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TP-LINK RE450 AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Ex­ten­der

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - Pe­ter Chu

If you're for­tu­nate enough to live in a sprawl­ing man­sion – or un­for­tu­nate enough to have a com­pletely hope­less router – you prob­a­bly would al­ready know what Wi-Fi dead zones are. You know, those pesky lit­tle nooks and cran­nies of your home that are de­void of any Wi-Fi con­nec­tiv­ity. In­stead of down­siz­ing your home, or in­vest­ing in an ab­surdly ex­pen­sive router to get com­pre­hen­sive Wi-Fi cov­er­age, your next best course of ac­tion is to in­vest in a ro­bust wire­less range ex­ten­der, like the TP-LINK RE450.

The first thing you'll no­tice about the RE450 upon un­box­ing it is its mas­sive size, which is prob­a­bly dou­ble that of an or­di­nary range ex­ten­der. Not sur­pris­ing, as the RE450 is inar­guably one of the fastest and most pow­er­ful range ex­ten­ders you'll be able to fit in your home. This is be­cause the RE450 is an AC1750 range ex­ten­der, which, the­o­ret­i­cally, should be ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing 5GHz speeds of up to 1,300Mbps, and 2.4GHz speeds of up to 450Mbps. What's even more im­pres­sive, is that the RE450 is able to com­bine the band­width of both the 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands to de­liver a light­ning­fast con­nec­tion speed of 1,750Mbps.

Set­ting up the RE450 was a pain­less af­fair. Fol­low the in­cluded step-by-step guide dili­gently and you should be able to have it up and run­ning in a mat­ter of min­utes – re­gard­less of whether you use the WPS setup method, or the con­ven­tional web browser method.

Help­ing you to en­sure that the RE450 is placed at an ideal po­si­tion in your home is its un­mis­tak­able in­tel­li­gent sig­nal in­di­ca­tor that's lo­cated on its front, which lights up in blue when you've placed it at an op­ti­mal lo­ca­tion, and in red when you've placed it a lit­tle too far away from the host router to pick up a sta­ble con­nec­tion. The RE450 also comes with a Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net port on its left side, which you can use to sup­ply an In­ter­net con­nec­tion to your old-school wired de­vices.

Suf­fice to say, the RE450 per­formed flaw­lessly out in the real world, as de­picted by how we were able to smoothly stream 4K YouTube videos on our note­book with­out any need for buffer­ing, de­spite be­ing a fair dis­tance away (about 10 me­ters) from the RE450 it­self.

To sim­u­late what it would be like us­ing the RE450 at home, we de­cided to head to the floor be­low our test area to find out if we were able to ex­pe­ri­ence the same con­sis­tent speeds. De­spite see­ing a sig­nif­i­cant drop in sig­nal strength (the Wi-Fi icon on the Win­dows taskbar was down to one bar), we were nev­er­the­less still able to browse the web as quickly as we could up­stairs, with­out need­ing to pa­tiently wait for web pages to load – even if they were chock-full with images and other me­dia con­tent.

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No Wi-Fi dead zones are safe from the RE450's three ex­ter­nal an­ten­nas.

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