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2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible instructions, doesn't work properly, 22 Oct 2013
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This review is from: TP-Link TL-WPA4220KIT AV500 Powerline 300M Wi-Fi Extender/Wi-Fi Booster/Hotspot with Two Ethernet Ports, Starter Kit/Twin Pack (Easy Configuration, Wi-Fi Clone for Smartphone/Tablets/Laptop) (Personal Computers)
This was recommended to me by a colleague and I fully expected it to solve my problem. Here is a selection of the main issues

1. The installation instructions are great assuming that everything goes perfectly and your home network is exactly the same as the one presented in the little diagram (pictures with very little description). If there is any deviation then you have nowhere to go.

2. The lights on the WiFi extender unit are very difficult to differentiate as the LEDS bleed light into the clear plastic buttons. This makes it very difficult to see which lights are on and which are off.

3. After struggling with the above problems I attempted to "clone" my existing WiFi network so that I can move devices around the house seamlessly. I enabled WPS on my home router and eventually got the WiFi extender to configure and sure enough, I get a great signal. However, when my devices attempt to connect to the WiFi extender they fail because there is no Internet connectivity. If I connect via LAN cable then it works perfectly.

4. After giving up on the possibility of having a single, unified home WiFi network I decided to try using the out of the box Tp-Link network. This will mean that I have to reconnect to the new network in different parts of my house. However, it takes up to a minute for my devices to move between my current home WiFi network and the new TP-Link network. This means that I cannot move through the house while streaming data such as video or VoIP teleconferences.

5. Once again, using the Tp-Link network, I can authenticate against it but I have no Internet access.

This is £80 down the drain.
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Initial post: 23 Jan 2014 09:37:01 GMT
Here's my experience...

(1) Enabled WPS on main wireless router (Virgin Media SuperHub) and checked all wireless works correctly with laptop/mobile
(2) Took out WiFi extender unit and plugged directly into power outlet (not extension lead!)...near to wireless router.
(3) Waited for WiFi extender unit to power-up
(4) Pressed WPS button on wireless router...confirmed the WPS lights are blinking on unit
(5) *NOW* press and hold the WPS button on the WiFi extender unit until the green lights all go on
(6) WiFi Extender then starts the cloning of wireless...when finished the bottom wireless light will blink rapidly
(7) Wireless cloned...repeat for other WiFi Extender units...and place to one-side
(8) Plug in Powerline base unit to wall outlet and connect up Cat5 cable to wireless router
(9) Re-locate WiFi Extender units to relevant parts of house which requires coverage...ideally plug into wall outlet! (see below)
(10) In my case the Powerline units synch'ed up straight away...if they don't move the units closer (ie., within the same room ring mains circuit)...and then re-locate to the relevant part of the house
(11) Check wireless from newly located WiFi Extender location on *SAME* SSID
(12) Repeat for remaining WiFi Extender units

Within a large Victorian house, have placed two WiFi Extender units; ground and 1st floor. In combination with the original wireless router, I have complete wireless coverage throughout the house on the same SSID and security settings (WPA2). Signal strength varies depending upon the wireless device being used.
Eg. Mobile/tablets tend to lock onto a single wireless signal...and tries to keep this even at the lower data rates. Eventually picking the local wireless signal...no big issue for me...you hardly notice it for most web browsing/streaming.

On laptops you can adjust the wireless speeds which the wireless card can adjust/select...removed the lower speeds and perfect...jumps at 54Mbps...single ping drop experienced!

Note: The throughput on the Powerline devices is dictated by the ring mains you place the devices on. Alot of this will be trial and error...but start with setting up the devices all on the same ring main and *plugged* into a wall outlet; last point is key!
(This is best achieved in the same room). Then move the devices out to different parts of the house!

In my case I get >30Mbps out to the internet on the Virgin Media (VM) connection...which is the same as plugging in directly to the VM router. Else PC to PC varies from 50 to 100Mbps...this is actual data throughput...rather than the figure stamped on these Powerline devices which just give you the bit data rate....which is correct...but doesn't take into account tranmission overhead...re-transmissions etc.

Hope this helps round off the reviews on this product! :)
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