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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
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

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.

TRENDnet TEW-817DTR AC750 Wireless Travel Router
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs A very good niche item 09/07/2015

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-817DTR AC750 Wireless Travel Router

Pros: Works well for what it is designed to do
Actually a rather full featured router
AC 750 speeds - FAST
Wireless Connection 5 GHz and Wireless Connection 2.4 GHz
Wireless ISP (WISP) mode shares a single password protected hotel WiFi connection with multiple users
Three interchanegable plugs for North American, UK, and European sockets
Downloadable PDF covering all facets of use/advanced use.

Cons: Support was among the worst I have ever experienced -Phone and Forums. I like to call support if they offer me a toll free number and Trendnet does. Getting through was quick but I connected to a girl whose English was not up to snuff nor was
her comprehension of the product. She repeatedly told me to hook the TEW-817DTR up in a manner that would make it
non functional. When I reported this to her she asked me to wait a moment while she consulted someone. Of course she was polite.
There are no Trendnet forums that search found, which is to bad but then again many company forums are so bad (hundreds of unanswered questions) that perhaps Trendnet saw no purpose.

Other Thoughts: One never knows what they will find on the road in the way of internet connectivity. Some places offer it for free some charge a few bucks for 24 hrs of connnectivity. What I do know is that if you are traveling with older kids or teens when you do stop you need to relax and that isn't possible if your kids want internet to use and abuse as they wish. The TEW-817DTR has two modes for sharing a single connection. If plugged into a wired internet connection it functions as a full featured router. If set up in WISP mode the TEW-817DTR also functions as a wireless AP. The unit is plenty fast enough for it's designed purpose.

I had no issues setting up and using the TEW-817DTR in router mode. The signal dropped off more rapidly then I would have liked as I moved away from the TEW-817DTR. I doubt the problem I experienced would be of consequence in a one room motel/hotel setting where there are no walls to block the signal.

A great selling point/feature of the TEW-817DTR is When the unit is switched to AP+WISP mode the TEW-817DTR can be configured as an Access Point, client to your WISP connection or as a Repeater.

The unit is larger then a simple range extender yet intelligently designed. With some careful placement and a proper wall receptacle the user can still have access to both wall plugs. I used a short ( 1 foot ) extension cord so I could easily access the CAT connector and the TEW-817DTR's extremely small selector switches.

The management login password IS case sensitive

I think this is a niche unit for those that travel on business with an entourage or take the family on vacation to Wally World. I wish it had at least one CAT cable output then it could act as a backup in home use.

All in all I like the item and the thought that went into it. I only wish that phone support was waaayyyyy better


NETGEAR ProSAFE GSS108E 8-Port Gigabit Click Switch
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Solid niche item 07/30/2015

This review is from: NETGEAR ProSAFE GSS108E 8-Port Gigabit Click Switch

Pros: Setup is super easy and straight forward..configuered out of the box
Multiple mounting options
Managed which means VLAN and Qos.
Power cord inserts two ways
Two USB charging ports...everyones favorite
Toll Free phone support
Gigabit !! ethernet ports
Ability to change orientation and mounting (permanent or temporary)
Mounting hardware included
Turn LED lights on/off
Limited Lifetime Warranty

Cons: Pretty much business only
At home I can't hook my router up and my wireless to device and do what I want
Toll Free number on box is NOT the number
(according to the heavily accented, difficult to understand gentleman)
to call for support. I was transferred...Lord knows the old oopppsss...disconnect.

Other Thoughts: I am one ethernet port short for what I want to do at home. The opportunity to Eggxpert review this was quite welcome. I can do wireless to all my devices except my Blu-Ray. That means I must dedicate a port to the Blu-Ray and use wireless
on one of my 5 PC's. That's OK but I would rather be hard wired.

I tried all options I could think of and even asked my highly qualified guru so I could run all my wired ports
and still have wireless but it was a no go unless I wanted to drill into my router options...which I don't.

To help with this issue I called the toll free number on the box. I appreciate help in any language as long as I know what is
being said. I had to ask "What?' too may times and then found out according to the support guy I had called the wrong number.
He transferred me but I was out of time so after a medium wait I disconnected.

The click switch is designed for business so I decided to take it to work and hookup PC's to see if was as easy a setup as it was at home. It was. We were going to do some gaming but the boss was staying late then we got busy.

I think the big sell point for the Click Switch is the mounting options. I envision this being used in a modern office where modern people just want it to work for those really big meetings. When their done... pack it up quick so there is no cord struggle and put it in your duffle.

As long as you know what the Click Switch is for and you have requirements for neatness this is a good buy even if similar items cost less


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