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Also brilliant for Ethernet connection to satellite box, game console, etc
on 31 July 2013
I obtained this extender to improve coverage to the lounge and garden but have discovered it also does a brilliant job connecting to the blu-ray player, the game console, and the sat box for access to i-player etc. These devices are too far from the router for a direct, hard wire connection. I have read other reviews which say this extender doesn't work but I can only speak as I find and for me it has worked perfectly.
Our router is placed at the side of the upstairs landing. Using the router alone gives good upstairs coverage but there are corners of the lounge where laptops and tablets fail to connect and some devices won't work reliably outside in the garden.
Wi-Fi range extender
Being able to use a mains electrical socket to power the device directly seems to me a very handy way of doing things. I have a Netgear NG1000 router which is completely compatible with this unit. To set it up, the Simple Method worked first time: on the router press and hold the WPS button for two seconds until it stays lit continuously, press the connection button on the extender, wait a minute or so for the recognition to be completed automatically, take the extender unit to the location required.
Location: I plugged in the TL-WA750RE on the far side the lounge door, where even with the door shut it is able to pick up a signal at a 4 out of 5 strength from the router at least 25 feet away through a breeze-block wall and door.
Coverage: I now have full coverage in the lounge and kitchen. Also outside in the garden the signal strength has increased from 4 bars out of 5 to a full 5 bars.
Speed: The connection speed seems to be as fast as direct through the router.
Devices: Good results with a range of laptops and tablets, including a Nexus 7.
The Ethernet socket in the underside of the extender allows connection to other devices which are too far from the router for a direct hard-wired connection. I used the Ethernet cable supplied with the TP-Link to connect it to each of the following devices:
-Satellite decoder - the sat box recognised the router even before I had found the menu item to check if it had connected. It gave immediate access to BBC i-player and itv-player, both of which worked perfectly. Again, this was at the far end of the lounge, more than 25 feet from the router.
-Blu-ray player - the player found the connection to the internet extremely quickly. The check for updates was also fast.
-Games console - at first the console said it couldn't connect but when the on-screen menu system was used to test the connection, it found it with no trouble.
Connecting directly to the supposedly internet ready TV set didn't work at all, even when I manually put in all the IP addresses, gateway, DNS server addresses, etc. Given it worked so well on the other AV gadgets, and having been previously unimpressed with the performance of the TV, I would fault the TV on this, not the range extender. Bear in mind that if you do use this to connect to i-player etc, watching on a big screen TV may not give the usual broadcast quality.
A small, handy piece of kit which works surprisingly well!