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TP-LINK TL-WA854RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, Wall Plug design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This is an update to my 5/29/2014 review. Unit does now work fairly well compared to my old Encore unit. Range is better and I don't seem to drop signal as easily. The status page is showing a stronger link with my router than the old Encore did. I did NOT test throughput at all as all I was concerned about required minimum throughput anyway. (This unit is being used to extend wireless coverage all over my backyard.)

Cons: This unit was an absolute headache for me to setup. I do not use (nor can I use) WPS, so I can't speak to it's use. I was doing manual setup from it's web interface. Updated to latest firmware. EVERYTIME I tried setting a static IP and/or turning off the unit's DHCP setting it locked up. I had thought it was bricked but found out you just need to be really quick to press & hold that reset button as soon as the power light flashes after plugging in (press & hold about 8 seconds until all lights flash). I had to factory default this thing SO many times that the white plastic reset button broke (I now have to press the actual microswitch inside). I finally just left the unit with it's default settings, reserved the IP address it received in my wireless router's config, and only changed the login password. So far it's working fine. This has been 4 days now. By the way, the default DHCP setting is "Auto" which showed up as "Off" on my status page.

Other Thoughts: I don't mind having some complications and trouble to get a better working unit for little money, but this unit was too much trouble! I can only recommend it for people with the knowledge and patience to be able to deal with its issues and who are satisfied leaving it at its default settings.

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TP-LINK TL-WA854RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, Wall Plug design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Worked for an hour or so close to my router.

Cons: Stupid piece of junk appears to now be bricked. It lights up (shows the boot process) but gives no wireless indicators, no SSID is broadcast, and doing a factory default (press & hold in reset for over 8 secs while on) does nothing.

It worked ok when I first set it up near my router. Had some trouble and had to start over, but it went ok (can't imagine someone not technical getting it up and running though). Updated firmware right from the start. Set static IP and set it to "Universal Mode" repeating my routers same SSID. Let it sit awhile and then unplugged it to move it to it's intended location (outside under a pavilion roof where I have an older repeater). Unplugged old repeater, mounted this new one, plugged it in - issue started which I stated above - no wireless signal at all. I assumed I was out of range at first, but even after bringing it back near my router in the house again it won't connect. And not being able to Factory Default it has really done me over! Rebooting my router did nothing as well.

Other Thoughts: You people giving good reviews must have just gotten lucky! My old repeater may be weak, but at least it works all the time without incident!

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ENCORE ENHWI-3GN3 3G Mobile Broadband Wireless N150 Router plus Repeater IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE802.11n Draft 2 Up to 150Mbps
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Build quality seems pretty good for it's price. Setup was easy and menu system is easy to navigate.

Cons: I am using this as a repeater along with my Netgear WGR614 router. I have the repeater outside under a pavilion roof (also tried inside a shed) with it's antenna clearly in view to the house wall where the router is and in clear view of my desired coverage area. The repeaters coverage is not very good. There's no way it would cover 300m outdoors! I get very good coverage within about a 75 foot radius with line of sight to the antenna. At about 150 feet I'm on the verge of dropping the signal. This was testing with an iPhone 4. Testing with an HP Laptop gave me better reception and reasonable range, but it's intended use is for my iPhone. I expected full signal strength all around my 1 acre property, especially with it being out in the wide open and not behind any walls.

Firmware is the latest and I've tested different angles of the antenna. I've also tested with an add-on 8dBi antenna which made very little difference.

Other Thoughts: The connector is female on this antenna.

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Garry B.'s Profile

Display Name: Garry B.

Date Joined: 02/28/02

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 05/29/14
  • Last Review: 06/03/14
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