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TP-LINK TL-WA854RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, Wall Plug design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

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.

TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b PCI Express Up to 1.3Gbps Wireless Data Rates
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I am glad Tplink recognizes that some people are still using windows xp, i was even able to get windows 10 technical preview to work using the windows 8 driver. open device manager, and manually select the driver from the windows 8 folder. i don't know why others say it was not working, they must of been using the setup program.
Steam Os beta supports this card, and recognizes the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands by default without having to manually install drivers.
however Zorin 8, and Ubuntu do not have the driver by default. you can find the driver in the software and updates center under the additional drivers tab, its listed as a Broadcom device.
in windows it can be configured as a Wireless Access Point with the TPlink utility. basically you can use this card to turn a computer into a router. or a range extender.
The Tplink utility and software are not as intrusive as others i have used and its laid out in a clean, easy to use way. they thought ahead and considered that you might be using multiple wireless adapters and made the utility smart enough to let you configure them independently. You can have one adapter set up as a Access Point. and the other connected to a router to extend a network. and your second adapter does not have to be a tp-link product either, the utility will work work with other wireless adapters.
the adapter is very small, its shorter than the total length of a pci express 16x slot. it is only 100mm long. (just over 4 inches) but not small enough to be low profile, its about a quarter of an inch too tall to be low profile ready. just in case you were wondering like me. The antennas are standard screw on type in case you wanted to swap them for larger ones, or movable directional antennas.

Cons: To test out this wireless card, what better router to pair it with than the TPlink AC-1750 C8, 1300+450Mbps. Running windows 7, and having the wireless card installed in a computer 5 feet from my router, windows 7 is telling me i have a 1.3Gbps connection on the 5Ghz band. my maximum sustained file copy speed over my network averaged at about 60MB/second. or 480Mbps.

After tweaking settings, moving the router, adjusting the antennas, and checking to make sure there were no other devices anywhere near operating on the 5Ghz Band, i was unable to beat 60MB/second. sometimes windows would show a 1.5Ghz connection but it was not stable, indicated speed would fluctuate.

Same computer but on the 2.4Ghz band. windows7 is telling me i have a 450Mbps connection, and my file copy speed averages at a maximum of 41MB/second. or 328Mbps.

make sure you go to the tplink website and download the newest driver and utility. my driver cd was created on august 2014, and the newest driver version is dated for dec 2014.

i am quite disappointed that i am using a TPlink router c8 1750 and the Tplink Wireless Adapter T8E and sitting 5 feet away and getting a less than perfect connection.
the tplink utility uses a percentage rather than bars like the windows utility, and my signal strength is showing 86%.
i was excited to see these two in action together, them being the same brand, and having a similar model number i thought it would be a perfect match. yet my wireless speed is not what i expected for a 1.4Gbps connection. i was hoping to see 80+MB/second file copy speeds.

Other Thoughts: overall i would say this card meets my expectations. a slightly better connection would be great, but i have not actually owned a wireless adapter which can do better than this one.

Keep in mind that the 60MB/second i was able to achieve was a mere 5feet away, and was used only to judge the maximum speed of the wireless card. the 5Ghz Band is the faster band, and is also more susceptible to slow downs as distance increases. if you will be more than 20feet from your router, the 2.4Ghz band might actually be faster and more stable than the 5Ghz band depending on your home.

60MB/second is very good. its overkill for internet, and more than adequate for transferring files around a home network..
if anybody had a need for something faster, a wired Ethernet connection would be the only realistic option.

TP-LINK Archer C5 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5Ghz 867Mbps, 2 USB Ports, IPv6, Guest Network
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: antennas are 7.5" long. nearly twice as long as antennas on other routers i have owned.
led lights are not overly bright, which is great if it will be in a room where people also might be sleeping or watching movies.
has the slotted holes on the bottom so it can be mounted on a wall using two screws or nails.
power adapter is a very standard rating, which is great news in case it breaks or you loose it. its rated at 12volts 2.5Amps, = or 30Watts. this router does not run hot, its actually modest on the wattage being used, i have a meter which displays the true power draw, it is using less than 5 watts while in use. when using USB attached devices power consumption will increase.
the router has a switch on the back to manually and easily disable the wireless connection, great if you don't use it, or if your kids are up after bedtime.
Wireless strength is good, its definitely just as good if not better than my other high performance routers. i am able to remain connected to the 2.4ghz network up to 2 houses away, but the 5hz network is only good for in my house and into my yard. any further and it becomes weak.
probably the coolest feature of this router is the USB file sharing.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: some of the routers i have used show your external hardrive or flash drive as a shared computer located on your home network, this makes it easy to find. however these TP-Link routers do not.
you have to navigate to it by clicking start, than typing "run" into the search bar, then typing \\ into the dialog box. don't forget to place a shortcut to it so its easier to get to next time.
USB file copy speed is not bad for usb2.0, at 11MB/s read and 8.7 write, its faster than most of the other routers with usb 2.0 ports that i have tested.
i have no problem streaming 1080p Blue-ray ripped movies from my external hardrive through the usb2.0 port.
this is fast enough for basic NAS. watching movies, and doing computer backups.
but if you plan to install games to the drive or store project files, or move alot of data around, you are going to want a separate NAS. or a router with usb3.0 ports which is actually capable of fast speeds. i have a C8 1750 which is a very nice router, and it maxes out at only 18MB/s. i did find one router which has impressive usb3.0 speeds. i'm not going to list other brand names here. but id say it's more of a boutique router than a practical solution for home networking. and for the price of it, you could have this router and a very nice NAS.
This router supports DD-WRT and OpenWrt firmware upgrades, advanced users may have need for additional features that the router does not provide by default. these changes are not for everybody and will make the router more complex and harder to configure. only advanced users will have a use for this.
overall this router is a good value and is a solid performer. with all the fine routers available today its really difficult to go wrong if you are buying a good brand like TP-Link.


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