Edimax EW-7438RPn N300 Mini Wi-Fi Extender/Access Point/Wi-Fi Bridge £9.99 @ Box.co.uk
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Edimax EW-7438RPn N300 Mini Wi-Fi Extender/Access Point/Wi-Fi Bridge £9.99 @ Box.co.uk

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Found 7th Mar 2016
Seems good value for money. Might be useful for making that recent Ricoh Colour laser into a wireless printer.

Extends the range of existing 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi networks
iQ Setup for easy Wi-Fi extension
Smart App Control & Analytics: Free EdiRange app with local Wi-Fi environment analytics, Wi-Fi scheduling and guest network
Smart 3-in-1 mode: Access Point, Wi-Fi Extender and Wi-Fi Bridge
Compact, slim wall plug design for convenient placement
Finds best setup location for optimal Wi-Fi coverage with signal strength LED
Features a hardware WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) button

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Original Poster

Official Edimax Product Page

Product Information

Edited by: "topss" 7th Mar 2016

bought thanks

Can anyone confirm if this wifi entender would be suitable for UK plugs?
Picture on link shows the round pin plugs
thanks in advance

What is the Ethernet Port used for?

Original Poster

cootcee64

Can anyone confirm if this wifi entender would be suitable for UK … Can anyone confirm if this wifi entender would be suitable for UK plugs?Picture on link shows the round pin plugsthanks in advance



It should have a UK plug. From the Edimax information page it looks like they do EU, UK and US versions. I guess they just use one picture to describe it for all regions.

thegamingkinginfo

What is the Ethernet Port used for?



Access point or WiFi bridge modes.

http://www.edimax.co.uk/edimax/mw/cufiles/images/products/pics/ew-7438rpn_mini/features/EW-7438RPn_Mini_3-in-1_mode.jpg
Edited by: "topss" 7th Mar 2016

Thanks ordered!

Would this be faster than powerline? I want to connect my laptop to an ethernet socket but I am not sure whether this is better or powerline.

thegamingkinginfo

Would this be faster than powerline? I want to connect my laptop to an … Would this be faster than powerline? I want to connect my laptop to an ethernet socket but I am not sure whether this is better or powerline.


Power line.

Thanks OP

thegamingkinginfo

Would this be faster than powerline? I want to connect my laptop to an … Would this be faster than powerline? I want to connect my laptop to an ethernet socket but I am not sure whether this is better or powerline.

There's a lot written about wi-fi extenders cutting wi-fi speeds. I bought the cheap John Lewis tp-link powerline starter kit for £20 a few days back. Brilliant, simple, 3 year guarantee. You can also buy a powerline wi-fi plug, if you find you want wi-fi at the far end of the powerline pipe.

Its ****: i bought one, about 2 years ago. replaced it as sooon as i could.
if you need decent wifi range look at ubiquiti wifi low end enterprise range, they're about £50, and give you about 600 meters coverage. for most of you,(i assume) that will at least get you the garden, and drive.

cootcee64

Can anyone confirm if this wifi entender would be suitable for UK … Can anyone confirm if this wifi entender would be suitable for UK plugs?Picture on link shows the round pin plugsthanks in advance

thegamingkinginfo

What is the Ethernet Port used for?



Yes they are supplied with a UK 3 pin plug

thegamingkinginfo

What is the Ethernet Port used for?



The ethernet connection is used to connect to a PC so that you can configure the device to work with your wireless network. Once done you disconnect the ethernet cable
Edited by: "TheBlueWhale" 7th Mar 2016

Do you just plug this into where you need better wifi and connects to your router? Or am I missing something? Not sure how these things work. :s

How do you set these up?

bo9dster007

Do you just plug this into where you need better wifi and connects to … Do you just plug this into where you need better wifi and connects to your router? Or am I missing something? Not sure how these things work. :s



​yes. although I don't have this one in particular.

done, let's see how it works, coz cheap product not always work as good as branded...
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bo9dster007

Do you just plug this into where you need better wifi and connects to … Do you just plug this into where you need better wifi and connects to your router? Or am I missing something? Not sure how these things work. :s



The principle of a Wifi-Extender is that you plug it in somewhere where it can still pick up your WiFi signal (but near the edge) and it then transmits another SSID (or you can change it so it's the same) so that your range is extended a bit further.

You have to remember the weakest link in the chain, though. If you position this where you have 1 bar of signal, the speed will be slow and possibly unreliable (even though you'll connect to it fine and quick, it's connection to the router will be slow).

If you're wanting to bring WiFi to a deadspot, you're better off using the Powerline WiFi extenders, as they get their connection to your router via the powerline rather than the WiFi, so are more reliable.

You get what you pay for........

I bought a few (similar but older model, no scheduling) to these for numerous houses and family (£15 from B&M).
They work pretty well if you want to surf the net, stream from IPlayer etc (very occasional buffer maybe).
Streaming from the NAS was more problematic and would stutter after a while so would recommend powerlines for that.

Setup is done really easily from laptop or phone

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Cheers! OP ordered. Thanks for sharing

OOS :-(

hkhk

There's a lot written about wi-fi extenders cutting wi-fi speeds. I … There's a lot written about wi-fi extenders cutting wi-fi speeds. I bought the cheap John Lewis tp-link powerline starter kit for £20 a few days back. Brilliant, simple, 3 year guarantee. You can also buy a powerline wi-fi plug, if you find you want wi-fi at the far end of the powerline pipe.


I bought a cheap extender once, was an ok temporary solution for the garden but it did indeed drop wifi speeds throughout the house and caused some gadgets eg an Internet radio to disconnect occasionally. OK short term fix but a Powerline/Wifi combo extender will be best.
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