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Summer house WiFi!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 June 2020
Ok, having spent hours reviewing WiFi extenders, and coupled with the knowledge that I'm not blessed with a soupçon of I.T skills, I decided to bite the bullet and get a WiFi extender.
I did share a common issue with many, in that, I wanted wifi in my garden, but, alas, my router would only allow access to the conservatory, and would blank out if I ventured further.
Now, do I go all out, top spec, expensive? Or do I try something much more 'Entry level', and see where that took me? I opted for the latter, and I'm delighted to report that I made the right decision.
After trawling review after review, it became apparent that T.P Link was the way to go, and so, I odered the AC750 ( RE220) range extender, for a very wallet-friendly 20 quid.
I'll be honest, I wasn't exactly filled with optimism when I unboxed the device. Only because I've had so many underwhelming experiences with products that promise the earth, but once they grace your own household, they're about as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike.
I decided to take a more methodical approach for once in my life, and scanned the QR code on the the quick set up guide, which immediately directed me to a 3-minute set up tutorial, which I thoroughly recommend you to try first. It was simplicity in itself to follow, and I was up and running in a matter of minutes. You may have to try several locations with your extender, to get the right result, as I did. I was a little optimistic with my first choice, and, thus, didn't get the requisite displays on my extender. Once I'd located my device, around 15 feet from my sky router, I proceeded to my patio in the garden, and voila! Full internet access, with YouTube and Netflix that didn't buffer. Not forgetting, that all of this, was the result of following the tutorial video, which basically advises you to plug in the device next to your router, download the extender app, and then follow the instructions. It really is that simple.
Now, depending on your geographical location, and ISP, results will certainly vary. So, in my case, my ISP is Sky, my maximum line capacity, is around 40mps. I performed a speed test on my static connection, and got 38mps download, 15 upload. I knew that the extender wouldn't compete with these figures, but, as long as I could get decent WiFi in the garden, to browse, and watch the occasional YouTube video, I wasn't too concerned.
After my initial set up was confirmed through the installed extender app, I performed another speed test out in the garden, and got 18mps download, 6mps upload, some 80-100 feet from the location of my TP Link extender, whic I was more than happy with.
I now have a decent internet connection all the way to the bottom of my garden, for less than a week's worth of store- bought coffee, so I'm very happy.
Time will tell whether or not this product continues to deliver, but, for now, I'm extremely happy with this product.