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TP-LINK RE650 AC2600 Wi-Fi Range Extender

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  • Superior Extended Range - Four fixed external antennas extend Wi-Fi coverage by up to 14,000 sq. ft.
  • 4-Stream for AC2600 Dual Band Wi-Fi - Simultaneous 800 Mbps on 2.4 GHz + 1733 Mbps on 5 GHz
  • 4x4 MU-MIMO - Simultaneously transfers data to multiple devices for 4x faster performance
  • Beamforming Technology - Send targeted Wi-Fi signal to individual devices for stronger connections
  • Gigabit Ethernet Port - Provide faster wired connections to smart TVs, computers and gaming consoles
  • Intelligent Signal Light - Helps to determine the best location for optimal Wi-Fi coverage by indicating the signal strength in the current placement
  • AP Mode - create a new Wi-Fi access point to enhance your wired network with Wi-Fi capability
  • TP-LINK Tether App - Easily access and manage your network using any iOS or Android mobile device
  • Ultimate Compatibility - Extend the range of any Wi-Fi router or wireless access point

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Model

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Brand
TP-Link
Model
RE650

Details

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Standards
IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a
Frequency Band
2.4 GHz/5.0 GHz
Wireless Data Rates
5 GHz: Up to 1733 Mbps
2.4 GHz: Up to 800 Mpbs
Security
64 / 128-bit WEP
WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK
Antenna
4 x external
Transmit Power
<20 dBm (2.4 GHz)
<23 dBm (5 GHz)
Receiving Sensitivity
5 GHz:
11a 6 Mbps: -96 dBm @ 10% PER
11a 54 Mbps: -78 dBm @ 10% PER
11ac HT20 mcs8: -69 dBm @ 10% PER
11ac HT40 mcs9: -66 dBm @ 10% PER
11ac HT80 mcs9: -63 dBm @ 10% PER
2.4 GHz
11g 54M: -79 dBm @ 10% PER
11n HT20 mcs7: -77 dBm @ 10% PER
11n HT40 mcs7: -74 dBm @ 10% PER
Interface
1 x 10/100/1000M Ethernet Port (RJ45)
Button
WPS Button, Reset Button, LED Button, Power Button
Power
12W (max power consumption)
System Requirements
Microsoft Windows 98SE, NT, 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7, 8, 10, Mac OS, NetWare, UNIX or Linux
Dimensions
1.60" x 6.40" x 3.40"

Feature

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Features
Superior Extended Range - Four fixed external antennas extend Wi-Fi coverage by up to 14,000 sq. ft.

4-Stream for AC2600 Dual Band Wi-Fi - Simultaneous 800 Mbps on 2.4 GHz + 1733 Mbps on 5 GHz

4x4 MU-MIMO - Simultaneously transfers data to multiple devices for 4x faster performance

Beamforming Technology - Send targeted Wi-Fi signal to individual devices for stronger connections

Gigabit Ethernet Port - Provide faster wired connections to smart TVs, computers and gaming consoles

Intelligent Signal Light - Helps to determine the best location for optimal Wi-Fi coverage by indicating the signal strength in the current placement

AP Mode - create a new Wi-Fi access point to enhance your wired network with Wi-Fi capability

TP-LINK Tether App - Easily access and manage your network using any iOS or Android mobile device

Ultimate Compatibility - Extend the range of any Wi-Fi router or wireless access point

Environmental

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Operating Humidity
10% ~ 90% non-condensing
Storage Humidity
5% ~ 90% non-condensing

Package Contents

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Package Contents
AC2600 Wi-Fi Range Extender RE650
Quick Installation Guide

Group

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Class
AC2600
Wireless Speed
AC1200

Additional Information

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Date First Available
April 04, 2017
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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Anonymous
3/ 5
dropped a lot 7/25/2019 11:53:59 AM

Pros: keep dropping at random & runs hot

Cons: works well as a wifi base station
can turn off the leds

Overall Review: used it as a bridge for a non hardwired room and keep dropping for 10-30 second at random

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Manufacturer Response:
Hi,

If you haven't noticed a significant improvement in WiFi coverage after installing the extender, we recommend relocating the unit to a position in your home where the router's WiFi signal is sufficiently strong; yet far enough from the router to effectively extend its range. We also suggest making sure the extender's firmware is fully up to date, as shown in our FAQ here: https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/faq/1406/

If you'd like assistance with any of these steps, please send an e-mail with your contact information and a link to this review to USSupportTeam@TP-Link.com and we'll gladly have a Support Agent follow up with you directly.

Best Regards,
TP-Link Support
USSupportTeam@TP-Link.com
Anonymous
Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
solid and no fuss 6/8/2019 11:04:24 AM

Pros: worked first time, with no issues
looks cool

Cons: none yet

Overall Review: 1yr update: Still working great. I have only had to reboot it twice. Otherwise it just sits there and does its thing 24/7.
My main wifi access point is a TP-link Archer, which I really like, so I decided to go with the same brand for the extender.
It was amazingly trivial to setup. I have set up other extenders and tons of routers before. I was expecting the normal hassles. But this was really just plug it in near the router and hit the WPS on both. It took a while for it to sync up and I had to hit it twice to get both 2.4 & 5G channels registered. But that was it, just hit the buttons twice and it was good to go. Then I moved it to the location I had picked out and plugged it in to the wall outlet. Again, it took it a while to connect up with the router.
I now have 5 bars everywhere on the first floor (the router is upstairs around multiple walls).

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Does not work as advertised 11/3/2018 3:59:34 AM

Pros: It is simple to plug in.

Cons: When you connect through the RE650 range extender initially it works and then it drops the connection. Many times you have to turn off your wifi in your client device and restart it to try and get a second or follow-up connection.
If you put two of these on your network, it causes all kinds of problems. TP-Link confirmed this in a support ticket I have with them.

Overall Review: I suggest that newegg stop selling these products. I have third the RE450 and that has the same problems. I am stuck with an RE650 as the 30-day return period has ended. I can share the TP-Link support ticket info with newegg if needed, but please stop selling these bad devices.
Bob

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Manufacturer Response:
Hi Robert,

Thank you for sharing your experience with our product. If you haven't noticed a significant improvement in Wi-Fi coverage and stability after installing the extender, we recommend relocating the unit to a position in your home where the router's Wi-Fi signal is sufficiently strong; yet far enough from the router to effectively extend its range. We also suggest ensuring your range extender has the latest firmware update, as shown in our FAQ: https://www.tp-link.com/us/faq-1406.html

If you'd like assistance with any of these steps, please send an e-mail with your contact information and a link to this review to USSupportTeam@TP-Link.com and we'll gladly have a Support Agent follow up with you directly.

Best Regards,
TP-Link Support
Anonymous
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Perfect usage 9/19/2018 2:00:59 PM

Pros: Works perfectly. Speed is superb. And coverage area is also extreme.

Cons: price

Overall Review: Buy without any other ideas.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Unreliable 7/11/2018 3:04:38 PM

Pros: Easy setup and relatively far-reaching signal.

Cons: Occasionally disconnects from parent wifi and it can take several minutes to reconnect.

Overall Review: Unusable at our business, but might be fine for home use if you don't need reliable Internet.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hi,

Thank you for sharing your experience with our RE650 AC2600 Wi-Fi Range Extender. In your case we first recommend ensuring the extender's firmware is fully up to date using the steps outlined in our FAQ here: https://www.tp-link.com/us/faq-1406.html

We would appreciate the opportunity to follow up with you and help address your concerns. At your earliest convenience, please send an e-mail with your contact information and a link to this review to USSupportTeam@TP-Link.com and we'll gladly have a Support Agent follow up with you directly.

Thank You,
TP-Link Support
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Flaky Device, Cannot Process An RMA Replacement And Can Be Tough To Setup 5/18/2018 2:35:36 PM

Pros: The actual TP-LINK RE650 / AC2600 range extender is a decent device. Once setup it provides wide area, stable wireless coverage. As others have noted, make sure you load the latest firmware update from the TP-LINK website first thing to ensure everything is stable and performing optimally. I have heard many noting the brightness of the LEDs, but they can be turned off using a button on the device as well as set to turn off/on using a schedule accessible in the App or via the web admin console. While fairly large, the range extender is more attractive than most network devices with four antennas to allow some direction of the wireless signal. You will definitely get substantially greater range of your wireless network signal using this device.

Cons: Once the range extender is setup on your network, you then need to decide whether to connect devices to the range extender or your router. The range extender is not like an Access Point which has your devices seamlessly jump from one AP to another as signal strength changes. If you have ever used wireless at large facilities such as colleges, stadiums or shopping centers you have used access points and may not have even realized it. With the range extender you manually change which 'network' you are connected to for the best signal strength. This is no issue for devices in fixed locations such as set top streaming devices, IP cameras and some computers - just choose the router or range extender based on which has the strongest signal. If you have devices that move around like tablets, smartphones or laptops you may need to regularly change whether you are connected to your primary router or the range extender depending where you physically are.

If you are using security beyond WPA encryption on your network be ready for a bit of work to get the extender working. I use WPA encryption but also use MAC address filtering. This type of filtering is available on almost all consumer routers and limits wireless network access to devices you specify. In most cases MAC filtering is pretty easy to setup requiring little more than entering the MAC address of wireless devices in a router filtering table. Unfortunately, adding this range extender to a network with MAC filtering enabled is a much more complex process than I ever expected.

Under the hood, the range extender has a number of network adapters to handle the extension of your wireless network. If you already have a multi-band router, this will be familiar but goes a bit further than you may be used to. Two are used to handle incoming 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz wireless connections from your router (MAC addresses not visible), two - 2.4Ghz / 5Ghz - that your wireless devices connect into (wireless MAC addresses in range extender web admin console), one for the range extender ethernet port (MAC address on rear of range extender) and one used for the web admin console (MAC likely visible via your router once connected to your network). To use MAC filtering you need to have all six of these in your router's filtering table - with two of them no where that you can easily find.

Now it gets even trickier. Each device that you want to use on the range extender requires an 'alias' MAC address in your router's MAC filtering table. The alias has the first three sets of MAC numbers replaced with the same six characters from the not-visble range extender MACs and the rest of the MAC remains the same. Once these are in the router MAC table you can connect your wireless devices to the range extender with MAC filtering in place.

In summary - to get MAC filtering working with the range extender you have to:
1) Turn off MAC filtering on your router.
2) Connect the range extender to both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz (pretty easy).
3) Go through multiple sources and calculations to determine all six MAC addresses in use by the range extender (fairly complex).
4) Enter all six MAC addresses into the MAC filtering table on your router (easy).
5) Add MAC alias for all wireless devices that will connect to the range extender (moderately complex).
6) Turn on Mac filtering on your router.

I spent over a month working with TP-LINK support to learn this information. It took quite a bit of back and forth before they could even find everything needed with them initially blaming my network or router before realizing they needed to bring their development team into the loop. To their credit they kept working with me and were very willing to help but this common networking feature went beyond the support team's knowledge despite working with top tier techs and there were no FAQs or other tech documents to help. TP-LINK is expecting quite a high amount of technical ability to get this consumer level device working. To give you an idea of their expectations, here is what I was given to figure out the two MAC addresses that are not visible using the MACs I could see:

"The first characters you can see is A4, and the binary of A4 is 1010 0100. And the MAC connect to the front end router will change the 7th character from 0 to 1, so we get the binary 1010 0110, and the hexadecimal of 1010 0110 is A6. And about the 4th characters 20, the binary of 20 is 0010 0000, the rule will change the first three binary XXX to 000. So we get 0000 0000 also the hexadecimal of 0000 0000 is 00. Now we get Mac addresses A6:xx:xx:00:xx:xx & A6:xx:xx:00:xx:xx."

While techies may understand how to do this, it is definitely not average consumer friendly. Even if you can figure out binary/hexadecimal conversions this would not even be needed if the web admin console simply showed you what you needed to know. There are no FAQs or other info that the support team could point me to that detail all of the MACs in use nor

Overall Review: The journey I went on with this device has been a bit long and meandering but wanted to share much of it as I feel this can be of value for others. For reference, I am an IT professional that regularly manages and configures enterprise and consumer networking devices. I note this to clarify that I have a knowledge of networking devices beyond the average consumer that would probably be considering this device. Out of the box, this range extender had issues where it would power off semi-randomly. When it would stay on I could not get it to work with MAC address filtering enabled on my router. It took almost two months to get TP-LINK support to figure out how to configure MAC filtering (more detail below) and they would not provide an RMA number for the power issue until that MAC filtering was working. Once the MAC filtering issue was resolved, their RMA system would not allow me to process the return with an issue they acknowledge is for most customers. All in all a very frustrating experience for something that looks like it would be a great and simple way to extend a wireless network.

This device failed out of the box and the RMA process didn't work due to a known issue. The support team took months to provide me the information needed to setup a fairly common security feature. When the extender works it does what you expect, but it can be a rough road to get functional and if you need support help it will likely eat much more of your time than is sensible. Just due to the support and RMA issues I would not recommend using this extender. I feel that this is a device that required WAY too much effort for the benefit.

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Verified Owner
5/ 5
Works Great!!! 4/6/2018 12:43:01 PM

Pros: Super Easy Setup, provides an exceptional signal to the far end of my house. Delivers very fast wireless 5G speed

Cons: None so Far...

Overall Review: Would recommend to anyone needing to extend the wireless range around the house, it even extends outside into my yard with very little speed loss.

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Anonymous
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
4/ 5
this thing is a beast! 3/25/2018 10:50:59 AM

Pros: Built like a tank
Good coverage
Easy setup

Cons: Very large, that was one surprise this thing is way bigger then your hand, compared to others. I hope due to the large size it does last. Only reason it got four stars, it's huge.

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