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TP-LINK TL-WA854RE V1.2 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

Details

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

Package Contents

Package Contents
300Mbps Universal WiFi Range Extender TL-WA854RE
Resource CD
Quick Installation Guide
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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1 out of 5 eggsCould be better

Pros: Nice packaging and form factor. The blue LED's are a nice touch. If you live in a small apartment this might work for you or a dead spot in your home.

Cons: No 5ghz band and poor performance over the 2.4ghz band. Can't move the unit out of sight since there is no cord.

Other Thoughts: Might be useful for a dead spot in your home or backyard.

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2 out of 5 eggsNot too great for my use.

Pros: I really can't say a whole lot of nice things about this thing since I really didn't have a lot of luck using it. I guess I could say it's small and works great for a night light with the bright blue LED. Beyond that, I can't really think of a whole lot that I liked about it.

Cons: Setup was a nightmare for me. I don't use the WPS button and have that feature disabled on my router due to security issues. I went through the Web Browser setup and everything went great. I logged into the router TP-Link_Entender_XXX, picked my router's Wi-Fi's network, set the password and preferences, signal was strong and everything was going great, then the browser says it's saving the info and rebooting. Next thing I get is an error with no options or explanations. I reset to factory defaults and try again and again. I ended up turning on WPS on the router to get connected and set up. Pain in the rear. Now that I'm finally set up I can't move the thing more than 15 to 20 feet before it does nothing to extend the distance. Everything worked better with it unplugged and in the box than plugged in and set up. Just seemed like a waste of time.

Other Thoughts: Maybe this is really meant to be used by someone who has a cheap g/n router with bad antennas. I didn't see any signal change at all in my case. Overall I think it does something and may help in some cases but in mine, it was worthless.

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  • Rodney H.
  • 8/23/2015 6:30:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRange Extender

Pros: Absolutely none

Cons: See other thoughts...

Other Thoughts: This is a follow up on a previous review and after many hours of trying to get these things to connect and stay connected I give up.
This has to be the absolute worst purchase I have ever made. Don't waste your money these things are JUNK!!
Wish there was a minus egg selection.

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3 out of 5 eggsTP-LINK TL-WA854RE RANGE EXTENDER

Pros: Very Nicely packaged

Price Point is within reason, and comparable to other makes

Very nice, pleasing design

Easy to setup, even if you don't use WPS

Cons: Typical bandwidth drop associated with most extenders/repeaters

2.4 Ghz band only

LED"s are bright on this sucker.....it can be used for a nightlight

Doesn't like channel congestion at all. If you have your AP set on a channel that a lot of other people are using, this little repeater gets confused. Proper Network setup of the AP by using a mostly clear channel will help any repeater/extender work better

Works OK for one or two devices, will not handle a lot of devices without losing speed and signal

Other Thoughts: The TL-WA854RE is typical of most small single band range extenders/repeaters. It has very limited use and is not for heavy traffic. If you need to have a little more range to operate your tablet on the patio of your small apartment, this will work nicely. If you are trying to hook up your TV, Phone, two tablets, etc all at the same time for use on the other side of the house....then look elsewhere, this will not work for you.

It's still a very nice performing little repeater, but so are many from other manufacturers. This segment of the market is flooded with products, and they all work about the same. I encourage anyone to shop for the best deal, and go for the one with the best overall reviews. Not everyone will be pleased with it's performance, but then again it may work great for someone else.

There are better options available for extending range, just do your research and look around.

Still, a nice product, but not for everyone. A three egg rating at best.

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4 out of 5 eggsEasy to setup

Pros: This range extender is very easy to setup, especially if you use WPS.
I do not like WPS, so I did not use WPS.
Even without WPS, all you have to do is just enter your SSID and key.

Cons: It lacks an ethernet port. Not a big deal since it won't be used once repeater is setup. But I like being able to setup via wired connection than wireless.

As with all repeater, you loose 1/2 of bandwidth with repeater. Also when using same SSID for router and repeater, it sometimes causes confusion in wireless network and wireless device have hard time selecting which AP to connect to. (Wireless roaming problem.)
These problem exists with pretty much all repeaters.
Therefore, avoid using repeater if possible.
As a last resort, repeater could be an easy solution to fix dark spot in your house or office.

Range of this particular repeater is not so great, but this could be both con and pro depending what you want repeater to do.
This could be a good solution to fix a dark spot in a room or 2. But if you are really trying to extend general wifi coverage, installing another AP would be better solution.

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1 out of 5 eggsIt doesn't work well

Pros: So here's the deal; I hate wireless repeaters. Can't stand the things as they usually cause more problems than they solve. As a network engineer I recommend either buying a better access point or running a network cable and adding a second AP.

That being said I was VERY surprised with this unit. Setup was easy and simple, the internal antennas performed much better than I thought they would, it repeated the signal with the same SSID as the main AP. Even more surprising is I used the wizard as it covered all the features I wanted. Good job TP-Link!

Starting out I placed the unit in the kitchen next to the wet wall (the wall that has all the water pipes running in it). This area of the house has always been a dead spot. Very little signal in the kitchen, the deck, or the adjacent bathroom. After installing the repeater, I was able to get full bars in all these places and stream HD video with no stuttering.

I was so amazed that I was about to say this was the first repeater I would recommend...but then the problems started

Cons: It kills my router.

I kid you not, my TP-Link TP-WD4300 router dies after having the repeater on for while. All of a sudden my family will report connectivity problems and then no connection. Upon further inspection I find my devices are pulling IPs from the repeater's DHCP server and the repeater reports no signal. The only way to fix this was to unplug the repeater and reboot the router.

Of course the first thing was to upgrade the firmware in the TL-WD4300 router and the repeater. Sadly this did not fix the problem as I was still forced to reboot the router to get things running again. If I leave the repeater unplugged and powered off there are no problems.

What makes things worse is that there is no RJ-45 jack, so I can't even turn it into a wireless bridge.

Other Thoughts: If you need better signal than what your home router is providing, go buy an enterprise grade AP. Repeaters are NOT the answer

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4 out of 5 eggsTP-Link tl-wa854re

Pros: Nice packaging made from materials that are nice to touch.
Inside the packaging you get:

- TP link wireless n300 extender
- quick start guide
- installation disk
- general license notice.

Cons: None really. it's an inexpensive product and you get what you pay for. A basic wifi extender that does it's job but nothing miraculous.

Other Thoughts: Speeds could be better but i put this near my west wall closest to my drive way to get better wifi signals in my drive way. It has helped a lot by allowing me to listen to pandora when i work on my car.

My internet service is 100mb download and 5mb upload but i typically get around 120mb down and 7mb up, and in the room with the router i get those speeds with around 30 or so ping. Using this adapter i managed to get a whopping 22mb down and 3mb up with 75 ping using speed test on my phone.

Does it work? yes. Is it the best product out there? No. Is it practical for the everyday consumer who just needs wifi a little farther away? yes. Do i reccomend gaming or doing anything intensive with it? No.

You get what you pay for and honestly for just letting me play music on pandora out in my driveway i would buy this inexpensive well designed product 10 out of 10 times.

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3 out of 5 eggsGreat concept - good price - limited application

Pros: The device is inexpensive, compact, and thoughtfully designed taking minimalistic cues in both aesthetics and packaging. The setup was fairly straight forward and simplified as well.

It will extend a network and improve network speed -- but it simply doesn't do anything miraculous -- especially if you're in a congested 2.4 GHz environment already. See other thoughts for details of the real-world test environment.

Cons: It failed to come anywhere close to 300 Mbps 802.11n speeds, much less 802.11g, and never once saw even 802.11b speeds. See other thoughts below for testing results. All in all, it provides an internet connection but is not at all helpful to aid in streaming of media or gaming as the marketing would have you believe.

This has the potential to be a great product at an affordable price -- but it appears to struggle where 2.4 GHz network congestion exists -- range and connectivity is fine, but throughput just doesn't produce. See other thoughts below for details.

Other Thoughts: The test network is representative of suburban/urban environment with about 14 residential wireless networks in range. The primary testing environment was in a 1st floor room where the 2.4/5 Ghz 802.11b/g/n wireless router was located on the 2nd floor.

I tested the extender connected in the 1st floor room, 1st floor hallway, and 3 locations on the 3rd floor to find the optimal location. I also tested the extender in the same room as the main wireless router. Results are posted below -- the test was run 3 times per scenario and the results, as presented in Mbps, are averaged:

Same Room Baseline:
Direct connection to Wireless Access Point:
58.08 down / 36.76 up / 19 ping
Extender connected to Wireless Access Point:
7.81 down / 8.23 up / 29 ping

Optimum Location between 1st and 2nd Floors:
Direct connection to Wireless Access Point:
48.16 down / 36.89 up / 26 ping
Extender connected to Wireless Access Point:
5.46 down / 6.12 up / 27 ping

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  • Danny K.
  • 6/28/2015 1:12:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsOnly "passable".

Pros: * Sleek design

* Ease of setup

* Cheap

Cons: * Gets unstable when multiple devices connect to it

* Short range (more in reception than transmission)

* Connection drops once in a while without any reason

* Unable to choose the network to connect to (while offline)

* No Ethernet port (but TP does have different products that have it)

Other Thoughts: This device is not multi-connection friendly. If you connect your phone and PC to it simultaneously, the link will get less than perfect for either or both.

In case you have multiple networks in range, you cannot connect to TPLinkExtender.net to select your preferred network unless you (because ironically, you need to be connected to the internet, not to the device, to adjust settings). This is a drawback compared to other similar devices that you can set up strictly from device-to-device connection without internet.

After many months of use, I also find the general connection that it provides too unstable for any task that involves stable link. (Forget about video streaming!) It barely works for a Skype video call.

It once dropped connection for no reason during a live-timed online exam, (yes, the source wifi was stable) so I lost about 10 minutes just resetting the device - again, struggling to get it to connect to a specific wifi.

All in all, this is the product that teaches you that you get what you pay for.

And In case you find it relevant, this device cut me off twice while I was writing this review.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer,

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

We are sorry to see that this device has dropped on you and that you have not been fully satisfied with the connection.

If you haven't done so already, then we would suggest that you try to upgrade the Firmware of the device.

You may find the Firmware on our website at: http://tplink.com/en/download/TL-WA854RE_V1.html#Firmware

This should help with any stability or bugs that you may be facing.

One configuration that may also help is to change the SSID of the Range Extender, instead of having it clone your Router's SSID.

This may help stability by stopping the connecting device from swtiching back and forth from the Range Extender to the Router.

If you have any issues or concerns then feel free to contact our 24/7 support team.


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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3 out of 5 eggsEasy to use WiFi range extender

Pros: 1. Set up is amazingly easy. I just: [a] plugged the TL-WA854RE into wall power, [b] searched for its SSID and connected to the device, [c] opened my web browser to: tplinkrepeater.net, [d] selected my Region (US), [e] entered my routers SSID and password, [f] after a reboot, changed the admin password of the device and was done.

2. Packaging is simple and compact. Appearance is clean. Clear status and signal strength lights.

3. Came out-of-the-box with the latest Firmware. This was not immediately obvious looking at TP-Link's web page, as the firmware file is named: TL-WA854RE(EU_V1_140827.zip
Firmware Version: 3.14.8 Build 140804 Rel.39018n
Hardware Version: WA854RE v1.0 00000000

4. Wireless file transfer speed (to a wired PC) is better than the 150Mbps TL-WA750RE, but still less than half the speed of directly connecting to my router.
I measured 13.5 MB/sec (both download and upload) with my laptop directly connected to my router.
With the 300 Mbps TL-WA854RE extender, I measured 7.7 MB/sec (download); ~6.5 MB/sec (upload) varies from 4.4 to 7.3.
With the 150 Mbps TL-WA750RE extender, I measured 3-5 MB/sec (both download and upload).

Cons: 1. Transfer speed is disappointing. Fine for simple web browsing, but tedious for large file transfers.

2. My ASUS laptop connected wireless at 150.0 Mbps (not 300.0 Mbps) on both my router and the extender.

3. No wireless access port function. Unlike the TL-WA750RE and TL-WA850RE, the TL-WA854RE has no 10/100 Mbps Wired Ethernet port and does not include an Ethernet cable. However, for security purposes you might not want a Wired port on your wireless range extender.

4. Only supports the 2.4 GHz band. No support for the 5 GHz band (unlike the TP-LINK RE200).

Other Thoughts: I did not test the WPS function (for security reasons I do not use WPS).

I tested the device connected to a TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 router, ASUS Laptop (with Qualcomm Atheros AR9485 chipset) and a Wired PC.

Also see my 1/28/2014 review of the TL-WA750RE, newegg item N82E16833704192.

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