Cons: I've always read bad product reviews with a grain of salt. Usually the author has an ax to grind, or just decided to complain instead of getting the unit replaced/fixed. My level of expertise is high as I set up home networks for a living. This unit was purchased knowing full well it was very low end. The expectation was to load trendnet's firmware upgrade and all would be well enough for my needs. After all the trouble I've had with this model, i've come to realize t...
Summary: Flash OpenWRT openwrt-ar71xx-generic-tew-712br-squashfs-factory.bin and away you go! LuCi web interface included by default.
Pros: I got three of these on Newegg at a too good to be true price. I flashed OpenWRT out of the box. There were no hoops to jump through, the firmware update process was completely painless. Using three of these in my house for access points. They give better connection speeds than my Asus RT-53 "300 Mbps" router.
Cons: I wish it was a two antenna 300 Mbps capable unit.
Summary: 3 ways you could connect this little router as a Wi-fi repeater: Plug it into an ethernet jack on the wall in or near a low-reception zone. Plug it into an ethernet jack on a Powerline adapter near the low-reception zone. Position it where it receives a reasonable Wi-fi signal from your main router so it can boost the Wi-fi another 15 or 20 feet away.
Pros: When on sale it's a very inexpensive way to boost the Wi-fi signal in a low reception area of your house or out on the deck/patio. Set it up as an Access Point (A/P) to give stronger Wi-fi signal.
Cons: Cheaply made; doesn't have a ton of good reviews.