I only deploy wired access points for range extension. Those extenders that link to the router via WiFi drop speed and sometimes just drop. Clients call backs are far too high so we won't sell them. Or rather we defer all troubles to the makers.
The other extenders we use are powerline systems. That way we can plug in the base unit near the router and the remote unit pretty far away. The remote unit can have both Ethernet and WiFi.
Neither system uses the methods you are upset about.
I am looking for a good WiFi Range Extender.
I am considering Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 Model EX7000.
User manual says, to view or change the extender’s settings,
user needs to go to http://www.mywifiext.net
and enter email address and password.
QUESTION= Why is world wide web connection required?
QUESTION= Can this requirement be bypassed?
QUESTION= Or do I misunderstand, and this is a local area network address?
User manual says, requires firefox.
I use debian linux.
QUESTION= will iceweasel work instead?
Data sheet says,
may not be compatible with firmware that is based on open source programs.
QUESTION= Is this extender propiatary?
User manual says, restart the extender.
the extender connects automatically to the WiFi router.
QUESTION= Can this be changed?
I want connection between extender and router,
to be manual, not automatic.
I have control over client and extender, but not router.
I like debian linux, open source.
I do not want to be required to visit world wide web,
simply to view or change my local hardware settings.
QUESTION= What other good range extender can you suggest?