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TRENDnet Wireless AC Easy-Upgrader TEW-820AP
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Interesting upgrade possibilities 07/27/2015

This review is from: TRENDnet Wireless AC Easy-Upgrader TEW-820AP

Pros: Small
Extremely easy to set up and use
Single band 5ghz ac access point
Inexpensive
3 year warranty
Reasonable throughput
WPS button
Micro usb power port
Pre-encrypted correctly

Cons: 10/100Mbps LAN port (see other thoughts)


Other Thoughts (Continued, as I needed more room).

Initially I was a little unsure of what to think of this Trendnet product, was it just for upgrading an older single or dual band N router or could it be used to add an additional AC channel to a modern AC 1750 or AC 1900 router in congested environments! After all some of the latest AC3200 routers have multiple 5ghz ac streams and cost $300 or more.

When I received this device, I was disappointed by the 10/100 LAN port, thinking that this was a major design flaw, after all, this device has a max theoretical throughput of 433Mbps and the Ethernet port has a max throughput of 100Mbps! Then I got to think about how it was designed to be used and how most ISP's provide an internet connection that is below 100Mbps and realized that unless you had an internet speed that was faster than 100Mbps or wanted to transfer huge files across your network the Ethernet port would not be a limitation.

Other Thoughts: Installation was easy, I took the TEW-820AP out of the box and used the Ethernet cable to connect it to a free port on my router and then powered it up. I was able to login to the device using the default information provided to change its settings, however this was not required as everything was set up adequately. I was able to connect multiple clients to the new access point and get network and internet access.

WPS worked perfectly and to be honest I was happy with the default performance, even though it will not set any records.

My current router is a decent Asus AC66U (AC1750) that has up to 1300mbps on the 5ghz band and up to 450mbps on the 2.4ghz band, however this is maximum throughput and depends on many factors, the most important one is the client used to connect to the router.

The client I used for testing is a USB 2.0 client the Asus AC53 (AC 1200) that has up to 867mbps on the 5ghz band and 300mbps on the 2.4ghz band, however as usb 2.0 is limited to 480mbps this is the maximum that I can expect using 5ghz AC with this client.

I set up one of my laptops in my office that is 45ft from the router and TEW 820AP with 4 walls in between and then connected to both (one at a time) using my AC53 client and ran Totusofts Lan Speed software to pass files from my laptop to another pc on my network using first the 820AP and then the native AC channel on the router. All settings in the router were left on auto/default.

The TEW 820AP returned speeds of 70mbps and 88mbps (write and read) and the Asus AC66U returned speeds of 81.52 and 108.56mbps (write and read). This was not surprising and did not detract from my overall impression of the TEW 820AP. The router proved to be faster than the TEW-820AP at all distances, due to the fact that it has 3 high gain antennas and beamforming and the TEW-820AP has a single antenna and no beamforming.

Overall, I am impressed with this little access point. I have this set up in my home, connected to a switch that is 30ft from my router providing a dedicated internet connection to a single tablet and two android cellphones. To date I have had no issues streaming HD movies from the internet or my media PC across the new TEW-820AP access point.

New Dual band AC routers can be purchased for as little as $60 currently, so perhaps this product may be a hard sell, however for anyone looking for an easy upgrade to AC without disrupting their existing network, it is a great way to go.

I like this product; it works well enough, is extremely simple to install and set up without the need to take apart an existing network and comes with a 3 year warranty.

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TP-LINK TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender. Wi-Fi Booster
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Good product, however limited. 07/01/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender. Wi-Fi Booster

Pros: Smart Signal Indicator
Ethernet Port
2 year warranty
Inexpensive

Cons: Single Band N only
Little bulky, blocked the spare power socket
100mbps Ethernet port!
Got warm during use
Throughput was pedestrian

Other Thoughts: I am not a fan of Wireless Extenders, especially single band versions like this one. I took an egg off for the simple fact that single band extenders are generally lousy technology, not TP-Link's fault.

Getting network connectivity to dead spots can be achieved more effectively using ethernet cable, Powerline Adapter kits, upgrading to a new AC Router or even re-positioning your current router.

The issue with single band Range Extenders is that they have to talk to the router and connected devices on the same band, effectively halving the bandwidth to any connected devices (send and receive). This in theory would bring the maximum bandwidth to 150mbps, of course, if you connect a device to the 850RE via the 100mbps Ethernet port, your maximum throughput is reduced further to 100mbps!

Extenders should ideally be located at the mid-point between the router and the location where wireless extension is required. If a basic or old router is being used then range and bandwidth are likely compromised even before adding the range extender and halving whatever bandwidth is available in the first place.

The TP-Link WA850RE is well built and feels like a quality product. It did get warm during use and unfortunately for me blocked the second power socket preventing me from using it. The signal strength indicator is a great idea and in practice it worked very well in letting me know when I was at the optimum location for setup, this was easier than using software diagnostics to look at signal strength to determine best location.

During my testing the WA850RE never dropped off my network and provided a consistent result even though bandwidth speed was nothing impressive.

WPS worked immediately with my Asus RT AC66U, I also logged in to the web interface without issue and the device was easy to setup. I was connected to my network in minutes and I was able to test its capabilities by sending packets of data to and from a remote laptop using Totusofts LanSpeed software. I connected to the laptop using only 2.4ghz N.

Transferring files through the range extender to the laptop I saw speeds of 9.25 megabits per second but when I connected to the laptop using just the router I was able to see speeds of 48.17 megabits per second.
9.25megabits per second is enough to surf the net and send email, but forget streaming video or music.

I can’t say that the TP Link WA 850RE is a bad product as it works as effectively as the laws of physics and wifi allow it to, however I am not sure of a specific group of consumers who would benefit from this product.

This extender is well built like all TP Link products, comes with an Ethernet port, signal strength meter, and was exceptionally easy to set up using WPS or manually. It is inexpensive to buy and comes with a 2 year warranty

If you are not able to run Ethernet, upgrade your router, use Powerline (TP Link have some excellent Powerline kits), then a range extender could be considered. Just remem

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Compucessory Air Duster Cleaner, Moisture-Free/Ozone Safe, 10 oz., 2/Pack
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Works as advertised. 06/28/2015

This review is from: Compucessory Air Duster Cleaner, Moisture-Free/Ozone Safe, 10 oz., 2/Pack

Pros: Dusts well

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Not much to say. Can of compressed air. Worked well at clearing dust bunnies, dead insects and cobwebs from a couple of old pc's.

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