
- RAM: 128 MB DDR2
- Flash memory, Dual Boot: 32 MB
- Wi-Fi: 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz
- Class Wi-Fi: AC1200
- Antenna: 5 dBi
- Ethernet ports: 5 x 100 Mbit/s
- USB 2.0 Type-A
- The speed of the network wifi 5 GHz / 2.4 GHz, Mbps: 300 / 867
Thus, Keenetic Extra great for home use. The router offers a wide range of options, which is certainly enough for even the most demanding user. Price – 1800 UAH / 4200 RUB / 65 dollars, which puts it in the mid-market. And as for me, based on the ratio price/performance, this is a good option to buy.