The setup was more steps than expected, but the instructions were straightforward and simple and wireless extender worked perfectly the first time after I set it up. Well, at least the right lights lit up.
After the set up, I placed the wireless extender upstairs.
Prior to adding the wireless range extender, the connection upstairs (modem is downstairs) rarely hit a full five bars — mostly four bars right above the modem, and between 2-3 bars in the spotty, problem areas.
With the TP-Link RE200, I’m now receiving a full five bars all over the top floor.
Basically, the way the RE200 works is that the extender repeats the original signal wherever it’s placed. The TP-LINK adds another password-protected wireless network name for a device to connect to (e.g. “Stuart’s Wifi” and “Stuart’s Wifi 2”). So when a device is trying to connect, it will usually choose whichever signal is stronger. So far, it’s all worked seamlessly.
I’ve only had this device a little less than a week and am loving the performance. I also love that I really don’t think about it; my devices connect to whatever network is “better”.
As of this post, I 100% recommend the TP-Link RE200 Wireless Range Extender/Repeater.