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5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent!, 14 Feb. 2013
This Wireless Access Point is amazing value for money. It does it's job perfectly. Before getting this device I was using Virgin Media's Super Hub for broadcasting the wireless signal which is as weak as piss and couldn't reach the room in the loft. Now I have disabled the wireless on the WM Super Hub and I am just using this device as a Access Point.
Along with buying this device I did go along and get 3, 8dbi omni directional antennas from TP (TL-ANT2408CL), they were in the 'Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought' section. At around £5 a pop I thought to my self why not and just went with it. These antennas are double the power than the ones which come with it; personally I feel that its a good upgrade and Im even ordering more so I can use them at the receiving end.
Anyway, this review is about the Access Point itself. Firstly this can be quit hard to set up if you aren't good with your networks. I wouldn't let this put you off as TP-Link have great customer support. The problem that I was having was that to gain access to the Access Point I had to enter '192.168.1.254' in the web browser. The problem was that my internal IP address for my network runs on 192.168.0.XXX; this meant that I couldn't access it to configure the device. If any other people are having this problem the solution is to disconnect a computer from your current network, change your computers network adapter IP setting to static (meaning you enter your own IP address in) making sure that the first three sections of the IP is the same as the device (192.168.1.XXX -->Set XXX to what ever you like ). Once you have the same IP scheme for the device and computer connect it via an ethernet cable and then try to connect to the device by entering in it's IP address in the web browser (192.168.1.254). Enter in the user credentials (default is - User Name: admin - Password: admin). Next you need click the 'Network' link in the side bar and then making sure the type is 'static' type in your preferred IP scheme. (Virgin Media routers I believe is "192.168.0.XXX"); I kept everything the same but changed the '1' to a '0'. Now you need to save the changes, reboot the device, change your network adapter settings back to usual (select - Obtain an IP address automatically --> the router will dish out an IP address which uses the same IP scheme). Finally you now can connect to the Access Point (wired or wireless) and enter in its new IP address so you can finally configure the device to your liking.
The steps broken down are:
1. Change your network card IP to static and enter in the appropriate IP matching the device.
2. Connect computer to the device via an ethernet cable (using wired connections on setup seem easier)
3. Access the device by entering the devices IP in your browser
4. Change the static IP of the device to your current IP scheme which you use for all local computers on your network
5. Save changes and reboot device
6. Change back your computers network card to automatically obtain the IP address
8. Connect to the device again using the new IP Address you set along with entering user credentials when needed
9. Finally configure the device to your needs!
Thats probably a lot to take in although it can take around 5mins if you know what you are doing. If you still don't understand contact TP-Link using their support numbers provided in the manual. Or your could get a techie friend to do it for you.
Over all the product is brilliant. I really recommend getting those upgraded omni direction antennas for added performance. And finally, if your want the best possible wireless connection available you may also want to think about the receiving end (the computer). Think about it as throwing a ball to your friend who is 100 meters away were as your friend can only throw the ball back 50 meters and not 100. What I am trying to get at is that its not only the router/wireless access point that you may need to upgrade but also your wireless dongles and wifi cards.
Any way, this review/whatever you want to call it is dragging on... Enjoy your improved, reliable and stable wireless connection.