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NETGEAR WNR2020v2 Wireless N300 Wi-Fi Router with External Antennas
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: A decently priced router that performs as expected for its price point. I like that it comes with the external antennas which appeared to help with the reception in my home, but still couldn't keep up with my 3 antenna TP-Link Archer C8. However, those 2 routers are at two very different price points.

There isn't much else to be said. Its an easy, every day user type of router that functions in my house as a good WAP.

Cons: As others stated, I'd con this for not having Gigabit, but you didn't pay for it, so don't complain about it. This most likely won't work for people who have faster connections, but those people also are looking at a higher powered/priced router.

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TRENDnet TEW-737HRE N300 High Power Easy-N-Range Extender
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Simple and effective. 06/26/2015

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-737HRE N300 High Power Easy-N-Range Extender

Pros: As stated by others, setting up this little device was very simple. I plugged an Ethernet cable into it from my home PC, followed the included instructions and it was on my wireless network repeating within minutes.

After setup, I took it to the 2nd floor of a three story house in the opposite corner of where my wireless router is and plugged it in. Within a minute or so the side led light was solid green and ready for use. My WiFi bars on both my phone and iPad stayed a solid 3 instead of the previous 2 bars. My throughput down and up was within 2 to 3 Mbit/s of what it was upstairs near the primary router. This is comparatively better to another WiFi extender I've previously tested that increased my WiFi bars, but destroyed the throughput.

Cons: None that I've experienced yet, but time will tell.

Other Thoughts: Definitely something I will entertain purchasing for other portions of my house, possibly one for the basement to extend the WiFi even further. I would recommend this device to anyone who has a big home who needs to repeat their WiFi signal further.

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TRENDnet TPL-410APK AV500 Powerline with WiFi N300 Extender kit
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs In my opinion, status quo for this niche market.. 06/01/2015

This review is from: TRENDnet TPL-410APK AV500 Powerline with WiFi N300 Extender kit

Pros: Like many other Powerline networking solutions, when it works, it provides decent speeds when compared to WiFi when the distance is the impediment. What I was more interested in and what I haven't as of yet to find a decent solution for is a WiFi extender/repeater that is worth its weight. So I proceeded to test this device as an extender of my existing network to get better saturation in my large house. Configuration wise, it was slightly tedious to do this. First off, this device starts of in the x.x.0.x subnet, while my WiFi router and devices reside on the x.x.1.x subnet. It took some unplugging, restarting, and testing to get this moved over to the other subnet. Secondly, you can't that I remember change the channel the WiFi broadcasts on (i.e. 1,6,11 etc). This isn't necessarily a negative thing, I would just like to have more configuration options as an advanced user.

When it was finally configured to extend my existing WiFi, I noticed about a 50% reduction in the WiFi download speeds. So I'm typically getting 22-24 Mb/s down, but when connected to the WiFi in a location very close to this device, I was getting 12.5-15 Mb/s down. This isn't disappointing, just something worth noting.

Honestly, there aren't in my opinion, any glaring positives about this Powerline vs other Powerlines I've tested. When I utilized it in a Powerline configuration, it was status quo to other brand Powerlines I have tested.

Cons: What I felt was annoying more than anything about this product was the administrative/configuration screens. Not only do you have to change your IP on your PC to configure this router, but every time you change something you have a 60 second "saving" process. Clearly this isn't necessary as I've tested many other routers/devices that had the same changes and did not need this "save" time.

Secondly, as I noted above, the WiFi strength is weak at a distance greater than a bedroom or so in a 2-story house. This is primarily for a Powerline use and as such, was status quo with other Powerline devices.

Other Thoughts: Other thoughts? Make a Powerline device that is at least or above status quo for the speeds it delivers in Powerline configuration, but also have a robust WiFi signal that can act as an extender where distance would be the impediment for traditional WiFi signals. Then make it so that you can buy multiple adapters to plug them in throughout the house to get a consistent solid signal in a house >3,000 sq/ft. This would not only benefit the WiFi signals throughout a larger house, but also provide the options for family/friends/kids to have a hard Ethernet/powerline connection when they really needed it.

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Kristopher K.'s Profile

Display Name: Kristopher K.

Date Joined: 07/11/03

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 11/08/13
  • Last Review: 08/18/15
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