WIFI Extender Wall Socket with USB £24.98 @ Toolstation
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WIFI Extender Wall Socket with USB £24.98 @ Toolstation

£24.98£27.9911%Toolstation Deals
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Found 29th Mar
Been looking at getting one or 2 of these as my WIFI signal upstairs is poor. Seems like a decent price and has a USB port to charge your phone/tablet. The likes of Amazon sell them for £35 however Screwfix sell the same one for £28.

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Hmm wonder how good is it
lucyferror1 m ago

Hmm wonder how good is it


Same here
Surprised they fit a 25mm box i'm pretty sure the cables will be a nightmare in the backbox
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Fab price, thanks @ocelot20 , reviews, on the whole, are very good too (4.6/5)
Cheaper than rivals who's writing the reviews toolstation.
just pickedup one from ebay. £24. not sure if there is any more. but most go for £32-£36 so voted hot for this deal
thanks for the heads up.
I have around 45 sockets at home and garage, I wonder how many SSID can squeeze in my little property
Only supports 2.4GHz
darecy9 m ago

I have around 45 sockets at home and garage, I wonder how many SSID can …I have around 45 sockets at home and garage, I wonder how many SSID can squeeze in my little property


Jesus, why so many :s .. well I'm not sure if that's alot, I've never really counted how many I've got, but mhm.. that does sound like alot
darksideby18242 m ago

Surprised they fit a 25mm box i'm pretty sure the cables will be a …Surprised they fit a 25mm box i'm pretty sure the cables will be a nightmare in the backbox


I was a little apprehensive as to whether they would fit a 25mm back box but they do with ease.
I got mine from Electricfix because Toolstation didn't have stock. Electricfix price matched.
I have 2 of these. The one upstairs is great but the one in the kitchen isn't the best. I checked signal before choosing where to fit them too.
I think I need to move it to another location.
Does anyone have any tips on choosing locations and setting up?
Does this work like a power line through the ring main, or just a WiFi repeater? Aren't WiFi repeaters generally a bad solution?
Banned
I know these don't support 5ghz which may be a deal breaker for some people but does anyone have one that can suggest a good solid connection on 2.4ghz throughout the home?
Not voted
But what i dont understand is why people buy "1 or 2" of theese to make a poor router reach the whole house when you could spend the money on a better router and get more of a benefit than just a wifi boost?
do they link together as i get no wifi upstairs but could use 2 or 3 to get a signal, but if they individually need to connect to router its not going to work
I’ve got two of these, work flawlessly, hit the WPS on your router/hub then the button on the socket, links up within seconds, I’ve not had any dropout with either socket yet. I’m on Virgin 200mb fibre.
Are these easy to do diy
SFconvert39 m ago

Does this work like a power line through the ring main, or just a WiFi …Does this work like a power line through the ring main, or just a WiFi repeater? Aren't WiFi repeaters generally a bad solution?


I believe this is just a repeater, you can get dual gang wall sockets with ethernet over powerline (+USB, wifi and ethernet ports), but they are considerably more expensive, like this starter kit (2 sockets) :- screwfix.com/p/w…71t
Edited by: "melted" 29th Mar
wakkaday9 m ago

Are these easy to do diy


Yes.
Oh wait.
No.

It really depends on your electrical knowledge, judging by the question, you have limited electrical experience, so stay away. 240vac can kill *

*this is not backed up by any risk assessments or method statements nor is it EU approved or part P or 18th edition recognised advice
Not convinced this product is a good idea.
Besides the power consumption, and suboptimal location for a WiFi repeater (low down, against a wall, next to a source of interference), I'm also dubious about the long-term health implications of permanently saturating your home with low power microwaves.

WiFi routers are in all likelihood perfectly safe in their normal usage case, but I wouldn't want to sleep with one active under my pillow.
Edited by: "TehJumpingJawa" 29th Mar
larrylightweight1 h, 32 m ago

Cheaper than rivals who's writing the reviews toolstation.


Punctuation matters!
TehJumpingJawa7 h, 58 m ago

Not convinced this product is a good idea.Besides the power consumption, …Not convinced this product is a good idea.Besides the power consumption, and suboptimal location for a WiFi repeater (low down, against a wall, next to a source of interference), I'm also dubious about the long-term health implications of permanently saturating your home with low power microwaves.WiFi routers are in all likelihood perfectly safe in their normal usage case, but I wouldn't want to sleep with one active under my pillow.


Given most people push the router down the back of the cabinet by the BT/Virgin socket while it may be great there is the convenience factor of it is small discree and no need for another box and power supply in the house.

I can understand the worry about RF but then the same can be said for people who have phones by their bedside, Maximum permitted WiFi power in the UK is 100mw, whereas Phones can be anything up to 2W power. Phones don't always output 2W they scale the transmitting power according to how strong or weak the phone signal is, so a lof o the time its less than 2W but they still transmit more than Wifi.

Thats before you think of the other wireless devices we tend to have around us and our houses, such as watches, fitbits, speakers, landline phones, doorbells and so on.
ChambyR338 h, 40 m ago

Not voted But what i dont understand is why people buy "1 or 2" of theese …Not voted But what i dont understand is why people buy "1 or 2" of theese to make a poor router reach the whole house when you could spend the money on a better router and get more of a benefit than just a wifi boost?


Run rj45 cable around is more faster and secure, and cheaper solution!
Edited by: "junk15" 30th Mar
Worldofnames28 h, 55 m ago

I know these don't support 5ghz which may be a deal breaker for some …I know these don't support 5ghz which may be a deal breaker for some people but does anyone have one that can suggest a good solid connection on 2.4ghz throughout the home?


Unless you have indoors microwave oven, cordless telephone, etc...
24.65 for the non USB version in wickes this weekend. Mines going in a hallway so don't need usb
junk1541 m ago

Run rj45 cable around is more faster and secure, and cheaper solution!


Have to agree, cable is the most reliable way, then you can use a WiFi extender anywhere where there is wired internet connection & mains power. Yes it takes a while to do it, but it well worth it, even have a 50+ metre cable going to a shed at the top of the garden. WiFi extender lets me use my tablet up there too.

The WiFi socket here is the over the mains type which can cause interference with other wireless devices.
I have been using power plug networking for a long time due to the unreliable speeds of WIFI, they are very good. They do high speed models these days as well which are giving me around a constant 26mb/s transfer rate (Megabytes NOT megabits)
If these repeat then I assume you need them halfway between a strong and bad signal location? otherwise if installed in a poor location it might rebroadcast a strong wifi signal but the actual data throughput will still be poor (low signal into repeater is rebroadcasted on another strong wifi channel but still low original data)

Plus if installed into a metal backbox I wonder how useful they are compared to a plug in version that's a bit more in the open. Personally I'd try and not hard wire something like this in unless no other choice (maybe in guest house to stop people tinkering etc) - I'd personally run a wire and add another wifi access point if I had to.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 30th Mar
Answering my own question above, yes these need installing halfway between strong and poor signal areas to repeat reliably. Install guide:
bgelectrical.uk/pub…pdf
Edited by: "spannerzone" 30th Mar
TehJumpingJawa10 h, 45 m ago

Not convinced this product is a good idea.Besides the power consumption, …Not convinced this product is a good idea.Besides the power consumption, and suboptimal location for a WiFi repeater (low down, against a wall, next to a source of interference), I'm also dubious about the long-term health implications of permanently saturating your home with low power microwaves.WiFi routers are in all likelihood perfectly safe in their normal usage case, but I wouldn't want to sleep with one active under my pillow.


wifi products are generally on all the time so power consumption would be the same even on a plugged in item.
location. why not put it upstairs in your bedroom do its higher.
More 2.4GHz (if it offered dual band and option to disable 2.4GHz then it may be worth a look!) interference. No thanks. That band is already over used/congested with Dect phones, microwave ovens,TV's etc
Edited by: "know1" 30th Mar
khush0115 h, 59 m ago

Jesus, why so many :s .. well I'm not sure if that's alot, I've never … Jesus, why so many :s .. well I'm not sure if that's alot, I've never really counted how many I've got, but mhm.. that does sound like alot


I am sorry, I didn’t calculate them properly...
With the garden house and garage 61 of them.
These will become obsolete in 2-3 years, the same way that those 1A USB wall plugs that were all the rage few years ago are useless now. That's on top of clogging even more the 2.4Ghz band and running (at best) at half their stated speed.
Crw2 h, 36 m ago

These will become obsolete in 2-3 years, the same way that those 1A USB …These will become obsolete in 2-3 years, the same way that those 1A USB wall plugs that were all the rage few years ago are useless now. That's on top of clogging even more the 2.4Ghz band and running (at best) at half their stated speed.


1A wall plugs are fine. Most people plug something in overnight to charge and 1A is fine.

I really cannot not understand why many people say 1A is no use when for 90+% of devices people have its powerful enough. Yes some devices need a higher power charge but they typically also need a QC capable charger to take advantage of the higher power.
Edited by: "gavin1" 30th Mar
gavin13 h, 31 m ago

1A wall plugs are fine. Most people plug something in overnight to charge …1A wall plugs are fine. Most people plug something in overnight to charge and 1A is fine. I really cannot not understand why many people say 1A is no use when for 90+% of devices people have its powerful enough. Yes some devices need a higher power charge but they typically also need a QC capable charger to take advantage of the higher power.



I'm sorry that my comparison startled you so much. Do you have any actual research to back the "90+%" number in your claim or you just made it up to suit your narrative? I wonder why most of the chargers nowadays are 2.4A /port if those 1A were so brilliant?
to Crw
"These will become obsolete in 2-3 years"
Do you have any actual research to back this claim up or did you just made it up to suit your narrative? See what I did there. I hope you can or your going to look like a tool.

I'm fine having low powered ones in the house. it will do a lot of items maybe some slower then others but it get there in the end.
Edited by: "simonbrowne" 30th Mar
Crw11 h, 12 m ago

I'm sorry that my comparison startled you so much. Do you have any actual …I'm sorry that my comparison startled you so much. Do you have any actual research to back the "90+%" number in your claim or you just made it up to suit your narrative? I wonder why most of the chargers nowadays are 2.4A /port if those 1A were so brilliant?


Look at the chargers in your house. As I said some devices such as tablets may need a higher amp age but the majority will be 1a it less. Many tablets will charge at 1a just slower. Plugging a kindle into a 2a charger won’t make it charge faster

Unless you you are planning to replace every device in your house 1a will not be obsolete.

Most of these wall socket chargers are 2.4 A shared over 2 usb sockets so it gives you the flexibility of using 1 socket for charging a tablet or two phones.

2A or huger is useful, it can charge devices that can accept it faster but 1A is not going to be obsolete.
To Crw
I wonder why most of the chargers nowadays are 2.4A /port if those 1A were so brilliant?

Did a google check on "mains socket usb"
Out of the 4 items at the top of search 1 was 1A, 2 were 1.55A and 1.05A (all per outlet).


Do you have any actual research to back this claim up or did you just made it up to suit your narrative? See what I did there. I hope you can or your going to look like a tool.
simonbrowne5 h, 29 m ago

Did a google check on "mains socket usb"Out of the 4 items at the top of …Did a google check on "mains socket usb"Out of the 4 items at the top of search 1 was 1A, 2 were 1.55A and 1.05A (all per outlet).Do you have any actual research to back this claim up or did you just made it up to suit your narrative? See what I did there. I hope you can or your going to look like a tool.


There are two aspects which seem to completely eluded you:
1. I said chargers, not "mains socket usb" which kind of makes your search irrelevant.
2. Unlike Gavin's percentage, my obsolescence example was just that, an example. The half-speed and the overcrowded 2,4Ghz band which I mentioned in relation to the product in this deal are facts.
What were you saying about "looking like a tool"?
PS: This might help you in your future comments.
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@gavin1


Let's agree to disagree on this one because we're already spamming this post with an off-topic subject.
If you want to check how much current a 1A rated actually delivers you can buy one of these and see for yourself.

I own a few and that's what prompted my obsolescence comparison.
But you still have not answered this one.

These will become obsolete in 2-3 years"
"Do you have any actual research to back this claim up"
There are lots of items that become obsolete so giving an example like you did is pointless and wrong. You might as well say dont buy an ipad, TV, computer, car etc it will be pointless in a couple years and give the same example."the same way that those 1A USB wall plugs" and again you would be wrong as people are still using them.
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