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PHICOMM 150Mbps Wireless Network Mini Nano WiFi Hotspot Router £9.99 (free supersaver delivery)Sold by GLOBALEBUY-UK and Fulfilled by Amazon
PHICOMM 150Mbps Wireless Network Mini Nano WiFi Hotspot Router £9.99 (free supersaver delivery)Sold by GLOBALEBUY-UK and Fulfilled by Amazon

PHICOMM 150Mbps Wireless Network Mini Nano WiFi Hotspot Router £9.99 (free supersaver delivery)Sold by GLOBALEBUY-UK and Fulfilled by Amazon

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Similar to the TP-Link TL-WR710N posted yesterday, but £5 cheaper. Has the same features, can be used as Wireless Mode Access Point, Router, Repeater, Bridge and Client. Has excellent reviews. You would think that you need to find a way to spend a penny more to get free shipping, but if you ignore the attempts to get you to register for prime and carry on to the shipping panel, free supersaver delivery is available, select that and delivery will be free when you get to the final commit.

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Original Poster

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Not sure I see a domestic application for this as it requires a physical connection to the network....other than possibly to extend the wired network to parts of the house without a wired network or where there is poor wifi reception ..... but still requires that wired network.....it doesn't boost an existing wifi signal.

OK as a travel device but most places now have wifi

Won't vote hot or cold as I see no real purpose, but someone may find a use for it

You get free shipping on £9.99 items

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DELOS

Can't be used as repeater , needs cable connection



The specifications say it can be used as a repeater. If you set it up in that mode, you don't need the wired ethernet socket, but the socket has to be there for the other modes. Put it another way, the fact that it has a socket to be used as a wireless AP or router does not prevent it being used as a repeater with nothing plugged into the socket.
Edited by: "LongPockets" 2nd Jan 2015

corred1964

Not sure I see a domestic application for this as it requires a physical … Not sure I see a domestic application for this as it requires a physical connection to the network....other than possibly to extend the wired network to parts of the house without a wired network or where there is poor wifi reception ..... but still requires that wired network.....it doesn't boost an existing wifi signal.OK as a travel device but most places now have wifiWon't vote hot or cold as I see no real purpose, but someone may find a use for it


DELOS

Can't be used as repeater , needs cable connection


The user manual states it can be used as a wifi repeater without cable connection:

http://i578.photobucket.com/albums/ss224/fotoview/m1-repeater.jpg
as lifted from manual at cn.phicomm.com/att…pdf

£3.99 delivery

Original Poster

divebaba

£3.99 delivery



Nope. I have just gone right the way through the ordering process and free supersaver delivery is offered and accepted, so £9.99 delivered free. Just make sure you select supersaver from the shipping panel.
Edited by: "LongPockets" 2nd Jan 2015

Original Poster

I don't understand why so many detractors have been posting negative comments that they could easily find out were not true, as the above exchanges demonstrate. Come on guys, do a little research before you post. Otherwise you look foolish.

Would this work to share paid-for wifi access in places like a hotel or holiday park? I normally use the fqrouter2 app on my Galaxy S3 to share wifi when on holiday but it absolutely canes the battery life and ties my phone up if other people are using the shared access.

The Netgear PR2000 does exactly what you describe. I use it myself. Great when you stay in hotels that charge for wifi by the device or limit the number of connections you can have. Even if hotel allows unlimited connections it means you only have to register a single device. Cost me about £20 but I see it's about £24 now. If the Phicomm can do the same then that would be great else I can certainly recommendthe Netgear.

Oops, above is in response to doctor_vadgers' question.
Edited by: "MrFizzy" 2nd Jan 2015

doctor_vadgers

Would this work to share paid-for wifi access in places like a hotel or … Would this work to share paid-for wifi access in places like a hotel or holiday park? I normally use the fqrouter2 app on my Galaxy S3 to share wifi when on holiday but it absolutely canes the battery life and ties my phone up if other people are using the shared access.

Probably yes and no. As a device for converting wired internet from a LAN socket to wifi: yes. As a wifi repeater that requires initial access to the source wifi via a webpage-based login: unlikely.

DD-WRT - able?

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mandemcrew

DD-WRT - able?



You want a lot for your tenner. The answer is probably no, or at least it hasn't been done yet. Someone posted a query about this model on the DD-WRT board, and there were no replies. That's the only mention I found on the forum. On the other hand, it will already do four different modes with the stock firmware, so I am not sure what you would hope to achieve by flashing it with DD-WRT.

good deal OP

I always thought that mini/nano were mutually exclusive as measures of size?

Not bad for a decent phone charger with extras.

Hi, my wifi is in a downstairs front room and my bedroom is on the complete opposite side upstairs. I also have an Ethernet cable from downstairs coming upstairs. The connection in my room is absolute rubbish, so if I bought this and connected it upstairs would it boost my signal? Also would it affect the original wifi speed? Thanks

Just pay a bit more and get a better one, this one has a USB port that can be used to share a USB device, not just for charging: currys.co.uk/gbu…tml

Also has two networking ports and 3 years warranty
Edited by: "MaximusRo" 2nd Jan 2015

How easy would it be to set one of these up as a repeater please?

I think I got the last one
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IHussaiN

Hi, my wifi is in a downstairs front room and my bedroom is on the … Hi, my wifi is in a downstairs front room and my bedroom is on the complete opposite side upstairs. I also have an Ethernet cable from downstairs coming upstairs. The connection in my room is absolute rubbish, so if I bought this and connected it upstairs would it boost my signal? Also would it affect the original wifi speed? Thanks



I think the answer is, yes it will give you WiFi in the bedroom and no it won't affect speed. That is, if you set it to a different channel and probably a different name to the main WiFi.

I used to use one of these types of thing as a wireless repeater for the garden. It caused the main house WiFi to slow down by about 10%. Shouldn't happen to you as you would use Ethernet for the first leg.

Original Poster

beergut

I think I got the last oneBG



The last one at £9.99 anyway. They are still on offer at £11.99.

Almost pointless

Search for these on eBay. Loads on there (shipping from within the UK) and they start from £9.89 with free delivery

cricky12

Almost pointless


What is? Your comment for one! Some may say mine is too.
Thanks for letting us know you have no use for this item. Heat from me, could do with repeating my apparently rubbish Sky router.

i reckon this was just to lure you in and when the quota was met....bump up the price to £11.99 thinking that us mugs would pay it knowing we can get this cheaper elsewhere! £2 is not alot of money in difference for something like this but its principle
Edited by: "kakawak" 2nd Jan 2015

Original Poster

MEDICGUY

Search for these on eBay. Loads on there (shipping from within the UK) … Search for these on eBay. Loads on there (shipping from within the UK) and they start from £9.89 with free delivery



Try posting the deal. Unfortunately, the mods in here are very fussy about what eBay suppliers they will allow.

LongPockets

Try posting the deal. Unfortunately, the mods in here are very fussy … Try posting the deal. Unfortunately, the mods in here are very fussy about what eBay suppliers they will allow.



Not sure it's really a deal, it looks like there are multiple sellers on there selling at that price...just thought I'd let others know who saw this post

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damadgeruk

What is? Your comment for one! Some may say mine is too. :)Thanks for … What is? Your comment for one! Some may say mine is too. :)Thanks for letting us know you have no use for this item. Heat from me, could do with repeating my apparently rubbish Sky router.



Its not the router its Sky themselves

i have two Apple Airport Express connected to my main modem router to cover over 1000 sq ft. I highly recommend the Apple Airport express.

Price gone up again

corred1964

Not sure I see a domestic application for this as it requires a physical … Not sure I see a domestic application for this as it requires a physical connection to the network....other than possibly to extend the wired network to parts of the house without a wired network or where there is poor wifi reception ..... but still requires that wired network.....it doesn't boost an existing wifi signal.OK as a travel device but most places now have wifiWon't vote hot or cold as I see no real purpose, but someone may find a use for it



Totally agree. I see this as useful as bags of sd cards advertised here ;-)

Funny how the socket in the picture (pg 1) seems to be upside-down!

abdi12346

Price gone up again



Wait a few days. The price seems to alternate between £11.99 and £9.99. It's done that since August. Mostly it's £9.99.

Original Poster

gnowak84

Totally agree. I see this as useful as bags of sd cards advertised here … Totally agree. I see this as useful as bags of sd cards advertised here ;-)



Not sure which part of that post you agree with. He is wrong in his statement that it requires a physical connection, and the rest of his post expands on that error. This device can be used as a WiFi repeater with no wired connection. That is one of the FOUR modes it operates in. The ethernet socket is used by other modes, but is not needed for the repeater mode. Someone else has posted a page from the manual confirming this. In client mode, you would use it to receive WiFi from your main router and connect a non-WiFi computer to it by cable locally, using it like a big WiFi dongle, or you could connect a switch to the ethernet socket and have a lot of devices connected through the WiFi link. That would be useful for an office or media room on a different floor from the main router.
Edited by: "LongPockets" 3rd Jan 2015

sm-1991

i have two Apple Airport Express connected to my main modem router to … i have two Apple Airport Express connected to my main modem router to cover over 1000 sq ft. I highly recommend the Apple Airport express.



Crikey you even sound robotic and brainwashed by the brand

So does this have homeplug-like functionality. Can it draw the signal from the mains electrical circuit or does it only repeat/rebroadcast a wireless signal?

fuiseog

So does this have homeplug-like functionality. Can it draw the signal … So does this have homeplug-like functionality. Can it draw the signal from the mains electrical circuit or does it only repeat/rebroadcast a wireless signal?

No a repeater the mains repeaters are these.
currys.co.uk/gbu…tml

Original Poster

fuiseog

So does this have homeplug-like functionality. Can it draw the signal … So does this have homeplug-like functionality. Can it draw the signal from the mains electrical circuit or does it only repeat/rebroadcast a wireless signal?



It doesn't use the mains wiring to transmit or receive network traffic, only for power. You can connect to the network either by ethernet cable or WiFi. It will act as a WiFi router or access point when connected via a cable, or as a WiFi repeater without cable connection to a network. Or, in client mode, it will receive WiFi from another source and you can connect locally via a cable.
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