I Am Returning The TP-Link RE 2000 AC750 Range Extender.

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by Anura Guruge

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>> TP-Link TL-WA850RE going strong.
>> TP-Link TL-WA850RE
Wi-Fi Range Extender.
>> Ordered TP-Link.

Well, I am sad to say that the TP-Link RE 2000 AC750 Range Extender did NOT live up to my high hopes. It, at best, seemed to do NOTHING, and, at worst, may have degraded the Wi-Fi signal that was being transmitted by the TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900 Wi-Fi Router.

Thursday night I had trouble getting Wi-Fi for the IPTV box. That was unusual. When I started checking bandwidth using the ‘Netspeed’ APP on my pad I was seeing, to my horror, download bandwidth in the 1.5Mbps range. I was mortified. I power cycled the RE 2000 multiple times. Made no difference. In the end, reluctantly, I unplugged it. I started getting decent bandwidth when it was not there. So I used the IPTV box all of Thursday night WITHOUT a range extender.

My old TP-Link TL-WA850RE, which I still had, had only cost me $23. The new one was around $66. I thought about keeping it but then had second thoughts. Why keep a $66 Range Extender if it was not doing its job. So got an RMA (i.e., return authorization) from Amazon Friday. It will get shipped out Monday. As ever Amazon, the champs they are, gave me no grief. They know that I am honest and forthright in my dealings. They know I will be buying more stuff — shortly.

So that is the story. My first disappointment with TP-Link. But to be fair, Range Extenders are funny, finicky beasts.

Yes, I have also noticed some bandwidth degradation with the MetroCast 75Mbps/5Mbps Internet service — though ironically it has all been on UPLOAD. MetroCast, so far, has been very good, even on Saturday nights, with the 75(/77)Mbps downloads. More on that later.