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by Anura Guruge
>> Returned RE2000
>>— May 16, 2014.
>> I get full refund … — Apr. 25, 2014.
>> I file BBB complaint — Apr. 21, 2014.
>> Sledgehammer to Linksys RE1000 — Apr. 18, 2014.
>> Cisco Linksys Sales will LIE — Apr. 17, 2014.
>> Linksys brain-dead as well — Apr. 18, 2014.
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With a HUGE amount of help from the Office of John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, I finally, a few days ago managed to get my money back on the pitiful, pathetic Linksys RE2000. The RE2000 was a disaster from start to finish — exacerbated by the fact that I was trying to be nice to Linksys and bought it directly from Linksys rather than Amazon. I will NEVER again buy a Linksys product and MOREOVER I will adhere, faithfully, to my usual practice of only buying electronics, cameras, optics etc. from Amazon or eBay/PayPal. IF I had bought the damn RE2000 I would have been able to return it with a single click on my mouse — with no problem. Bloody Linksys.
Anyhow I haven’t had a Range Extender for the last two weeks.
That meant I haven’t watched any cricket in two weeks! I was worried whether I would have withdrawal symptoms. Well, I managed. Rather than watching 40 minutes of cricket between 10 and 10:40 pm each and every night BEFORE I come up to start my 3rd shift of work, I have been watching documentaries. I like documentaries. So that has worked out. But, I do miss the cricket.
So last night I had no choice but to order a new Range Extender.
I had seen the TP-Link Extenders BEFORE but had discounted them because they were too CHEAP! I am a confirmed believer that you get what you pay for.
I was going to get a NETGEAR Range Extender. I had even downloaded and used the NETGEAR Wi-Fi Analytics App on my Android Pad. It is cute. A bit confusing, unnecessarily but has enough data to make it useful. But, last night, serendipitously, and I am so glad, I discovered that NETGEAR Range Extenders create a NEW Wi-Fi network. I had found that the D-Link DAP-1320 did the same thing! Appears that it is technically the RIGHT way to extend a Wi-Fi signal. But it means that your devices have to connect to a DIFFERENT Wi-Fi network name — albeit in this case where the name will be the SAME as your original BUT with ‘_Ext’ added. But, I don’t want that.
From what I gather the TP-Link TL-WA850RE will not create a new network UNLESS I ask it to do so.
At $26.25 with FREE shipping the price was right. But, since it is Amazon, I decided to gamble even further. I bought a USED ONE, from Amazon directly, for $19.89 with free shipping! It is Amazon. If it doesn’t work it will go back. That is the beauty and magic of Amazon. Plus a Range Extender has no moving parts. So what can really go wrong. These could be famous last words. But, I again STRESS. Amazon. What can go wrong? They will take it back.
Of course I will keep you posted.
I just e-mailed TP-Link support. For that price, 1/3rd of that for a RE2000, I can afford to buy 3! So I want to know whether it will make sense for me to use two (2) TL-WA850REs in tandem. One of the 3rd floor and one on the 2nd. Like adding repeaters — which is how a Range Extender should function. Again, I will keep you posted.