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Edimax-ew-7438rpn.34252218
8.5 out of 10

Edimax EW-7438RPn

Extends the range of existing 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi networks iQ Read more

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Reviews and Problems with Edimax EW-7438RPn

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Overall 4
4.0

Make sure you understand what you're getting.

Keith Tate, Amazon
20 December 2014
  • Summary: On the plus side, it does make my network accessible outside the range of my wifi router as advertised. This (and many other products like it) don't really extend the wifi signal, but instead create a second network, and act as a gateway for devices on the secondary network to get back to the original network. This approach to "extending" is what earns the two star rating in my book. Beyond that it was free of any defects and easy to configure.
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Overall 4
4.0

unreliable connection

Scott A., Newegg
30 June 2014
  • Summary: not sure why there is such a difference between devices. my computer has no problem with other networks.
  • Pros: small, cheap, works well for my iphone
  • Cons: My windows 8 computer is barely capable of connecting to the network created by the extender. When it does connect, it is a "limited" connection, meaning it cannot get internet access.
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Overall 4
4.0

Not a great product

Frank P., Newegg
12 April 2014
  • Pros: The price is right. Easy set up.
  • Cons: Will not remain connected to my devices even if in a few feet. Manual switch to unit is a real pain. I would like to have automatic switching.
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Overall 4
4.0

Hard to setup. 5GHz doesn't work

Kenneth G., Newegg
7 April 2014
  • Summary: Its worthless. Save your money and find something better if you want proper media support at 5GHz (as their own manual states). I really regret having wasted my time on this thing.
  • Pros: Price (you get what you pay for). Airplay support
  • Cons: 5GHz doesn't work. It doesn't see any 5GHz networks although all my other devices have no problem joining. Its hard to reset if you're trying to get it setup. i did get it set up on my 2.4GHz network and could only reset it via its web interface. Of course, now I can't get it to work at all. WPS doesn't work. And, more often than not, you can't conned to the initial setup networks it presents (I assume one is the 5G, but who can tell - it doesn't work).
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Overall 4
4.0

Dislike

Jamey F., Newegg
27 March 2014
  • Summary: Do NOT buy for bridge mode only.
  • Pros: Setup is easy as it takes you straight the the page needed through dns...
  • Cons: BRIDGE MODE IS HORRIBLE, Connects to the intended network for 30 seconds then fails horribly. hardware failure on ping to inet. Have not tried extender mode as that is NOT what I purchased this for... Bought 2... both have same problem Do NOT buy for bridge mode only. sending both back for refund Newegg.com help...
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Overall 4
4.0

Bad customer service and poor signal

Anonymous, Newegg
23 March 2014
  • Summary: I purchased this device 1 year ago. This product works well only if you setup this device in the same room where your router is, in this case it'll provide good speed and "extended" range. But if you setup it in other room it'll have difficulties receiving the signal from the main router and the extended signal this device creates (although it's strong) will be useless with very very slow speeds. It also doesn't have wireless security settings.
  • Pros: Worked for a while.
  • Cons: Signal strength is very poor. Even my notebook wireless is stronger when both are in the exact same place. After some months this device started to drop connections and I had to re-plug it again so it can re-connect. I read the user guide and followed their instructions to update the firmware thinking it may solve the issue. Unfortunately, after the firmware update this device stopped working. I contacted their customer support in Israel and the support guy answered m...
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Overall 4
4.0

Don't think its doing much..

Chris B., Newegg
14 February 2014
  • Summary: I purchased 2 of these thinking that they simply bridge off from my ASUS wireless router. These connect as clients, and supposedly repeat the signal. In my testing, I get good connection, however, speed/connectivity do not seem to have any significant improvement at all. IMO, kind of a waste of money. I bought 2, and I'm glad these didn't cost very much.
  • Pros: - Very nice small design. - Plugs directly into wall outlet
  • Cons: doesn't seem to actually increase performance or connectivity at all.
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Overall 4
4.0

not worth it

zengshun w., Newegg
8 January 2014
  • Pros: low cost. compact design
  • Cons: it only works well if i'm connect to the ssid of the extender when i'm far away from my router. I thought wifi extenders is supposed to only extend/broadcast the router's ssid but not have it's own. it's a hassle to have to constantly switch ssid that i'm connected to as I walk around the house. but if i turn off the extender's ssid, then it becomes virtually useless.
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Overall 4
4.0

Maybe mine is defective?

Jonathan C., Newegg
1 January 2014
  • Summary: I spent rime seeing if there were some simple tweak I could make that would boost the output power but found nothing that made a difference. Either mine is bad or you are an easy to please crowd.
  • Pros: Very easy to setup.
  • Cons: Terrible power output. terrible. I put this in a room with 2 ip cameras withing 10 feet. 1 is in front of the device and the other is in back of the device with a standard home wall between them. Both camera see the primary router signal as good as the Edimax! Not possible right? So, I took my Android phone with Wifi Analyzer running and confirmed it. the thing just has NO power.
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Overall 4
4.0

Poor signal

Michael E., Newegg
20 December 2013
  • Summary: I bought 2 of these. I should have saved my money and bought a second router to get decent coverage.
  • Pros: Easy to setup, that's it.
  • Cons: I have a long house. I installed this half way down the house and the signal strength, standing next to it, is the same as my router at the end of my house. If I move to the other end of my house, the signal strength is garbage and I can still get a bar or 2 from my router.
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