3-in-1 WIFI Repeater review

huawei splash screen[UPDATED] http://list.qoo10.sg/item/HUAWEI-WS323-300MBPS-3IN1-2-4G/414415284 selling at SGD$52.9 The Huawei WS323 operates similar to TP-Link’s TL-WA850RE, the main difference is the ethernet port of Huawei can also be used as a AP mode (e.g. convert the hotel ethernet port into Wifi hotspot) whereas the TP-Link wifi extender does not support this mode. WS323 is also smaller but some users have reported that the unit gets quite hot after 10min. The TP-Links does not have the heat issue.   [Updated 9Jul2014] WS323The setup of WS323 turns out to be more difficult than the TP-Link’s TL-WA850RE. First for setup, the SSID as printed in the manual is wrong (WS323, actual huawei-xxxx). The SSID and PWD using wireless setup is actually printed on the unit itself, see photo (right). User name and pwd is default at admin/admin.  Repeater signal is very good and stable.

Note: in Wifi Router mode, select “DHCP” for hotel LAN to be converted to your wifi hotspot, the SSID and Network key can be set in this mode. One unusual problem I encountered was while it is easy to connect wirelessly in the WIFI Router mode, it takes several minutes (5min to be safe) for the router to find the internet connection, else very often you will be directed to the login page (fig above) for several minutes after connecting to WS323.

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  • Product helped to improve visibly my wifi speed to 3 -4 times at the blind spot area previously. Now I can used my tablets  all around.
  • Work well with my aztech modem using  method 2 to configure wifi extender
  • Super value for money with 3yrs warranty
  • Excellent product ergonomics, as it has a nice LED design for signal strength and invisible dual antenna.
  • Operation is super simple, just put the router and Wifi repeater side by side, press the WPS button (see diagram below) followed by the round button on the front surface. The two units will be paired, now bring the paired repeater to a place with about 3 bar (e.g. outside a room) of wifi signal and the unit will repeat the wifi signal into the room.

Full user manual plus quick user guide can be found here. quick installation guide can be found here. TP-Link 300Mbps Universal WiFi Range Extender TL-WA850RE   Highlights:

  • Range Extender mode boosts wireless signal to previously unreachable or hard-to-wire areas flawlessly
  • Miniature size and wall-mounted design make it easy to deploy and move flexibly
  • Easily expand wireless coverage at a push of Range Extender button
  • Ethernet port allows the Extender to function as a wireless adapter to connect wired devices

What This Product Does TP-LINK’s TL-WA850RE is designed to conveniently extend the coverage and improve the signal strength of an existing wireless network to eliminate “dead zones”. With 300Mbps wireless N speeds, Range Extender button, miniature size and wall mounting design, extending a wireless network has never been easier. What’s more, its Ethernet port allows the TL-WA850RE to act as a wireless adapter to turn a wired device into a wireless one. 300Mbps Range Extender The TL-WA850RE is designed to conveniently extend the coverage and improve the signal strength of an existing wireless network to eliminate “dead zones”, help users maintain an existing wireless network and vastly improve the network’s coverage. With 300Mbps wireless 802.11n speeds, it is ideal for smooth HD video, music streaming and online gaming. Flexible Deployment The device’s miniature size and wall-mounted design make it easy to deploy and move flexibly. What’s more, the TL-WA850RE’s profile function remembers previously paired wireless networks, meaning there is no need to reset the device when changing the paired router. Plug and Play With no new wires or cables, within range of their existing wireless network, users can easily extend wireless coverage at a push of the WPS button on their router followed by the Range Extender button on the TL-WA850RE or vice versa. An additional push of the pair button can quickly establish an encrypted connection with client devices. Ethernet Bridge The TL-WA850RE’s single Ethernet port allows the Extender to function as a wireless adapter to connect wired devices like Blu-ray® players, gaming consoles, DVRs and Internet TVs. At the same time, the device can share the wireless network as well. Smart Signal Indicator Light 5 signal lights represent the current signal strength that TL-WA850RE receives from existing router, which can help to find the right location to place the range extender so that the TL-WA850RE can achieve the best possible range and performance of the network. Universal Compatibility Works seamlessly with all 802.11 b/g/n wireless devices. It is also compatible with the latest Windows 8 operating system.

  • Range Extender mode boosts wireless signal to previously unreachable or hard-to-wire areas flawlessly
  • Miniature size and wall-mounted design make it easy to deploy and move flexibly
  • Easily expand wireless coverage at a push of Range Extender button
  • Smart Signal Indicator Light help to find the right location to place the range extender
  • Ethernet port allows the Extender to function as a wireless adapter to connect wired devices
  • 300Mbps wireless data rates ideal for video streaming, online gaming and internet calling
  • Supports domain name-based login (http://tplinkextender.net) for advanced management
  • Compatible with other 802.11n/g/b wireless devices
  • Advanced 64/128/152-bit WEP, WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK encryptions protect your network from security threats

 

HARDWARE FEATURES
Interface 1 * 10/100M Ethernet Port (RJ45)
Plug Type EU
Button RE (Range Extender) Button, Reset Button
Wireless Standards IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b
Antenna 2 * internal
Dimensions ( W x D x H ) 4.3x 2.6 x 3.0in. (110.0 x 65.8 x 75.2mm)
Power Consumption About 3W
WIRELESS FEATURES
Frequency 2.4~2.4835GHz
Signal Rate 11n: Up to 300Mbps (dynamic) 11g: Up to 54Mbps (dynamic) 11b: Up to 11Mbps (dynamic)
EIRP < 20 dBm (EIRP)
Reception Sensitivity 270M: -68dBm@10% PER 130M: -68dBm@10% PER 108M: -68dBm@10% PER 54M: -68dBm@10% PER 11M: -85dBm@8% PER 6M: -88dBm@10% PER 1M: -90dBm@8% PER
Wireless Modes Range Extender
Wireless Functions WMM (Wi-Fi Multimedia) Wireless MAC Address Filtering Wireless Statistic Domain Login Function
Wireless Security 64/128/152-bit WEP WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK
OTHERS
Certification CE, RoHS
Package Contents 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender TL-WA850RE RJ-45 Ethernet Cable Resource CD Quick Installation Guide
System Requirements Microsoft® Windows® 98SE, NT, 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7, 8, Mac® OS, NetWare®, UNIX® or Linux.
Environment Operating Temperature: 0°C~40°C (32°F~104°F) Storage Temperature: -40°C~70°C (-40°F~158°F) Operating Humidity: 10%~90% non-condensing Storage Humidity: 5%~90% non-condensing

 

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