Has potential in concept, but lacks the power to go the distance
17 February 2014
Summary: The range expander increases the bars on my computer's wireless meter, but does not hold it's expanded range. My internet remains spotty even when I'm seated in the same room as the range expander. Total bummer. For the investment, it's more worth it for me to get a second router and plug it in at the other end of the house.
Summary: Not the fault of the seller but did not do the job. Ihavesince gone to wireless "N" This will not work with N It was buy it as is no returns Think I would be more carefull buying "AS IS" items.
Summary: Increased the strength and range of my wireless network, but performance is intermittent. It will periodically lose signal strength, necessitating a reboot. The signal sometimes will come back after several minutes.
Pros: It seems like it would be very easy to set up with Linksys devices.
Cons: I couldn't get it to work with my Belkin router/AP (and I'm a few months from getting my bachelor of science in information technology...), and I've ready elswhere (and now believe) that it will only work with linksys products.
Summary: I recently had to buy a new router and unfortunately the range on it was not as good as my prior router. So I purchased this RE to extend the range. Does it work? Yes, when it works. Is it easy to set up? NO. If you TURN OFF all your security, this works great, once you add security, the failing begins. This device uses low level security features, they may work, but if you want higher levels of security, don't use this.
Summary: For those technically inclined, you could simply flash a cheap or refurbished (heck, you could even grab the old linksys you have gathering dust in your attic) Linksys with DDWRT firmware. Not only does DDWRT support wireless repeating (among many other things), it supports WPA2 encryption on your end.. so no more eyeballing your neighbors suspiciously waiting for them to crack your laughably weak WEP encryption on an overpriced eighty dollar repeater.
Pros: Does exactly what it says, serves as a repeater for other wireless networks.
Cons: Only offers WEP encryption.. better trust your neighbors.
Summary: I have this unit down my basement just on the fringe of my wireless network with the router located in the upstairs bedroom. The first one just up and died. Over the past several months this one will drop off the network. A quick power cycle of the router and expander gets it back on line. However the curious thing is that when the expander drops off the network it blocks any wireless signal to any device in my basement.
Pros: Expands my wireless coverage for 100 feet around my house. Easy to set up through web interface. First one died under warranty.
Cons: Drops out of network on regular basis. For some reason it takes the some of the network with it when it does. First one died after three months.
Summary: The range expander works well once it's setup correctly. The packaged setup software did not work at all. There is no documentation. The website FAQs were not helpful. The chatroom support was unable to solve the problem. The on-line customer service cost $10 to determine the problem. Did the I mention I had to send the first expander back to the factory because it was faulty. I wasn't charged $10 that time as the experts couldn't find a fix.
Summary: Linksys has the worst technical support and customer care I have ever had to deal with in 19 years of doing business as a computer component reseller. I will avoid using their parts in the future.
Cons: Can not remove corded adaptor to switch with the wall plug adaptor.
Summary: I'm definitely going with a different brand. You would think a brand name like Linksys wouldn't go the cheap route and pick low quality parts. I'm convinced that anyone who has a positive review for this thing is either lucky or hasn't owned it long enough for it to die.
Pros: When it worked, it really did send a strong signal and I had fast Internet in the outer reaches of the basement.
Cons: Pricey for such a light, cheap unit. Not surprisingly--judging from the build quality--it died in LESS THAN A YEAR. I almost never have any electronic parts fail on me, but this one did. And now, I'm forced to spend another wad of dough or not have Internet in my room.