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

3 out of 5 eggs Not bad, but cost is an issue 08/18/2015

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

Pros: Very easy setup, with easy to follow instructions.

Size - Man, when they say “compact housing”, they really mean compact housing. This device is only about 2” x 2” x ⅝”. The black chassis is also aesthetically pleasing enough where it doesn’t look out of place just being on top of your existing router.

Range - this device was able to broadcast similar signal strengths as the router I have, giving decently strong/stable signals up to about 30’ away from the router.

Extenders - this played nicely with wireless range extenders, easily extending the ac 5ghz band even further.

Cons: General use - This is the first time I’ve looked at a “wireless upgrade” device, but it shares an annoying con with them; when the router goes through a power cycle, even when rebooting it through the web interface and not just a power outage, you need to set this up again. It also requires a hardline connection, using up an RJ-45 port on your router.

Cost - it’s close enough to the price points of new routers that broadcast both 2.4ghz and 5ghz bands that it’s difficult to justify buying this instead of a new router. And that’s taking into account the 15% discount, bringing the price down to $35. If that goes away and they’re asking for $50 for this, don’t even bother.

Other Thoughts: The ability to add 5ghz wireless signal to legacy routers is a really nice idea, especially if your ISP requires you to use a router which doesn’t have 5ghz and wants you to cough up more money for one which does. If getting a different router isn’t an option, then I think this is a good purchase. But honestly, I’d recommend budgeting the additional $10-$15 extra and upgrading your router, instead.

BELKIN F9K1122 N600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Really easy setup 08/18/2015

This review is from: BELKIN F9K1122 N600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

Pros: Easiest range extender I’ve worked with so far; I had it up and running within a couple of minutes.

The dual band ac 5ghz also played nicely with another product that was sent to me to review, a “wireless AC easy-upgrader” (a product which requires a hardline connection to your router, but broadcasts the ac 5ghz band). The range was pretty solid, too. I recommend using a laptop with inSSIDer installed to find a place that has about mid-level signal strength (for me, about 20-ish feet away from the router) to place it. This gave me about an additional 20-25 feet of additional strong signal area away from the router.

Cons: General use - Well, this con seems to be consistent with every wireless range extender I’ve worked with, and Newegg has sent me several to review; whenever the router goes through a power cycle, even if I reboot it through the web interface, you need to set this thing up again, too. Thankfully, not that painful of an experience with the ease of setup, but still annoying enough for me to knock one egg off the final rating.

Temperature - this tends to run a little on the hot side, but it was never too hot to handle, so I’m confident that it runs within the temperature specs safely.

Size - this is honestly the biggest con, for me. It’s large enough that it will block an adjacent plug or two, if it’s on a power strip. It will also block the adjacent plug on a standard 4 plug wall socket. And, depending on what you have plugged into the socket above it, can potentially block that plug, too.

Signal Broadcast - The router I have broadcasts a 2.4ghz and a 5ghz signal, and I wasn’t able to have this extender broadcast both signals, in turn. Perhaps a firmware update will fix this? Or perhaps there is a compatability issue with my router.

Other Thoughts: The size is the only thing that’s keeping me from giving this at least 4 eggs; this extender is the most pleasant one I’ve reviewed, thanks to the easy setup. If you think that won’t be an issue for you, then I’d recommend it over other extenders out there.

D-Link DSP-W110 Wi-Fi Smart Plug, Control/Schedule Your Devices From Anywhere
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Reboot router? Reset device 04/27/2015

This review is from: D-Link DSP-W110 Wi-Fi Smart Plug, Control/Schedule Your Devices From Anywhere

Pros: actually very little, see cons.

Cons: Eggxpert reviewer here, and I'm amending my previous review now that I've had more opportunity to see how this thing behaves during normal use. One of the flaws about reviewing products is that it's difficult to try to anticipate everything while I run it through my testing phase. Such as: power outages, or rebooting your router.

With a 100% success rate, every time there was a power loss to my router (either through a black out or a purposeful reboot) I also had to completely go through the process of re-adding the device using the MyDlink app to get it back onto the power schedule. The device defaults to "always on" when this happens. Given the hassle of trying to get this back up and running, I can't recommend it.

There is also no intuitive way to remove a device when this happens. After a power cycle on the router, I wasn't even able to access the settings for the device in the MyDlink app. There were a few times where I would be scanning for any available Dlink wireless devices, and not find any because there were no additional devices outside of what was already defined in the app, making it impossible for me to do anything outside of a hard reboot on the device.

Other Thoughts: In my original review, I considered giving this 3 eggs instead of the 1 I gave it (thanks to the ridiculous invasion of privacy). After discovering these design flaws, it gets 1 egg in earnest; you'd be significantly better off getting a scheduler that is based on a mechanical scheduler.


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Date Joined: 07/19/07

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