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TP-LINK TL-WPA281 KIT 300Mbps Wireless N Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, 2.4GHz N300 Adapter + 200Mbps Adapter, IEEEE 802.11b/g/n
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Generally works well, but on infrequent occasions has hiccups, usually related to adding servers or shares on a connected computer not being discoverable on other parts of the network.

Cons: I had trouble with running a server over the power line bridge to the other side of my network. Power cycling the extender or resetting and re-pairing the kit seems to resolve the issue when making changes to the network.

Other Thoughts: Tip for using the Wireless Extender:
Make sure the wireless extender is set to the same standard (e.g., wireless-G or N) as any other routers or AP's within range. I had trouble with getting wireless to work reliably on the extender, but making every AP as congruent as possible makes it more stable (in my case, all APs are set to Wireless G, same SSID and same WPA security, and it works better than mixed BGN mode).

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TP-LINK TL-WPA281 KIT 300Mbps Wireless N Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, 2.4GHz N300 Adapter + 200Mbps Adapter, IEEEE 802.11b/g/n
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fairly easy setup. Plugged in both devices side-by-side and paired almost instantly. The wireless N extender provides a good wifi signal in a part of my home that was previously spotty. Browser-based configuration is easy and reboots are quick.

Cons: Logging into the wireless extender is not intuitive if you cannot use the setup software supplied (i.e., using a browser on a Mac or Linux machine). I had to use my main router to discover which IP address the extender was using. This is not required if you do not wish to setup wireless security. Also, the wifi signal appears to be somewhat weaker than a typical wireless router, but this isn't a problem if it is just used for filling in relatively small areas of a building.

Other Thoughts: I'm very satisfied with this power line networking kit. I would readily recommend it to others looking to improve areas with weak/no wifi signal. The wired hub extender is a good option for a direct connection to a device/workstation or a more powerful wireless AP.

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George D.'s Profile

Display Name: George D.

Date Joined: 10/27/03

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 10/22/12
  • Last Review: 12/11/12
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