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TP-Link RE590T AC1900 Touch Screen Wi-Fi Range Extender
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5 out of 5 eggs Great extender! ...but it's big 08/13/2016

This review is from: TP-Link RE590T AC1900 Touch Screen Wi-Fi Range Extender

Pros: Outstanding range
Great touchscreen controls
Settings and status can be set and seen through Tether app
Easy setup – Using the touchscreen setup I had the RE590T setup in less than a minute.
First router/extender I've not had to enter a web interface for any reason - and that method of setup does seem a bit antiquated.

Cons: It’s very large. Even with the clock screensaver I wouldn’t want this large piece of electronics out in the open or mounted to a wall – say in a hallway.
It can’t be configured as a wireless ap – it’s a range extender only. I was hoping to run some cat 5e some distance away to provide maximum performance to the other side of my home. No dice. Good thing the signal output is strong.
Touchscreen is great, but has some lag. It can also be a bit of a pain to input passwords if you have large fingertips (due to the screen size). Perhaps I’m just spoiled from having large, very fast touch devices. It’s very functional even having said that.

Other Thoughts: This range extender is at the top of the list of extenders I’ve tested for signal range and throughput. This does come at a cost of the sheer size of the device. The touchscreen is wonderfully implemented, and the setup is as painless as it gets. If the size won’t bother you, this is a great extender to get.

Silicon Power 64GB Elite microSDXC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 85MB/s (SP064GBSTXBU1V20NE)
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Pros: Affordable
Fast read speed (approx. 80MB/s)
Above average write speed (20-25 MB/s). Peaks around 31 MB/s, Bottoms out around 11 MB/s
So far very reliable - I've filled the card 30 times with photos and video. No issues/corruptions/etc,
Lifetime warranty

Cons: No cons.

Other Thoughts: I used my phone (s7 edge) to repeatedly fill this card with video and photos. This took some time, but 1080/4k video and photos from a cell phone seemed the most likely usage case for this card. I've since installed this in my M.O.J.O. as cheap, reliable expandable storage. This card has handled everything I could throw at it with ease.
Long term reliability isn't something that can be reviewed, but this card does come with a lifetime warranty, and my experience so far with this card has been overwhelmingly positive.

ASUS RP-AC56 AC1200 Wireless Dual-Band Repeater / Access Point/Media Bridge
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Pros: Easy to setup – simply go to when connected to the repeater’s default SSID, select the 2.4 and 5ghz networks you wish to repeat, enter the passwords for both and it’s done.
Good range – Ignore the manual’s instructions to keep it placed within 6 feet of your router. In my testing, even at 20 feet (and on a different floor) only the 5ghz was showing an orange status and performed well.
Works reliably – 2 solid weeks of use with my kid’s tablets, Fire TV, etc and not 1 dropout, need to reboot, etc.
Music streaming is a neat idea. App was easy to setup and use.
Can be configured as an AP using the gigabit port (to reach places that get no wireless signal at all), or a wireless bridge to connect wired computers to the wireless network.
Handy on/off switch.
LED's aren't overly bright

Cons: No matter what I did, I couldn’t get true AC throughput. Even with the repeater right next to my router throughput was sustained around 20 MB/s. Signal strength was reported as 390 Mbps. This is pretty standard across every repeater I’ve reviewed. (See other thoughts)
Signal strength at the recommended 6 feet away was constantly (albeit barely) weaker than the router it was connected to (Netgear R6250). This changed once I realized that it works great even at distances of 20 feet.
Roaming assist only available with ASUS routers.
Big - Takes up both outlets and there isn’t a pass through plug.

Other Thoughts: This is a very solid range extender, and it works better than the first impression it gives you (only 6 feet away from the router??). There was no issue setting up at all – I was up and running flawlessly in 2 minutes, which includes the 1 minute startup time.
The antennas can be placed in a variety of positions, but always performed best for me straight up and against the extender.
AC throughput will never be as good as when connected to the main router, there’s just too many variables/potential interference when repeating a signal. Getting a solid 15-20 MB/s no matter where the extender is placed is very good.
Overall the large size and throughput performance really makes me want to rate this extender at more of a 4.5 egg rating, but I’m rating 5 eggs because as a repeater it has done everything I could ask of it. Easy to setup, stable (not dropping connections/requiring reboots), and broadcasts a strong signal to the weak spots of my house. The music streaming is a great bonus, but it may go unused for most.


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