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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
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very Nicely packaged

Price Point is within reason, and comparable to other makes

Very nice, pleasing design

Easy to setup, even if you don't use WPS

Cons: Typical bandwidth drop associated with most extenders/repeaters

2.4 Ghz band only

LED"s are bright on this sucker.....it can be used for a nightlight

Doesn't like channel congestion at all. If you have your AP set on a channel that a lot of other people are using, this little repeater gets confused. Proper Network setup of the AP by using a mostly clear channel will help any repeater/extender work better

Works OK for one or two devices, will not handle a lot of devices without losing speed and signal

Other Thoughts: The TL-WA854RE is typical of most small single band range extenders/repeaters. It has very limited use and is not for heavy traffic. If you need to have a little more range to operate your tablet on the patio of your small apartment, this will work nicely. If you are trying to hook up your TV, Phone, two tablets, etc all at the same time for use on the other side of the house....then look elsewhere, this will not work for you.

It's still a very nice performing little repeater, but so are many from other manufacturers. This segment of the market is flooded with products, and they all work about the same. I encourage anyone to shop for the best deal, and go for the one with the best overall reviews. Not everyone will be pleased with it's performance, but then again it may work great for someone else.

There are better options available for extending range, just do your research and look around.

Still, a nice product, but not for everyone. A three egg rating at best.

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TP-Link Archer T2UH AC600 High Gain Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs ARCHER T2UH AC600 DUAL BAND USB ADAPTER 07/15/2015

This review is from: TP-Link Archer T2UH AC600 High Gain Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter

Pros: Very acceptable price for quality of item

Overall range excellent with this adapter

Maintained throughput even under heavy downloading and streaming

Dual band capable

Signal strength on either 2.4 Ghz or 5 Ghz band is great no matter what brand of router I used

Extremely easy to setup using driver disk or downloading drivers from TP Link website

Included USB 2.0 extension cradle always a plus

No problems using with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1

WPS button does work if you like using WPS (I don't)

Cons: Device does not support USB 3.0 and that cuts down on the available speed somewhat, but the Archer T4U does

Device driver needs to be installed from the included mini CD as windows will not properly install a generic driver (for those that rely on Windows to do everything)

Like other adapters of this type that use an external antenna, they are a bit bulky and may not have clearance on some computers. User needs to know this before ordering..

Other Thoughts: Since I got into the AC routers when then came out, I have tested and bought many of them, as well as quite a few adapters. I have to say, the TP-Link AC adapters are some of the most reliable and well priced out there. They just work. I already had and use daily a T4U 1200AC adapter on my HTPC, and it works great. I subbed in this T2UH for the testing and it handled my needs very well, though the connection between the router and the adapter went down due to the T2UH only being USB 2.0.

For those that think beamforming is going to make a difference, don't bet the bank on that. I recenlty tested a beamforming AC router and it did not work as well as my TP-Link Archer C7 when paired with the T2UH or T4UH adapter. Don't believe all the hype associated with beamforming, it either works well in the environment you operate it in, or it's no better than a normal AC router, in other words, a gamble.

In short, I can highly reccommend this T2UH TP-Link adapter for anyone needing a dual band adapter to go with your AC router. Simple to setup, gets great signal, and the price is very competitive.
This is definitely a 5 EGG rated adapter, and should be considered by anyone needing one.

If clearance is an issue for you, go up a step to the Archer T4U. For a few bucks more you get USB 3.0 speeds and better throughput between devices.

Disclaimer: I am neither paid by TP-Link or NewEgg to review any items. I am given an item to review to the best of my ability utilizing my years working in the computer and networking business. The opinions expressed are my own.

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Linksys EA6350 AC1200+ Wi-Fi Wirless Dual-Band+ Router, Smart Wi-Fi App Enabled to Control Your Network from Anywhere
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Easy to set up using the IP address of 192.168.1.1. Setting up router through the IP is always the best way. I do not recommend setting up any router using a smart phone/tablet app

Has four Gigabit ports

Has one USB 3.0 port (and only one USB port)

Has the Ookla speed tester built in

Has industry standard Broadcom processor, and Broadcom chipsets

Dual band concurrent

Can set up guest accounts

Cons: Antennas are not detachable or replaceable with higher gain units

Router is not wall mountable (which is a must for me)

2.4 Ghz is limited to N300 and not N450 like most other AC compatible routers in this price range

Not DD-WRT compatible

Single LED on front that is not very informative

Sub par range on both bands compared to similarly priced competitors units

This unit gets hotter to the touch than any other AC router I have tested or currently own

Other Thoughts: I currently own, or have tested several AC routers, and for the most part I am greatly underwhelmed by the hype that is given to them. The real proof is in the use and testing them out, and for the most part most of them are no better than a standard N600 dual band router.

Having four gigabit ports should not be an advertising ploy, this should be a given on any wireless router.

This particular offering from Linksys is pretty run of the mill, and is pretty much a rebadged Belkin. Though it is easy to set up, range is so-so and the QOS settings I don't think worked very well.

As others have said, you have to set this router (and really any wireless router) to a definite channel and not rely on anything set to auto settings. I tend to use channel 5 on the 2.4Ghz band, and 149 on the 5Ghz band just to get away from everyone that uses 1,6, and 11 and all the other normal channels.

The router that I currently use is a TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 model so this is the router that this Linksys is compared to.

2.4Ghz transmission signal dropped off 35% at a distance of 50 feet compared to the TP-Link Archer. 5 Ghz transmission signal dropped off 60% compared to the TP-Link Archer. This is quite a dramatic dropoff.

The TP-Link is wall mountable, has three external removeable antennas (as well as three internal antennas), and remains cool to the touch. The Linksys has to reside on a desk, does not have removable antennas, and is hot to the touch, hot enough I put it back in the box immediately after running my tests.

In conclusion, you as an end consumer have to read the reviews on the router you are looking at and go from there. Don't be taken in by the hype of advertising. Look for what you want, take into consideration how many devices you own that are 5 Ghz capable, and judge if want the added expense. Realize that you are only going to get close to the advertised AC connection speeds (867 in reality max) if the device you are connecting to your network has an AC compatible adapter. So yeah, you have an AC router, but you are not going to connect your laptop at AC speeds unless your laptop has an AC adapter to make use of it, and most good dual band adapters are not cheap.

The Linksys EA6350 is pretty much middle of the pack of the AC routers out there, and would work for most people, but there are better choices in the same price range if you really must have an AC compatible router.

I give the Linksys a three egg rating, simply because it's average and not the least bit outstanding.

I am neither paid by NewEgg nor Linksys in reviewing this router. I am given a sample to evaluate to the best of my ability and post my opinion.

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