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by Anura Guruge
>> TP-Link TL-WA850RE Wi-Fi Range Extender
>> — June 15, 2014.
>> Ordered TP-Link— May 27, 2014.
>> 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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I had been using, with great success, a TP-Link TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender since Friday, June 6, 2015.
I had been delighted with it. It, as I said in my June 15th post, seemed too good to be true, especially considering the horrible experiences I had with the Linksys (Belkin) RE2000 & RE1000 equivalents.
Saturday, June 21, 2014 afternoon I sat down to have my late (~2 pm) breakfast watching a bit of cricket as is my wont. The ‘set-top’ box I use to watch cricket would not ‘initialize’ — always a sign that it cannot pickup enough Wi-Fi bandwidth. I know that box quite well. Probably better than the folks that sell it, given how much I use it. So I knew, at once, with a sinking heart, that I was back to having Wi-Fi issues after 15 days of flawless operation. But, to be fair, that morning, I had to reconnect my ASUS Pad to Wi-Fi too — and I think given the relative locations my Pad connects directly to the Wi-Fi router while the ‘set-top’ box connects, definitely, through the Range Extender. So I put my breakfast side and went up a flight of stairs.
TP-Link TL-WA850RE had all of its cute blue lights flashing and I had 3-bars. But, I knew that my ‘set-top’ was not getting enough bandwidth.
So I had no choice but to recycle power. TL-WA850RE initialized within a couple of minutes. I had 3 bars back. Went downstairs — and within minutes had re-logged onto Wi-Fi and I was up and running. Has been fine since — touch wood. Watched cricket Saturday night and for a few minutes Sunday night.
I just want to chronicle here, on this blog, when I recycle power of the TL-WA850RE so that we can all have an idea as to how these Range Extenders work.
So to be precise I should also note that we had lost power [i.e. PSNH] for ~2 hours, while I was asleep, on June 18, 2014. So that was 3 days earlier than my manual recycle. With the power outage, by the time I was up and about, the TL-WA850RE was up and running with 3-bars. I did not have to relogon to Wi-Fi on the ‘set-top’ box.
So now the goal is to see if I can go for 15 days without another manual recycle. I think I could live with one recycle every 15 days. With the RE2000 it was like every 4 days. But we will see. I know that I have to reconnect my Pad to Wi-Fi — maybe once a week. But given that that is such a quick ‘fix’ I don’t give it much notice.
So this is so that we can all have a better ideas as to how THIS TP-Link product fares. I still like it.