Questions & Answers
QuestionDoes this device need to be plugged in with an Ethernet cord to work, or can it just be plugged into a wall outlet and connected wirelessly to a router to work? And how far is its range? Thanks in advance!
- Answer Just plug it in the wall no extras needed. The range is not great at all
- Answer No, WiFi extenders are designed to increase the range of WiFi coverage in your home, not specifically to increase your connection speed. That being said, in some scenarios, improving coverage for devices in dead zones can improve overall WiFi experience. Regards, TP-Link Support
- Answer Yes, our WiFi extenders are universally compatible with WiFi routers. Please bear in mind that if your gateway is dual-band (both 2.4GHz and 5GHz), you may want to consider one of our dual-band extender options. Regards, TP-Link Support
- Answer Yes, as long as the extender is placed in an area where the source WiFi signal is sufficiently strong. Regards, TP-Link Support
QuestionI play video games on my laptop in my room and my router is downstairs. I have horrible reception since I’m not plugged into an ethernet.If I plug this into an outlet in my room and then use the ethernet cord to connect my laptop, would connection be good
- Answer Theoretically, it may help; however please bear in mind that WiFi extenders repeat the quality of signal they receive. If your router's signal is poor in your room, there's a chance the extender may repeat that same quality of signal. That being said, if the extender can capture a better signal than your laptop, you may see an improvement. Regards, TP-Link Support
QuestionI have a printer with an Ethernet port, can I use this device to connect the Ethernet port to my router with WIFI instead OFTHE Ethernet cable. Essentially using WIFI to extend the Ethernet cable.
- Answer Yes, simply set up the extender per the included instructions and connect it via Ethernet to your printer to connect the printer to your network. Regards, TP-Link Support
- Answer If you are experiencing connectivity issues due to low or poor WiFi signal on your Fire Stick, then yes, a WiFi extender such as this one can help improve WiFi coverage, range, and stability. Regards, TP-Link Support
QuestionHow does this model compare in quality/performance with TP-Link RE205 and RE220, a step up in price? Is it worth $10 more for those other models? (I need to extend my router's signal to a TV that is 2 rooms/about 25 feet away. Reception is weak now.)
- Answer This WiFi extender (TL-WA850RE) is a single band, N300 unit. The RE205 and RE220 offer dual-band, AC750 WiFi connectivity, so if you would prefer dual-band expansion, either the RE205 or RE220 would be more suitable.
QuestionI have WiFi security cameras on the back of my garage. Will ‘‘this extender give me a better connection. Do I put this somewhere between my router and cameras.
- Answer I have a Ring doorbell that at first worked great then all of a sudden it was offline and not working. After dealing with Ring and my wifi provider I purchased this extender, put it midway between the doorbell and router and the doorbell is working again. For the price it's worth a try.
- Answer No, you can easily set up the extender using its WPS push-button setup, a laptop, a tablet, or a smartphone. Regards, TP-Link Support
QuestionI want to use this extender to connect my desktop computer as a wired connection to the internet; since my modem is connected in another room. Can I do this; by just connecting my desktop tower to Ethernet cable and the extender and have wired internet?
- Answer Yes, once connected to your wireless internet it will extend both wirelessly and via a single ethernet cable slot under the bottom of the unit.
- Answer If you are referring to using the cell phone as the Internet source (i.e. hotspot mode), it may work; however this will depend on the method your phone uses to distribute WiFi in hotspot mode. If you are instead referring to whether or not this device can expand WiFi coverage from your router over a greater distance within your home and for your WiFi devices (i.e. your phone), it can.
QuestionIt says Ethernet for "your device" does this include TVs? I have a smart TV but there is no wireless just wired option. The router is on the other side of the house. I'm looking to plug this into the room where the TV is and connect the cord to the TV...
- Answer Yes, once the WiFi extender is connected to your network, you can use the Ethernet port to connect a wired-only device, such as your TV, to your network through the extender. Regards, TP-Link Support
- Answer Yes, our WiFi extenders are universally compatible with WiFi routers. Please bear in mind that if you are using the gateway/WiFi router provided by FiOS, its WPS button is likely disabled by default, so we would suggest using the web browser setup, or Tether app setup options instead. Regards, TP-Link Support
QuestionHow does this work when using in an environment (like a hotel) that has a landing page for credentials (eg. last name, room #)? I need to plug an Ethernet-only device into it for Internet access.
- Answer In that case, we recommend setting up the device in Range Extender mode, then connecting your Ethernet-only client to the port on the extender. If setup properly, your connected client should be prompted to log in via the network's captive portal system. Regards, TP-Link Support
QuestionMy modem is in the far side of my apartment and I can’t get good internet on my outside Lanai. My walls are concrete so I thought about putting a plug in booster on an electrical outlet on my Lanai. Will this work and if not what will?
- Answer I don't have concrete walls. I placed mine approximately 25 feet away from my router. Improved enough that we no longer have connection issues on our lg tv in master bedroom and guest room Insigna tv which are both approximatly another 20 or so feet from tp link device. True improvement considering neither could use smart features. Daughter hasn't had issues using her notebook anywhere within are 2000 square feet home. Nothing but complaints before. This item definitely improved our internet access on all our phones as well. Glad I bought it, only wish I'd tried it sooner considering it made such an improvement for under $20.
- Answer WiFi extenders must be set up to connect to the original WiFi source in order to extend coverage. Depending on how your hotel's sign-in page is configured, the extender may be able to expand coverage; however you will still need to sign in once connected. Regards, TP-Link Support