TP-Link TL-WA860RE Wi-Fi Extender
Low Wi-Fi range problem is something from which every person who lives in a big house with many rooms suffers. Radio waves are not capable of penetrating thick concrete structures and as a result, the network range reduces. The best way to solve this problem is by installing a Wi-Fi extender and the best candidate I can recommend is the TP-Link TL-WA860RE. At just 1,999 rupees, it is one of the cheapest 300 MBPS repeaters.
Two Antennas Along With Ethernet Port: The TP-Link repeater offers great connectivity features. It has two antennas and is capable of giving speeds of up to 300 MBPS on 11n standard. At the bottom, you can find an RJ45 port that allows 100 MBPS transfer.
To get the maximum range, keep one antenna in vertical position and the other in horizontal position. The repeater also offers WEP, WPA-PSK, and WPA2-PSK security.
Once the connection is setup, you will be able to login to the wireless network using the ID/Password of the main router. In fact, it features WPS button for fast setup. The router page is simple to understand and fast to setup.
Inbuilt Power Socket for AC Extension
The TP-Link Extender plugs directly into the socket. In addition to just being a wireless repeater, this device also offers AC power extension. On the front, it sports a power socket, which can be used to plug-in other electricity appliances.
Decent Build Quality: Build quality of this repeater is really appreciable. TP-Link has used sturdy plastic materials in the making. Moreover, its design feels pleasing to the eyes.
There are three indicator LEDs on this device. First one is for showing the strength of the bridge connection. The second LED shows the connectivity of Ethernet port. The last indicator light is for power.
TP-Link is providing a 3-year warranty on the repeater.
- Wireless N
- Dual antennas
- WPS2-PSK is available
- Ethernet port
- Indicator lights
- WPS compatible
Cons: Customer service is not good
Verdict: Although this repeater offers some great features, the bad customer service of TP-Link is something a customer should keep in mind while making a purchase decision. There have been many cases where customers have suffered a lot because the manufacturer failed to provide good support.
|Standard Supported||Up To Wireless N|
|Maximum Speed||300 MBPS|
|Frequency Band||2.4 GHz (Single)|
TP-LINK Archer C50 AC1200 Router
TP-Links is trying to be the Xiaomi of router world these days. While most dual band routers will cost a hell lot of money but the TP-LINK Archer C50 AC1200 Router offers the same functionality at just 2,500 rupees. In a very short period of just 8 months, this device has become quite famous in the market. Now let us explore what more it has to offer.
Ergonomic Design: The manufacturer has tried to give this router a futuristic look. It gives a great appeal to the eyes. The whole setup has an ergonomic and modern touch. Build quality of the product is not as good as I would like but still, it is a great buy considering the price point. Interestingly, unique ventilation on the top and on the bottom helps the inner circuitry remain cool even when the network load is high.
Dual Band with High Speed Data Transfer: A dual band router like this one works at 2.4 GHz as well as 5.0 GHz. You can run both bands simultaneously on the TP-Link router. It also supports Wireless AC standard allowing the users to get speeds of up to 1.2 GBPS. Two antennas expand the network and give better coverage. This router is a perfect solution for network gaming, media streaming as well as for local file transfer.
Onboard Guest Network functionality is something that customers would highly appreciate. It will allow them to give internet access to friends and relatives without risking privacy.
Network Storage of this TP-Link Router
The TP-Link router sports a USB port, which makes it a really great device. Users can use this port to attach a portable hard disk and use it as network storage. This feature is also famous as NAS or Network-attached storage and is great for accessing media. It is perfect for downloading content, as you would not need to use a computer or smartphone for the same.
Users can even find four additional LAN ports on the back. Another pro feature of this router is it has dedicated power and WPS buttons.
Intuitive Router Page: Router page of the TP-Link device is really easy to understand. It also offers a number of features like QoS, Parental Control, and Tether App. While logging in for the first time, customers will have to use the default password (printed on the packaging box).
- Great design
- Dual band
- Guest mode
- Dedicated power button
- Wireless AC
Verdict: The TP-LINK Archer C50 AC1200 Router is really a great device for people who do network gaming and 4K video streaming. It provides a stable connection in both bands. The NAS functionality is like a cherry on top in case of this router.
|Bands||2.4-GHz and 5.0-GHz|
|Standard||Wireless N, Wireless AC|
|Ports||1 X USB, 1 X RJ45 and 4 X LAN|
|Dedicated Power Button||Yes|
|Security||WPA, WPA2, WPA-PSK, and WPA2-PSK|