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This review is from: BELKIN F9K1122 N600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender
Pros: Simple set up, small footprint, ethernet port is a nice touch, extender menu is pretty simplified.I did not have to jump through hoops to get both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands working.
Cons: Honestly I can't think of any. The only complaint I have is with network extenders in general, in which case if your router still emits a strong signal your devices may connect to that instead of the range extender.
Other Thoughts: This little device is a range extender, meant to be set in an area where you get medium signal strength to get to those hard to reach areas.
My home internet runs at 120Mbps, which I am able to get the full 120 on 5GHz and 90 on 2.4GHz. I was expecting to get half this speed on the range extender but I was pleased with the performance. On 5GHz I was able to get 65Mbps down and 10Mbps up. On 2.4GHz I was able to get 48Mbps down and 10Mbps up.
I tested the speeds with my phone which is pretty portable but unfortunately it does not give me the negotiated link speed between the extender and the device. I got a 2nd device out but it did not seem to want to connect to the router, so I am unable to give link speeds.
My wireless router shows that this extender is connected through the 5GHz band, without a simultaneous 2.4 and 5Ghz connection. Not that this is a bad thing, It would probably be best to prevent multiple devices from connecting to the extender as it may quickly saturate the connection.
From my testing this seems to be a pretty excellent range extender. I have no hesitations or reservations on recommending it for your needs.
Pros: Lightweight, simple to set up, gigabit ethernet ports (some routers don't even have this), clean UI
Cons: 5GHz band acted weird (see below), range is about average for this price range, less than stellar throughput, not recommended if your internet speeds are above 50Mbps.
Other Thoughts: The Archer C2 AC750 is more of a budget oriented router, carrying a wireless chip that supports 2x2:2 MIMO on the 2.4GHz band and 1x1:1 "MIMO" on the 5GHz band. It supports up to 433Mbps on 5GHz and 300Mbps on 2.4GHz.
With the ethernet cable directly plugged in, I was able to achieve my ISP's maximum stated speed of 120Mbps. Wireless performance however, was disappointing. Being 4-5ft away from the router, I was only able to achieve 80Mbps on the 5GHz band and 70 on the 2.4G band. The furthest point away from the router, which is about 100ft, the router was able to achieve 67Mbps in the 5G band and 14Mbps on the 2.4G band.
The results are a little disappointing, given that the max speeds are well above my ISP's stated speeds. While the routers aren't expected to top out at the rated speeds, the fact that I received speeds under my maximum internet speeds was disappointing. The range is quite average for a router in this price point.
I also had a slight problem with this router, for awhile I absolutely could not connect to the 5GHz band. It would connect, and proceed to disconnect me. When I looked at available SSIDs the 5GHz was simply not there. It wasn't until I renamed it that it showed up again and I was able to connect to it. I am not sure if a defective device is to blame for the subpar speeds or the weird 5GHz issue.
My regular router's price point is well above this router and comparing the two is unfair. However, I will list those speeds because it may form a bias against this router. I am able to easily hit over 100Mbps even at the furthest point away from the router on the 5Ghz band and 80Mbps on the 2.4GHz band. I will admit, it is such a wide performance discrepancy that may add to my disappointment.
For all intents and purposes, this seems like a fine router for light home use. If your internet speeds are higher than 50Mbps or you have multiple users in your household, I suggest you look for a different router.
Pros: Sleek design, USB 3.0 ports are a definite plus, simple and easy to set up, Wireless AC support, Able to select between 20/40MHz channels, very good network performance
Cons: Can't think of any, maybe if the wifi range was a little better it would be amazing.
Other Thoughts: This is a pretty neat little router from TP-LINK. Over the years I have been burned by many entry level routers with them usually failing or acting weird within 6-8 months. In my frustration I ended up purchasing a somewhat high end router so that is what I have to compare with to this mid range model. After reviewing this router, I kind of wish I had bought this router instead.
My home internet speed tops out at 50Mbps and peaks at 70Mbps bursts. I am happy to report that I am able to achieve this performance over the gigabit Ethernet link as well as the wireless 2.4 and 5GHz links.
The router is very customizable, you can even manually opt for 20 or 40MHz channels. Generally routers auto select the channel width based on how many other routers are in the vicinity. That really caught my eye, props to TP-LINK for that...
The wireless chips are QCA9558 for 2.4Ghz and QCA9880-AR1A for the 5GHz band. They are all configured in 3x3:3, so keep in mind for best performance you want an AC chip that supports 3x3:3.
Transferring files from 2.4GHz to 5GHz yielded an average speed of 13Mbps. From an Ethernet to 5GHz file transfer yielded an average of 18Mbps. These are very respectable speeds in my opinion. For comparison, my high end router from Ethernet to 5GHz yields an average of 23Mbps- I certainly didn't feel like I got what I paid for- for the high end router!
The high end router gives 5 full bars everywhere in my home. Dead spots that were previously present in my home (signal would initially be 80% then drop to 20 and die off) were now reading at 87%. This router is a little weak in terms of signal strength compared to the high end router. For a little better signal, have your 5GHz band selected to the very highest channel. The router will be forced to transmit on a higher power and therefore the range will be greater.
I have not noticed any weirdness or failures from my initial ownership of this router. If you are looking for a solid, dependable router that doesn't break the bank this is for you. I am highly impressed with this router and highly recommend it if you are in the market for a replacement.
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