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Works for me!
on 27 September 2012
First off, we don't live in a massive house. But it annoyed me that I couldn't get the same strength wireless signal upstairs as I could downstairs. I considered various solutions and plumped for this one - the cheapest! I'd read through most of the reviews here - mainly good, but some not so good. For £30 it was worth a punt - especially as our ADSL modem is also a TP Link (the TD-W8960N - very good too), which I guessed would increase our chances of compatibility between the two units.
Set-up was as simple as it could possibly be - put the range extender next to the modem - press the QSS button on the modem and the range extender button on the other and within seconds they were friends! Joy!
I then took the range extender up to the landing (where the signal is still good) and looked around for a suitable place to put it, also within reach of an electrical plug socket. Hmm - I hadn't really thought this one through - we have a smallish landing and there was nowhere appropriate. My other half suggested fixing it to the wall - a suggestion which I'm ashamed to admit I initially dismissed as ludicrous. Until, that is, I turned the range extender over and found two moulded screw inserts on the underside of the plastic case - obviously intended exactly for that purpose! Doh! So I fixed it flat to the wall just above the only plug socket on the landing - and in case you're wondering, the antennae rotate appropriately so that they are also flat to the wall and don't protrude.
I plugged it in and within seconds its lights were indicating that it was receiving the wifi signal from downstairs - I was a happy boy! Until, that is, I took my mobile into the bedroom and looked at the signal strength - still only one bar! Disappointing! I then remembered reading in one of the other reviews of a free Android app called Wifi Analyzer, which I downloaded and fired up. As expected it showed 2 identically named signals, but one was much stronger than the other. I concluded that one was coming from the modem downstairs and the other from the range extender upstairs. My phone was apparently using the weaker signal from downstairs. So I turned the wifi connection on my phone off and then reconnected. Voila - full signal strength! It was obviously now using the range extender's wifi signal.
So, to sum up, if it works with your existing modem and you position it to receive a reasonably strong signal, it should do a very good job. But be aware that where the signals overlap you may need to disconnect and reconnect your mobile/PC/tablet to grab the stronger signal.
I'm a very happy boy!