TP-Link RE200 AC750 Wi-Fi Range Extender
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.