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Edimax EW-7438AC AC750 Smart Dual-Band Wi-Fi Extender £22.79 Amazon

£22.79 @ Amazon
Cheapest dual-band plug-in WiFi range extender with decent reviews I could find. Like all extenders, there are plenty of people reporting issues as well as plenty who are happy as Larry. I'm buying fr… Read More
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5m, 5d agoFound 5 months, 5 days ago
Cheapest dual-band plug-in WiFi range extender with decent reviews I could find. Like all extenders, there are plenty of people reporting issues as well as plenty who are happy as Larry. I'm buying from Amazon so that it can go straight back if I have problems. Time will tell.

Not expecting any heat from the tough HUKD crowd but if it helps someone else find what they need more quickly then I'm happy.
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5m, 5d agoFound 5 months, 5 days ago
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Just to add my periodic comment - it is quite easy to turn any old BT (or other) router into a second WAP on your network, extending wireless coverage. If you don't have one lying around, they are a few squid on Ebay. Procedure here: http://unixetc.co.uk/2014/03/04/reuse-a-spare-bt-home-hub-as-a-wireless-access-point/

I wrote the procedure, apologies for the self advertising. NB an ethernet cable (or powerline) will need to connect the spare router to your master router.
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jimunix
Just to add my periodic comment - it is quite easy to turn any old BT (or other) router into a second WAP on your network, extending wireless coverage. If you don't have one lying around, they are a few squid on Ebay. Procedure here: http://unixetc.co.uk/2014/03/04/reuse-a-spare-bt-home-hub-as-a-wireless-access-point/
I wrote the procedure, apologies for the self advertising. NB an ethernet cable (or powerline) will need to connect the spare router to your master router.
i have a talktalk super router i want to use as a wifi extender to my virgin superhub 3 which has poor wifi. i was told talktalk routers cant be used as repeaters and when i askd virgin if they can help me figure out how to simply connect it directly to the superhub 3 by utilising something called modem mode and use the talktalk router instead, they just said sorry we cant help u if ur using third party equipment.

Anything to help use my talktalk router as a wifi extender would be appreciated, thanks
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Not voting this cold as its cheap for a dual band plug in extender but an Edimax 5 in 1 router would perform better. The BR-6208AC for example, £20-£30 or the single-band version BR-6428NSV3 for under £20. They both have extender functions and better antennas. I've been using the BR-6208AC myself for a few weeks now and have been very impressed with it.
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brought the mini one in b&m yesterday for £5 was £10
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NB an ethernet cable (or powerline) will need to connect the spare router to your master router.[/quote]

Hence the reason why people want a wireless plug in extender because they don't want to run a wire from one room to another or use a homeplug. Some tests have proven that wifi extenders run over short distances are more efficient than homeplugs. That obviously depends on the homeplugs and the extenders of course.


Edited By: Smartguy1 on Feb 17, 2017 22:00: deleted some bits
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I get fed up with messing about making things work and spending hours on Google trying to find out what silly little setting I need to enable etc. Sometimes it's good to have something that's designed for the job and just works without hours of faffing..
#7
I agree. I spent quite a while trying to convert an old netgear wireless modem router to act as a repeater extender. I gave up in the end. I could plug it in to my router and it would work but not as stand alone. I didn't want to run it off an ethernet cable or homeplugs. Got enough damn wires in my house already.
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jimunix
NB an ethernet cable (or powerline) will need to connect the spare router to your master router.
Hence the reason why people want a wireless plug in extender because they don't want to run a wire from one room to another or use a homeplug. Some tests have proven that wifi extenders run over short distances are more efficient than homeplugs. That obviously depends on the homeplugs and the extenders of course.

Yes, which is why I wrote "or powerline" above. The linked article explains how to use powerline if you don't want a cable.

Just to note: Wireless "extenders" of this kind are actually just wireless "repeaters". They cannot improve on the wireless signal they receive, they can only amplify and relay it. So their effect is limited. Doesn't mean it isn't a good choice in the appropriate situation though.

Edited By: jimunix on Feb 21, 2017 21:11

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