Top positive review
This works but has its limitation.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 20, 2020
I had a WIFI dead spot at the front part of my condo that I did not even know. I did not know this as I am always connected since my cell phone and Pad have 4G connection. I am on 4G connection while at the front part of the condo. There was no signal in my guest room but since I seldom have guest staying, I was not aware of this. Recently a friend of mine mentioned that I have a dead WIFI zone. I checked it out and sure enough, he is right.
I had a similar issue with my house which I solved with installing a Google WIFI system. It works perfect. A 3-Pack covers a multi stories 6000 sq. feet house. I have 227 Mbps download all over. I have about 220-230 Mbps in my condo. Both internet provider is Spectrum (Different cities). Since my Linksys WIFI router in the condo is doing fine, I rather not spend $300 to get the newer Google Nest WIFI. Spending $30 to extend my WIFI is a no brainer option, so I thought.
Here is the issue. This device while named as an Extender is not an extender. It does not act like a mesh system. This device has its own connecting ID. That means your device would not automatically connects to it unless you change the WIFI connection. So, having a consistent WIFI signal while walking around the condo is not what this device can do. It does solve my issue for my guest though. I can now let them connect to this ‘Extender’ instead of my regular WIFI. At $30 this is a cheap solution.
There are other issues with this device. When connecting to it, the WIFI speed drops to about 140 Mbps when being close to it. It would drop to 70-80 Mbps in my front part of the condo. This is acceptable as the speed is still fast enough where I was not getting any signal before.
If you are still with me after reading so much. Here is a pointer. Do not use 2.4 GHZ unless your device does not have 5 GHZ connection. Set the Host Network using 5 GHZ and also use 5 GHZ for your clients’ connections. The reason is using 2.4 GHZ would drop the WIFI speed down to 20-30 Mbps (in my case, your mileage might vary).
If you are installing a new WIFI system or upgrading. I suggested that you go with a mesh system. This WIFI Extender does not really extend. It provides another connection point with a different ID.
Whether this device would work for you depends on your need. It is not an ideal solution for me but it would do.
BTW. The setup was quite easy and fast. I did spend more time on this as I was playing with all the settings and connecting with my varies devices. If you have one, save some time and just use the 5 GHZ connections.