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TP-Link N300 WiFi Range Extender with External Antennas and Compact Design (TL-WA855RE)

Model:Wi-Fi Extender | N300 300Mbps Wireless, 1 10/100M LAN, 2 fixed Antennas

Reviews by Features

Price
(77 reviews)
Setup
(102 reviews)
Work
(53 reviews)
Tech support
(55 reviews)
App
(44 reviews)
Range
(150 reviews)
Advertise
(43 reviews)
Coverage
(55 reviews)
Product
(194 reviews)
Router
(317 reviews)
Device
(81 reviews)
Extender
(74 reviews)
Area
(28 reviews)
Signal
(363 reviews)
Wifi
(125 reviews)
Bite
(10 reviews)
Address
(22 reviews)
Wifi issue
(13 reviews)
Effectiveness
(7 reviews)
Connectivity issue
(22 reviews)
Spot
(41 reviews)
Connection issue
(22 reviews)
Wire
(13 reviews)
Reset
(6 reviews)
Zone
(40 reviews)

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price

Reviews around price (4.84 of 5)

  • Absolutely horrible, absolutely worth the price though cheap
  • Coming at that cheap price, I think is a really good option for people who tend to use his cellphone or tablet a lot, but if you use a PC, or you are a GAMER trying to extend the range of your WIFI (which was my case)
  • Great price, very easy setup and administration with the app.
  • Great range, good look, strong signal...love the sale price I got it for too
  • This was a great price compared to others and it works great
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setup

Reviews around setup (4.52 of 5)

  • The Pole barn receives power from my home fuse panel, this setup will not work if you have separate power meters from your electric company.the Powerline adapter I am using (TP-Link AV200 Nano Powerline Adapter)
  • I thought this was a very easy setup (which it is) until I kept getting an error
  • Easy setup, boosted the signal well, and even worked for our Hue bridge
  • The setup was very easy and this is coming from someone who is not all that tech savvy.
  • Easy setup, dependable operation, simple access...solved all existing issues
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work

Reviews around work (4.43 of 5)

  • It has worked in 2.4g relatively well, but couldn't keep up with our small family of 4. 5g is fine when it decides to work, however very finicky and drops signal often
  • o bust the signal at the far end of your house.
  • Dies not work
  • The set up and options are great, but having a dual band router that only works on one band, is pointless.
  • We have two kids who are going to be on iPad for distance learning as well as two adults working from home on multiple devices
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tech support

Reviews around tech support (4.32 of 5)

  • Tech support was responsive but failed the understand or fix the issue.
  • I have about 2 MB/s download speeds from my ISP that comes through my router, the TP-Link has a good connection displaying a green light, multiple different devices connect (desktop, laptop, smartphone) and all have strong strength signal, yet ALL devices are experiencing slow speeds as bad as 1 KB/s per second
  • After trying to figure it out for a bit, I finally got on the phone to tech support.
  • Spent almost an hour on the phone with tech support, finally got wifi to work
  • after an hour with tech support, they finally said it was incompatible with my TP-link router
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app

Reviews around app (4.21 of 5)

  • This was insanely easy to install and the tether app made it even easier
  • Easy installation and a fantastic app the goes along with it
  • Works wonderful,awesome signal and phone app to control it
  • but I fault the Tether App because in all the various things I've done with the smartphone its lack of an enter key has never been a problem
  • This router seemed very easy to set up and the app was really handy and easy to use
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range

Reviews around range (3.88 of 5)

  • The range is pretty mediocre but the real problem is it doesn’t amplify your signal whatsoever
  • Good range, I did not think it would improve the Wi-Fi signal, now there are no dead spots
  • 5 GHz band basically non-operational now, and the range for 5 GHz was pretty poor anyway.
  • My range is no better than my single band, single antenna
  • Bought this router hoping it would improve my range on my wifi
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Reviews around advertise (3.82 of 5)

  • Range and connections unreliable and range is horrible as advertised
  • The ethernet port works as well as if it was from the router itself.
  • I have about 2 MB/s download speeds from my ISP that comes through my router, the TP-Link has a good connection displaying a green light, multiple different devices connect (desktop, laptop, smartphone) and all have strong strength signal, yet ALL devices are experiencing slow speeds as bad as 1 KB/s per second
  • Range is not as strong as I had hoped for, but still works as advertised
  • Thanks for making a product that not only works as advertised but is very easy to set up as well!
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coverage

Reviews around coverage (3.68 of 5)

  • Now I get excellent coverage throughout my 3,500 sq ft home, as well as on my porch and patio...even a couple of hundred feet away in my backyard
  • Works exactly as it is supposed to and gives us great WiFi coverage in the areas our main router cannot reach, and for the price you
  • It has pretty poor coverage, might work for a 1700sq foot house if it's placed in the center
  • Now I get excellent coverage throughout my 3,500 sq ft home, as well as on my porch and patio...even a couple of hundred feet away in my backyard
  • Working in the tech sector this extender has horrible coverage
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product

Reviews around product (3.56 of 5)

  • Excellent product works great with all our devices noticeable improvement .
  • Every product I have bought from TP-Link has been a bust
  • We would not recommend this product or any TP-Link products.
  • Great product, I would suggest it to anyone in the same position.
  • After they ruined the product they would not replace it at all
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router

Reviews around router (3.55 of 5)

  • This router solved my problem and I am thrilled with this purchase.
  • After all that disappointment, the router died in 7 months.
  • This has been the most user friendly router that I have had
  • Contacted TP-LINK support and after 90 minutes of trying their suggestions they said the router was defective and to return
  • It took me about 45 minutes (Could be that our router is not that great
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device

Reviews around device (3.55 of 5)

  • Device seemed to work for a while again until the signal was lost
  • This device promised to provide 300Mbps but it does not
  • This device is N rather than AC speed, like our main router
  • Confused devices while keeping same wifi name and password
  • Still have wifi issues, devices still lose connection even with extender.
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extender

Reviews around extender (3.47 of 5)

  • This extender is easy to install as you just have to plug it in, press a button and press another button on your router
  • For a cheap extender, this works, but some devices (newer roku, some phones) don't recognize the wifi signal as usable internet
  • , the extender picked up the very weak signal and bumped it up to full
  • this is easy to install and works as extender but it will make the connection slow
  • Conclusion, this is not a good WiFi extender and it's only real use that I could think
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area

Reviews around area (3.28 of 5)

  • This device is adequate to the purpose, giving us three bars in those previously weak areas
  • Pressing TPS button on router changed my existing wifi password, as well as giving it to the new _Ext device, with no word to me about what that new password was
  • Good signal and the problem I had in the past with dead zone areas is solved.
  • Works exactly as it is supposed to and gives us great WiFi coverage in the areas our main router cannot reach, and for the price you
  • Works exactly as it is supposed to and gives us great WiFi coverage in the areas our main router cannot reach, and for the price you
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signal

Reviews around signal (3.23 of 5)

  • Now I can go anywhere in the house and have a good strong signal.
  • , now I get perfect wifi signal with no problems at all
  • , the extender picked up the very weak signal and bumped it up to full
  • The big issue for me was it transmitted a very weak wifi signal
  • Supposedly I have a strong Wi-Fi signal but is a very weak Device.
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wifi

Reviews around wifi (3.04 of 5)

  • The wifi works fine with my smart phone, and through put is good
  • WiFi is sometimes a problem at my house and needed an extender and bought this
  • The Wifi disconnects intermittently on new router and it overheats itself
  • This router worked well for a year, but then the wifi began to fail
  • I would loose WiFi if more than 20 feet away in my house
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bite

Reviews around bite (2.63 of 5)

  • Lose a bit of speed but hardly notice.
  • and I live in a house separated a fair bit from neighbors definitely not urban
  • But It’s not as good as I thot
  • Did not improve one bit
  • Signal was a bit weak at the hotel, but has worked great at home - both times as a hotspot for secure and private connection
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address

Reviews around address (2.54 of 5)

  • i can't in good judgment give the item low stars, the item works as it should, but the seller on the other hand, should make it very clear for buyers what GHz their item uses
  • I have about 2 MB/s download speeds from my ISP that comes through my router, the TP-Link has a good connection displaying a green light, multiple different devices connect (desktop, laptop, smartphone) and all have strong strength signal, yet ALL devices are experiencing slow speeds as bad as 1 KB/s per second
  • The ethernet port works as well as if it was from the router itself.
  • Works exactly as it is supposed to and gives us great WiFi coverage in the areas our main router cannot reach, and for the price you
  • Pressing TPS button on router changed my existing wifi password, as well as giving it to the new _Ext device, with no word to me about what that new password was
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wifi issue

Reviews around wifi issue (2.12 of 5)

  • Second attempt was from my Windows laptop, which turned had its own wifi issues,
  • This product solved my WiFi issue in the basement in minutes
  • Company recommends other products to "correct" my wifi issue
  • Had WiFi issues running down into the basement of my house and this extender worked wonders
  • Still have wifi issues, devices still lose connection even with extender.
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effectiveness

Reviews around effectiveness (1.95 of 5)

  • It may even be hindering the effectiveness and range of my wifi network instead of just doing nothing
  • I suspect that the hundreds of other Wi-Fi routers in this building and in the three across the street limit its effectiveness.
  • I have about 2 MB/s download speeds from my ISP that comes through my router, the TP-Link has a good connection displaying a green light, multiple different devices connect (desktop, laptop, smartphone) and all have strong strength signal, yet ALL devices are experiencing slow speeds as bad as 1 KB/s per second
  • I have about 2 MB/s download speeds from my ISP that comes through my router, the TP-Link has a good connection displaying a green light, multiple different devices connect (desktop, laptop, smartphone) and all have strong strength signal, yet ALL devices are experiencing slow speeds as bad as 1 KB/s per second
  • n’t get it to work properly 🤷🏾‍♂️
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connectivity issue

Reviews around connectivity issue (1.84 of 5)

  • And, I'm having very strange connectivity issues all over the place.
  • U may have to refresh your wifi list to see the extender, but it's usually your regular router name with EXT at the end.
  • Oddly, I seemed to have other connectivity issues in places I didn't before.
  • Have tried to do factory resets and reconnected to my router several times but keeps having connectivity issues
  • I bought this because I was having connectivity issues with my existing setup (Airport Extreme) in a few of the bedrooms that were furthest from the router placement.
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spot

Reviews around spot (1.70 of 5)

  • there was a dead spot inourhouse where wifi was sketchy.
  • Good range, I did not think it would improve the Wi-Fi signal, now there are no dead spots
  • This makes our family room -- which had poor WiFi coverage because of the brick wall that used to be the exterior of the house -- the best spot in the house
  • Attempted to use as a travel router, connecting to a guest wifi in order to create my own hot spot so I could use Google home & chromecast on a public network
  • Finally found the best spot with good connection in the bonus room and it’s still working.
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connection issue

Reviews around connection issue (1.66 of 5)

  • Was having connection issues with my second gaming setup that have since disappeared
  • It does what is says, I haven’t had connection issues since I bought this.
  • My daughter was able to attend class with little to no connection issues.
  • U may have to refresh your wifi list to see the extender, but it's usually your regular router name with EXT at the end.
  • If 2.4G and 5G are simultaneously enabled, it will have connection issues
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wire

Reviews around wire (1.63 of 5)

  • We hooked it up to a printer that has to be hard wired and does not have wifi
  • The range was less than 30 feet and the speed went from 175 mps hard wired to 20 mps wifi.
  • "Gulliver," this extender will identify itself to your w-fi-enabled equipment (like your smartphone) as "Gulliver_ext," with the same password as "Gulliver
  • No longer on the same floor as the router so I had to switch from hard wired to the router to a wireless connection
  • Both failed in less than a year and would not allow anyone to log in to the WiFi or let anyone on the Internet even hard wired
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reset

Reviews around reset (1.63 of 5)

  • Reset of the router resolves the issue.
  • n’t get it to work properly 🤷🏾‍♂️
  • So a hard reset and the app does not see it, note is listed as an available network but no internet.
  • But it drops the wifi signal at least once a week requiring a hard reset
  • A quick reset fixed the problem, usually for a few days sometimes only for 10 minutes
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zone

Reviews around zone (1.06 of 5)

  • It works very well too, my room in my apt is a WiFi dead zone due to the distance from the router and modem, but this gives me full bars in my room (where it’s located)
  • It works very well too, my room in my apt is a WiFi dead zone due to the distance from the router and modem, but this gives me full bars in my room (where it’s located)
  • An old dead zone is now on wifi with internet, podcasts and video all working extremely well!
  • This was very easy to set up and works perfectly for a room in my house that was definitely in the 'dead zone'
  • its great since the room that I am in is a dead zone for wifi
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