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Maplin Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender for £24.99 Delivered @ Maplin
Maplin Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender for £24.99 Delivered @ Maplin

Maplin Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender for £24.99 Delivered @ Maplin

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Extend the range of your Wi-Fi network
Improves the quality of the wireless signal in your home
Increases your wireless speed when you are far from the router
Reduces the number of "dead spots" in your home
Compatible with all 2.4GHz wireless networks at 300Mbps or below
WEP, WPA and WPA2 wireless security compatibility
2 x 2dBi fixed antennae
Automatic wireless channel selection
Can be used as either a repeater or a wireless access point

85 Comments

Is this any good?

Mrman123

Is this any good?



Took the very words out of my mouth...

Looks like it needs to be hardwired into a router or an existing AP.

If that's the case it's no good for me. I'd prefer a wireless extender.

Shambles

Looks like it needs to be hardwired into a router or an existing AP.If … Looks like it needs to be hardwired into a router or an existing AP.If that's the case it's no good for me. I'd prefer a wireless extender.



Going by trends on extenders, it would appear that's an ethernet port for connecting any wired devices to the network.

Think I might give this a go.

does anyone know how does it work?

For those who miss out, search a popular auction website for "Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender" and you can pick these up for around the same price, maybe a bit less.

Also this 24-hour deal is "On promotion until 29/07/2012".
Edited by: "thecresta" 23rd Jul 2012

Exactly the … Exactly the same:$29.70http://www.dealextreme.com/p/portable-2-4ghz-802-11b-g-n-300mbps-wireless-wifi-repeater-ac-100-240v-107457Comes with International Plugs.



I think this shows the profit margins that Companies like this enjoy!!!

thecresta

Going by trends on extenders, it would appear that's an ethernet port for … Going by trends on extenders, it would appear that's an ethernet port for connecting any wired devices to the network.Think I might give this a go.


Yep. A bit of research shows the ethernet port acts as a bridge for localised equipment like home theatres etc, so this device looks fine

Shambles

Yep. A bit of research shows the ethernet port acts as a bridge for … Yep. A bit of research shows the ethernet port acts as a bridge for localised equipment like home theatres etc, so this device looks fine



Could you use it to get your XBOX online too?

Ordered, and heated. Nice to see they do PayPal now

dblake

Could you use it to get your XBOX online too?



I no havvy xbox. Aren't they wireless anyway? I dunno - don't do consoles

mrjoez

I think this shows the profit margins that Companies like this enjoy!!!



what,a difference of £5?

Just what I was after!

Ordered - heat added

Exactly the … Exactly the same:$29.70http://www.dealextreme.com/p/portable-2-4ghz-802-11b-g-n-300mbps-wireless-wifi-repeater-ac-100-240v-107457Comes with International Plugs.

custardy

what,a difference of £5?





indeed! - it's comparing a UK highstreet retailer to a HongKong based eshipper.


Banned

mrjoez

I think this shows the profit margins that Companies like this enjoy!!!



I think this shows that some people don't understand retail.

mrjoez

Their regular price is £59.99That is exactly 3 times the price!!!



I can't even bear to think how much Maplin pay for them. oO

mrjoez

Their regular price is £59.99That is exactly 3 times the price!!!I can't … Their regular price is £59.99That is exactly 3 times the price!!!I can't even bear to think how much Maplin pay for them. oO



Which is why I tend to avoid Maplins whenever possible. They sell cheap electronics with stupidly high price tags.

I didn't bother with this in the end, after I saw they were being sold elsewhere for the same price. Also there are plenty of alternatives on other sites like Amazon that don't smother the socket.

Exactly £7 more than the identical item's rock bottom Ebay price for one with UK plug, shipped from Hong Kong with perhaps 2 weeks for delivery. This item does not need a LAN cable connection to work. The socket is used for initial setup. You place it just within range of your existing WiFi router and it throws the signal a deal further, e.g. into the garden or to other end of house. One of these in the loft might get your WiFi signal past think walls for example. The Amazon reviews seem to indicate it is fit for purpose.

Just ordered, many thanks for posting

You can get a D-Link DIR-615 router off eBay for less than a fiver, install DD-WRT firmware and achieve the same thing.

the idea of this is, if you have your main router in your living room then the extender would work best in the room directly above, which would make your signal improve no end upstairs (even in the loft)

gogosteve

What about this one, £19.88 delivered at Amazon does it do the same job?



Yeah, not bad with wireless N

Is this basically Home/ethernet plug ? how does it work

brian1986

Yeah, not bad with wireless N



Reviews aren't very good and you'd have to configure it correctly with your existing network. as opposed to these which are just "plug it in" and go!

Ordered - good find op. Have some heat!

nanuek

You can get a D-Link DIR-615 router off eBay for less than a fiver, … You can get a D-Link DIR-615 router off eBay for less than a fiver, install DD-WRT firmware and achieve the same thing.



That was my thoughts, except i have bought two and managed to brick both of them! lol

I'm voting this cold as you can get a TP-Link Wireless N150 Wireless extender delivered free from Argos for exactly the same price. Also available to reserve and collect. It looks a lot more capable in my opinion..

I think they should make the HOMEPLUG (plugin in the wall eithernet extenders) with built in WIFI too?
Otherwise the only place i would have a use for one of these would be far away from my router (hence homeplug) i guess i could plug this into the front?

ALSO, would it not be possible to just connect a 2nd wifi cable router to an eithernet / homeplug?

JUST THINKING OUT LOUD

mrjoez

I think this shows the profit margins that Companies like this enjoy!!!



er durr, no...both are retailers - if you knew the wholesale/shipping price then that will be more accurate - id be surprised if maplins paid over £5 a unit

Would this help to increase the speed/quality of devices currently some distance away from the router?

Now do I really need one of these as well?

jacthalad

I think they should make the HOMEPLUG (plugin in the wall eithernet … I think they should make the HOMEPLUG (plugin in the wall eithernet extenders) with built in WIFI too? Otherwise the only place i would have a use for one of these would be far away from my router (hence homeplug) i guess i could plug this into the front?ALSO, would it not be possible to just connect a 2nd wifi cable router to an eithernet / homeplug?JUST THINKING OUT LOUD


Yes, you could connect your primary and secondary wireless router using a homeplug and get WiFI in both locations. I believe this would get you better LAN speed when connected on the second router as the wireless communication between the routers cuts into the bandwidth.

Looks very similiar to these ones selling on ebay for around £20 (or less if you order from China or Hong Kong)...

Can this be used at the other end of a homeplug/powerline adapter to make it wireless? Or is the ethernet port solely an 'output'?

Thanks

Doing Paypal in most instances may not be such a good thing, yes it saves on entering your delivery details etc, but PayPal's protection for on-line sales is very very limited compared to your vanilla credit card...

mrjoez

I think this shows the profit margins that Companies like this enjoy!!!



In this case, $29.70 = £19.18, well above the £12 import exemption, so in theory if you buy from DX it should be subject to £3.84 vat, £1.54 duty, and often a £10 handling fee from the courier. Yes, you probably won't get charged it given the way DX do their "gift" customs notes, but it's basically the same price at both retailers. Plus Maplin have to pay for store rental, UK staff wages, and advertising, so it's not surprising that they try to sell it for more normally.
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