Is the "net" a ranged weapon that's classified as melee?

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This is so weird... look at the description. It's a melee weapon, but has range 2/5. This means I can use it effectively for attacks where ranged weapons are not allowed, but range would be useful.

For example the Ranger's Twin Strike. It doesn't allow two different weapons for ranged attacks. But if you use a staggering net +1 in one hand, and a reaching spear in the other, and take feats like net specialist, dragging flail and so on, I see a really nice combo to frustrate the DM.

I want to make sure this is true before I speculate further. So is the net indeed a melee weapon that has range?

Net

Superior one-handed melee weapon
Cost: 20 gp
Damage: 1d6
Proficient: +2
Range: 2/5
Weight: 6 lb.

This net consists of a web of rope or cord fitted with heavy weights. A trailing cord enables the wielder to control entangled opponents.

Properties:
Off-Hand (An off-hand weapon is light enough that you can hold it and attack effectively with it while holding a weapon in your main hand. You can’t attack with both weapons in the same turn, unless you have a power that lets you do so, but you can attack with either weapon.).
Heavy Thrown (You hurl a thrown weapon from your hand, rather than using it to loose a projectile. A basic attack with a heavy thrown weapon uses your Strength.).

Group:
Flail (Weapons in the flail group have a flexible material, usually a length of chain, between a solid handle and the damage-dealing end of the weapon.).

The net is a heavy thrown melee weapon just like the javalin, thowing hammer or thowing axe. Either you use as a melee weapon or a ranged weapon. If you could use it the manner you are thinking then it would have the reach property.