BG Wi-fi Socket with Range Extender 1 x USB 13A 2.1A - £22 @ Wickes (£19.80 with TRADE PRO)
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BG Wi-fi Socket with Range Extender 1 x USB 13A 2.1A - £22 @ Wickes (£19.80 with TRADE PRO)

£22£39.99 45% Wickes Deals
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Edited by:"MrJinxy"Found 27th Oct
These seem to be new to the market, Wickes have introductory offer on them at the moment, they are £40 in Screwfix. Screwfix reviews seem pretty positive too.

Screwfix link - screwfix.com/p/b…65V

Good if you dont want a socket taken or a bulky extender sticking out the wall

By positioning the Wi-Fi socket halfway between your router and the area of poor reception, the range extender will relay the signal to further spread coverage. Wi-Fi socket will work with any wireless broadband router, whether your internet comes through the phone line (ADSL) or from fibre (Fibre Optic).

  • Eliminate dead spots and expand your Wi-Fi coverage
  • Install the socket away from Bluetooth devices and other household electronics to minimise signal interference
  • USB charger - free your sockets and charge your devices, ideal for mobile phones, tablets and MP3's
  • N300 MBPS, 2.4Ghz
  • 2.1A USB charge
  • Fits a 25mm box
  • Blue/amber LED indicator
  • Box contents: Wi-Fi socket, quick setup installation guide, 2x 32mm screws and screw covers

Top comments

uni6 m ago

looks a great idea. a twin usb socket would have been better though. the …looks a great idea. a twin usb socket would have been better though. the next stage is getting these with homeplug technology and wifi inbuilt with 2 or 4 usb sockets and an Ethernet socket or two


Already exist; powerethernet.com/

buddn0748 m ago

Shame it's a wireless repeater, rather than a powerline connected hotspot.



Like this you mean? screwfix.com/p/w…28v
Edited by: "pibpob" 27th Oct

The_Hypnotoad37 m ago

Not really true.It takes a wifi signal and puts it through an internal …Not really true.It takes a wifi signal and puts it through an internal amplifier which "strengthens" the signal, whether that actually makes it any better is dependent on a number of factors as your adding a ton of noise to the signal when you amplify it.and thats without the added safety risk to these (you have 240v constantly on a step down coil in the back of the socket, good look if that ever burns out)



No, it is not just an amplifier. It is a wifi access point in bridge mode. It doesn't add noise to the signal because it is not simply an analogue amplifier. It will increase latency, and as already pointed out, decrease bandwidth (because the data is transmitted twice in the same permissible bands).
Edited by: "pibpob" 27th Oct

morrig26 m ago

Remember the good old days when a power sockets was just that.



.....but thanks to technology they're improving all the time! I'm doing a rewire and I've saved about £40 in cable and several hundred in chasing out walls/redecorating thanks to the invention of wireless light switches. Absolutely awesome!
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Looks good, the USB socket is a bonus too

Really good idea, I've already got the "bulky extender" so won't buy it, but would definitely buy otherwise.

looks a great idea. a twin usb socket would have been better though. the next stage is getting these with homeplug technology and wifi inbuilt with 2 or 4 usb sockets and an Ethernet socket or two

I have a Belkin 300 thing that's pretty awful.. How would this be for getting juice to the PS4 in the attic? I mean any good for gaming or will the speed be a trickle compared to the original signal like the Belkin thing?

uni6 m ago

looks a great idea. a twin usb socket would have been better though. the …looks a great idea. a twin usb socket would have been better though. the next stage is getting these with homeplug technology and wifi inbuilt with 2 or 4 usb sockets and an Ethernet socket or two


Already exist; powerethernet.com/

Grrrd7 m ago

Already exist; https://www.powerethernet.com/

nowhere to buy that

Original Poster

Grrrd8 m ago

Already exist; https://www.powerethernet.com/


Only available from trade sellers, not to general public.Ii bet you it's not less then £22 either

What a good idea.

MrJinxy6 m ago

Only available from trade sellers, not to general public.Ii bet you it's …Only available from trade sellers, not to general public.Ii bet you it's not less then £22 either


How does £159 sound?
comms-express.com/pro…ral

Shame you have to order 4 for free delivery.

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Predikuesi9 m ago

How does £159 …How does £159 sound?https://www.comms-express.com/products/power-ethernet-powerline-pro-socket/?utm_source=web&utm_medium=web&utm_content=PowerEthernet%20Website%20Referral&utm_campaign=PowerEthernet%20Website%20Referral


Nice idea!

looks good op, never seen these before. could be just the thing i am looking for

Interesting product, thanks OP

seems like a good idea, but WPS, no thanks

"Install the socket away from Bluetooth devices and other household electronics to minimise signal interference"


Such as the mobile phones that will be connected to the USB charging socket or the electronics plugged into the socket?


Heat for the price, not sure about the implimentation of the technology though!

So is it that you hard wire an ethernet to the back of this socket, thus taking the broadband to the socket, that then kicks it out wifi?

Or am i missing how it works?

2.4 ghz though =(

thelatics2 m ago

So is it that you hard wire an ethernet to the back of this socket, thus …So is it that you hard wire an ethernet to the back of this socket, thus taking the broadband to the socket, that then kicks it out wifi?Or am i missing how it works?


Sounds like no, it's just a normal WiFi relay (WiFi in/WiFi out) , only build into the socket.

thelatics4 m ago

So is it that you hard wire an ethernet to the back of this socket, thus …So is it that you hard wire an ethernet to the back of this socket, thus taking the broadband to the socket, that then kicks it out wifi?Or am i missing how it works?



No, it's a booster. Takes a weak WIFI signal and passes it on at full strength to enable better coverage around your home. I'm putting one on my landing (router is in a cupboard downstairs).

Predikuesi58 m ago

How does £159 …How does £159 sound?https://www.comms-express.com/products/power-ethernet-powerline-pro-socket/?utm_source=web&utm_medium=web&utm_content=PowerEthernet%20Website%20Referral&utm_campaign=PowerEthernet%20Website%20Referral


"Sorry, this item is no longer available from Comms Express."

shame they look a really good idea and prices would have surely dropped with adoption.

So am I right in thinking you plug in a extender at the router source and use several of these (over 3 floors) to maximise effect ?

Remember the good old days when a power sockets was just that.

Great idea. Would be interesting to know how these behave over the long term. Any one know the depth of this product ? Would it fit in a standard back box ? How is the range effected in a metal back box ?

morrig26 m ago

Remember the good old days when a power sockets was just that.



.....but thanks to technology they're improving all the time! I'm doing a rewire and I've saved about £40 in cable and several hundred in chasing out walls/redecorating thanks to the invention of wireless light switches. Absolutely awesome!

maddogb41 m ago

"Sorry, this item is no longer available from Comms Express."shame they …"Sorry, this item is no longer available from Comms Express."shame they look a really good idea and prices would have surely dropped with adoption.


I wouldn’t bother, USB - 1.1A, Ethernet - 500AV

Are they krack proof?

My concern with these (and with USB wall plates) is that there is no way of powering down the built in devices short of pulling the mains fuse/circuit breaker. I'd be reluctant to go away on holiday leaving a phone charger or a wifi repeater plugged in and switched on, and this is effectively the same. Admittedly, there are devices I do leave powered on when away for convenience (Sky box, router, Hive hub, intruder alarm, etc), but it's good to minimise the number.

electrogear47 m ago

No, it's a booster. Takes a weak WIFI signal and passes it on at full …No, it's a booster. Takes a weak WIFI signal and passes it on at full strength to enable better coverage around your home. I'm putting one on my landing (router is in a cupboard downstairs).


Although by using it, you can effectively half the bandwidth available to all you devices connected to it as the other half is used for the backhaul to the main router. Only use this if you really need to extend your wireless range.

ScroopEgerton2 h, 6 m ago

I have a Belkin 300 thing that's pretty awful.. How would this be for …I have a Belkin 300 thing that's pretty awful.. How would this be for getting juice to the PS4 in the attic? I mean any good for gaming or will the speed be a trickle compared to the original signal like the Belkin thing?


Have you considered getting one of the Powerline adapters? it passes your internet connection through your home's electrical wiring - basically giving you a super long ethernet cable. should do a power of good for PS4 online gaming

i'm using one to connect my youview box (which doesn't bloody have wifi!)

Thanks

Shame it's a wireless repeater, rather than a powerline connected hotspot.

electrogear1 h, 18 m ago

No, it's a booster. Takes a weak WIFI signal and passes it on at full …No, it's a booster. Takes a weak WIFI signal and passes it on at full strength to enable better coverage around your home. I'm putting one on my landing (router is in a cupboard downstairs).




Not really true.

It takes a wifi signal and puts it through an internal amplifier which "strengthens" the signal, whether that actually makes it any better is dependent on a number of factors as your adding a ton of noise to the signal when you amplify it.

and thats without the added safety risk to these (you have 240v constantly on a step down coil in the back of the socket, good look if that ever burns out)

buddn0748 m ago

Shame it's a wireless repeater, rather than a powerline connected hotspot.



Like this you mean? screwfix.com/p/w…28v
Edited by: "pibpob" 27th Oct

The_Hypnotoad37 m ago

Not really true.It takes a wifi signal and puts it through an internal …Not really true.It takes a wifi signal and puts it through an internal amplifier which "strengthens" the signal, whether that actually makes it any better is dependent on a number of factors as your adding a ton of noise to the signal when you amplify it.and thats without the added safety risk to these (you have 240v constantly on a step down coil in the back of the socket, good look if that ever burns out)



No, it is not just an amplifier. It is a wifi access point in bridge mode. It doesn't add noise to the signal because it is not simply an analogue amplifier. It will increase latency, and as already pointed out, decrease bandwidth (because the data is transmitted twice in the same permissible bands).
Edited by: "pibpob" 27th Oct

pibpob18 m ago

Like this you mean? …Like this you mean? https://www.screwfix.com/p/wifi-connekt-13a-2-gang-switched-socket-with-ethernet-2-0a-usb/3628v



I wouldn't touch anything made by that company. Judging by the reviews their basic USB socket is a bit of a dog's dinner. amazon.co.uk/Con…8-3

The_Hypnotoad27th Oct

Not really true.It takes a wifi signal and puts it through an internal …Not really true.It takes a wifi signal and puts it through an internal amplifier which "strengthens" the signal, whether that actually makes it any better is dependent on a number of factors as your adding a ton of noise to the signal when you amplify it.and thats without the added safety risk to these (you have 240v constantly on a step down coil in the back of the socket, good look if that ever burns out)


Nonsense - It works as a repeater. Press the wps button on both this and the router to pair, then it rebroadcasts the wifi packets at full strength:

en.wikipedia.org/wik…ter
Edited by: "mikerr" 29th Oct

simplered6 m ago

I wouldn't touch anything made by that company. Judging by the reviews …I wouldn't touch anything made by that company. Judging by the reviews their basic USB socket is a bit of a dog's dinner. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Connekt-Gear-Charging-Socket-Faceplate-White/dp/B00KO1KDN4/ref=lp_4605913031_1_3?srs=4605913031&ie=UTF8&qid=1509117906&sr=8-3



I wasn't making any claims regarding its quality - I was merely giving an example of something which apparently does what you're apparently wanting to do.

piecrimper2 h, 23 m ago

So am I right in thinking you plug in a extender at the router source and …So am I right in thinking you plug in a extender at the router source and use several of these (over 3 floors) to maximise effect ?


No, this captures WiFi signal from router and amplifies it, they're not great tbh.

Nigma1 h, 44 m ago

Although by using it, you can effectively half the bandwidth available to …Although by using it, you can effectively half the bandwidth available to all you devices connected to it as the other half is used for the backhaul to the main router. Only use this if you really need to extend your wireless range.


yeah that's also my concern...
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