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TP-LINK TL-WPA281 V3 AV200 Powerline 300M Wi-Fi Extender/Wi-Fi Booster/Hotspot with Two Ethernet Ports (Easy Configuration, Wi-Fi Clone for Smartphone/Tablets/Laptop)

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  • Fully compatible with other TP-LINK powerline products
  • Wi-Fi clone button simplifies your Wi-Fi configuration and helps build a seamless unified home network
  • Extend 300 Mbps wireless connections to previously hard-to-reach areas of your home and office
  • Two Ethernet ports allow your TVs, game consoles or PCs connect to the Internet
  • Up to 300 m range over the household power circuit

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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandTP-LINK
Item Weight159 g
Product Dimensions10.5 x 5.8 x 4 cm
Item model numberTL-WPA281
SeriesTL-WPA281
Wireless Type802.11B, 802.11G, 802.11n
  
Additional Information
ASINB00ECBROCK
Best Sellers Rank 18,787 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight322 g
Date First Available9 July 2013
  
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Product Description

Product Description

TP-Link 300Mbps AV200 Wi-Fi Powerline Extender Starter Kit -- TL-WPA281 V3

What This Product Does

TP-Link's TL-WPA281 V3 extends your Internet connection to every room of the house through your home's existing electrical circuitry. The TL-WPA281 V3 features a Wi-Fi Clone Button enabling Super Range Extension, meaning it can automatically copy the SSID and password of your router. In this way, TL-WPA281 V3 simplifies your Wi-Fi configuration and allows for seamless roaming within your home network.

Wi-Fi clone button
Unified home network
One-touch Super Range Extension

With a Wi-Fi Clone Button enabling Super Range Extension, the TL-WPA281 V3 can automatically copy the wireless network name (SSID) and password of your router at the push of a button. After pressing the button, you can place the powerline adapter anywhere you want wired or wireless access and enjoy seamless networking throughout your home or office.

Extend Wi-Fi Coverage to Every Room

With wireless speeds of up to 300Mbps, you can effortlessly extend your Wi-Fi network via the existing powerline and broadcast a wireless signal to share with all your Wi-Fi-enabled devices in another area of your home or office.

Plug-and-play
Plug-and-Play

You can set-up a hassle-free Powerline network within minutes with TP-Link's powerline adapters, just plug in and play. Also, the adapters' "Pair" buttons can be utilised for securing or managing multiple powerline adapters in your home network.

  1. Plug one Internet connected adapter into a nearby power outlet.
  2. Connect additional adapters to PCs/laptops/Internet TVs or other networked devices via an Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi.
  3. Press the encryption buttons -- and you're done.

*Recommended: Press the pair buttons for network security and data encryption.


Installation Guide

You can download the User Quick Installation Guide following the link.

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Universal Compatibility

Box Contains

TP-Link Powerline Adapter
RJ45 Ethernet Cable
Resource CD
Quick Installation Guide



Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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Verified Purchase
I am really glad that I settled on this particular model. I spent a great deal of time comparing different makes and reading all of the reviews. Some of the reviews mentioned problems setting up etc which may scare some people off, so here is my honest straightforward experience of setting it up:

1) Plugged the TP-Link TL-WPA281into the extension block that my existing powerline adapter is plugged into (this is the one connected directly to my router via ethernet).

2) Pressed the sync button on the both for around a second or so.

3) They connected (you can tell this as the data lights on both will begin to flicker as they talk to each other)

4) I then unplugged the TP-Link TL-WPA281 and relocated it to my back livingroom which doesnt pick up the wifi from my router (which is located at the front of the house). ALL DONE!

I now have a wifi signal across the whole house (and the back garden). The TP-Link TL-WPA281 has its own SSID (wifi name) so I can easily see if Im connected to the routers wifi or the TP-Link TL-WPA281. Performance through the TP-Link TL-WPA281 is excellent, the wifi signal is strong, the speeds are very good, and the ping is only marginally higher than when I am connected to the routers wifi directly.

The only other thing I did was change the SSID of the TP-Link TL-WPA281. To do this you need to run the included CD on a windows machine. This allows you to access the TP-Link TL-WPA281's internal page (very similar to a routers internal page) and change various things. My existing routers SSID is something like Netgear N600, so I changed the TP-Link TL-WPA281's to Netgear N600 (BR) which stands for back room.

Now as I move around my house with my phone, laptop, or iPad, the devices jump between the router and the TP-Link TL-WPA281 automatically. When they switch you will drop connection for a few seconds or so but aside from that its pretty much seamless.
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Bought to compliment TP_Link TL-WPA281 starter kit, but sent the kit back due to the following issue.

Easy to setup and worked well for 90% of the time. But at least once per day these would grind to a halt for a random amount of time. Restarting the devices didn't solve this problem - just had to wait for the units to sort themselves out. Tried firmware upgrades etc. but still had this issue. Returned to Amazon for a refund as these proved unfit for purpose. Replaced with Devolo dLAN 500 Wifi Starter kit, [...], these have been 100% reliable so far and do not have the degradation in speed issue of the TP-Link kit. Great whilst they are working, very poor when they failed, which was too often.
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This product gets two stars only because it definitely provides a wifi network of sorts. I bought it because I was particularly interested in the 'WiFi Clone' option where it claims it will extend your existing wifi network with the same SSID, same password etc.

It doesn't.

I have a brand new Virgin router (Superhub 2) which emits both a 5G and 2G signal. This extender will enable you to draw the internet feed from the router around the house, but it makes you do so by signing on to a separate wifi network which it creates. It has a separate SSID and a separate password - exactly what I wanted to avoid.

The 'WiFi Clone' option simply does not work. Do not be taken in by the accompanying video leading you to believe it's as simple as pressing a button on the extender. It isn't. I read the instructions that came with the extender. I searched online for advice from people who'd had the same problem but all to no avail. It simply refuses to clone.

Finally, and pretty annoyingly, the software that comes with the extender is on a mini-cd and so completely unusable with a Macbook Pro. You can download a version of the software from the TP Link site but this didn't help either.

Hours of frustration and heaps of disappointment. Very poor.
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Excellent bit of kit! Especially for Virgin Media customers with the under powered low range superhub V1.0 :)

Bought to replace one of my av500 powerlines which stopped working for some reason and has been working flawlessly for the last 2 weeks its as simple as plugging it in pressing pair on the powerline whats connected to your modem/wireless router going to wherever you have this one plugged and pressing pair. I'm running my smart TV (Samsung 43J5500) and custom gaming PC off of the Ethernet ports and running my smartphone off of the inbuilt wifi. Movies from Netflix load really quick but I do have times where the picture quality will drop but it sorts itself out after about 30 seconds.Online gaming runs smooth no dropping out or lagging due to slow upload and download speeds.Just make sure you have plenty of airing space for this as when its under load it tends to get quite warm. Also you only get one Ethernet cable so if you need 2 i'd also order one to save and hassle.

But apart from that these are great for the money you pay and work better than expected!
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This is an updated version of previous, similar, purchase..
It will solve your connectivity problems by using the your internal power supply lines to distribute your internet connection.
It'll also boost the WiFi signal.

I bought this to extend my current powerline setup, works a treat even with the previous older units.

Very easy to use, comes with decent instruction. Recommended for a novice.

I've bought from TP Link before - and will again.
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