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This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA860RE-E 300 Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender / Repeater with Power Outlet Pass-through, Dual External Antennas, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator (Easy-open package)
Pros: Very easy to setup for anyone not a network engineer. Solid construction, and stays firmly in wall socket with my media center power strip plugged into the unit. The signal is strong and stable with my xbox 360 streaming media via the ethernet connection.
Cons: The advertising is misleading. The total throughput is 300Mbps per radio; this equates to 150Mbps for the root AP connection and 150Mbps to the clients. According to the built-in status page I am connected to my root AP at 144Mbps which is not that bad considering all things.
The other issue is related in the fact I can not disable the extended network. This unit is for the devices in my media center that do not have native WiFi. If I was able to disable the extended wifi network and re-purpose the antenna for root AP use I could have achieved closer to 300Mbps (I was able to do this with the Netgear I had). As it stands I have an SSID labeled "necessaryevil".
The unit reports there is no internet connectivity because it's on-board DNS test has failed. Though I did set a static IP there are no DNS options available. Thankfully this is just a status test and does not hamper functionality.
Other Thoughts: All of my Cons can be addressed in a firmware update (at the time of this writing I am using 3.14.8 Build 141203 Rel.55495n) so I will continue using this instead of the faster Netgear. I really like the AC pass through which make more sense behind the media center.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I had already written this review, but the session timed out and cleared what I wrote (I normally write these in a text editor and then paste it into the site). So I will be hitting the highlights.
-Very reliable over the last three weeks on a Windows 10 system.
-Installation was not bad, but could be improved. The average Joe will not have problems
-It's size is welcoming.
-Official Linux Drivers are available on their site, though they don't advertise it on the box (see cons)
Cons: The Linux drivers are available if your willing to configure the wifi via the CLI. Sadly I have to jump from one AP to another so this was not something I was willing to do with my home computer via the CLI (Fedora/CentOS as work, Ubuntu at home because I'm lazy). So I decided to install the adapter on my wife's workstation.
Currently there is no plug-n-play for Windows 10. I had to download the drivers from TP-Link, and avoiding any app they may want me to install, used Device Manager to install said drivers. Windows 10 then was able to connect without issue.
The only other problem I have is that the LED is too bright. Granted it is green so it doesn't bother people too much in a dark room (ie bedroom), but it is still noticeable. Indicator lights for consumer electronics should only be noticeable if you are looking straight at it.
Other Thoughts: If you are only running wireless N (I have a TP-Link N900 router) then you will only achieve 150Mbps as specified on the box.
On Windows I should be able to plug in a new device and obtain basic functionality, not having to install drivers manually was supposed to have been the trade-off for loss of privacy and freedom on the platform.
On Linux I should be able to install the drivers of my choice and use the GUI controls (because we aren't installing wifi on servers). That being said TP-Link does not advertise their Linux drivers because they are not fully fleshed out.
All together I would buy more if needed. Not a bad adapter.
Pros: Lightweight, thin, runs cool, performs well.
My son loves his ancient Sony laptop and refuses to get a new computer. The biggest bottle necks being the CPU and HDD there is not a lot that can be done to improve performance. That being said boot times were slow and shutdowns took forever.
Installing the SSD was as expected (normal 2.5" installation). Linux Mint installed with no problems. Though boot times are better they are hampered by the slow CPU. Shutdown times are much better with only the occasional hiccup caused by the CPU.
Cons: None, it runs and there have not been any errors.
Other Thoughts: I would recommend this drive.READ FULL REVIEW