Summary: The TP-Link WA801ND was easy to set up, but its behavior was terrible. I tried to use it on ATT-uverse network as an AP to extend the range. However, my devices kept reacquiring IP address over and over again. During the retraining the device would lose internet connection. This happens every 2-3 minutes. Direct connection to the ATT gateway wireless does not do this. Eventually, the entire network would lock up and go down. TERRIBLE- DO NOT BUY THIS JUNK!!!!!
Summary: I bought this to act as an access point for several lan devices. It worked great for a few months. I moved and reconfigured it once with no problems. I tried a second time and have never been able to get it back online. I've reset it to factory settings many times. Devices will connect it to by lan or wirelessly but will never 'identify' the network. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted.
Summary: I tried other wireless routers and extenders and got nothing but frustration. After installing this WAP, I finally got the results I've been desperately searching for. I'm using it in Access Point mode connected to the main router via a Powerline kit. It sits in the center of the house. The entire house is getting excellent signal with 5 bars and the range is amazing. It's even better now that I swapped in some 9dbi antennas from ebay.
Summary: I have to admit I am completely at a loss with this device. I'm an experienced IT guy, have done many router/wifi setups, masters 802.1q and routing. But I got fooled by this device description. Note that if this what you're looking for (a pure wifi->copper bridge or a repeater), then you're good to go. What is absolutely, positively, NEVER mentioned, is that the network settings are hardcoded when using client mode. I.e. everything must be on 192.168.1.0/24.
If there was a negative star rating this would get it.
24 March 2012
Summary: Amazon shipped the package quickly as always. The setup of the AP was fairly simple, had to re-configure my network settings and plug my PC into the AP, but the setup went quickly. Not a lot of documentation, but I figured it out by trial & error. I opted to connect using the QSS feature, where you press a button on the AP and let your device search for the signal & automatically connect.
Summary: A few terms you need to understand: Access Point (AP) SSID Router (not the same as a AP) IP address Subnet Mask Gateway MAC Address DNS DHCP NIC Ethernet CAT5/CAT5e/CAT6 WAN LAN Ping WEP WPA WPA2 TKIP AES POE Watch Dog (If you do not know the definitions to the terms above, and how they relate/interact with/to each other, it would be best not to continue until you do.
Summary: The description does NOT indicate only WEP is available in bridge mode. If that is a concern to you, then do not order the TP-Link WA801ND. Note: I did not test the functionality, but am giving it one star due to the frustration of dealing with the device and lack of accurate information.
Summary: I bought the TP-Link TL-WA801ND unit intending to use it as a relay to extend the range of my existing wireless access point because it wasn't reaching all the house reliably and connections were dropping randomly. It worked fine for that purpose but I noticed that the signal strength on the TP-Link was stronger all over the house by itself than the Netlinx was even up close.
Summary: It really works! I had a dead spot (about 1 bar) in the rear of my home. I installed this and I have 5 bars all through the house. I did have a LITTLE trouble with the initial set up (the quick set up guide is a bit short on details) but after a couple of tries it's working great!
Summary: Have had this thing installed for about 2 or 3 days and just now testing it out all over the house. Our wireless router lives on the fourth floor of our house, so by the time you get down to the 2nd floor, the connection was pretty shoddy. We knew we needed a wireless access point so I did some research and found that this one had been recommended recently so I went ahead and got it. I figured I could return it if it didn't work out.