EX­TENDED REACH

TP-Link RE200 AC750 Wi-Fi Range Ex­ten­der

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - by Az­izul Rah­man Is­mail

Home is where your high-speed In­ter­net and Wi-Fi is, but be­cause our homes is made of brick and con­crete, Wi-Fi cov­er­age of even the most pow­er­ful of routers could be a lit­tle lack­lus­ter. There are bound to be blind spots, usu­ally in the kitchen, the yard, or in the toi­let. That's where a range ex­ten­der comes in.

The TP-Link RE200 AC750 WiFi Range Ex­ten­der, as the name im­plies, ex­tends the range of a Wi-Fi sig­nal by re­peat­ing and re­broad­cast sig­nals. The AC750 moniker means that the RE200 works on the lat­est and fastest 802.11ac stan­dard. In ref­er­ence to the chip, AC750 also means that it is com­pat­i­ble with both 2.4GHz and 5GHz sig­nals.

The RE200 it­self looks like a plug-in aroma dif­fuser. It is mainly glossy, white, and gray with a criss-cross pat­tern on its main face. Set­ting it up could not be sim­pler, es­pe­cially if you have a WPS-en­abled router. Sim­ply plug the unit into a wall socket, turn it on, press the WPS but­ton on the router, and press the same but­ton on the unit to con­nect.

Through this method, we got the RE200 run­ning in un­der two min­utes. How­ever, we found the man­ual method to be al­most as sim­ple, and we got it run­ning in about five min­utes. Once set, the unit can be plugged in any­where within the range of the router to ex­tend its cov­er­age. You have 30 sec­onds to move it and plug it in or else it will lose its en­tire con­fig­u­ra­tion.

It is de­signed to work with any Wi-Fi router and is com­pat­i­ble with 802.11b/g/n and 802.11ac de­vices. You can now ex­pand the to­tal range of your 802.11ac net­works and en­joy speeds of up to 750Mbps with the si­mul­ta­ne­ous through­put of up to 300Mbps for 2.4GHz net­works and an ad­di­tional 433Mbps wire­less trans­fer rate at 5GHz.

In our tests, we found that the RE200 de­liv­ers in both range and speed. It was as if we have a sec­ond router. How­ever, we no­ticed a slight drop in speeds when con­nect­ing to the unit in­stead of di­rectly to the router. This is, how­ever, neg­li­gi­ble at best.

For those con­cerned with se­cu­rity, the RE200 in­cludes ad­vanced 64-, 128-, and 152-bit WEP, WPA-PSK and WPA2PSK en­cryp­tions to pro­tect net­works from po­ten­tial se­cu­rity threats.

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