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EDIMAX EW-7288APC 11AC (5GHz Band only) Range Extender / Add-on Station, to Extend / Add 11AC Wi-Fi Signal for Faster and Cleaner Connection
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4 out of 5 eggs Reasonable for what it is, particularly when on sale, but make sure to update to 1.08a firmware. 01/09/2017

This review is from: EDIMAX EW-7288APC 11AC (5GHz Band only) Range Extender / Add-on Station, to Extend / Add 11AC Wi-Fi Signal for Faster and Cleaner Connection

Pros: Interesting aesthetic design, and fairly compact. MicroUSB power makes it flexible for many configurations (AC adapter, computer or router USB port, etc.) When on sale it's an inexpensive way to add/extend 5GHz to an existing network.

Cons: As others have noted, the wired Ethernet port is only 10/100Mbps, so you'll only be able to take full advantage of top 802.11n/ac speeds when used as a repeater connected wirelessly to an existing access point or router. Also, even then it only has a single antenna (1x1). Out of the box the 1.08 firmware tended to have problems with the administrative web server crashing within a day or so (the latest 1.08a firmware doesn't seem to suffer from this, see Other section.) In my case all other AP functions still seemed to work fine, but the unit required power cycling to bring the web admin portal back. The manual describes being able to turn off the indicator ring LED, but the current firmware doesn't seem to have the option shown.

Other Thoughts: I have a dual band router, but not simultaneous, so I have to keep it on 2.4GHz for a few older devices. I bought this to add concurrent 5GHz capability to my existing home network. It's working fine for that. I don't need more than 100Mbps for the laptops and phones that connect to it, and getting most of our devices clear of the congested 2.4GHz band was my main goal. After updating to the 1.08a firmware the web admin page has remained accessible for a week now without a reboot. Find the 1.08a firmware on the US page at www.edimax.us -> support -> driver downloads -> scroll to section "[4] 802.11AC 5Ghz only" (The US support page reached from edimax.com site only offers 1.08) Overall, for the $10 I'll have paid after rebate I'm quite happy with it as an add-on 5GHz access point until I eventually upgrade my router. I've not tried using it in repeater/bridge mode, so I can't speak to that.

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ZyXEL PLA5456KIT HomePlug AV2 MIMO AV2000 Powerline Pass-Thru 2-Port Gigabit Ethernet Adapter Kit, up to 2000Mbps Transmit: up to 2000 Mbps, Receive: up to 2000 Mbps, Powerline Speeds: up to 2000 Mbps
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Pros: Setup was simple, and the configuration/utility software was easy to use. I tested throughput first with both connected to the same outlet (via 1' extension cables) and the utility app reported ~1,800 Mbps. In the actual configuration they're used, which includes them being on separate circuits in the house, in addition to crossing a GFCI (!), throughput is still around 175 Mbps.

Cons: It's a bit annoying that the ground plug of the upper wall socket is still somewhat obstructed. Ungrounded plugs will fit fine in the top socket, but depending on the shape and thickness of the plug, grounded cables may not. At least the pass-through guarantees you still have one usable grounded socket, but in my case I needed both on at least one end of the connection. I bought a couple sturdy 16 AWG 1-foot "outlet saver" grounded extension cables to go with them, and that makes it a non-issue.

Other Thoughts: I'm using these to connect my media center to the rest of my home network, as running ethernet cable wasn't feasible and I didn't want to deal with wireless reception/congestion issues during media streaming. It's working perfectly for this. The remote connection serves a media PC, BluRay player, and network-enabled home theater receiver via an 8-port gigabit switch.

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LUXA2 7000 mAh Dual USB P1 Pro PO-UNP-PCP1SI-00 Ultra Capacity External Battery Pack Power Bank Charger for most Smartphones, Tablets and other USB-charged Devices
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Price: Got it on a holiday rebate deal. If it comes through I'll have only paid fifteen clams for it total, which seems hard to beat.
Size: It's nice and compact if you remove the bumper.
Functionality: Can simultaneously charge two devices. Both ports are recognized as high draw (resulting in faster "AC mode" charging) by my Nexus 5. Haven't tried my wife's iPhone or iPad yet.

Cons: Not much to gripe about. Capacity, maybe, but it's been more than enough for me so far (see other thoughts.) The rubber bumper seems a bit more soft and flexible than I'd like if I were counting on it for protecting the unit from long falls onto hard surfaces. It'll probably still do a decent job, but I'd rather it were a bit more rigid. It does make it easy to remove and put back on though.

Other Thoughts: Got this for playing Ingress on my Nexus 5. The game runs the GPS, data connection, and 3D graphics constantly and so is brutal on power draw. Without an external battery I'd only have *maybe* 2 hours before my phone would give out, depending on screen brightness. I've only been able to run this unit down to ~75% so far, and those were on 2-3 hour game sessions. Not sure I'd pull the trigger at the non-sale price of forty, as there are higher capacities available in that range, but on sale at twenty or less it's a steal.

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Date Joined: 07/22/04

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