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Wifi Extending Socket with Usb £14.99 - Aldi
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Wifi Extending Socket with Usb £14.99 - Aldi

£14.99£24.9940%Aldi Deals
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Posted 4th NovAvailable: Scotland (Strathclyde, Central)
This socket is the perfect device for charging all of your electrical goods, especially mobile phones and tablets thanks to the USB charger. Make sure all of your tech is charged and with a good connection at all times with this nifty Wifi Extending Socket With USB.

Features
Double switched socket
N300 MBPS WiFi extender
2.4GHz
Ideal for charging mobile devices such as mobile phones
Easy fit replacement
Fits in a 25mm wall box
13A Switched double socket
USB charger (2.1A Output)
Eliminate dead spots
Expands your Wi-Fi coverage
White moulded

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hopeless04/11/2019 07:35

if only it was mesh... wifi extenders so last century... but might be …if only it was mesh... wifi extenders so last century... but might be useful for some


Ahh didn't realize you can get mesh for £14.99...... :/
And they are not last century as all your home mesh is wifi extenders that join together with same ssid. But if you only have one black spot like me in my garage why should I spend 5x the amount to get the same area covered....
HankHandsome04/11/2019 08:22

Cheers. So essentially the same as re-wiring a plug, but on the wall ?


Well I'm an electrician by trade and I reckon wiring plugtops is about the most annoying fiddly horrible basic task I ever need to do, so in answer to your question this is easier! just be sure to restrip the cables if they've been over tightened before as the copper core could snap and make sure you dont screw into the cables when tightening the socket front back to the wall
As for the extenders Vs mesh debate, be aware that using extenders can impact on the speed of everything else on the primary WiFi connection, whereas mesh networks ( with dedicated backhaul) get around this.

For the person building an extension - do yourself a favour and get some cat 6 hardwired in.
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Voted hot OP.
The description from Aldi appears to miss the USP of the device, probably why they haven't sold as many and they are now discounted.
if only it was mesh... wifi extenders so last century... but might be useful for some
Is there a code to use as link shows full price ?
dc10004/11/2019 07:41

Is there a code to use as link shows full price ?


Your local Aldi, search about locals but last few days I've not went into a Aldi without loads of them.
Building an extension ATM. Are these WiFi sockets any good?
Are these easy enough for a complete novice to fit ?

Obviously if I turned the electric off in the flat first, could I just unscrew one of the sockets and replace it with this ?
terriclarkfan04/11/2019 07:44

Building an extension ATM. Are these WiFi sockets any good?


Good reviews on many different places, Im gonna install it on Wednesday, my garage needs a better signal lol
HankHandsome04/11/2019 07:52

Are these easy enough for a complete novice to fit ?Obviously if I turned …Are these easy enough for a complete novice to fit ?Obviously if I turned the electric off in the flat first, could I just unscrew one of the sockets and replace it with this ?


Yes, of course you could, make sure you screw cables in correct terminals, tight, worst case scenario it goes horribly wrong, you have to call a sparky
How does this pick up the WiFi?
hopeless04/11/2019 07:35

if only it was mesh... wifi extenders so last century... but might be …if only it was mesh... wifi extenders so last century... but might be useful for some


Ahh didn't realize you can get mesh for £14.99...... :/
And they are not last century as all your home mesh is wifi extenders that join together with same ssid. But if you only have one black spot like me in my garage why should I spend 5x the amount to get the same area covered....
I have this. Very easy to fit. Performance is okay if you are doing the basic tasks but suffers because it's not 5ghz.

But it's working as well as you would expect as £15 double socket.

To answer the question on how. If your router is wps enabled you press the wps button on your router and then the button on the socket. If it isn't then it creates a default ssid, connect to it and go to the admin page and join it to the correct ssid.

My only grip with is that there is no admin page so I can't see what devices are using it but it's not a big issue.
Edited by: "carphead" 4th Nov
HisbessieMatt04/11/2019 07:57

Yes, of course you could, make sure you screw cables in correct terminals, …Yes, of course you could, make sure you screw cables in correct terminals, tight, worst case scenario it goes horribly wrong, you have to call a sparky


Cheers. So essentially the same as re-wiring a plug, but on the wall ?
HankHandsome04/11/2019 08:22

Cheers. So essentially the same as re-wiring a plug, but on the wall ?


Well I'm an electrician by trade and I reckon wiring plugtops is about the most annoying fiddly horrible basic task I ever need to do, so in answer to your question this is easier! just be sure to restrip the cables if they've been over tightened before as the copper core could snap and make sure you dont screw into the cables when tightening the socket front back to the wall
I fitted one of these from Screwfix so have heat, but like another poster said you cant tell which devices are using this new point......... doing a speed check gives you an idea because I think as there only 2.4ghz the speeds slower!??!
Worth saying, I would guess, if you fit in a metal back box you will ruin speed and range of connection
HisbessieMatt04/11/2019 08:28

Well I'm an electrician by trade and I reckon wiring plugtops is about the …Well I'm an electrician by trade and I reckon wiring plugtops is about the most annoying fiddly horrible basic task I ever need to do, so in answer to your question this is easier! just be sure to restrip the cables if they've been over tightened before as the copper core could snap and make sure you dont screw into the cables when tightening the socket front back to the wall


Brilliant, cheers. Might look in to getting one then - maybe not this one specifically but maybe one which does have a 5ghz extender built in.
majorwedgy8404/11/2019 08:59

Worth saying, I would guess, if you fit in a metal back box you will ruin …Worth saying, I would guess, if you fit in a metal back box you will ruin speed and range of connection


Great point. Was considering getting it for my workshop but all the sockets are metal backed. Didn't even think of this
HankHandsome04/11/2019 09:12

Brilliant, cheers. Might look in to getting one then - maybe not this one …Brilliant, cheers. Might look in to getting one then - maybe not this one specifically but maybe one which does have a 5ghz extender built in.


You have to remember, 5ghz is better for speed upto 600Mbps but will not travel as far as 2.4ghz upto 450 Mbps
That's why most of these are 2.4ghz to extend a lot further.
Edited by: "JamesDougal" 4th Nov
HisbessieMatt04/11/2019 08:33

I fitted one of these from Screwfix so have heat, but like another poster …I fitted one of these from Screwfix so have heat, but like another poster said you cant tell which devices are using this new point......... doing a speed check gives you an idea because I think as there only 2.4ghz the speeds slower!??!


2.4ghz is slightly slow at upto 450Mbps but will extend a lot further. If everything was 5ghz which is upto 600Mbps you wouldn't get connection going far at all.

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Edited by: "JamesDougal" 4th Nov
As for the extenders Vs mesh debate, be aware that using extenders can impact on the speed of everything else on the primary WiFi connection, whereas mesh networks ( with dedicated backhaul) get around this.

For the person building an extension - do yourself a favour and get some cat 6 hardwired in.
JamesDougal04/11/2019 08:09

Ahh didn't realize you can get mesh for £14.99...... :/ And they are not …Ahh didn't realize you can get mesh for £14.99...... :/ And they are not last century as all your home mesh is wifi extenders that join together with same ssid. But if you only have one black spot like me in my garage why should I spend 5x the amount to get the same area covered....


But you can get a solid mesh network with 2-3 units under £100 now, and obviously the opportunity cost of fitting wall sockets - it doesn’t bother me but you have to be reasonably competent and there’s a time element too. I suspect the ‘true cost’ of fitting one of these wall sockets is nearer £40.
Shame it doesn’t support 5ghz. I have all my devices set to 5ghz if they support it as my neighbouring WiFi seems to clog up all the channels on 2.4ghz and even with strong signals its so slow due to the noise.
If it is not online, I’m not buying
Dickduncan04/11/2019 10:02

Keen to know myself



It picks up your existing wifi, so there is no point installing this where you don't have wifi, it needs to be WITHIN the current wifi network in the direction of where you want to extend to. Think of your access point as transmitting to a circle, put this in towards the edge of the circle and it will transmit a new circle centring on it.

Having said that the retransmission from within a wall is rather poor in comparison to the original in most cases and will likely do as much in adding noise and slowing things down as it will in increasing range. In most situations it's better to cable a new access point or use a mesh network solution.
plewis0004/11/2019 10:11

But you can get a solid mesh network with 2-3 units under £100 now, and …But you can get a solid mesh network with 2-3 units under £100 now, and obviously the opportunity cost of fitting wall sockets - it doesn’t bother me but you have to be reasonably competent and there’s a time element too. I suspect the ‘true cost’ of fitting one of these wall sockets is nearer £40.


If you can wire a plug you thats reasonably competent...... £15 is 6.6x cheaper than £100 thats also 85% cheaper........ As said if you have one blackspot why should you pay for more when getting same amount of cover.
JamesDougal04/11/2019 11:00

If you can wire a plug you thats reasonably competent...... £15 is 6.6x …If you can wire a plug you thats reasonably competent...... £15 is 6.6x cheaper than £100 thats also 85% cheaper........ As said if you have one blackspot why should you pay for more when getting same amount of cover.


Your time has an associated cost and you’re assuming that replacing a network + extender with a whole mesh doesn’t bring additional benefits. I’m trying to show you that his comment about a mesh network isn’t as ridiculous as you make out - the true cost difference is much smaller and it brings extra benefits with it, also range extenders work but do slow down the existing network and add latency.
plewis0004/11/2019 11:02

Your time has an associated cost and you’re assuming that replacing a n …Your time has an associated cost and you’re assuming that replacing a network + extender with a whole mesh doesn’t bring additional benefits. I’m trying to show you that his comment about a mesh network isn’t as ridiculous as you make out - the true cost difference is much smaller and it brings extra benefits with it, also range extenders work but do slow down the existing network and add latency.


Your time does but 15mins is less time than cooking a dinner. I'm not saying mesh isnt better but for price and having great coverage with 5ghz and 1 black spot its not viable.
Wifi extenders are for if you have one area......
Mesh networks are for many blank spots in yer house. If someone has 1 black spot am not suggesting spending much more than this, they do slow down network but not as much as you think if you have one its marginally slower. I use powerline. But garage is a seperate wiring thats a no go. mesh is a no go as i have great coverage in my house so no need, only area is garage which is a seperate building. Your saying extra benefits but at extra cost of being 6x the price of this for 1 blank spots.
What im saying is £15 isnt gonna break the bank to get the annoying spot in the house sorted. With usb to charge too.
JamesDougal04/11/2019 11:33

Your time does but 15mins is less time than cooking a dinner. I'm not …Your time does but 15mins is less time than cooking a dinner. I'm not saying mesh isnt better but for price and having great coverage with 5ghz and 1 black spot its not viable. Wifi extenders are for if you have one area...... Mesh networks are for many blank spots in yer house. If someone has 1 black spot am not suggesting spending much more than this, they do slow down network but not as much as you think if you have one its marginally slower. I use powerline. But garage is a seperate wiring thats a no go. mesh is a no go as i have great coverage in my house so no need, only area is garage which is a seperate building. Your saying extra benefits but at extra cost of being 6x the price of this for 1 blank spots.What im saying is £15 isnt gonna break the bank to get the annoying spot in the house sorted. With usb to charge too.


It's more than 15 minutes realistically (I replaced a load of ours normal sockets with the USB ones from that Homebase deal), and yes, black spots are annoying but then I'd rather run a proper wireless AP over CAT5e/6 than repeating an existing signal. Never had much luck with extenders or repeaters, that's all. As to the mesh - again, really all I'm getting at is if you were sitting on the fence, it's not a lot more money relatively speaking and has been stability. I guess the repeater will be useful for some.
plewis0004/11/2019 11:38

It's more than 15 minutes realistically (I replaced a load of ours normal …It's more than 15 minutes realistically (I replaced a load of ours normal sockets with the USB ones from that Homebase deal), and yes, black spots are annoying but then I'd rather run a proper wireless AP over CAT5e/6 than repeating an existing signal. Never had much luck with extenders or repeaters, that's all. As to the mesh - again, really all I'm getting at is if you were sitting on the fence, it's not a lot more money relatively speaking and has been stability. I guess the repeater will be useful for some.


Awk ye must be taking your time I completely done all my lights, switches and sockets when moving into my house and garage something like 23 sockets. Only took me 15mins and that was also adding in backboxes on the 4 that needed back boxes that is. Rest was 5mins each. But anyway Ive had great time with my extenders when in mothers house with virgins 350mb didnt loose too much 2bh never had a issue shes had hers for 6yr now atleast. So probs why im more positive. But cat6 is much better, next for me would be powerline which I use and out of my 350mb connection im averaging 335 from powerline. Just my damn garage
JamesDougal04/11/2019 11:49

Awk ye must be taking your time I completely done all my lights, switches …Awk ye must be taking your time I completely done all my lights, switches and sockets when moving into my house and garage something like 23 sockets. Only took me 15mins and that was also adding in backboxes on the 4 that needed back boxes that is. Rest was 5mins each. But anyway Ive had great time with my extenders when in mothers house with virgins 350mb didnt loose too much 2bh never had a issue shes had hers for 6yr now atleast. So probs why im more positive. But cat6 is much better, next for me would be powerline which I use and out of my 350mb connection im averaging 335 from powerline. Just my damn garage


Yeah, the garage is a pain! Fortunately I can get a moderate signal there with a mesh point on the edge of the house but it's an old build with brick interior walls (good for many reasons but bad for wireless!). I took my time with the sockets as some of it was part of the extension and the builders had shallow backboxes which didn't leave a lot of room to work, combined with the stiff solid core cabling, I really didn't want to risk them popping back out when I screwed it down.

Ok, if you're just sending internet browsing traffic round the house, this is probably perfect and if you want a flush solution rather than a plug-in one. But for gaming and other latency sensitive things, repeaters just don't work as well.
plewis0004/11/2019 11:54

Yeah, the garage is a pain! Fortunately I can get a moderate signal there …Yeah, the garage is a pain! Fortunately I can get a moderate signal there with a mesh point on the edge of the house but it's an old build with brick interior walls (good for many reasons but bad for wireless!). I took my time with the sockets as some of it was part of the extension and the builders had shallow backboxes which didn't leave a lot of room to work, combined with the stiff solid core cabling, I really didn't want to risk them popping back out when I screwed it down.Ok, if you're just sending internet browsing traffic round the house, this is probably perfect and if you want a flush solution rather than a plug-in one. But for gaming and other latency sensitive things, repeaters just don't work as well.


Yeah my house is a new build they classed as but has brick outer and breeze block inner lol annoying for signals. I hate shallow back boxes, the 4 I changed was because of those
Yeah forgot to mention gaming actually! That's a good point!
I always suggest plugging in for gaming! For my the garage is mostly just vids or music as im turning some of it into a man cave sorta thing
welshknight04/11/2019 10:54

It picks up your existing wifi, so there is no point installing this where …It picks up your existing wifi, so there is no point installing this where you don't have wifi, it needs to be WITHIN the current wifi network in the direction of where you want to extend to. Think of your access point as transmitting to a circle, put this in towards the edge of the circle and it will transmit a new circle centring on it. Having said that the retransmission from within a wall is rather poor in comparison to the original in most cases and will likely do as much in adding noise and slowing things down as it will in increasing range. In most situations it's better to cable a new access point or use a mesh network solution.


Not only is it in a wall, the back of it is shielded against wifi signals by the metal box for the socket.
melted04/11/2019 12:25

Not only is it in a wall, the back of it is shielded against wifi signals …Not only is it in a wall, the back of it is shielded against wifi signals by the metal box for the socket.


Only metal box sockets if its near outer wall or a full brick house, if in new building would be plastic backboxes
JamesDougal04/11/2019 12:29

Only metal box sockets if its near outer wall or a full brick house, if in …Only metal box sockets if its near outer wall or a full brick house, if in new building would be plastic backboxes


If your walls aren't solid brick/breeze block construction, it would be a relatively easy job to install cat5e, with Ethernet wall sockets, rather than use vastly inferior wifi and repeaters and you may be able to do so without any redecorating.
Edited by: "melted" 4th Nov
melted04/11/2019 13:02

If your walls aren't solid brick/breeze block construction, it would be a …If your walls aren't solid brick/breeze block construction, it would be a relatively easy job to install cat5e, with Ethernet wall sockets, rather than use vastly inferior wifi and repeaters and you may be able to do so without any redecorating.


Most people wont want to pull it apart for internet though. They was the easier option
JamesDougal04/11/2019 07:42

Your local Aldi, search about locals but last few days I've not went into …Your local Aldi, search about locals but last few days I've not went into a Aldi without loads of them.



So these are in store only then by the sounds of it, as the link shows them as full price.
What would be better the item from Aldi or this which is £15 on Amazon - TP-LINK
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TP-Link TL-WA850RE N300 Universal Range Extender
Great idea but shoddy execution, 2.4ghz and not mesh.
picked one up yesterday and put it into my garage and it has certainly improved my connection in there:)
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