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TP-LINK TL-WPA4220KIT Advanced 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, AV500 Powerline Edition, Wi-Fi Clone Button, 2 LAN Ports
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: works for a while.

Cons: works for a while.

Other Thoughts: It appears, but I have not proved, that the wireless access point stops working after some period of time. It *appears* what has happened is that the wireless connection went down, my Android phone will merrily switch to the main router, but my daughter's iPhone 6, would not, and instead switched to cellular data, and racked me up some GB of data.

For the record, I mirrored the SSID and password of the main router, but put this device on another channel.

I have since gave it another SSID and pw, and still had issues, so I just unplugged it, save this problem for winter when i am looking for something to do.

What ever happened, unplugging both units and plugging them in clears the issue.

My router is Asus RTN16 (or something like that), running DD-WRT.

No issues noted with a Rosewill adapter, Android phones, or Chromebooks, just the iPhone. But they might have just switched to the main router. Again, I would have to play around, and it would also require me to take a risk that the iPhone would start hitting the cellular connection (when I least expect it), and it would require my daughter to keep track of it. In other words, probably never.

I was detecting the wireless connection going down with the Android app "Wifi Analyzer" by farproc. I have read that an app on the iTunes store has the same name but is not from the same author.

Consider the above *unproven*, it might have been what happened, then again the truth might be something else.

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TP-LINK TL-WPA4220KIT Advanced 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, AV500 Powerline Edition, Wi-Fi Clone Button, 2 LAN Ports
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: See previous review

Cons: Been having issues with this now. Unplugging and replugging the larger unit clear the problem - but try telling that to a kid that has to do homework online now.

It could also be my fault.

So far I have tried physically removing a Bluetooth adapter and a Rosewill Wifi adapter, no dice.

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TP-LINK TL-WPA4220KIT Advanced 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, AV500 Powerline Edition, Wi-Fi Clone Button, 2 LAN Ports
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works. I bought this for extending WiFi, and hopefully so I can relocate my Network Extender (micro cell phone tower) to a better location than in the basement, without having to pull cables.

I haven't really had the chance to stress this thing out.

Cons: Had an issue that ti wouldn't recognize the power line pairing until I unplugged and re-plugged both in. Not a biggie.

No pass thru outlet. Wouldn't be such an issue but typically all the outlets in older homes are filled up, and you can't plug this into an outlet strip or a UPS that has surge protection.

Won't work when the power goes out either then, since you can't plug it into the UPS. You might ask does that matter, and you are probably right, other than with a UPS you can keep your modem and router running long enough to save and close any network operations.

Other Thoughts: You place the smaller unit near your router and the bigger unit where you want the RJ45 and second WiFi. If you think about it for a while, it makes sense, more to do on that end.

You might want to take a picture of all the MACs and passwords printed on the underside before you plug them in. I didn't change the power line password (you can if you want).

I read some where on the internet (DD-WRT website?) that WPS is not as secure as you would think, and took the recommendation to just manually set up the wifi SSID and password.

You access the smaller unit with one piece of software, and the larger unit with something else that finds its IP address then opens up a web page. If you have ever accessed your router's settings from a browser you should be right at home. My router has DD-WRT. I created a virtual SSID and mirrored the settings of the virtual whatever-its-called.

Oh - another advantage to accessing the internal settings, you can change the channel it is on, especially if its the same as your router or your neighbor. Or, you can put it on your neighbor's channel then watch for the Xfinity van to come to their house to fix their wifi. :)

I use the Android app "Wifi Analyzer" to check channels, but there are many others, and I am sure there's an Apple version too.

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Display Name: Michael T.

Date Joined: 05/02/05

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 09/21/08
  • Last Review: 10/05/15
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