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TP-Link - N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender with Ethernet Port - White-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 365 reviews

83%
would recommend to a friend

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Rating 3.3 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Value for Remote IP Phone Connection

    Posted
    DaveN
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    My office gave me a Cisco IP Phone model 303 so I can work from home and still be on the office phone network with my own extension number like I'm actually there. The ideal setup is to have the IP phone right next to my work computer so that I can be on the phone and look at my computer monitors at the same time. Problem was that the IP phone needed to be connected directly to the router which was in a different room than where my work computer was, so when I had a call and needed to look at something at the computer at the same time, I either had to run between the two rooms or just bring my computer temporarily to the room where the phone was. Running an ethernet cable between the two rooms was out of the question -- too far and too messy. After looking at various solutions including a device made by Cisco, I settled on this TP-Link N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender with Ethernet Port. I plug it into an outlet near my desk, plug the IP phone into it and voila! A simple elegant solution for less than 20 bucks! I deduct one star because of the placement of the ethernet port at the bottom where it tends to get in the way of anything plugged to the other electrical outlet. It's a problem especially if you are going to plug it in to a power strip (my original plan) where the outlets are very close together. It would have been better if the port were on the side or on top, where other brands usually place it. It fits as long as the other plug is not too big (see accompanying picture).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Economical range extender

    Posted
    Rockadile
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    If you are looking for a cheap, reliable range extender and are not a heavy bandwidth user, the TL-WA850RE is for you. Like all of TP-Link's range extenders, the TL-WA850RE is a cinch to configure. Using WPS, it is as simple as pressing a button the router and then pressing the button on the range extender. If WPS is not an option, you can use TP-Link's Tether app for iOS and Android from any mobile device. Out of the box the unit has a nice look to it which blends well with my outlets. I like that TP-Link designed this extender to make sure it doesn't block the second outlet. The LED lights are subtle yet convey everything you need to know including signal strength. This range extender is not dual band, but simply 2.4GHz. What that means is that you will get better range with 2.4GHz than with 5GHz but the speeds are not as high as those offered in the 5GHz band. The TL-WA850RE also has an Ethernet port to allow it to act as a bridge for wired devices. In my usage, I had a consistent signal with adequate speeds one floor up on the opposite side of my house. The extender has been stable, never losing a signal or needing to be rebooted. If this is your price point and speed range, look no further. Otherwise, for a little more money, TP-Link offers dual band range extenders which may be worth the upgrade cost. Submitted as part of a free sample program.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AWESOME!

    Posted
    RosaMagdalena

    I have a doubt at first on ordering it but I gave it a try coz of the good reviews and how cheap it is. I’m so happy I did it :-) Products arrived on time and in very good condition. Upon opening box some of the inflated plastic were popped (as you can see in the collage photo) but my orders were all good and no damage. Setting it up gave me no hassle coz our router is WPS ready (I suggest downloading the app, it’s much easy and faster) and I’m no computer geek so I did the set-up quickly. My family were so happy and pleased that their gadgets’ speed improved and much faster than before. I bought three by the way, one for my room, for my son and for my sister’s room in the second floor (router is in the first floor). Much mahalo! (plenty shaka’s! ^_^)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Performs Well, Reliable and Stable.

    Posted
    MMPP

    This product is very useful if you have multi-story/big house or office. This is quick and easy to setup. It will increase or boost Wi-Fi signal therefore less or no dead wireless zone. After installing this extender, I am getting good signal in my garage and backyard. Now with the help of it, I am getting coverage in the entire house. I recommended this product to those who have Wi-Fi dead zones. The quick install guide is easy to follow. This extender supports 802.11 n/b/g band (wireless) compatible devices. It does not have support for 5GHz network. It does not work with wireless 802.11 AC band either. I also used this as a bridge and connected device via Ethernet cable, the performance was good. It is not as bulky as traditional extender. I find this device very useful to extend the range of wireless signal. This is also a great alternative to provide wired connection where physical wired connection (RJ45/Ethernet) is unavailable as it can work as a wireless adapter. Submitted as part of a free sample program. Pros: Easy Installation, Compact Design Cons: Not compatible with 802.11AC or 5Ghz band

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The N300 did exactly what it said it would do

    Posted
    Rodie

    My router had to be placed in one corner of my house. The opposite corner was a dead wifi spot, as was my deck. Rather than a messy, expensive relocation of the router, I thought I'd try an inexpensive solution. The N300 was the lowest cost extender with good ratings, so I ordered one from Best Buy. (It was not available at the retail outlet.) It took a few minutes to set it up. I placed the device in an electrical outlet about halfway between the router and the dead corner. Now I have a fairly strong signal where there was none. FYI - the distance from the router to the N300 is about 25' as is the increased distance of the expanded range (total of 50'). The device is not line-of-sight from the router but it IS within sight of the formerly dead corner. If you have a situation like this, I recommend you give this device a try. For just over $20, it's one of the most cost-effective electronic gizmos ever. (I just installed it last night, so this is only an initial quality review.)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy Setup, Serves Its Purpose

    Posted
    NayaMiami

    I needed an extender because I get a really weak signal throughout my second story home; the router is in the den on the other end of the house on the first floor. I wanted the cheapest yet reliable tool and bought this thinking if it didn't work, I could easily return it; low risk. To my delight, it works like a charm. I LOVE the manufacturers of this product because they managed to produce an effective product at a really low price. The setup was very easy (so easy you have to try it to believe it). Where I had to sit near an open door for a weak signal, I'm now streaming my tv shows behind closed doors in comfort. Quality of life improved! Love it and highly recommend!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not what I had hoped for.

    Posted
    smartgirl

    I got this wifi extender as I live in an apartment building that only has one wifi router and I don't get signal in some parts of my apartment. Since my bedroom was one of those places, it became necessary to get a stronger signal. After the initial setup, my wifi extender worked great! After that first day, I had trouble connecting to it, to the point where I reset and started over from the beginning. After this, the extender worked a bit better, but I still have trouble connecting to this at times. I would be using the internet and have to switch off/on the wifi on my devices to try to reconnect. I often have to unplug the extender and plug back in as well. Most times, I get annoyed and have to move to another and connect to my original wifi network. I've already tried moving this around to different parts of my apartment to see if it's a signal issue, but it doesn't seem to be. All in all, this does work, but it's not as convenient as I'd hoped it would be.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      TPLinkSupport

      Hello,

      Thank you for your review and feedback.

      Based on the symptoms described, it sounds like your wireless devices (phone, tablet, laptop, etc.) are having trouble deciding which Wi-Fi signal to choose, since the router and the extender share the same name.

      In this case, we recommend using the extender's "Customize SSID" feature, which allows you to create a separate Wi-Fi name for the extender. Your wireless devices should be able to easily differentiate between the Wi-Fi signals after doing so. You can choose this option during the initial setup process of the extender.

      Our Support Team is always available and happy to help. Please feel free to contact us anytime using the information below, and we'll gladly follow up with you.

      Best Regards,

      TP-Link Customer Support
      (866) 225-8139
      USSupportTeam@TP-Link.com

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Probably good where no signal at all

    Posted
    Frank

    The quick installation guide is written well, however, for option two (non- WPS), it took me quite a few hours of trial and error to finally configure. I had to set the TP-LINK as a fixed IP address in my Link Sys router. I.e. map the TP-LINK's MAC address to a fixed IP address in the router. Until I did that, I was getting constant unable to obtain IP address. I also set it up as a 2nd SSID so I could connect to separately from my router to compare speeds at various places in the house. In every corner of the house, the LinkSys router was quicker on speed tests. Which means my router is sufficiently capable of reaching all areas of the house and still strong enough signal that the single band TP-LINK loses in a speed test comparison. Since this is a single band repeater, it generally means the throughput will be 1/2 the speed of a dual band connection. However, in places where there's zero connectivity, single band beats no connectivity. I'll probably return it and get a dual band repeater.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      TPLinkSupport

      Dear Frank,

      Thank you for taking the time to review our product.

      We're sorry to hear that our range extender simply did not provide the upgraded performance you were hoping for.

      Our support team would like to follow up with you to possibly recommend a more suitable product that will fit your current needs.

      If you have any further questions or concerns in the future, please email us your contact information so we may have an available support agent reach out to you directly for proper assistance.

      We hope to hear from you again soon.

      Best Regards!
      TP-LINK Support Team
      866) 225-8139
      ussupportteam@tp-link.com

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better than Expected

    Posted
    SilentR
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I had no problem setting this extender up for our wireless IP cameras using our neighbor's 2008 Linksys router, took about 5 minutes max. That router is about 30 feet away and the signal passes through 2 stucco and 2 regular walls. Extender is in an upstairs bedroom and I get a usable signal on my Android tablet on our patio at a distance of about 45 feet. Not sure why another reviewer had problems connecting to a Linksys, with our setup we just kept the same SSID and password for the repeater as the router and it works fine. I guess by now everyone knows that a repeater cuts your throughput in half, but our neighbor has a 20Mbit down and up plan, 10Mbits is plenty fast enough for anything we need. The only negative I can think of is the single port, I needed to buy a network switch to allow us to use our Ooma internet phone and a wired desktop computer. System has been working without a hitch for almost a month.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fixed all my Wi-Fi problems!

    Posted
    Zambeezy
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I have a TP-Link Archer C8 router that will transmit the Wi-Fi signal to my far bedroom but the speed is miserable. Constant buffering on Netflix, slow page loading from my phone, etc. I had some rewards certificates expiring soon so I decided to give this a shot to see if it would increase the speeds and...WOW. This took my speeds from ~22 Mbps to over 65 Mbps and took about 2 minutes to setup via WPS. I was very skeptical of this product since it was only $20 but figured it was worth a shot. Although I've only had it for a day now it's blown all my expectations away. I'll update this review if any problems ever arise but as of now it's working better than anticipated and I couldn't recommend it more!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It works, but it's not as great as I'd hoped.

    Posted
    ramsey414
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The main reason I bought this was due to having a two story home, where the modem is downstairs in the far corner of the house, which happens to be further away from my bedroom upstairs. So, if I want to use my tablet or phone when going to bed, I usually can't get a signal. I am able to get a signal a little more often now, but my phone sometimes weirdly just won't have internet even though it says it's connected. So, that's been a very unwelcome side effect and one I hope the At&t people can help me rectify. Overall, it does seem to extend the signal, but just barely.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      TPLinkSupport

      Dear Ramsey414,
      We are sorry to hear our product has not worked out as expected, but hopefully you will allow one of our support agents the opportunity to troubleshoot this device. At times when we experience these symptoms it can be accredited to the extender simply being too far from your main router. With the extender powered on in its current location, how many signal bars are appearing on the right half of the LED circle on the front of the extender?

      If there appears to be 2-3 lights, try moving the extender closer to your main router and see if connectivity improves. Any further questions or concerns, please contact our 24/7 technicial support hotline so an available technician will gladly answer any of your inquiries.

      Best Regards!
      TP-LINK Support Team
      (866) 225-8139
      http://www.tp-link.com/us/support

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    WiFi Range Extender...not so much!

    Posted
    LaShonda
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I was SO excited to get this range extender because in order to get halfway decent service in my bedroom, my current wifi gateway is sitting in the middle of the kitchen. I was definitely looking forward to reclaiming my kitchen walkway, making it free of cords. I set up the range extender rather easily. Connected to it effortlessly. However, when it came time to download something....it took forever. Then my child came to me and said "look at this video..." which kept buffering under the extender. Then he connected back to the regular WiFi and the video played just fine. There were other instances where videos, games and searches simply would not work at all. I kindly unplugged the EXT and went back to my regular WiFi gateway.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      TPLinkSupport

      Hello,

      Thank you for your review and feedback.

      If you haven't noticed a significant improvement in Wi-Fi coverage after installing the device, we recommend relocating the unit to a position in your home where the router's Wi-Fi signal is sufficiently strong; yet far enough from the router to effectively extend its range. Ideally, the RE LED and at least 3 to 4 Signal Strength LEDs should be illuminated for best performance.

      Our Support Team is always available and happy to help. Please feel free to e-mail us anytime using the address below, and we'll gladly follow up with you.

      We thank you again for your feedback and hope you will continue to consider TP-Link for your future network needs.

      Best Regards,

      TP-Link Customer Support
      (866) 225-8139
      USSupportTeam@TP-Link.com

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works great

    Posted
    Mark
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Relatively easy setup, considering my advanced age and technical ignorance. Once I found the correct button, cleaver concealed on the bottom of the router, I was able to pair the two gizmos and got a strong signal at the far end of the house where I needed it. This unit replaced another one that was 4X the price that crapped out after about 3 years. Very pleased so far. It seems like no one carries the less expensive models in stores and push the top of the line at higher prices when some of us don’t need all the bells and whistles.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not what I hoped for

    Posted
    scherzo

    I bought this extender so I could use my laptop in the family room at the back of my house. The router is in the front room of the house. It was an easy set up and it does work, but not as well as I had anticipated. Watching video is the most frustrating part; lots of buffering and freezing up. The comparison is this: if I reconnect to my router wifi and then walk into the room where the router is, I have a much better connection than when I am using this extender. I guess you get what you pay for. I'll look for something else.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy Solution to Dead Spot issue

    Posted
    Tom814

    Had considered a range extender for a while since we had a significant dead zone on our porch but was dissuaded by reviews citing the complexity of the install process (and the cost!). Found this unit and was impressed by the reviews (and the price!). Reviews were right on. Install took about two minutes with the WPS setting on the back of my router. Took a bit longer to locate the optimum placement in the house but once determined, tablets and smart phones performed like they were hard wired. Very pleased especially at the very modest cost. You won't be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy to set up, use

    Posted
    daver52
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I needed an extender to connect a non-wifi device to the internet. My device, a pv solar inverter was in a location where a cable could not be run. This little gem solves the problem nicely; I just plugged my inverters into a ethernet port on the TP-link and was set. I had trouble connecting the TP-link to my (Uverse) AT&T router, so connected via my Apple Time Machine backup hd. It is a better wifi router, anyway, and it set up flawlessly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy to set up

    Posted
    ftovar
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This works great and easy to set up. Less than two minutes. I did not want to spend very much for a WiFi extender and this did the trick. I needed it for my DirecTV HD DVD for on demand movie titles. Downloads fast enough for 720P streaming but for 1080P I have to download first then watch it. I have DL speeds ranging 50-65MPS with Charter Cable Internet so I should be able to stream 1080P as well. I think it is DTV's compression for on Demand whereas Phone and Tablet apps and Amazon Firestick streams at 1080P with no problems.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect Wi-Fi extender

    Posted
    Scaught
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    My Verizon FiOS wireless router is located in my master bedroom and even though the distance to the living room isn't far, I would always lose Wi-Fi signal on my smart TV, especially when streaming content (Netflix, Amazon Prime). Thankfully, with this extremely simple device, I no longer lose signal on the living room smart TV (streaming content works perfectly now). Setup is quick and easy and the item itself if actually quite attractive, yet small enough not to notice it (about the size of a night-light). I highly recommend this item!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Wi-Fi Extender

    Posted
    Scherzo

    My television/living room is at the back of the house and the router is in an office at the front of the house. I lived with an unstable wifi connection to my laptop in the living room until being on vacation in London, renting a flat, being told by the owner of the wifi extender in the kitchen. Once I understood what this was I immediately bought this unit upon returning home. Setup is basically automatic-just follow the instructions. I now have a fast and reliable wifi connection to my laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A very good wifi range extender

    Posted
    Kiran
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I was having connectivity issues with a tv in my bedroom, youtube tries to buffer most of the time and used to get connectivity errors. I know exactly what I needed, a wifi range extender. I don't wanted to invest in other "whole home wifi products" for $300+ which I believe serve the same purpose as this little wifi range extender. I am overall happy with this device, I am no longer seeing the connectivity issue prompts in my tv and it extended my coverage area by 1.5 times.

    I would recommend this to a friend