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Item#: N82E16833180068

ENCORE ENHWI-2AN34D Wireless N300 Router / Repeater / Access Point: 3-in-1, 4dBi IEEE 802.11b/g/n

  • IEEE 802.11b/g/n
  • Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Edward B.
  • 4/3/2015 8:16:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDead after 5 minutes. No support whatsoever!

Pros: Looks nice.

Cons: Will only stay on for 5 mins tops. I am a certified network administrator and reviewed all settings and tested various settings. I also performed test on the outlet with a voltmeter. Changed for an older Belkin router from a garage sale and no problems at all with the Belkin. The support would not provide any initial response. THERE IS NOT ANY SUPPORT.

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  • James S.
  • 8/25/2012 7:10:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFinicky - But worth the price

Pros: - Strong Signal
- Useful in most situations
- Easy to setup for easy scenarios

Cons: - Difficult to setup for complicated networks
- As the title states.. finicky... had to find the right combination of settings

Other Thoughts: First of all, only purchased this as a cheap repeater - so I've only used the repeater settings.

I have a rather complicated networking setup, using a Linksys e3000 with DD-WRT. The only thing that bugged me the most was with a hidden SSID, I couldn't get the repeater to connect. Once I un-hid the SSID, the repeater worked. There maybe another combination of settings to correct this, but I tried many. Occasionally, adjusting the B, G, N Mode would prevent the device from connecting too, but a soft restart would resolve that issue.

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  • Journee D.
  • 3/10/2012 3:13:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome bargain, easy set-up!

Pros: Price - At $29.99, this is by far cheaper than a dedicated Wi-Fi bridge/repeater or most Wi-Fi adapters sold for A/V components.

Set-up - Couldn't have been easier or more straight-forward. Plugged my PC to one of the LAN ports of the router, accessed the GUI through web browser and in about 3-5 steps, I had successfully reconfigured it from router to Wi-Fi repeater & bridge.

Cons: No legitimate cons from my experience.
I wish the LAN ports were gigabit, but at this price point, I can't really complain.

Other Thoughts: Decided to pick up one of these as an alternative to a dedicated Wi-Fi bridge or specific Wi-Fi adapter made by Panasonic for my plasma TV. This unit is basically connecting to my existing Wi-Fi network and serving two purposes:

- Repeater: Increasing the spectrum of my Wi-Fi signal in the first floor of my home.

- Bridge: Instantly (and painlessly) added 4 LAN ports to an area where running CAT6 wasn't feasible.

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  • Joshua B.
  • 2/27/2012 11:16:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI can't stop buying these haha just bought 12

Pros: small, low power, lightweight, fast, simple to setup, rich feature set for price

how to setup wifi mesh network
WDS MODE AND NON WDS MODE

to setup and start repeating networks

login 192.168.0.1

select LAN at top

change ip from 192.168.0.1 to SOMETHING ELSE 192.168.0.250 etc..

under DHCP select DISABLED. select APPLY

restart

log back in with new address 192.168.0.250 etc..

on top right like other reviewer said, select REPEATER MODE

restart and read the manual if you don't know what to do after that

Cons: wish they made a high output version so I can stop buying amps for them

Other Thoughts: it is easy to setup, you just have to know basic networking or its going to feel like this equipment is junk. it's only $30 and it does what $150 repeaters/AP's do. so be happy it has a rich feature set for what it is.

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  • Lesa K.
  • 2/25/2012 7:27:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSetup as Repeater with Linksys WRT54G

Pros: 1. Price.
2. Works well as repeater--great signal strength!

Cons: 1. Wizard didn't work for me--hung.
2. Once setup, it won't allow you to log back in...this is noted in several of the reviews.

Other Thoughts: Set up as a repeater with a WRT54G router on my main floor, but my children's PCs are located in the lower level. Before they would get ~46% signal strength; with this ~96%!

1. Set the CD aside...the wizard hung when I tried to use it. Keep it for the user manual though.

2. Hook up ethernet cable from any 1-4 port on existing router (in my case the WRT54G) to the WAN port on this router.

3. Hook up ethernet cable from any 1-4 port on this router to a PC.

4. Go to http://192.168.0.1 in your browser, logging in with their default admin/admin

5. When it launches, DON'T USE THE WIZARD. In the upper right corner switch to Repeater mode and allow it to reset.

6. Log back in, go to the Wireless option on the left hand menu, and use Site Survey to find your network. Enter your passphrase, and let it connect.

Voila! I disconnected, then played with the placement until I got the best signal strength.

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  • Mike D.
  • 2/16/2012 5:24:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI take back most of those mean things I said...

Pros: If and only if your base router works with this unit, it exceeds expectations as a repeater.

Good signal.

Extraordinarily easy setup as a NON-WDS repeater... WHEN it works.

Can be flashed with DD-WRT (with some effort).

Ralink RT3052 single-chip design.

Works like a champ in production environment.

Cons: If your base router does not work with this unit, you will be annoyed that you spent your money and time on it.

Relatively primitive firmware UI.

Firmware is feature-sparse.

Ralink RT3052 single-chip design.

Does not work at all in test environment.

Other Thoughts: Last night this router defeated all attempts to make it connect as a non-WDS repeater to a NetGear as base (or primary) router.

Today, connected with the greatest of ease to a Proxim 4000M AP running Proxim 4.0.12 firmware: hard reset, set to repeater mode in the top right-hand corner of the UI, soft reset, click Wireless and the Site Survey, enter the required information, and there ya go.

Works very well indeed, greater range than expected even between steel-frame buildings with some steel doors in the way.

Based on the Ralink RT3052 chip, along with ten thousand other cheap routers from many vendors.

Can be flashed with DD-WRT (with some effort) since it is the same hardware and (essentially) firmware as the EnGenius ESR-9752 and the Rosewill RNX-EasyN4. Wish I could post the URL to the thread on dd-wrt dot com but the egg will nuke this review. Seek and ye shall find.

So it somes down to, does your base router work with the RT3052? If so, you are good to go. If no

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  • Mike D.
  • 2/15/2012 7:17:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsrepeater woes with Netgear WNR834Bv2 2.13 firmware

Pros: Lights up.

Cons: Cannot connect to Netgear WNR834Bv2 router running 2.13 firmware as repeater.

Other Thoughts: Took a chance and bought this unit to work as a repeater. Nobody to blame here but me (and yet another half-baked Chinese vendor, but that goes with the el-cheapo hardware mercenary territory).

Went to the Encore site and followed their "Repeater FAQ" note for note, using WPA2-PSK/AES, WPA-PSK/TKIP, and no security at all, in turn. Tried the secure setups with passwords of various length.

In all cases this router returned "Connect to <SSID> fail," and that's where we are now.

Will try with another primary router and update this review if I can get it to work.

Thus far, I am not impressed. Will update this review if results differ. Judging by the mixed results reported here, successful use of this unit as a repeater is heavily dependent on the brand, model, and firmware level of the primary router.

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  • Mike M.
  • 1/27/2012 8:42:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWatch your settings

Pros: WDS.

Cons: Picky.

Other Thoughts: Setup mine in WDS mode with a Dlink DIR-825. Speed was only half what it should have been. I started the RMA process and found the post about setting my 2.4GHz band to 20Hz. I had it set on 20/40, once I siwtched to 20 only it worked like a champ. WDS wizard is easy enough a child can do it. Not crazy that I can't get back in even though I changed the IP originally. Once it enters WDS/repeater mode, doesn't let me back in.

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  • David D.
  • 1/19/2012 10:02:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSorry, But Nothing Nice To Say

Pros: It Powers On!

Cons: Sorry for the long review here. I purchased this unit based on some reviews that indicated the unit worked well as a wireless REPEATER. It was less expensive than other standalone repeaters from other manufacturers. Here are my experiences:
1. There is virtually no Customer Support. They either answer the phone, as others have said, or you get a recording to leave your information and they will call you back. THEY DON'T. After 6 phone calls and messages, I have given up.
2. The product comes with a "setup" disk. It doesn't work. Tried everything possible including compatibility mode. Can't even describe the lengths I went to.
3. Following the online instructions to the precise detail for Repeater application, the unit fails to function.

Other Thoughts: There is a wizard that can be accessed thru the browser at the 192.168.0.1 addy. Using the setup for Repeater in the upper right hand corner of the screen , the unit creates a separate "ENCORE****" SSID that cannot be connected to, even if I wanted to. Using the Wizard on that page gives you a few options. I've tried every combination over a 3 day period. Nothing will work.

I can only conclude that this product is not compatible with my router, which is a D-Link Extreme DIR-825. Other reviews say people have had successes with a properly configured Encore router with multiple Encore repeaters. Maybe so.

Since the manufacturer doesn't respond to reviews here, I can only presume they know there are problems and will not speak out.

This will be my first return to NewEgg. We'll see how it goes.

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  • Joshua B.
  • 10/20/2011 10:35:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLearn your networking topology

Pros: Small, lower power usage, long range, OKAY throughput for the price. 8 MB/s MEGABYTES not megabits. REAL WORLD TRANSFER LAN. Max range with 24Dbi parabolic directional is 10mi. With omnidirectional 7DBi range is about 8 houses in each direction.

Cons: none for the price

Other Thoughts: If you don't know anything about networking, don't complain about a product not working. I have 7 of these, 5 are in WDS/REPEATER mode and are working fine. 1 has been running straight for 1 year and a few days.

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