The EX3800 isn’t the most stylish bit of kit I’ve ever seen. Its boxy shape, mass of ventilation holes and silver front plate have nowhere near the clean elegance of the Linksys RE6400 AC1200 Boost Ex, for instance.
Nonetheless, it’s a compact device with dimensions of 55x114x34 mm, and the mains passthrough makes its overall footprint much less of a problem.
On the front you get four lights that clearly indicate the status of the extender, with Power, WPS, Router connection and Device Connection showing that it’s up and running and connected to the rest of your network.
On the left side is a button for activating WPS for a single-button way to connect to your router. Below this is a power button for turning off the extender, making for a more convenient way to power it down than simply unplugging it. It still functions as a mains passthrough even when switched off, which is handy.
Over on the right is a single Ethernet port that can be used to connect wired devices to your WiFi network. This is great if you have a network printer or desktop PC that doesn’t have Wi-Fi built in, plus it means you’ll get theEX3800’s maximum performance with no loss of speed.
The placement is a bit awkward, though, as it means the network cable shoots off to the side. It would be better for keeping things tidy if it faced straight down.