4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Seems fine to fill-in some wi-fi dead-spots,
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This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-638APB N300 Wireless N Access Point (Personal Computers)
I wanted an AP to "fill-in" wi-fi dead spots at the back of my house. I already had Powerline adaptors and a 5-port switch upstairs, so this just plugged into the switch.
Initial set-up from the CD-ROM was easy enough, after which it can be done via using the web interface. Next job was the inevitable firmware upgrade, which was easy enough once you figured out the same model was sold under three versions and you need the matching firmware.
I set the AP to a fixed IP outside the range used for DHCP by my D-Link DIR-655 router and also set a fixed wi-fi channel, leaving the DIR-655 to dynamically scan for least used airspace.
After that, just set the SSID and WPA2 security to be identical to the DIR-655. A quick check with inSSIDer on laptop showed two units offering the same SSID but differentiated with different MAC addresses.
Tried iPad upstairs and it locked on right away, getting a 100% Wi-fi signal where previously it was touch and go. Using the same SSID should ensure that devices will 'roam' and connect to the strongest signal.
- No attachment points to wall mount the unit
- Amazon's pics show a stand, that isn't in the box
- QC a bit iffy, one of the aerial sockets was so close to the case that screwing on the aerial needed some force
- Getting the matching firmware upgrade from Trendnet site was confusing