57 of 63 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant piece of kit. AP, Router, Bridge, Repeater, Client,
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This review is from: TP-Link TL-WR702N Wireless N Nano Router/Range Extender/TV, Gaming, Set-top Adapter with USB Charger (Personal Computers)
I have had this piece of kit running on my LAN for about two weeks now and it has performed brilliantly.
1. If you do not configure this piece of kit at all, but just a. plug it into a working ethernet-RJ45 connection and b. just power up by powering it over USB this gadget will automatically start working as an access point. Just make sure you plug in the net first and then the power. This gadget will detect it is being used as an AP and default to a working environment.
This is why the gadget is so handy to bring to hotels, friends, if you need to do a presentation, or whatever. You do no have to ask for their wireless details, just plug it in and it works. In this mode the gadget can be accessed from a client as 192.168.x.254 by default.
As a first time user you do not need to plug in an Ethernet cable directly to your computer and set to 192.168.0.xxx, if you start by using it as an access point you can just connect with the default ssid and passkey, then check whether it is at your lan's standard net/subnet addres as 192.168.x.254 and then log in to it as admin. Change the setting to whatever you want and you are up and running in seconds.
2. The signal is excellent and the connections as an AP are stable. My old router (a non-wireless zyxel from 2002) had (over time) had an AP added on (an Edimax) which did leave dead spots in the house. So I had added a high gain aerial. This worked, more or less accepatably. (The best aerial location was found by moving it around and then running around with a smartphone detecting the signal strength). This gadget was plugged in downstairs to test and it performd well immediately. The old AP was shut down because this one outperformed it, even without looking for an optimal spot. I had originally bought this to try on trips and holidays and I now find it in permanent as a low cost replacement of my old gear.
3. I have foudn that it shows no sign of any problems with 3 laptops and 3 smartphones connected, so I am confident it can do even bigger loads.
I may configure it as a router to bring on holidays (if the WAN is not detected while driving it can still be used to let everybody enjoy their own eBooks, MP3s and videos off a laptop or NAS-disk), that way the photos can be copied from the smartphones to the disk while diving and than uploaded at hotels, MC-donalds etc..
I have not found any disadvantages, yet. It's tiny size may make it easy to lose or be stolen. A USB with NAS port would have been brilliant too. As it stands I cannot fault this device. I may replace my LANs AP with one permanently.