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[Amazon.ca] TP-Link WiFi Range Extender TL-WA850RE (N Speed) - 14.99

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[Amazon.ca] TP-Link WiFi Range Extender TL-WA850RE (N Speed) - 14.99

Only N speed, but it's $15 bucks. Cheaper than setting up a old router and use it as a extender

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300Mbps Wireless Speed – Range Extender mode boosts wireless signal to previously unreachable or hard-to-wire areas flawlessly
Intelligent Signal Light – Helps to determine the best location for optimal Wi-Fi coverage by indicating the signal strength in the current placement
Easy Setup – Miniature size and wall-mounted design make it easy to deploy and move flexibly
Fast Ethernet Port – allows the Extender to function as a wireless adapter to connect wired devices
TP-Link Tether App – Easily access and manage your network using any iOS or Android mobile device
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2.4ghz only unfortunately. That frequency is so congested extending it might not be worthwhile.
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chinesedevil wrote: 2.4ghz only unfortunately. That frequency is so congested extending it might not be worthwhile.
If you want to use this to extend to all your smart switches and plugs it will take the load off your 'real' network

I already did this with an extender and changed the SSID and have ALL my switches, plugs, lights, echo infrastructure etc running off it. Totally cleared up my connect issues.

I was having issues with some switches dropping connection.

Now everything else connects to 5ghz and the main router 2.4 ghz is dedicated to the extender. This worked for me.
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MexicanPeso wrote: If you want to use this to extend to all your smart switches and plugs it will take the load off your 'real' network

I already did this with an extender and changed the SSID and have ALL my switches, plugs, lights, echo infrastructure etc running off it. Totally cleared up my connect issues.

I was having issues with some switches dropping connection.

Now everything else connects to 5ghz and the main router 2.4 ghz is dedicated to the extender. This worked for me.
True, cheaper IoT devices prob have 2.4ghz restrictions.
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MexicanPeso wrote: If you want to use this to extend to all your smart switches and plugs it will take the load off your 'real' network

I already did this with an extender and changed the SSID and have ALL my switches, plugs, lights, echo infrastructure etc running off it. Totally cleared up my connect issues.

I was having issues with some switches dropping connection.

Now everything else connects to 5ghz and the main router 2.4 ghz is dedicated to the extender. This worked for me.
Exactly! It's great and tbh the range on this tiny guy blew my mind lol
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I ordered used ones fulfilled by amazon for $11 each, there's 2 left if someone can grab
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Anyone know if the ethernet can be used to connect directly to the router, and have the wireless extended via this device?
I need something that can do that.
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Thanks OP!

Been watching this one for a while, never went under $19.99 before

Good reviews, surprisingly, and nice basic features! Will get it now...
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razrsharp wrote: Anyone know if the ethernet can be used to connect directly to the router, and have the wireless extended via this device?
I need something that can do that.
No. Not this model.

It's Ethernet port is used to connect device without wireless adapter to the router wirelessly only - like desktop to the router. Not to be connected directly to the router.

But any cheap-o router or AP [even used one that you can grab off of the friends who upgraded] would work in your scenario.
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Never mind.. can't connect to router
ETHERNET: One 10/100Mbps RJ45 Ethernet port used to add wireless connectivity to an
Ethernet-enabled device such as Internet TV, DVR, Gaming console and so on. Please note
that this port is not allowed to be connected with router or AP.
https://www.mironet.cz/Files/TL-WA850RE_V1.2_UG_EU.pdf
razrsharp wrote: Anyone know if the ethernet can be used to connect directly to the router, and have the wireless extended via this device?
I need something that can do that.
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Here is a emulator of what the device's management page

https://emulator.tp-link.com/tl-wa850re ... tml#lanAdv
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sexyj wrote: Yes, you should be able to set it to AP mode

https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/faq/1143/
Yes, it could be used as AP, BUT - as per user manual - not in his scenario. Ethernet port [which is only 10/100Mbps unfortunately!] is device extension only, not router's...

I'm afraid your example is not for this particular chipoo model...
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chinesedevil wrote: 2.4ghz only unfortunately. That frequency is so congested extending it might not be worthwhile.
That is OK, majority of smart home devices only work with 2.4ghz anyways.

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