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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, but fiddly to set up if you are using older powerline devices, 13 Jun. 2013
This review is from: D-Link DHP-W310AV/B PowerLine AV 500 Wireless Extender (Accessory)
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First, its important to note that this is a powerline device rather than a repeater, so you do need an existing poweline network for it to work.

You use a repeater if you have an existing wifi that doesnt cover the full house, but no powerline. You place the repeater somewhere where signal strength is still good and the repeater then picks up the wifi and retransmits it at full power to the rest of the house. The trouble with using a repeater in my house is that the signal drops sharply between upstairs and downstairs, so there is no easy place to put the repeater, and I had no luck with a TP-Link TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wall Plug Range Extender.

For my second attempt, I used this product, plugging it into an existing powerline network that uses the now superceded Netgear XEB1004's.
As this is old gear, there is no 'quick connect' type option, so I had to do it all manually. This took some time, but a few resets and tweaks later it was all working. Par for the course I guess - manually setting up networks never works first time!

A minor issue is that there is no plug passthrough, so you will lose the socket you plug it into. That is probably unavoidable (the extender needs a clear forward-facing surface to transmit the wifi), and not even an issue for me because I have mine on a 6-way extension plug strip.

Recommended if you have an existing powerline network, but be aware than you need such a network for the extender to work. If you have only WIFI, you probably want to search for 'WIFI range extender'.
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