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TP-LINK RE210 AC750 Universal Wi-Fi Wall Plug Gigabit Range Extender with External Antennas
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3 out of 5 eggs Will work in some situations, but don't expect miracles 11/26/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK RE210 AC750 Universal Wi-Fi Wall Plug Gigabit Range Extender with External Antennas

Pros: Looks like a smart outlet with ears. Decent speed, but is really dependent on how noisy of a wireless environment you're in. 5GHz repeater can really help since 5GHz tends not to penetrate well.

WPS setup is easy -- hit button on router, hit button on range extender, done.

Rock solid, didn't have to reboot the unit pretty much ever since installing it.

Cons: Range extenders halve the bandwidth available, and there's no getting around that. Also, in order to be effective you have to put the range extender within range of a strong signal of the original access point, so that cuts down the effective range even further. So don't expect miracles here; it works but there are some serious physics caveats that you simply can't avoid.

Other Thoughts: Would be nice if you could combine the 2.4 and 5.8 GHz backhauls. But that might be asking a bit too much.

Ethernet bridging is very handy, and might be worth it just for that feature alone. i.e. a computer or device that only has ethernet, or doesn't like your wifi key for some reason.

Second outlet is accessible but not overly so when the unit is plugged in. Regular straight out plugs will work, but nothing even remotely oversized like a wall wart.

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TP-LINK TC-7610-E DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (Easy-open package)
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4 out of 5 eggs Inexpensive cable modem, has minor issues 11/26/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK TC-7610-E DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (Easy-open package)

Pros: Super easy to setup -- call cable company, give them your MAC address, done! Speeds are identical to my old cable modem (Zoom). Seems to be fairly stable as well.

Easy open packaging is just that -- brown box, cut one sticker and you're in! EASY!

Cons: Extreme light weight means that any cable tension at all (such as from the wire memory from the ethernet cable) will pull the unit askew.

Unit does not record any transmission or reception errors. My old cable modem (Arris) would record these, and I'm really sure that my cable connection isn't all of a sudden magically perfect since my cableco hasn't done any work. So the only logical conclusion is that the tp-link either isn't detecting or isn't recording any correctable nor uncorrectable errors.

Odd wall mounting would require the unit to be mounted horizontally and extending out from the wall. I guess that would work, but would look very odd and be prone to incidents vs. some sort of flush mounting.

No display for how long your link has been up, so when you do have a problem it's unclear whether the problem was with the cable modem or something else.

Other Thoughts: It's a cable modem, it's pretty much an install-it-and-forget-it type device. This one works well. It's a basic cable modem, but that's sometimes all you need. And it doesn't have any wifi mucking up your connection by offering free bandwidth to the whole world that you get to pay for.

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TP-Link TL-PA8010 KIT AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit
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4 out of 5 eggs Good for bringing ethernet to a detached garage or outbuilding 10/11/2016

This review is from: TP-Link TL-PA8010 KIT AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit

Pros: I've had ethernet over power devices for my detached garage for a few years now. These units are very reliable; I run three security cameras and a wi-fi access point in a detached building with these. I'm immediately notified if any camera goes offline even for one second, and throughout multiple weeks of testing none of them have ever dropped! Quite reliable!

Easy to set up, didn't even bother installing any software. If you want to joint an existing network, you just hold down the button on an existing member for 1s, then hold down the button on the unit you want to join for 1s. Easy peasy!

Note that by default these devices do encryption, but they use a standard encryption key (all standard ethernet over power units come configured with the same key from all manufacturers). So you'll want to re-pair them to each other so they generate a unique random encryption key.

Cons: Why is the reference design for a ethernet over power device so ungainly HUGE? These are only barely smaller than the devices they were swapped out for, and those had pass-through power ports! There's simply no reason why this device needs to be this size. (Take about eight galaxy phones and stack them on top of each other, and you have a pretty good approximation of this thing's size!)

Programming button is far too easy to press. I had one of these units wedged in horizontally (since it's so big), with a triple power tap immediately above it. No problem with my old units. But the programming button on these is so easy to press that the force of gravity pulling down on the triple tap wound up erasing the network key! A shim of a few business cards solved the issue but... really?

Other Thoughts: Far easier to run some of these units than it is to trench and lay down ethernet or fiber optics to detached buildings!

Speed seems to be all over the place; even though I get three green lights on both sides I never got anywhere close to 1200Mbps, even if I was counting the sending and receiving (i.e. cheating). Most I was able to push through these was about 200Mbps sustained. (or "400Mbps" if you do the count it going in each direction funny math.) Ping times are very low, around 2ms or so.

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Display Name: Vincent G.

Date Joined: 09/27/06

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  • First Review: 10/17/06
  • Last Review: 11/26/16
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