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on 18 November 2011
I don't normally write reviews; after all what's good for me may not be any good for you. This is the exception.
A couple of months ago we moved to the country to a Victorian stone cottage. The Internet signal here isn't great: downloading at around 6.8 bps to my wired mainframe - by the time the wi-fi signal struggles through various stone walls to our lounge it drops off to a very precious little. Very frustrating, all I want is to drown out Downton Abbey on the TV (I know this sounds horrible, but it's true) by watching Sky Sports on my iPad2, but it couldn't be done. I even took to reading books (try it; it might well catch on). I've tried several ways of enhancing the signal - all fruitlessly. Then I saw a review for the Linksys RE1000 in a computer mag and thought it was worth a go (buoyed up by Amazon's no-quibble returns policy). £76 is a lot of money; it needed to work well. Anyway, the delivery arrived within 48 hours (thank you). It took no more than 10 minutes to set up. Get this: take the CD out of the box, insert it in your computer and follow the very simple instructions. It works. Amazing. Anyway, I had a placement issue which was speedily resolved - and then it was time to test the iPad. The download speed on my iPad via the box was 5.8bps - just 1 down from my wired mainframe. This was gobsmackingly good. I was able to watch Sky Sports with a perfect picture and surf the web at previously unknown of speeds. (Books? Pah, who needs 'em). So, this box is not going back; it is far far better than expected.
Gizmos have a habit of flattering to deceive, like a first-date, if this happens and my opinion changes I promise I'll up-date this review; but outside of this, if you need to enhance your Wi-Fi signal you should certainly consider this magic box; I hope it's as good for you as it is for me.