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TP-LINK TL-WA855RE N300 Wi-Fi Wall Plug Range Extender / Repeater / Access Point
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5 out of 5 eggs Need to fill a wifi void? 12/23/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA855RE N300 Wi-Fi Wall Plug Range Extender / Repeater / Access Point

Pros: Very small size, installed in the lower connection the top has plenty of room for most power cables.
It can be setup as a Wifi extender where the unit connects to the rest of your network via wireless and then redistributes it, in this case it requires no cable. It can also be setup as an access point where you can run a network cable to it and it will distribute wireless. Performance is great, very stable, doesn't get hot, has a solid feature set and is a breeze to setup.

Great power savings features, you can give it on/off times along with turning off the led.
Access control includes MAC filtering with allow and disallow options.
For easy security it requests you to create a new login and password when initially configuring.
The interface is clean and easy to navigate.

Cons: I had some issue with the unit not being connected after a few days of non use, simply power cycling the unit resolved this. I cannot determine if this is a fault of my router or the extender.

Other Thoughts: If you have a portion of your home your wifi doesn't quite reach you can buy one or more of these units and place them somewhere about half to three quarters between your wireless router and the problematic area. You can daisy chain them as well connecting back to the previous one, fill the garage, patio and more with wifi signals.

After a few days of non use I've had the unit stop transferring data back to my router, the fix being to unplug it and plug it back in, wait a minute and things are working again. I want to note I haven't had any active use connection issues, it has handled a few good Netflix binges.

The interface is a little slow, nothing out of the ordinary for most networking web interfaces.

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TP-LINK TL-WA855RE N300 Wi-Fi Wall Plug Range Extender / Repeater / Access Point
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5 out of 5 eggs Need to fill a wifi void? 12/23/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA855RE N300 Wi-Fi Wall Plug Range Extender / Repeater / Access Point

Pros: Very small size, installed in the lower connection the top has plenty of room for most power cables.
It can be setup as a Wifi extender where the unit connects to the rest of your network via wireless and then redistributes it, in this case it requires no cable. It can also be setup as an access point where you can run a network cable to it and it will distribute wireless. Performance is great, very stable, doesn't get hot, has a solid feature set and is a breeze to setup.

Great power savings features, you can give it on/off times along with turning off the led.
Access control includes MAC filtering with allow and disallow options.
For easy security it requests you to create a new login and password when initially configuring.
The interface is clean and easy to navigate.

Cons: I had some issue with the unit not being connected after a few days of non use, simply power cycling the unit resolved this. I cannot determine if this is a fault of my router or the extender.

Other Thoughts: If you have a portion of your home your wifi doesn't quite reach you can buy one or more of these units and place them somewhere about half to three quarters between your wireless router and the problematic area. You can daisy chain them as well connecting back to the previous one, fill the garage, patio and more with wifi signals.

After a few days of non use I've had the unit stop transferring data back to my router, the fix being to unplug it and plug it back in, wait a minute and things are working again. I want to note I haven't had any active use connection issues, it has handled a few good Netflix binges.

The interface is a little slow, nothing out of the ordinary for most networking web interfaces.

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Linksys AC3200 WRT3200ACM Open Source Ready Smart Wi-Fi Gigabit Router Supported by DD-WRT, eSATA / USB 3.0
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Pros: The wifi capable of 2.6Gbp/s, two and a half times faster than your standard 1 gigabit nic included on most mainboards...
A great and powerful included firmware loaded with more features than most would know what to do with, don't let this scare you away it's easy to setup.

For advanced users DD-WRT and OPENWRT firmwares provide powerful configuration options, with this unit you can do a lot without running out of processing power.

Wifi connectivity, I often have issues due to a high number of wireless clients that run high packet, high bandwidth applications. Most SMB and home routers cannot handle this kind of wireless stress and tend to lock up or drop connections. That is not an issue with this, I've had it fully saturated going to 7 clients for hours.

Wifi strength, I find it beats out every piece non enterprise gear I've had here. I have 2 rooms particularly that never achieved good signal with any gear in non enterprise markets. With this unit I achieve solid performance in these rooms.

Cons: Size, price.
Note: any this quality will be equally as large and it's worth the price because you'll keep it for years.

Other Thoughts: My cell phone can only connect at 1.3Gbp/s but data transfers are awesome compared to using usb.
Even better because I used the included esata port to share a network drive my phone can stream music or movies from, vpn polishes off the system now it can be securely accessed while away from home without relying on third party cloud storage. Modern smart phones can do HDMI output, they make great HD network media players. With these wireless speeds your quality limitations are rather non existent.

This unit is built of enterprise quality, everything about it reflects that. The great part that sets it ahead of others however is that this is easy to setup, you can by all means plug it in and go. Try that with xyz enterprise gear that doesn't even come with a manual.

I want to get the time to play with the third party firmware options however there is likely no need.

What a wonderful unit Linksys, a true master of its class.

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