TP-LINK RE450 AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender
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.
No Wi-Fi dead zones are safe from the RE450's three external antennas.