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This review is from: Belkin F9K1015 N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender
Pros: WPS Setup
Simple to install
Add up to 5000sqft wifi range (theoretical)
Small and compact design
LED Status light
Cons: Single band N300 extender
Other Thoughts: Let’s get this out of the way immediately. As a rule I am not fond of single band extenders, using a single radio, best throughput estimate will be immediately halved, as the radio needs to take up twice as much airtime (halving the throughput) as it needs to both receive from the router and then transmit to the client on the same band. Wireless extenders are best used to get wifi to areas where the wifi signal is compromised, extenders should not be used to increase throughput due to the initial 50% throughput reduction.
Newegg specs are a little misleading as they indicate that the device operates on 2.4 and 5.0ghz, however my testing shows similar throughput to another N300 single band extender I also own. WPA is supported even though WEP is only listed. Also, there is no Ethernet port.
Setup was pretty easy. The extender was plugged in to a power outlet that was within range of the router, then the wps button on the extender was pressed along with the corresponding wps button on the router and a connection was made and the extender could be used. I also setup the extender manually by using my laptop to connect to Belkin.setup in network and following the instructions to connect to the router’s 2.4ghz band in a browser.
The extender has 2 status LED’s, one near the wps button and one above the Belkin Logo, making it easy to understand the extenders current status.
As far as testing was concerned, I used my laptop positioned 55ft from my router with the extender positioned near to my laptop. I connected the laptop to the wifi network directly via the router and then indirectly via the extender and tested throughput using Totusoft’s Lan Speed Test.
When connected directly to the wifi network via the router throughput was measured as 62.35mbps down and 51.70mbps up and when connected to the wifi network via the extender throughput dropped to 19.62mbps down and 16.98mbps up! I have an excellent AC2600 router and noticed no worthwhile extension of range using this extender.
The Belkin extender is made well and works well, so no eggs off. It was easy to setup and use, it’s great value, however I just can’t recommend a single band extender, there are much better ways of extending a network. Repositioning a router, tweaking the router channels, or buying a new AC router would be my first suggestions and if buying a new router is too expensive then I would look at buying a Powerline kit instead of the extender. Powerline would be slightly more expensive than a single band extender, however throughput would be higher and more stable.
I can’t fault this product, however the science behind this product makes recommendation hard.
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