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TP-LINK TL-WA830RE Wireless N300 Range Extender 2.4Ghz 300Mbps 802.11b-g-n AP by Review Summary ,  Jul 29, 2015

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TP-LINK TL-WA830RE Wireless N300 Range Extender, 2.4Ghz 300Mbps, 802.11b/g/n, AP & Range Extender Modes, 2x 4dBi...
Report Date: 07/30/2015
Based on 95 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.4
Returned or considering to return: 8.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Range3.6   average
Router3.5   average
Wireless2.9   average
Signal2.6   average


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Range

Range:
"I was a bit disappointed with the range, but the other router got me to the outside walls of the house and this gets me to the deck so I can use my laptop (without bothering with a LAN cable) and listen to internet radio."
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"Though on paper this extender appears to cover my basic needs as far as speed, range & price, fact is I am really disappointed with the product."
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"The worst part, after the initial setup that was not very intuitive (amazing that the button in the front says range extender, but can only be used for an easy connection to the router when the unit works in access point mode)."
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"Contrary to the negative review, this range extender does support WPA and WPA2."
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"nice the best option as an ap but as range extender is s***"
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"UPDATE: after only a couple of months of use, and constant frustrations with connection issues, this device just decided to give up; yes, just like that, tired of my insults and reprimands this TP-Link range extender went off for good."
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"I'm done with this POS and will be looking for a more reliable wireless range extender."
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"After working a few times with other range extenders I really appreciate how easy this one was to setup,."
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"This is also my fourth use of a range extender and it is clearly the best."
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Router

Router:
"I have finally given up and put these in the dead electronics pile, and bought a Securify router, and it has enough power I don't even need the extender."
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"I was a bit disappointed with the range, but the other router got me to the outside walls of the house and this gets me to the deck so I can use my laptop (without bothering with a LAN cable) and listen to internet radio."
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"Unfortunately it lost connection with the router within 30 minutes, and sporadically connected and dropped out thereafter, even when I placed it within 12 feet of the router."
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"You need to install it in a place where the signal still good and then it will repeat and extend the network but when you try to install to far from your router in a point that the signal is already not very good, its really bad."
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"I was able to setup this router as an access point, by wiring it directly to the my central router."
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"The 1043ND has worked flawlessly for a year and is an excellent router."
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"My extender is 80 feet away from the router in another building, but works great."
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"Having already purchased and appreciated two other TP-Link products (TL-WR1043ND and TL-MR3020 routers), both of which work flawlessly, I had great expectations for this range extender."
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"Along with the switch to cable I also changed the wireless router because the Linksys WRT54G (dd-wrt) was outdated and has its limitations."
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Signal

Signal:
"Easy set up and captures even a weak signal..."
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"If you notice that your not getting a good signal; turn your wifi on and off and you will reconnect to the best possible signal; assuming you have your device is configured to be find the best signal when turned on."
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"Yes, both the signals are the sent out in the same manner but if you leave the range of one and now are in better signal range of the other, your phone of tablet (for example) may not switch over and you will notice a low signal because your not on the best choice for your signal."
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"Great product & easy setup, my wifi signal in my living room is weak & sometimes breaks up but after installing this device the signal became full strength."
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"Easy set up and captures even a weak signal..."
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"Reason for purchase: I bought this to extend my wifi-network and be able to get a signal on both floors of my house."
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"Great product & easy setup, my wifi signal in my living room is weak & sometimes breaks up but after installing this device the signal became full strength."
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"when i travel we have no signal at all if any on the ocean resort where we stay; this was a godsend once we figured out how to set it up; it took a while to find the hot spot to grab what signal we could and once we did we were good to go; 5 bars of signal!"
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Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi:
"If you notice that your not getting a good signal; turn your wifi on and off and you will reconnect to the best possible signal; assuming you have your device is configured to be find the best signal when turned on."
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"Great product & easy setup, my wifi signal in my living room is weak & sometimes breaks up but after installing this device the signal became full strength."
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"Failed to meet expectations in terms of adding wifi coverage."
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"We find its performance to be rather spotty it does seem to help extend the Wi-Fi but it slows down the performance in the process and that is been less than satisfactory."
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"This rebroadcasts a signal but it is most certainly a rebroadcast which means even if you take the same channel name when you do your configuration (for example lets say your wifi is named HomeWifi and you make this also make this extender's name HomeWifi), you may have to switch your wifi on and off to get the best service."
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"Great product & easy setup, my wifi signal in my living room is weak & sometimes breaks up but after installing this device the signal became full strength."
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"Just excellent, and not creating another wifi AP just strengthening your original wifi network."
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"We find its performance to be rather spotty it does seem to help extend the Wi-Fi but it slows down the performance in the process and that is been less than satisfactory."
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"I purchased it to extend the WiFi signal from my Parrot A. R. Drone 2.0 and it worked great."
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Wireless

Wireless:
"Paired with the TP-LINK TD-W896N Wireless Modem, I have about tripled my internet throughput over the crappy Windstream DSL modem."
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"Only problems were that it was dumb and you had to create a second SSID which really isn't that seamless especially when your wireless clients can see both the source and the extended networks."
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"This is my third attempt at a wireless extender."
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"We have a large two-story home and after experiencing multiple issues with our DSL disconnecting when using wireless devices downstairs and several unpleasant calls to AT&T tech support, it was suggested by a customer service representative to purchase this particular range extender."
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"I was unable to get the Extender to connect to my wireless network."
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"I'm done with this POS and will be looking for a more reliable wireless range extender."
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"With the new WDR3600 and this Extender capable of Gigabit Lan, Dual Band wireless and 300 Mbs (good luck with that)my wireless coverage is the best yet."
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"Along with the switch to cable I also changed the wireless router because the Linksys WRT54G (dd-wrt) was outdated and has its limitations."
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"The TP-LINK TL-WA830RE is working very well with the TP-LINK TL-WR940N Wireless N300 Home Router, but that's after I spent hours and hours to finally have configured it correctly and eliminated other errors."
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