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TP-LINK RE450 AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit 802.11ac Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender/Easy Wi-Fi Booster with 3 Adjustable External Antennas
TP-LINK RE450 AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit 802.11ac Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender/Easy Wi-Fi Booster with 3 Adjustable External Antennas
Price: £49.95

1.0 out of 5 stars Easy to set up but dreadful performance, 29 April 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This extender promised so much because it was so dead simple to set up. My broadband wireless router is a TalkTalk "super router" and the extender found both the 2.4 and 5 bands with no problems, and it extends the SSIDs ith the same name and security, if anyone wonders. I have an "L" shaped property and where the broadband comes into the house is at the far end of the "L". My home office, two bedrooms and living room is at the other far end of the "L". I plugged the extender into a plug in the corner with actual line-of-sight to the TalkTalk router. Voila, a five bar signal all over the property!

Unfortunately that's where the fun ends. As more clients connect, the performance problems become very obvious. Even when you're just using the web normally there is at time serious packet loss and dropouts big enough to disrupt your work. I've tried to upgrade the TP-Link firmware and play around with the channels on the TalkTalk router, but no luck. I can't find any option to change wireless channels for the TP-Link "Extended" network I'm afraid.

Below are the ping stats left running overnight ( is the TalkTalk router). The results below are from my Macbook - but if I ping from a Windows system I get exactly the same problem.

--- ping statistics ---
55803 packets transmitted, 54322 packets received, 2.7% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 1.395/75.029/8367.915/407.140 ms

Packet loss is very intermittent:

64 bytes from icmp_seq=55661 ttl=64 time=10.640 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55662 ttl=64 time=4.740 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55663 ttl=64 time=4.287 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55664 ttl=64 time=7.658 ms
Request timeout for icmp_seq 55665
Request timeout for icmp_seq 55666
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55667 ttl=64 time=9.236 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55668 ttl=64 time=4.285 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55669 ttl=64 time=7.701 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55670 ttl=64 time=4.980 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55671 ttl=64 time=4.657 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55672 ttl=64 time=49.681 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55673 ttl=64 time=4.158 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55674 ttl=64 time=4.362 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55675 ttl=64 time=242.478 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55676 ttl=64 time=235.079 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55677 ttl=64 time=126.549 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55678 ttl=64 time=125.735 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55679 ttl=64 time=223.036 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55680 ttl=64 time=221.305 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55681 ttl=64 time=219.905 ms
Request timeout for icmp_seq 55682
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55683 ttl=64 time=206.660 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55684 ttl=64 time=52.351 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55685 ttl=64 time=200.258 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55686 ttl=64 time=128.741 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55687 ttl=64 time=197.272 ms
Request timeout for icmp_seq 55688
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55689 ttl=64 time=53.684 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55690 ttl=64 time=7.967 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55691 ttl=64 time=89.739 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55692 ttl=64 time=83.907 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55693 ttl=64 time=98.144 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55694 ttl=64 time=73.420 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55695 ttl=64 time=63.529 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55696 ttl=64 time=61.547 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55697 ttl=64 time=22.208 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55698 ttl=64 time=150.150 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55699 ttl=64 time=13.414 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55700 ttl=64 time=10.386 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55701 ttl=64 time=4.642 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55702 ttl=64 time=4.500 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55703 ttl=64 time=4.280 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55704 ttl=64 time=5.060 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55705 ttl=64 time=13.895 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55706 ttl=64 time=5.145 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55707 ttl=64 time=4.399 ms
Request timeout for icmp_seq 55708
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55709 ttl=64 time=6.138 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55710 ttl=64 time=5.095 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55711 ttl=64 time=8.606 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55712 ttl=64 time=5.057 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55713 ttl=64 time=4.125 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55714 ttl=64 time=9.112 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55715 ttl=64 time=5.188 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55716 ttl=64 time=4.812 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55717 ttl=64 time=10.796 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55718 ttl=64 time=4.998 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55719 ttl=64 time=4.161 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55720 ttl=64 time=4.243 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55721 ttl=64 time=10.333 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55722 ttl=64 time=5.466 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55723 ttl=64 time=4.616 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55724 ttl=64 time=13.671 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55725 ttl=64 time=4.954 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55726 ttl=64 time=4.892 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55727 ttl=64 time=13.120 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55728 ttl=64 time=11.374 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55729 ttl=64 time=125.124 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55730 ttl=64 time=4.711 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55731 ttl=64 time=9.370 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55732 ttl=64 time=4.570 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55733 ttl=64 time=4.788 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55734 ttl=64 time=6.885 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55735 ttl=64 time=7.147 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55736 ttl=64 time=4.794 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55737 ttl=64 time=8.492 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55738 ttl=64 time=8.567 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55739 ttl=64 time=5.811 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55740 ttl=64 time=4.039 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55741 ttl=64 time=4.829 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55742 ttl=64 time=4.084 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55743 ttl=64 time=4.677 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55744 ttl=64 time=4.936 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55745 ttl=64 time=9.348 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55746 ttl=64 time=7.117 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55747 ttl=64 time=4.888 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55748 ttl=64 time=5.767 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55749 ttl=64 time=4.184 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55750 ttl=64 time=4.312 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55751 ttl=64 time=6.711 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55752 ttl=64 time=4.274 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55753 ttl=64 time=13.151 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55754 ttl=64 time=17.580 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55755 ttl=64 time=10.351 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55756 ttl=64 time=19.333 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55757 ttl=64 time=9.902 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55758 ttl=64 time=35.621 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55759 ttl=64 time=5.330 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55760 ttl=64 time=16.658 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55761 ttl=64 time=5.258 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55762 ttl=64 time=4.444 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55763 ttl=64 time=4.237 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55764 ttl=64 time=4.434 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55765 ttl=64 time=4.908 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55766 ttl=64 time=4.336 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55767 ttl=64 time=22.042 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55768 ttl=64 time=17.619 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55769 ttl=64 time=4.617 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55770 ttl=64 time=4.317 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55771 ttl=64 time=3.884 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55772 ttl=64 time=10.288 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55773 ttl=64 time=4.241 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55774 ttl=64 time=21.508 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55775 ttl=64 time=15.920 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55776 ttl=64 time=6.498 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55777 ttl=64 time=7.038 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55778 ttl=64 time=198.021 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55779 ttl=64 time=21.124 ms
Request timeout for icmp_seq 55780
Request timeout for icmp_seq 55781
Request timeout for icmp_seq 55782
Request timeout for icmp_seq 55783
Request timeout for icmp_seq 55784
Request timeout for icmp_seq 55785
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55786 ttl=64 time=32.095 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55787 ttl=64 time=182.737 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55788 ttl=64 time=76.168 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55789 ttl=64 time=76.884 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55790 ttl=64 time=130.484 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55791 ttl=64 time=333.579 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55792 ttl=64 time=77.202 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55793 ttl=64 time=20.640 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55794 ttl=64 time=38.042 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55795 ttl=64 time=73.946 ms
Request timeout for icmp_seq 55796
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55797 ttl=64 time=242.432 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55798 ttl=64 time=106.204 ms
Request timeout for icmp_seq 55799
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55800 ttl=64 time=32.807 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=55801 ttl=64 time=23.958 ms

Or quite simply just enourmously slow:

64 bytes from icmp_seq=6632 ttl=64 time=5196.138 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6633 ttl=64 time=5289.330 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6634 ttl=64 time=5333.820 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6635 ttl=64 time=5516.165 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6636 ttl=64 time=5716.596 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6637 ttl=64 time=5332.392 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6638 ttl=64 time=5487.291 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6639 ttl=64 time=5486.146 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6640 ttl=64 time=6011.517 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6641 ttl=64 time=5946.547 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6642 ttl=64 time=5805.984 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6643 ttl=64 time=5279.525 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6644 ttl=64 time=5156.613 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6645 ttl=64 time=5237.425 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6646 ttl=64 time=5204.829 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6647 ttl=64 time=5198.346 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6648 ttl=64 time=5267.670 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6649 ttl=64 time=5277.237 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6650 ttl=64 time=5329.996 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6651 ttl=64 time=5352.605 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6652 ttl=64 time=5193.567 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6653 ttl=64 time=4801.213 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6654 ttl=64 time=4751.849 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6655 ttl=64 time=4471.873 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6656 ttl=64 time=4488.121 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6657 ttl=64 time=4211.117 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6658 ttl=64 time=4787.160 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6659 ttl=64 time=5155.999 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6660 ttl=64 time=5381.671 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6661 ttl=64 time=5168.069 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6662 ttl=64 time=4941.989 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6663 ttl=64 time=4675.664 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6664 ttl=64 time=4376.176 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6665 ttl=64 time=3969.778 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6666 ttl=64 time=4039.719 ms
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BT 11AC Dual Band Wi-Fi Extender 1200 (Booster) - White
BT 11AC Dual Band Wi-Fi Extender 1200 (Booster) - White
Price: £49.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Unable to get it to work with the latest TalkTalk router, 26 April 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
No matter what I do, I'm unable to get it to work with my TalkTalk router and I've tried different config methods and have re-set it to factory settings maybe 20 times. It seems to connect but when I try to access the Internet I get:

No connection to broadband router
Your Extender's connection to your hub/router has been lost.
1.Check your hub/router is turned on
2.Try moving the Extender closer to your hub/router
Further information is available in your user guide and at

Or I get this:

404 Not Found
File not found.
mini_httpd/1.19 19dec2003

Back to Amazon it goes, unfortunately :-( ...

Venom Xbox One Twin Docking Station with 2 x Rechargeable Battery Packs: Black (Xbox One)
Venom Xbox One Twin Docking Station with 2 x Rechargeable Battery Packs: Black (Xbox One)
Price: £14.86

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First Lasted two weeks, second fine, but hellish to remove batteries from controller, 17 Jan. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
UPDATE after a few months with the replacement unit... bumping review from one to four stars. The new unit is fine and after using a nail file on the tabs before putting the batteries in the controller it's actually possible to remove them. Not that one does so very often, but when the battery wears out in a year or three I'd like it to be possible to remove it without damaging the controller.

It lasted all of two weeks, although the controller lights indicate the controllers are fully charged, the XBox battery indicator shows that they are in fact flat and the controllers work for a couple of minutes only. Returned to Amazon for a replacement - will update this review if the replacement unit is better. I don't think it's the batteries themselves since both are the same, but rather the cradle.

Also, once the battery is on the controller, it's virtually impossible to remove. I will be filing down the plastic tabs on the batteries a bit when the replacement arrives.

Xbox One 500GB Console - Ori and Rare Replay Bundle
Xbox One 500GB Console - Ori and Rare Replay Bundle
Offered by Bartlett's HiFi
Price: £249.75

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Xbox 360 to One is NOT an upgrade, ultra-poor backwards compatibility, NOT "new" from this vendor, and one game missing, 26 Dec. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I wish I had checked the shipped product when it arrived, before wasting a day and a half at Christmas.

First thing that happened is that we took it the box out of the Amazon shipping box by its handle - and all the content in the box - XBox, controller, cables - ended up strewn across the floor. Not a good start for a Christmas Day morning. The box was not sealed at the bottom, and a couple of items seemed like they had been opened before, so we probably got an Amazon return. One of the two games that was supposed to be in the box was missing but my son had no interest in it anyway so not a huge issue.

Second disappointment was that the Kinect for 360 is not compatible with the One. Argh, that's going to be another unexpected expense...

First glitch when setting it up was that the controller was not already paired to the console: the TV just displayed a picture of a controller flashing the "X" button, but with no instructions. Fortunately Google helped us out. And yet another disappointment is that the 360 controller is not compatible with the One. Another "arghhh!" since that's going to be YET another expense to get a second controller...

Once we got set up, we had to update the console before we could continue. Over a 3Mbit ADSL connection that's not a pleasure, since it was around 950MB (if I remember right) to pull across the twisted phone wires. Microsoft could have provided the option to play a game and update the console later, but they don't. Thanks, Microsoft.

Once we finally got running it was time to play a game. I had bought Fallout 4. Well, first we had to wait for THAT game to be updated before we could play it - that was another 450MB. And when we FINALLY got going - the game would freeze consistently in the same location after around 15 mins of game play. "Ah well, another Amazon likely Amazon return, but let's try our beloved 360 games".

Lo and behold, not a SINGLE one of our 360 games works on the One (not even a popular title like Grand Theft Auto V).

So, after a day and a half of waiting and frustrations we have an XBox One with only "Rare Replay" to play (and don't mention "downloading" please...)

My opinion is that anyone who's got an XBox 360 should think twice or three times before "upgrading" to a One. You have to realize that virtually nothing from the 360 is compatible with the One, so if you've kitted yourself out well for the 360, well you've got to throw all that out (well "sell at a big loss") and buy from scratch.

In retrospect I should have planned on buying a Playstation, and keep both the 360 and the Playstation, instead of thinking I could sell the 360 console (minus all the peripherals that we wanted to re-use with the One) after we had the One up and running... How wrong...

IF you start from scratch and don't have existing games and peripherals to try to keep then obviously the One should be a great controller choice... Would I give it four stars? Yes, maybe even five. But I'll take away one star for Microsoft forcing me to start from scratch, I'll take away one star for them not being very considerate to low Internet speed users, and I'll take away one or even two stars for the seller giving me a questionable and incomplete package. This is a product review of the "Xbox One 500GB with Ori and Rare Replay" as sold by Gamernoid and not just the XBox by itself...

Fallout 4 (Xbox One)
Fallout 4 (Xbox One)
Offered by Turbotrance
Price: £39.14

0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Freezes, and graphics quite frankly not amazing..., 25 Dec. 2015
This review is from: Fallout 4 (Xbox One) (Video Game)
What can one say about a game that freezes consistently in the same place... As to the graphics, come on this is (almost) 2016 and a little bit of a "wow" would have been great...

EACHSHOT Amaran H528C (AL-528C Upgrade Version) H528 528 LED Bulbs RA CRI95+ Studio Video Light LED Photo Light 2.4G Wireless Remote for Camera Video Camcorder DV
EACHSHOT Amaran H528C (AL-528C Upgrade Version) H528 528 LED Bulbs RA CRI95+ Studio Video Light LED Photo Light 2.4G Wireless Remote for Camera Video Camcorder DV
Offered by EachShot
Price: £139.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great system, very pleased,, 18 Dec. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
For the price I think this is a good option to a camera flash for a photographer, and an even better one for a videographer.It runs cool and is lightweight, but it's not at all as powerful as a normal flash. Got 2xNP-F550 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery and it's great to be able to move lights around without having to worry about the light always being plugged in.

Canon Original CLI-521 Multipack (cyan, Magenta, Yellow)
Canon Original CLI-521 Multipack (cyan, Magenta, Yellow)
Offered by Global Ape
Price: £22.44

5.0 out of 5 stars It works..., 18 Dec. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Not much to say about original Canon ink except "it works"...

Hoya 77 mm Pro ND 100 Filter
Hoya 77 mm Pro ND 100 Filter
Price: £35.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clearly optical glass, well recommended, 18 Dec. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Got this after having spend a lot of time researching cheaper vario ND filters, although this is not variable ND at least it's proper optical glass and the test pictures look great. If you are confused about what I'm talking about, google this exact phrase: "problem with cheap nd filters"

DSTE® 2pcs NP-F550 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery for Sony NP-F550, NP-F330, NP-F530, NP-F570
DSTE® 2pcs NP-F550 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery for Sony NP-F550, NP-F330, NP-F530, NP-F570
Offered by QiaoJL
Price: £13.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Work well, using them with an Amaran H538C video light., 18 Dec. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Work well, using them with an Amaran H538C video light.

Zomei Z669C Professional Carbon Fiber Light Weight Travel Tripod Camera Tripod Monopod Kit & 360°Quick Release Ball Head with Carry Case for Camera Canon Rebel Nikon d3200 Nikon d5300 ect
Zomei Z669C Professional Carbon Fiber Light Weight Travel Tripod Camera Tripod Monopod Kit & 360°Quick Release Ball Head with Carry Case for Camera Canon Rebel Nikon d3200 Nikon d5300 ect
Offered by YESART
Price: £180.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very lightweight, impressively sturdy, 18 Dec. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I'm very impressed with this tripod, I've tried it with a Canon 6D and 100-400mm zoom and I love it. The ball head is surprisingly smooth, and the tripod is tall enough for me to stand up normally and use it. At 1.5kg it weighs half of my ancient Velbon aluminium tripod but it's a bit taller and much more compact when folded down. The only product improvement I could propose is the bag which looks nice, but is too tight and the draw string is guaranteed to break one day. But that's a very minor problem...

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