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TP-LINK TL-WA854RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, Wall Plug design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator

  • Boosts wireless signal to previously unreachable or hard-to-wire areas flawlessly
  • WPS button for instant set up
  • Smart Signal Indicator helps to find the right location to place the range extender
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TL-WA854RE

300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender
TL-WA854RE

Highlights:
  • Range Extender mode boosts wireless signal to previously unreachable or hard-to-wire areas flawlessly
  • Miniature size and wall-mounted design make it easy to deploy and move flexibly
  • Easily expand wireless coverage at a push of Range Extender button
Overview

What This Range Extender Does

TP-LINK's TL-WA854RE is designed to conveniently extend the coverage and improve the signal strength of an existing wireless network to eliminate "dead zones." With 300Mbps wireless N speeds, Range Extender button, miniature size and wall-mount design, extending a wireless network has never been easier.

300Mbps Range Extender

The TL-WA854RE is designed to conveniently extend the coverage and improve the signal strength of an existing wireless network to eliminate "dead zones," help users maintain an existing wireless network and vastly improve the network's coverage. With 300Mbps wireless 802.11n speeds, it is ideal for smooth HD video, music streaming and online gaming.

TL-WA854RE

Flexible Deployment

The device's miniature size and wall-mounted design make it easy to deploy and move flexibly. What's more, the TL-WA854RE's profile function remembers previously paired wireless networks, meaning there is no need to reset the device when changing the paired router.

TL-WA854RE

Plug and Play

With no new wires or cables, within range of their existing wireless network, users can easily extend wireless coverage at a push of the WPS button on their router followed by the Range Extender button on the TL-WA854RE or vice versa. An additional push of the pair button can quickly establish an encrypted connection with client devices.

TL-WA854RE

Smart Signal Indicator Light

Five signal lights represent the current signal strength that TL-WA854RE receives from existing router, which can help to find the right location to place the range extender so that the TL-WA854RE can achieve the best possible range and performance of the network.

Universal Compatibility

Works seamlessly with all 802.11 n/g/b wireless devices. It is also compatible with the latest Windows 8 operating system.

Features
TL-WA854RE
  • Range Extender mode boosts wireless signal to previously unreachable or hard-to-wire areas flawlessly
  • Miniature size and wall-mounted design make it easy to implement and move
  • Easily expand wireless coverage at a push of Range Extender button
  • Smart Signal Indicator Light help to find the right location to place the range extender
  • 300Mbps wireless data rates ideal for video streaming, online gaming and Internet calling
  • Supports domain name-based login (http://tplinkextender.net) for advanced management
  • Compatible with other 802.11n/g/b wireless devices
  • Advanced 64/128/152-bit WEP, WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK encryptions protect your network from security threats

Learn more about the TP-LINK TL-WA854RE

Model

Brand
TP-LINK
Model
TL-WA854RE

SPEC

Standards
IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Frequency Band
2.412GHz - 2.4835GHz
Wireless Data Rates
Up to 300Mbps
Security
64/128/152-bit WEP
WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK
WPA/WPA2
WPA2
Antenna
2 x internal
Receiving Sensitivity
270M: -68dBm@10% PER
130M: -68dBm@10% PER
108M: -68dBm@10% PER
54M: -68dBm@10% PER
11M: -85dBm@8% PER
6M: -88dBm@10% PER
1M: -90dBm@8% PER
Button
RE (Range Extender) Button, Reset Button
Power
About 3W Power Consumption
System Requirements
Microsoft Windows 98SE, NT, 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7, 8, Mac OS, NetWare, UNIX or Linux
Dimensions
4.3" x 3.0" x 2.6"

Feature

Features
Range Extender mode boosts wireless signal to previously unreachable or hard-to-wire areas flawlessly

Miniature size and wall-mounted design make it easy to deploy and move flexibly

Easily expand wireless coverage at a push of Range Extender button

Smart Signal Indicator Light help to find the right location to place the range extender

300Mbps wireless data rates ideal for video streaming, online gaming and internet calling

Supports domain name-based login (http://tplinkextender.net) for advanced management

Compatible with other 802.11n/g/b wireless devices

Advanced 64/128/152-bit WEP, WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK encryptions protect your network from security threats

Environmental

Operating Temperature
0°C - 40°C (32°F - 104°F)
Operating Humidity
10% - 90%, Non-Condensing
Storage Temperature
-40 degree C~70 degree C (-40 degree F~158 degree F)
Storage Humidity
5%~90% non-condensing

Packaging

Package Contents
300Mbps Universal WiFi Range Extender TL-WA854RE
Resource CD
Quick Installation Guide

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the TP-LINK TL-WA854RE

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  • Allen S.
  • 3/23/2015 9:09:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsTerrible

Pros: ...

Cons: Disconnects constantly and requires resetting. Does not remember settings when being unplugged, OR even when the device reboots to save a setting change. It still requires hard reset after. Just overall a pain to get working and keep working for more than a couple days.

Other Thoughts: Unless you're going to replace this product at no cost to me, don't offer me troubleshooting advice. I am about ready to throw this thing in the trash. Too bad it's too late for a refund.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer,

Thank you for taking the time to check out our Range Extender.

We are sorry to see that you are having some issues with this device.

If you would like to replace this with us, then feel free to contact our technical support team and we can provide an RMA if we find that the device is defective.


Best Regards!

TP-LINK Support Team
support.usa@tp-link.com
(866) 225-8139
http://www.tp-link.com/us/support

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1 out of 5 eggsA HUGE let down… (UPDATE)

Pros: -Still none. (See CONS and OTHER THOUGHTS)
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Cons: -Please read my "Chris M./ 3/11/2015 11:12:25 AM" review below and OTHER THOUGHTS (next) for full details regarding this "Update" review.
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Other Thoughts: -As mentioned in my "Chris M./ 3/11/2015 11:12:25 AM" review below, the newer router supplied by my ISP (now with WPS!) function has still not promulgated any form of solution for me in any way, shape or form.

-I am sorry TP-LINK. For what it's worth, I am still a huge fan, and still regard your products and quality at some of the highest and most affordable in the networking industry... just not this time.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer,

We are sorry to see that you are still having issues with this device.

I am pretty confident that we can get this device up and running in your Network and we would love to assist you further if you have the time.

It is good to see that you are a fan of TP-Link and we would love to help you in resolving this issue.

Please feel free to contact me directly at howard.he@tp-link.com.

You can also contact our 24 hour technical support team with any issues or concerns.


Best Regards!

TP-LINK Support Team
support.usa@tp-link.com
(866) 225-8139
http://www.tp-link.com/us/support

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4 out of 5 eggsWorks As Expected

Pros: I have a WPA2 secured network, and this was not difficult for me to set up at all. You simply plug it in, find the TP-Link SSID on your available networks as suggested in the setup guide, and follow the instructions to get it set up for your network. This part was not difficult at all, but I wasn’t using WPS or anything.

The range is about as good as I expected and comparable with other wireless range extenders I have used.

Of all the range extenders I’ve used this one is the most visually appealing and well designed from an aesthetic standpoint. It is designed very well so if you plug it into a wall socket it will only consume that outlet, it doesn’t block outlets next to it (although it might on a power strip, your mileage may vary).

The case is a sleek modern curvy white with a bright blue LED. Probably not something you want to install in your bedroom, but in the hallway outside your bedroom would be fine and maybe it could double as a night light.

Cons: Only supports 2.4GHz, which is very unfortunate since a lot of routers now are dual band, and 5GHz has more range problems than 2.4GHz does generally.

When you repeat a WiFi network you will always be sacrificing some speed, and that is of course still true with this range extender.

If you have slow Internet it won’t make a difference, but if you have Internet which is pushing the limits of your WiFi already, you may notice a decrease in performance when connected to the range extender.

Other Thoughts: Remember that this is a range extender and so the idea should be to put it somewhere with good signal on the edge of an area that you want to cover. Don’t put it too far away from your router or the range extender itself will have poor signal, and that will be performance impacting. If you’re installing it in your bedroom because your laptop only gets 1 bar in there, you’re doing it wrong, installing it in the hallway outside would probably result in better speeds and still decent coverage.

Remember that the 300Mbps advertised speed is not likely to be reached. If you have an 802.11g network that is only able to do 54Mbps, this range extender won’t suddenly speed that up.

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  • CHRISTOPHER P.
  • 3/13/2015 10:48:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTP-LINK Review

Pros: Easy to set up.
Works as advertised.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I had problems with wireless in my house since the router is on the ground floor and the living room is on the second. When using our XBox to play Netflix, the connection would often drop, and wouldn't reconnect unless the XBox was rebooted. Once I installed the wireless extender, wireless shows full bars and there are no more drops.

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3 out of 5 eggsA HUGE let down… MAYBE

Pros: -I spent one WHOLE month trying to get this range extender to work. THIS is WHY my review has been SO long in the making/reporting of this review. I like TP-LINK products and really wanted this extender to work. Man I have tried/done everything possible as far as setup, detection, SSID assigning, resetting (hard Resets both extender/router), DHCP enabled/not, and man let me tell ya, whew. Still to this day I haven’t gotten it to work. I KNOW my business around networking, and I could ONLY come up with 2 possible explanations (see other thoughts please).
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Cons: -100% is ONLY the 2.4 GHz band for wireless. C’mon now. Seriously, we’re STILL putting out products that cater ONLY to the 2.4 bandwidth? This is just simply insane. But unfortunately I couldn’t even test this fact/feature of the extender for I never even got it to work.

-Never received any reply to my emails to TP-LINK for some troubleshooting support.

-Called TP-LINK twice (with possible “ideas that might fix the device”), but it just seemed most important to just follow a “routine check list” of what to try. Trust me guys, I am completely able to do this on my own with a little help from my friend Google.
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Other Thoughts: -Tested with “stock” COX Internet modem (MISSING WPS button) and this COULD very well be my issue with this product and my bad experience (having older equipment from my ISP???). I will be getting a new modem/router from my ISP soon, and will update my review IF there is anything different to report.

-The ONLY other option could be a defective product. Describable only as if the wi-fi unit had been left out of the device itself, and I have been trying to detect a device that simply doesn’t exist. I have 3 days a week off from my job, and spent every bit of each of my 3 days off as well as many other nights “I came up with another idea” to try. I think I wore out google trying to troubleshoot this device lol. I even went through the Newegg reviews HERE on the product page hoping to find possible leads to help troubleshoot. The “Important Upgrade” in one reviewers manufacturer response didn’t pan out for me either. I would also try changing the Wireless channel width if I could see the device in my router setup. Man I am literally beat down on trying to get this thing to work. I PRIDE myself on giving good solid reviews whether good or bad, but in this case I am at a complete stalemate until I try with the new modem/router my ISP is supposed to be sending out. It has been almost 2 weeks now, and I still haven’t seen or heard of my new router/modem. So upon contacting my ISP I find out they “forgot” to ship out my new router/modem, and I should expect it in the next 10-14 days. I usually don’t need to test for 30 solid days (with the exception of motherboards etc) and I felt this review from me was way over due and to wait for another week or 2 to see if the new equipment will work, As much as I hate to, I will just have to DNF this review for now.

-I am sorry TP-LINK I just don’t find it worth my time to ship back a device that I was told I would have to pay for for 2 reasons; 1) this is a review item, 2) even if I DID purchase the item, it would cost me almost half of what the router costs new.

-Again, my apologies for giving a DNF (Did Not Finish) review on your product this time.

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3 out of 5 eggsProblems with setup

Pros: Once I able to get connected to the router (see cons) the range extender worked well. On the second floor of my house, I was getting 90% signal and wireless speed was good. When I did some network tests next to the router and then on the second floor next to the range extender, the results were about equal.

Cons: I have 5 devices hooked up to my Nighthawk router. All of these devices were setup with WPS and not problem. Not so with this range extender. WPS did not detect the range extender. Tried another router and it did not connect to the range extender using WPS. I then connected directly to the range extender and used the web interface to setup a connection to the router. I changed the SSID on the range extender and setup WPA2 key. After the range extender rebooted, I could not connect to my wireless network using the extender SSID. I then tried connecting directly to the router SSID and could not connect. The only way to get my wireless back up was to unplug the range extender. I reset the range extender to factory settings and tried setting up connection again with the same results. I checked the firmware and the range extender had the latest but I downloaded and flashed firmware anyways. I then reset to factory setting and attempted to setup again. My laptop kept disconnecting from the range extender so I connected to make sure it was not a driver or adapter issue. Everything was fine. I did another reset on the range expander and tried WPS again -- no go. I then setup the extender through the web interface this time I left the SSID the same as router. The extender disconnected while entering the wireless settings, but I was able to reconnect and finish the setup. After a reboot, the extender finally connected to my router. It has been up and running for a few days now with not problems.

Other Thoughts: I have several TP Link routers, range extenders and other network devices. Never had a problem until now. I am thinking I may have a defective product because of the problems I had with not being able to keep a connection. Once I was able to setup the extender, it did the job.

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3 out of 5 eggsSome issues

Pros: It’s easy to setup. You can either use the one touch button, or you can easily log into the extender and set it up that way. It has useful lights on the unit that give you it’s status with just a quick glance. If you want more detailed status information once the unit is set up, you can find the extender GUI at tplinkrepeater.net (instead of trying to figure out it’s IP address). It’s small and non-ugly. Signal strength is good and adjustable (default is high power). Being an extender, any device you connect to it will be on the same subnet as your main router, meaning it will have access to all the local devices (printers, servers, etc.).

Cons: This unit has all the usual limitations of an extender. You have to keep it pretty close to the router you are extending, which makes it somewhat redundant. If you have it too far from your main router it will drop the connection periodically. This repeater only works at 2.4 GHz. Throughput is OK, but not great. If you use the same SSID as your main router, devices that connect to it will have slower throughput that they otherwise would.

Other Thoughts: My first attempt at setting the unit up failed with an error saying the connection to the device had been lost. The second attempt worked OK. The best write speed I got was close to 40 Mbps, and the fastest read speed was around 35 Mbps. After losing the connection a few times, I had to move it closer to the main router. After moving it closer, the connection was more stable, but it still did lose connection at times, which is a show stopper for me.
Because of the limitations of extenders, I basically don’t use them anymore, and testing this unit has done nothing to change my mind. If I’m having range issues, my preference is either a more powerful router to extend the range, or the use of high quality powerline adapters.

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5 out of 5 eggsIts Great

Pros: This review is for the TP-LINK TL-WA854RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, Wall Plug design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator. This device has worked perfectly for me. The setup is so easy a novice or lets say the less technologically inclined individual can use it with superb ease. Nice packaging and very informative instructions. Increased the signal strength to my patio by double. I no longer have wifi drop out spots on the patio. Wife is super happy now lol And ya know what they say "Happy wife Happy life". I can maintain a full strength full speed connection thru-out my home now.

Cons: If I had to pick a con its as others have said the leds are very bright but hey you only really see the brightness when the lights go out. Simply put it where it will help your wfi the most and not hinder you when its dark. LOL

Other Thoughts: If your looking to expand your wifi range and signal strength at distance I highly recommend this adapter. Its ease of setup for even the tech challenged folks makes this unit a no brainer. Its cost is another great plus @ less than 25$ its a steal.

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4 out of 5 eggsTP-Link

Pros: Works as advertised, easy setup, reliable.
The white and blue looks nice and actually matches exactly with the wireless door bell I have.
Was having trouble with some devices getting a good connection on the master bedroom as it's on the opposite side from the only place our modem could be installed. Previously considered buying a very long ethernet cable and trying to find a way to hide it along the way, this solved that issue.

Cons: As others have mentioned, the flashing blue light is bright. You want to place this in a hallway, kitchen, ect. I wouldn't suggest putting this anywhere near where you sleep.
Might be nice to have a ethernet jack on this, not a huge issue though.

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5 out of 5 eggsWorks as it should

Pros: Uses almost no electricity, a constant 1.5watts while broadcasting, 1.2watts idle. it only sticks out from the outlet about 1.5 inches. so it shouldent prevent you from putting furniture against a wall.
by using an extension cord i was able to plug this extender into a outlet and still move it around to see just to see what kind of signal strength and how far away this can extend a network.
i paired it to my TPlink AC1750 c8 router and took it outside for a range test. plugged the extension cord in, and walked to see what kind of distance i could reach. with the booklet that comes with it, it says to try and maintain at least 3 bars signal strength.
i was able to reach the far end of my yard about 40Ft before i was down to 3 bars. my router is inside the house but only through 1 outside wall and within 10 feet of it.
i connected to the extender with my laptop and was streaming the Dark Knight in 1080p without any problems. i set the range extender down and started copying a file to the laptop. i started backing up into the neighbors yard and watching to see my file copy slow down, after about another 40 feet it started slowing down to where it was less effective to the point of it not being practical. but being almost two houses away and still being connected to my home network was neat. at the same location without the extender i could not get a good connection to my main router from the same spot. i could see it, but not establish a connection to it. so it does what it is supposed to do.
i could see this being quite useful for restaurants or businesses, many times the businesses that provide free wifi have a router located in the back, having something like this in the lobby or dining area would speed things up for the customers.

Cons: i do not recommend this to be used for gaming, or any situation where network dropouts would be bad, over the last 5 days i left it plugged in a room away from my router, it maintained 5 bars in that location and my ECS Liva pc had been connected to it, running a dedicated quake server. i checked the log and there has been 8 times where the network had to reconnect and my bot was disconnected. i left it plugged in all day today in a different location to try and rule out the possibility of a microwave or electrical device interfering with it, and sill had the same dropout. this might not be a big deal if you just browse the web or stream music or video. but if you are a gamer this might get annoying to drop connection at least once a day.

Other Thoughts: they made a small mistake on the label. on the back it says its rated for 100-240v 50/60cycles 0.3A. well 0.3 amps would be 36watts of power. that is a typo. its probably supposed to say 0.03A. using my "kill a watt" meter its never draws any more than 1.5 watts of power. 120volts/1.5w = 0.018 amps. and on the newegg specifications tab it says that its rated for 3watts power consumption, so that verify's that the .3amp rating on the back is incorrect. This device is very efficient.

i do not recommend you use this outside, its not meant to be used below freezing temperatures, and its not sealed. moisture will kill it.

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