Having Internet connectivity in the home, be is wired or wireless, is more or less a necessity. However, our home may not be designed with sweeping coverage in mind. Running cables around the house is not only an expensive endeavor, but also unsightly, while Wi-Fi is no match for our thick brick and mortar walls, which sometimes also hold iron rods, copper wiring, and metal plumbing.
This is where a range extender comes in handy. Technically known as repeaters, a normal range extender takes a signal and repeats it, making it stronger and effectively extending its range. The TP-LINK TL-WA860RE can do all that, and more.
The name in full – 300Mbps Wi-Fi Range Extender with AC Passthrough – implies that it takes Wi-Fi signals from your existing router and extends them. It is capable of 802.11n speeds, which means that it is great for situations that call for high-speed connectivity, for example, when you need to transfer a large file from a NAS to a PC.
Setting up the TL-WA860RE is as easy as plugging it into a power socket and pressing a button. It will inform you if it is too close or too far from your router to give you optimal performance. Once you have the range extender in the right spot, all you need to do is press the WPS button on the router and the range extender, and they will connect automatically.
A special feature of the TL-WA860RE that is not commonly seen on another such devices is that it has a power socket and an Ethernet port. This means once plugged in, you will still have access to the power outlet and you can connect wired devices, such as a tabletop PC to it.
It also has two fixed external antennas that not only deliver optimal Wi-Fi coverage, but also reliably handles music and video streaming and online gaming.
One Button Super Wi-Fi Range Extension