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TRENDnet TEW-737HRE N300 High Power Easy-N-Range Extender

  • High power wireless penetrates walls and greatly extends coverage
  • Compact housing plugs directly into an electrical outlet
  • Extends the range of your existing wireless network

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
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2 out of 5 eggsDisappointing

Pros: *Easy Setup... yeah.. that's about it though.

Cons: *Lower power than even an entry level Netgear WNR2000 router
*Doesn't work well with phones

Other Thoughts: So I'll keep this short. We were looking for a solution to extend wifi to my friends wifi bedroom located toward the back of the house.

First, when it "clones" the SSID of the parent wifi device it confuses phones as it only shows up as one SSID. You can't change it to something else, it must mimic the primary router exactly. So phones, laptops and other wireless devices will get confused sometimes and fall off the network.

Not only was that frustrating but the signal strength was far lower than the Netgear it was supposed to replace / assist. So in short, I just can't recommend this device.

Manufacturer Response:


The unit is a repeater. The SSID will be the same as the unit it is repeating off of. A wireless client should connect to the unit with the best signal. If you are closer to an access point with the same SSID it should connect to that unit. If you move away from it, your wireless client will attempt to hold onto that connection as long as it can and will not connect to another access point until the connection is lost. Even if you move closer to another access point. Please ensure the unit is placed in a location where it still receives a good signal from the existing network and avoid connecting to an outlet that is being blocked by furniture. The more open space around the unit, the better. Please also avoid placement near anything that may cause radio frequency interference, for example a cordless phone. If you would like assistance please email and we will have a support representative help you.


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4 out of 5 eggsNeat little device

Pros: I used this to extend the range of my wireless signal in my living room. The router is down the hall, in a bedroom. It seems to work well for my needs. It does indeed extend the signal, as it says. I have had a few issues with disconnect, but not a big deal. It is easy to program and is easily plugged into any wall socket.

Cons: A few random disconnects, but nothing too bad. Speed doesn't seem to be the same as direct connect to the router.

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3 out of 5 eggsFucntional, but better options exist.

Pros: Firstly, setup is extremely simple. Ethernet cable -> gateway (configuration IP, put it in the address bar in a web browser to configure the device.) Default username is ‘admin’, password is ‘admin’.

Build is very sturdy and doesn't feel cheaply constructed.

Operational power LED is a yellowish green, not obstructive. While booting it is a soft red. (Light doubles as WPS switch.)

No Ethernet included (not necessarily needed.)

Trendnet includes a CD and easy pictographic instructions in the box. For some reason, there is an additional instructional picture showing how it can repeat a signal, though the picture says it is not to scale and it doesn’t really instruct anything. It’s a bit redundant. The documents are all digital and stored on the disk.

Removable outlet plug, in case someone has to switch between European, US, or other plugs (not included.)

Cons: Price. This device is a bit expensive, comparatively. Buffalo comes to mind with the WHR-300HP2 at $30 (if that much..) and AirStation AC 1200 at $45. Both have wireless bridge functions and for the former, DD-WRT holds transparent bridging. I'm not trying to be a Buffalo fanboy here, but there are much better alternatives for this price point.

Physical on/off power switch. A physical on/off switch for wireless would be nice, too.

Other Thoughts: This review is somewhat short because there isn't much to say. The configuration page for the device is extremely limited and basic. There aren't extensive functions and features to test. It's a straight up device: connect manually or via WPS (not recommended, ever) and it works.
Some additional things to note, however:

The device turns passive once it connects to a wifi network. That means you cannot access the administration page and your leased IP address will come directly from the host router, not the repeater since you're not behind an additional NAT layer.

Very long restart time after joining a wifi network.

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5 out of 5 eggsDoes what it is suppose to do

Pros: Easy to setup, if your router supports WPS. Most routers do.
Works with in the best way possible in that it's unnoticeable and you don't even notice it's presence after it's been installed. But it is boosting signal range from it's location.
I was still able to perform my media streaming after installation.
3 year warranty.
Cheaper and easier than the alternative of a wire to wireless access points. Or a dual channel extender.

Cons: Wireless speed is cut in half as with any wireless extender.
Reason for this is one radio channel so can not receive and send simultaneously.

Other Thoughts: This is a easy set up device. Can be used to bring internet access to a device that does not have a wireless interface. Can be configured with a different SSID if so desired. You do not have to use the WPS method if either your router does not support or you just don't trust using WPS for security reasons.

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4 out of 5 eggsEasy Peasy

Pros: Works
Super Easy to setup, especially if your router supports WPS, and what routers these days dont?
The device works with in the best way possible in that it's transparent and you don't even realize or bother to notice it's presence after it's been installed, yet it's boosting signal range from it's location.
I was still able to perform any media streaming after this device was in place.

Cons: Wireless speed is cut in half for anything connect to it as opposed to those connected directly to the router.

Other Thoughts: This was a bit tricky to test as once the device is installed, it doesn't appear as a second network or anything, so you don't exactly know that you are connecting to it or the router very easily when you are in range of both. In some of my tests I had to lower the transmit power of the router and go past the direction of the extender from the router to ensure that I was indeed connected to the extender and that the range was indeed being extended.

Setup is a breeze. I literally took it out of the box, didn't read any instructions, plugged it in, pressed the WPS buttons on the router and the extender, watched the light turn green and it was setup. I then relocated it to a more strategic position and walked away.

I waited for my wife to notice, and she did that she now had more bars of connectivity from her laptop when she uses it in the bedroom, a location typically affected by lower connectivity due to it being the farthest location in my house from the wireless router.

Other than that though, I never bothered to notice this device's existence, which is what I like about when things just work. All of the wireless devices in my home continued to work the same or slightly better.

In the end though I'm undecided if I'll continue to use it. Truthfully my router can cover the whole house adequately on it's own and despite the extender working as advertised without issue, I still like to minimize the complexity and possibility for issue by using less devices.

Is it worth the price? For some I'd say sure. For others, those having real issues with connectivity I'd still advise if possible to extend your network with wire to wireless access points. However this is surely more costly. Any of the workarounds such as power-line adapters and wireless extenders are cost saving tactics that often deliver less than desirable results.

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4 out of 5 eggsSimple and effective.

Pros: As stated by others, setting up this little device was very simple. I plugged an Ethernet cable into it from my home PC, followed the included instructions and it was on my wireless network repeating within minutes.

After setup, I took it to the 2nd floor of a three story house in the opposite corner of where my wireless router is and plugged it in. Within a minute or so the side led light was solid green and ready for use. My WiFi bars on both my phone and iPad stayed a solid 3 instead of the previous 2 bars. My throughput down and up was within 2 to 3 Mbit/s of what it was upstairs near the primary router. This is comparatively better to another WiFi extender I've previously tested that increased my WiFi bars, but destroyed the throughput.

Cons: None that I've experienced yet, but time will tell.

Other Thoughts: Definitely something I will entertain purchasing for other portions of my house, possibly one for the basement to extend the WiFi even further. I would recommend this device to anyone who has a big home who needs to repeat their WiFi signal further.

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5 out of 5 eggsSimple Installation

Pros: I'm really impressed by the ease of setup. I went through the setup both ways (WPS & Web Browser) and found both to be just as easy. You really don't need more than the quick installation guide.

I'm not sure why some people are having issues with setup. Plug the device into the wall and double click on the wireless network icon by your clock. Find the network named TRENDnet737 and click connect. Open Internet Explorer and type into the address bar and hit Enter. Enter the username and password you find on the device label. Click Site Survey under the Wireless tab and find your "normal" wireless network name. Click connect and then enter the wireless password for your network. Switch back to your normal network by double clicking on the wireless icon again. Then just plug in an area close to where you want to extend the range, but not outside of where you get a good signal.

After setup, I plugged it into an outlet in my dining room. I don't typically have a good signal on my back patio and the dining room is about half way between the router and the patio. Speeds were what I expected as any wireless extender cuts your network speed in half.

I didn't experience any connection drops or other issues with the device. One nice thing is that you can unplug it and take it with you to another spot in the house if you need it somewhere else.

Cons: If i had to find something to complain about, the credentials on the label might be a little small for some people.

Other Thoughts: The TRENDnet TEW-737HRE is an easy to set up wireless range extender with good speed. It's something I would definitely recommend to anyone needing additional range for their wireless network.

Not a bad price either. :)

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4 out of 5 eggsTRENDnet N300 Easy-N-Range Extender Works

Pros: Pricepoint for extender is well within reason

Connection performance is more than adequate

Extender can readily handle more than three device connections at once

A wired device can be connected to the extender

Cons: Single 2.4 Ghz band extender

Size of unit is bigger than most single band extenders

Throughput is about half of what your incoming signal will be. For example, my 30Mbps internet gives a connection of 17Mbps through this extender, though the signal is strong.

Other Thoughts: This TRENDnet N300 extender has worked well since I received it. It has caused no hiccups or problems in my wireless network at all, which is more than I can say for some other ones I have tried. I placed it in my kitchen, which has the biggest dropoff in the 2.4Ghz band signal strength of any of my rooms since it's the furthest away from the router, and it has performed extremely well, as in rock solid.

I can give this TRENDnet N300 extender a solid 4 EGG rating, as it is only surpassed in my testing by more expensive Linksys dual channel extenders that cost over twice as much.

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3 out of 5 eggsWorks... mostly.

Pros: Installed one of these to extend a WiFi signal in the second floor of my house. Setting it up was pretty easy, the instructions are decent. And everything seemed to just work at first.

Cons: I did experience a few dropped connections while connected to the extender. I am not sure if it was unable to maintain a signal from the router or what... There is remarkably little information in the UI.

Pings to the internet while connected to the extender were noticeably higher than when connected to my router and would occasionally spike.

Also it appears there is only a 2.4GHz radio on the extender, so I had to connect to the 2.4GHz radio on the router. Would have been nice to have 5GHz support as I live in a congested residential area and I've had better luck with connections running on 5GHz.

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  • nandakishore y.
  • 4/7/2015 1:10:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsgood

Pros: Good product

Cons: Nothing

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