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Easy to setup WIFI extender. Good quality build typical of TPLINK products. No dropouts in connection. There are a variety of setup options which work. I am very happy with the purchase. Does what it says on the can.
Purchased in May 2020 for A$39.00.
Increased download times by almost 800%
Our office is at the back of a garage, away from the broadband router in the house. We were getting 3.04 Mpbs download speed until I set up the TL-WA850RE and increased download to 22.9 Mpbs. Easy setup. Very pleased.
Purchased in January 2020.
Made no difference to my often slow internet that drops out and switches to Telstra Air. Sick of this: bought a the TP-Link TL-WA85ORE (AU). Took about 3.5 hours set up time. Has it made any difference? No. That's right: approx 3.5 hrs set up time/to link to 2 devices; first tried following the instruction pamphlet. No. Then looked at videos on YouTube....after much frustration, trial 'n error, I got it. Once I got the hang of it/in hindsight, it's fairly easy. But not as straightforward and uncomplicated as people make out. TP-Link's set up, c...onnected/did everything right. But makes no difference. Speculating it's not dead zones or using a device in my bedroom whereas my modem's plugged in at the other end of the house; it's a combo of a) unreliable signal due to not living in a major Australian city (about 2 hours drive); I was explaining to a friend who said unlike where I live, in major Australian cities 'there are towers everywhere' (I understand Vodafone's put more towers in my area, so doubt it's a lack of towers) b) living in area with lots of hills combined with living approx. 2 hours drive from a major Australian city could = unreliable Wifi internet c) unpowerful device; I have 2 devices: a laptop and a tablet (which is why I bought the Wifi extender). But it's an inexpensive Lenovo TAB7 and tablet's are notoriously not great; investing in a Chrome Book or a more expensive tablet might solve my problem d) using the internet in peak times (although I think the spinning wheel/slow/dropping Wifi can happen at any time/hard to gauge). Still, I was hoping the TP-Link TL-WA85ORE (AU) would do something. The only good thing is a blue light that comes full circle when my wifi's connected; it's a nice, blue light. And it shows my Wifi's on
What a wonderful little unit. The cheapest wifi extender on the market and it does the job so well. Yes we live in a townhouse so not the biggest of homes, but this unit is just great. We signed up to the NBN recently and TPG sent us a router but it was not strong enough.
Purchased in November 2019 for A$44.00.
This is great - setting it up was a little frustrating at first.
Tried quick set up with WPS buttons. Fail. Tried Wireless setup through laptop. Again, failed. Tried Ethernet setup. Again, failed! Unplugged modem/router, plugged into another phone outlet nearby (next room) and tried quick set up with WPS buttons again - worked perfectly first go that time! The modem/router is located upstairs. The extender is located downstairs (2 storey house). Getting good, strong signals consistently both upstairs and downstairs since installing. Watching videos & browsing on ipad when downstairs, no problem! Extender is plugged into an outlet nowhere near a tv, cordless phone or other device that might interfere. I think that helps. Walls are double brick downstairs, so pretty lucky. So far, so good!
Questions & Answers
Howdy all. My burning question about these things is:
If I plug one into a double wall socket, will I still be able to use the second socket?
I see so many of these devices in the stores, but they're all so wide that they take up the space that a second plug would occupy, rendering the second socket useless, unless plugging the device into a pass-through or an extension, which is not recommended.
We currently have a couple of Netgear plugs, but have stopped using them for this reason. Our house was built a while ago and sockets are a precious commodity, especially in the bedrooms/office.
This one looks as though it tapers in towards the wall, so it may be a winner...
Some of these extenders protrude from the wall socket enough you are able to squeeze a plug of some sort next to it. Otherwise consider using a double socket adapter, but use only one to effectively move the extender further away to allow other wall plugs to fit.
"unless plugging the device into a pass-through or an extension, which is not recommended."
This only draws power from the wall socket, it does not use your electrical wires for networking purposes like those powerline adapters. So you should be able to use any extension cords or powerboards or anything.
Would this work in my tin garage shed 100 metres from house modem, with garage door sgut?
It should. Use an extension lead to get it as close as possible to the house and as high up as possible. Consider moving the router closer to the garage . If this doesn't work then configure it in the house and then take it to the shed and plug it in. My unit is 40 metres away from the router, separated by a double brick wall and a fibro wall and works very well. If you still have issues then buy a cheap extension antenna for your router (if your router takes an external antenna) and try again.
100 metres is a bit far so I couldn't guarantee it. The metal garage is also an issue but not as big as the distance.
My guess is that you might be better off with a more powerful modem.
Will take a bit more space.
Here in Melbourne you will find them at JB HiFi.
But maybe try Jason's suggestion first.
In the pre-nbn era I had underground telephone cable wired in between router and shed. Then I could plug directly into back of computer- worked very well. Now with nbn I have cable as far as shed but the laptop has no plug for aerial cable. Will try a usb adapter to see if that works. I think the cable is high speed nbn type cable. Thanks
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