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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

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Brand
TP-LINK
Model
TL-WA854RE

Details

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Standards
IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Frequency Band
2.412 GHz - 2.4835 GHz
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"
Weight
0.3

Feature

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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

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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

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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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4 out of 5 eggsPRETTY GOOD

Pros: Easy set-up with the WPS buttons. Unit has very good LED's that let you know what is happening. My Win 7 network reported a full 300 MBps. Using it, my network traffic seemed very good. Speedy.

Price is very good. Keeps same SSID, so you can find your network.

Cons: None really. You got to be able to put it about halfway between your router and your devices. Placement is important.

Other Thoughts: Not bad for a range extender. I am old school - IF I can get a hard-wired connection, I am happy. If not, then we must succumb to WI-FI and its wrinkles.

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5 out of 5 eggsWill fill a void. A small void.

Pros: Setup is extremely simple. Just plug it in, hit the WPS on the device once it is ready and then again on your WiFi router. The default configuration will simply repeat/extend your 2.4GHz SSID, and security settings. Once configured, you're free to pickup and move the device to another location in your home/business to find the most effective broadcast location. Use the Smart Signal indicator light on the front of the device to help find the best location.

The extender is compatible with 802.11n, as well as being backwards compatible with older standards g and b. Maximum advertised speeds are 300mbps, but realistically you'll achieve around 200-250 depending on the use.

You can save multiple network profiles in the configuration web GUI. This allows you to bring the device with you and quickly setup in commonly used locations, i.e. home, office, friend's house, etc. The extender can either be programmed to mirror the host's SSID, or have a custom SSID of it's own, which is very useful if you only want certain devices allowable to connect.

The web GUI has a small handful of advanced configurations. DHCP can be set to auto (default), on, or off. You can also set this device to a static IP on your network, if you do not use DHCP. Channel width can be forced to 20 or 40MHz for compatibility. Security options include WPA/WPA2 personal, or WEP. MAC filtering using either inclusive or exclusive rules is available to keep unwanted clients from connecting. The beacon interval can be set between 40ms and 1s, though default is 100ms.

There is a throughput monitor built right into the web GUI, which I really like. It displays Tx and Rx in Mbps plotted neatly on a line chart. Start and stop buttons control the logging.

Cons: This range extender is only compatible with 2.4GHz bands, and not 5GHz. It is also not compatible with the latest WiFi standard, 802.11ac.

WAP2 Enterprise security is not supported.

The channel cannot be manually set. It follows the channel that your router is set to.

Range is very limited due to the single integrated antenna design. This extender will cover 1, maybe 2 rooms radius inside a typical residential home before the signal tapers down to <50 Mbps speeds.

Other Thoughts: Although this extender is not the most robust model that you will find on the market, it does have significant bang for the buck sitting at the currently listed price of $23.99. For that reason, I found it very difficult to take any eggs off. It does what it advertises. No more... no less.

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3 out of 5 eggsit's ok

Pros: Easy to setup and configure, looks nice and the WPS will make it easy if you have it enabled on your router. Can set it up to use your current SSID or a separate one if you wish. Menu is pretty easy to use.

Cons: 1. This has not seemed to really boost the signal enough to notice much of a difference. Placement can make a big factor as well. If you put it up high, it could help but most don't have outlets to do that (other than running an extension cord). Need to place close enough to the router for it to get the signal to begin with so you have to basically find a midway point.

2. The WPS button is my son's "Wow I can push this button" sort of attention grabber if you have little kids. He thinks it's fun and it screws up my wifi connectivity every time while it tries to connect.

Other Thoughts: I can't account for the WPS button since I do not have it enabled. I did use the interface to configure the settings to use the same SSID as my router. However note if you are going to change the default password (recommended) make sure you do it before you do the other configurations or you will have fun trying to access the option again.

Overall it's ok, but I'm not sure it will add enough value in my opinion.

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4 out of 5 eggsWorked OK

Pros: Setup and initial connection was very simple and easy

I like how it looks - inconspicuous, clean design

Worked OK as far as actually extending my wireless network. I moved my router to one corner of the first floor of my house, and put the extender on the second floor about two rooms distant horizontally. The result was a stronger overall signal at every point upstairs than with my router alone, which was particularly helpful for our phones, which at some points in the house with that setup would have problems dropping signal due to only having 1-2 bars of Wifi strength.

It's cheap

Cons: Didn't really experience any faster internet on the extender compared to just the router, despite the signal strength increase. It was useful, because it prevented any dropped signals or other weird connection problems, but I was hoping it would speed things up and it did not.

Other Thoughts: For a cheap extender, this seems OK. I'd probably recommend spending the cash on something nicer, though, if you really need a repeater.

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1 out of 5 eggsDoes NOT work for me

Pros: Attractive shiny white plastic with blue LED's
Toll Free Support - Guy that answered spoke and understood English
Connection to the TL-WA85RE V1.2 is via established router password.

Cons: Does not stay connected for more then 1 minute to my TP Link AC 1200 router ( a great router BTW)

The address given in the QIG (Quick Install Guide)for setup using web browser could redirect to a spam site...very dangerous. I tried the address in Chrome, IE (in Win 7) and Firefox in Linux Mint. Every time I was redirected. What is important to know is the adding www to the address is a no no.

ALSO....IF I AM NOT CONNECTED VIA THE TL-WA85RE V1.2 and the correct URL is typed in I get redirected to SPAM site as well. THAT NEEDS IMMEDIATE ATTENTION.

Other Thoughts: I cannot recommend the TL-WA85RE V1.2

I have used and setup with complete success 4 range extenders before I was asked to evaluate the TL-WA85RE V1.2 which means to me there is something wrong with this model or just my particular unit. Since I was having no success with connection on my own following the QIG (Quick Install Guide) I called TP Links toll free support line and quickly got through to a tech guy that spoke and understood English.

I explained what I had done and how the process had failed. He had me reset the device (which I had done on several occasions) then in my browser type
192.XXX.X.XXX which brought me to the web browser TL-WA85RE V1.2 configuration page. The QIG should supply this number rather then the URL for safety sake.

I had been on this page previously during my solo attempts at setting up the TL-WA85RE V1.2. I followed the prompts and reached the endpoint successfully.

Tech support had me move the TL-WA85RE V1.2 to where I wanted it permanently placed. I had set it up next to my AC 1200. I did this and it was only seconds before connectivity was lost indicated by the setup URL going blank and the flashing blue LED's on the TL-WA85RE V1.2.

On or before connection to TP-LINK_XXX, which is how it appears on the list of available wireless connections TP-LINK_XXX disappears from the list. I advised tech support of this and was told that's OK. I asked how do I know I am connected to the TL-WA85RE V1.2 and not directly to the router? Tech replied that I could tell by signal strength. I said no that isn't correct at which point tech did not want to discuss it further. He told me I have a bad unit and should return it. I mentioned I was reviewing the item for Newegg Eggxpert and he indicated that was nice. The conversation ended before I had a chance to tell him the QIG instructs that I can keep the TL-WA85RE V1.2 named as the default TP-LINK_XXX or "be customized to a new one (TP-LINK_XXX_EXT). Oh Well.

What good tech would have done is tell me to return the unit to them at their expense and they would ship me a new unit. This tech did not.

One last item needs mentioning. The direction PDF reads ( not the QIG) that if the problem I seem to be having persists then reset the router...ho ho ha ha...I ain't gonna do that cause it takes time and effort (physical and mental) to then reset everything up like I want it. I could use a config file to restore router config but there would be no assurance that would not break the connection

At this point, though I can't recommend the TL-WA85RE V1.2 I cannot write "it is a piece of doo doo." I think I have a faulty unit. As written I have setup several range extenders and found them to be valuable products. I have also been happy with almost every TP Link product prior to this.

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3 out of 5 eggsEasy setup, abysmal performance

Pros: -Straightforward setup using typical browser-based access to the configuration

-Device found my local wireless network without issue and you can specify by MAC address which AP you want it to connect to

-Retains profiles for different locations/wireless networks and allows you to select

-I like the low profile, especially compared to a similar NETIS device I have that sticks out perpendicular to the wall

Cons: -Throughput speeds are rarely better than the speeds seen when connected to device being extended

-Minor Con: Although I understand why TP-Link uses ‘extender’ in the naming of this device, it is really just a wireless repeater. In my experience, an extender is a device that is connected to the wired network and then acts as an access point for the wireless network, extending it that way.

-Minor Con: They made this device low profile, but didn’t include a plug that folds in for travel.

Other Thoughts: I have had good history with TP Link’s devices (routers & adapters) and this device has surprised me a bit, but not in a good way. As mentioned in the Pros, I had no difficulty configuring this device to the local network. As I typically do with all of my network connections, I test the actual throughput speeds using the excellent third-party utility LAN Speed Test (LST) v3.5 with LST Server running on a home server across a robust Gigabit-802.11ac network. As a point of reference, I average 800Mbps Write/Upload & 800Mbps Read/Download (hereafter, 800/800) on my network testing from PCs that have Gigabit wired adapters and (90/145) testing over Wireless AC speeds on the 5GHz band. With an N300 adapter on this network, I can easily get 50/90, so that is our actual top end. I connected to the TL-WA854RE (latest 140827 firmware) configured it to my local network and then tested using a Windows 8 Tablet and also a Windows 10 Ultrabook, both with an N300-rated adapter. Sadly, I could not get better averages than 12/10. I tried different plug-in points around the room (utilizing the Smart Signal functionality), some at typical wall height, some at desk height and, finally, one that is a foot below the ceiling and is about 4 feet away from the wireless device that the extender is extending the signal for. The result was the same – sluggish response and throughput speeds. That concluded home testing. I also brought it along on a weekend vacation and did the same type of testing using my CradlePoint router connected via wired connection to an Ultrabook with LST Server running. Having tested other devices, I knew that this aging, yet functional, router could easy throughput 40+ down & up. Using the same devices and processes as at home, I was seeing the same throughput of 12/10. I then tested a N150 NETIS repeater device for comparison and it was showing a comparable throughput of 9/9. I really wanted to like this device and it does make a great nightlight. However, If you need to extend your wireless network but also have access to the wired network somewhere along the way, I recommend the TRENDnet TPL-410APK (which uses the AC power wiring as an “alternative” network). For comparison, in the same setting where I was getting 12/10 with this device, the TPL-410APK was getting 35/35. I believe it is worth the extra money.

Overall, this device gets 5 eggs on form and then loses 2 eggs on function. I will sometimes rate a device higher than normal if I can find a niche or specific purpose for it, but I simply could not find a niche for this device. If I do, look for a follow-up review...

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1 out of 5 eggsWont detect wireless N

Pros: Small Cheap

Cons: Wont seem to detect my wireless N network in the survey.... my phone catches full signal at the location I have it, and i even tested it right next to the Access point I am trying to extend....
It only sees my wireless G network.... in the backyard
Am I missing something?

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4 out of 5 eggsWorks As Advertised

Pros: -Small Foot print and uses on one top outlet
-Super easy set up
-Does what it says it will do.
-increases signal range of main WiFi router

Cons: -300Mbps speed is good but it shares that with all devices.
-Using multiple devices all the same time can limit data transfer.
-Can get interference from other WIFI routers of in high traffic areas so if you life in a busy area think twice.
-Blue lights on the device is very bright and could be used as a makeshift night light in a hallway.

Other Thoughts: I live in a typical neighborhood with good clearance between homes. My house is the typical Ranch Style and my router is at on side of the house and my office is on the other. I used this device and my 60% signal was boosted to 87%, Windows 10 paired with it just fine and I had no problems with the device but in life you get what you pay for so this can be right for you or if you are in high congested area with lots of signals around this might not be the one you want.
Overall. This extender does what it advertises and TP-Link is an excellent brand. The unit did get warm and the lights are very bright so its a hallway or a non sleeping area is best for this device as it could be used as a great blue night light for late night runs to the rest room.

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4 out of 5 eggsUnable to Obatain IP Address if Low Signal

Pros: Setup was easy with WPS mode enabled. No driver installation was needed as with all wireless range extenders. LED's are useful and are easy to read. Simply press the WPS on the device and the router and it is functional with no change to SSID. The price is reasonably cheap by itself and compared to other wireless range extenders. TP-Link has good support website with everything easy to find.

Cons: When plugged in the basement two floors below, I was unable to establish a connection due to the error message of unable to obtain IP address. The LED's however indicate low to medium signal strength, which is not true. This means it was unable to handle the WPA2 encryption or the signal lack integrity. The signal strength on my phone was max when this happened. It's also max wherever this is plugged in. All these cons is due to the lack of antennas or poor physical design. This shouldn't happen for a simple wireless N device like this. The designer should know better not to defeat the purpose of a wireless "range" extender.

Other Thoughts: I would much rather recommend PowerLine networking over this. PowerLine do work even in multistory building with surge protectors. I use the Belkin surge protector with coaxial, phone and Ethernet wire connectors. For small devices like this, wireless AC provide minimal improvement with regards to signal strength at long range. Proper implementation of wireless AC require better physical design (antenna layout) and features like Wave 2.0. Wireless AC is more useful for 5G than 2.4G.

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  • Catlin L.
  • 9/10/2015 10:27:07 AM
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1 out of 5 eggssignal lights are up but signals speed down

Pros: attractive and simple

Cons: After I pug in different areas several times my ipads' signal bars appeared but speed was very slow or no connectivity. I ordered a different model same thing: slow or no connectivity.

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