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TP-LINK TL-WA801ND Wireless N300 Access Point, 300Mbps, Multifunction, Multiple SSID
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4 out of 5 eggs Powerful Device, Works as Advertised. 02/14/2014

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA801ND Wireless N300 Access Point, 300Mbps, Multifunction, Multiple SSID

Pros: Fairly easy set up, Small and stylish, works well. POE is a major plus.

Cons: No way to mount on bottom, Indication lights on front are a little confusing, Needs firmware update right out of the box if more than one is being installed on the same network.

Other Thoughts: Around 8 months ago, I bought 5 of these for my 100 year old all concrete and brick church building. The building is fairly large with its three floors and 2 sections. These devices cover the entire church well, to be safe I purchased (10) 10dbi gain antennas to boost the power some. However, the extra boost from those antennas would not be needed.

When i first got the devices, and installed them on my network and set their locations (which could be up to 100ft away from a power outlet thanks to the included POE adapter) I started having a broadcast storm on the network. It was a bad enough storm to cause no connectivity to the router. after some research I found that it was these devices talking to each other that was causing the problem and that to fix it they all had to have a firmware update. If you know what you are doing with that kind of thing its fairly simple, just a little time consuming and a little annoying.

I just discovered about 3 weeks ago that one of them was not connecting to my network after a few hours of diagnostics i discovered that it seemed the Ethernet port on the one device had stopped working. It took that long to diagnose because of how confusing the lights on the front of the device are. I am in contact now with the manufacturer getting it replaced, and that has been a fairly pleasant process.

The only other thing i would say is that i had to use some Velcro-type adhesive strips to install them anywhere than a flat surface. Not that big of a deal if you are going to be setting it on a shelf or a desk, but inconvenient if it needs to be hung on a wall or attached to a ceiling.

I would highly recommend this product. it works well, has great coverage, and does not take much effort to get them set up as long as you don't need more than one on the same network. if you do then it becomes a little more than plug and play, so it is best to have some tech background to make that happen. Also try to find a flat surface to keep it on. The 4 in my large church building are still providing great coverage and service.

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