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4.0 out of 5 stars Streaming and wifi extension for my OUYA, 13 Jan 2014
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This review is from: TP-Link TL-WPA4220KIT AV500 Powerline 300M Wi-Fi Booster/Extender with Two LAN Ports Kit (Wi-Fi Clone, No Configuration Required) (Personal Computers)
I had no trouble pairing my TP-Link TL-WPA4220KIT AV500 Powerline 300M Wifi Booster/Extender with 2 LAN ports (thought I would give its full title because sometimes these reviews group together similar products which can be confusing). I set them up initially both plugged into the same socket pair to ensure there were no distance issues, Later I moved them to their proper locations in the house. At my upstairs office the smaller more basic TP-Link adapter plugs into my router. This sends the signal over the mains wiring to the larger extender unit which is downstairs in the living room where my TV, surround sound, etc are located. There the larger unit provides 2 wired ethernet ports to plug into, plus the same unit also extends my wi-fi, by taking the signal from the mains circuit and transmitting a new wifi signal using exactly the same wifi SSID as my router uses upstairs. Using an app on my Andoird phone called Wifi Analyzer I can see that my wifi now has really good strength at both ends of the house using just one SSID, but it also shows its comprised of two MAC addresses associated with the wifi network, one is my Netgear router, and the other shows up the extender as a TP-LINK Technologies device (note it is not 5G, my router provides both 2.4G and 5G, but I think the specs for the TP-Link make this clear). So the wifi extender seems to work well. Now my main intention with this was to provide a wired ethernet connection for my OUYA Games Cube which I have installed XBMC on to act as a media centre and provide Smart TV kind of facilities to my setup (I'm not interested in the games!). I need to be able to stream internet TV and movies as fast as possible so as to prevent buffering issues. Now when I first connected up the TP-Link units, one was in a multi-bloc upstairs and the other was in a multi-bloc downstairs. That didn't work! So I changed the multi-bloc at the TV end to a shorter more basic multi-bloc and that worked. So there was something about the 1st multibloc it didn't like (long cable or filters?). Then I tested streaming using BBC and ITV players, but there was considerable buffering. So I removed the wifi extender from the multi-bloc and plugged it directly into the wall socket. Interestingly this seemed to improve things, so I also decided to remove the upstairs TP-Link unit from its multi-bloc and plug directly into a wall socket. Not dead sure if this makes a big difference, but I figured no harm in getting the best performance out of both ends. I'm not saying this is necessary, and a work colleague also has these and he says things are fine for his setup WITH multi-blocs. Anyway now streaming at 720p seems pretty good with very little buffering issues (my BT line can only get 2mbps max speed so some does occur and of course this also depends on the source server speed, location UK/USA, etc). Good to go!
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Initial post: 14 Feb 2014 14:15:03 GMT
B. J. Davies says:
Thanks for thd review. In reference to your speed issues regarding your first multiblock I would propose that the TP-Link plug "didn't like it" is because it probably has some surge-protection system and one is not supposed to connect these things to anything with that system. Incedentally the reason removing the other unit from the smaller plug made little difference may because it was not a surge-protected block.

I got this information from a pair if TP-Link network plugs I bought a while back.
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