When I first saw the MSRM WiFi extender, I was pretty skeptical that it would work as well as my favorite WiFi repeater: Super Boost WiFi. And for the most part, I was right to be skeptical.
MSRM does have some good features, and many people enjoy this booster. I just feel that there are better options out there and other extenders that have a more consistent performance.
Still, I feel that this extender deserves a thorough review so that you can judge its quality for yourself.
MSRM Range Extender Features and Specs
- 2 external antennas
- WPA/WPA2 encryption
- Speeds up to 300Mbps
- 175 square meters coverage area
- 4Ghz band
- Dimensions: 6.7” x 3.5” x 2”
- Weight: 7.2 ounces
My MSRM WiFi Extender Review
The MSRM extender has a sleek design, and it easily plugs into any outlet in your home. It’s not as discreet as other boosters, but it isn’t an eyesore. There are two antennas (one on each side of the unit) that help boost your signal range.
The front of the unit has three indicator lights: power, network and WiFi. There’s also a single LAN/WAN port at the bottom of the unit, and a WPS/Reset button next to it.
The design is very simple, and this model doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles that you’ll find with other WiFi extenders.
MSRM says that it can boost your speed up to 300Mbps, and it will extend your network to allow more devices to stay online.
It will extend your network (as long as you set it up properly), and you should notice speed improvements, particularly in old “dead zones.”
Setup is simple and quick.
- Press and hold the WPS button on the extender for 6 seconds.
- Within 2 minutes, press and hold the WPS button on your router for 2 seconds.
This should pair the two devices so that you can start extending your network.
Now, getting your devices to connect is a bit more complicated, but I’ll explain:
- Open any working web browser, and type 192.168.10.1 in the address bar.
- This should open the admin page. Enter “admin” for the username and “admin” for the password.
- Choose “Repeater” mode.
- Choose the SSID of your WiFi network, and enter your network’s password.
- Choose “Connect,” and your setting should be successfully saved.
Some people have issues with installation, and that’s part of the reason why this isn’t my favorite WiFi extender out there.
Still, MSRM’s booster does what it’s supposed to do, and if you have any technical knowledge or experience with boosters, you shouldn’t have a problem with installation.
Also, this extender is backed by a 12-month warranty.
The Benefits of This WiFi Extender
MSRM’s WiFi booster has a nice, sleek design that I really like. Some other extenders have bulky, outdated looks. Not that looks are really important, but it’s something that many people consider.
Setup is simple if you have some tech knowledge or experience with a WiFi booster.
The unit has two antennas that can be adjusted to improve your signal strength. You can also choose between Repeater Mode, AP Mode and Router Mode. Plus, there’s a LAN/WAN port at the bottom for wired devices.
The indicator lights let you know that you’re powered up and connected to the network/WiFi.
This is a very simple WiFi booster with minimal features, and that’s great for people who want to take a minimalistic approach or who aren’t tech savvy.
What Could Have Been Better
While this WiFi extender offers many great benefits, there are some things that I don’t like about it.
For starters, it’s missing some features that come standard with most extenders and can be really beneficial. There’s only one LAN/WAN port, which limits your ability to connect wired devices.
Also, this unit does not have an LED signal strength indicator. I was really disappointed about this because this is a feature that can save you a lot of time. It lets you know whether you have a strong signal without having to test it out on each individual device. Not having this feature could increase your setup time dramatically.
And it can also lead you to believe that this repeater doesn’t work. If you happen to plug it into an area that’s a complete dead zone, you won’t get a signal and won’t be able to extend your network. You may have to plug it into three or four different places to find a location that works well for your network.
It would have been very easy to add this feature, and I think omitting it only does this product a disservice.
Another issue with this product is that it’s regularly sold out. That can make it hard to get your hands on one of these extenders, or you may have to pay a higher price to a third party on Amazon’s marketplace.
I really wanted to like this WiFi extender. It has a lot of promising features, and I like the design. But it’s missing a lot of the features that I love and expect from other boosters.
I can’t check the signal strength on the unit itself, and there’s only one LAN/WAN port.
Installation can be tricky for some people. Difficult installation coupled with the fact that you can’t check the signal strength on the device leads some people to throw up their hands and give up on this booster. It does work, but for some people, getting it to work takes a little extra patience and persistence.
I can’t recommend this product over Super Boost WiFi – it’s just not comparable. But if you can get your hands on one of these devices and you really like its design, I would say that it will give the signal extension you want if you’re willing to be persistent about setting it up.