Top critical review
Probably OK if your needs are simple
June 19, 2016
As far as being a used or refurbished device, I had no problems there. The product I received was, apart from packaging, indistinguishable from brand new.
As a product, though, this extender/AP has some weird behaviors that made it unsuitable for my needs. In extender mode it modifies the MAC address of each wireless client to a "virtual MAC address". Why it does this I have no idea. For most people this won't matter at all, but if you use wireless devices, or apps or software that rely on knowing the MAC address of certain devices, you could be in for some trouble. In my case this was going to be used with several IoT-type devices most of which were part of one system that required the MAC address to be from the device manufacturer.
Another problem I ran into was the extender wanting to assign IP addresses of its own, which put connected clients outside of my own subnet and made them impossible to find using certain apps. I'm not entirely sure if this was because of some glitch that occurred when I ended up switching between extender mode and AP mode, and I was able to change this after several factory resets, but I was surprised it happened at all.
Coverage-wise, this Netgear extender was just OK. I'm sure it would be fine in a smaller space, but I have a fairly large house and this didn't provide the coverage I expected in either AP or extender mode.
Overall the product probably does what it was designed to do, but clearly I was expecting a more straight-forward configuration process and more of it than it was designed to deliver, and it just isn't the product for me. In a smaller environment with less demanding needs it would probably be quite acceptable.