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This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender. Wi-Fi Booster
Pros: Great Option for the Novice to extend there network with.
Small cable included, Instructions as well as a full PDF on disk.
Speed is greatly increased using the LAN cable with no wireless devices connected (if using a wireless device it must connect to the dive, then to the network, then to the device again, this cuts down the speed)
If only browsing the web, or sharing Video / Audio this device will be perfect.
Speeds I was achieving were to be as expected for a device of this type, nothing great, but very usable.
Cons: Can not run a LAN cable to it to extend the network even further.
Not a device you would want to use for transferring LARGE files, or playing games over as it has very high latency due to it's type of connection.
Other Thoughts: Another great product from TP-Link, as usual it is fully functional and at a great price.
As noted above this device uses a dual communication method that must communicate with your device and the network individually and this cuts the speed in half, and doubles your Latency. If you need a faster connection over a long distance you are going to be spending a lot more than this.
Pros: Ok so I finally gave it a connection to my router, and got functionality. All be it limited
Great Idea to control your lights with an APP.
Works flawlessly with a constant internet connection.
Light is on when I walk in after work, goes out at bed time, and back on when I get up. LOVE IT!!
Cons: Can't control it with a PC??????
Have to have an Internet connection??
Can't even use it without one?
Wireless controller should be programmable instead of relying on website.
Other Thoughts: Maybe I'm Being Hypercritical here, but Why can't I use my PC? Heck if I'm going to connect it to my home network and give it web access why not???
Why not Bluetooth and some memory in the controller to handle the programing? THAT WOULD BE GREAT!! and add the option of going online VIA a router.
In my opinion that would make it far more usable, and far easier to sell to customers with crummy internet connections like mine.
In the box it States "The lights come on as I entered the room".................. with Bluetooth you can make that happen without extra devices.
It's great a great Idea, I like them, but they could be allot better.
Pros: For what it is it works well for me.
Perfect for an area with low usage, not for gaming or file streaming
Cons: Sometimes it can be hard to find an outlet in range of the area your trying to cover that has a good signal to your main router.
Learn the difference between DHCP and Static connections, you want static.
Other Thoughts: It's great for it's price and what it is. If you want to game or do rapid file transfers you want to be hard wired, or at least need a hard wire to a Wireless Access Point.
If you are trying to gain a signal in an area that will receive allot of traffic (more than 2-3 phones or more than 1-2 laptops) then you definitely need to look into TPlinks Power line adapters. Or learn how to set up an additional router as a Wireless Bridge.
If you just want to use occasional WIFI in your Garage or out building or back patio this is perfect for you.
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