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TP-LINK TL-WA750RE 150Mbps Universal WiFi Range Extender
  • 2.4GHz - 2.4835GHz
  • Internal Antenna
  • Up to 150Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • $39.99
  • $24.99
  • Save: $15.00 (38%)
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4 out of 5 eggs Very simple to setup 01/28/2014

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA750RE 150Mbps Universal WiFi Range Extender

Pros:

Easy to read Status lights for Power, Signal Strength, Ethernet, etc. Plugs directly into a wall power out (like a night light).

The device can act as either a Range Extender, or Wireless Adapter (via provided Ethernet cable).

Very easy to set up. I just plugged the device into an extension cord and attached it to my Laptop with the provided Ethernet cable. I then connected to the device with my Browser via URL tplinkextender.net (or IP address 192.168.0.254).
The device then walks you through a Quick Setup which is simply selecting your Region, your wireless networks SSID/Password, and review. After a quick Reboot, the device give you access to the other options in the GUI. At this point I changed the Admin Password and was done.

As a "stress test" I began downloading large files from the Internet. After several hours my laptop disconnected from the device (it did this twice in about five hours).

The device came out-of-the-box with Firmware Version: 3.14.8 Build 130628 Rel.65164n. I went to TP-LINK's web page and downloaded the firmware update 3.14.8 Build 131015 Rel.50716n. The GUI has a simple Firmware Update option. You just open the file with the new firmware and click Update.
After the firmware update, you can access the GUI before doing a complete setup (after only the mandatory Region selection). At this point, I noticed a new option in the GUI called Traffic Monitor. This option builds a graph over time of the device's Download and Upload throughput.
I began to believe the firmware update corrected my disconnect issue, however my laptop did disconnect once the next day of testing.

I also tested transferring files between my Wireless Laptop and Wired PC. My laptop will typically run at 13-15 MB/sec when directly connected to my router. When connected through the device, the rate dropped to 3-5 MB/sec. I expected the rate to drop in half, but a 4X drop seemed excessive.

Cons:

My laptop experienced a few dropped connections after several hours of downloading large files. The connection is "rock solid" when directly attached to my router.

Wireless data rate of only 3-5 MB/sec through the device. My Wireless data rate is 13-15 MB/sec when directly connected to my router (to a wired PC).

Minor, but I found it very difficult to disconnect the provide Ethernet cable from both the device and my laptop. I had to use a small screw driver to push down hard enough on the plastic tab of the cable.

I rate the device as four (not five) Eggs due to the dropped connections and low data rate.

Other Thoughts:

I do not use WPS, and therefore did not test the WPS function.

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

The device's wired Ethernet connection is 10/100 (not Gigabit). This theoretically limits the Wireless data rate below 150 mbps when acting as a Wireless Adapter.

If you need a simple / low performance Range Extender, I recommend this product. It is very easy to setup via the Web Browser GUI.

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  • Michael B.
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