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    Product Rating

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    Reliability

    Easy to Use

    Price

    Durability

    Total Rating

    80 %

     

    The TP-Link AC1750 range extender is a discreet repeater that’s easy to set up and use. But is it worth buying? I had heard so many great things about this model from friends and co-workers, so I knew that I had to give it a try.

    While there are many features that I like with the TP Link WiFi range extender, there are some things that I don’t like. I’m going to share my experience and explain why I would recommend a different extender instead.

    TP Link WiFi Extender Features and Specs

    • Up to 2,000 square foot coverage
    • Connect up to 32 devices
    • Compatible with all routers and gateways
    • Wireless-AC technology
    • Gigabit Ethernet port
    • Easy app set-up and management

    My TP-Link WiFi Extender Review


    The TP-Link AC1750 is a WiFi network repeater that’s so easy to setup and use. That was the first thing that I liked about this extender. Some models are complicated to get up and running, but this one was simple and straightforward.

    Here’s how the setup process works:

    1. Download the TP-Link Tether app.
    2. Power up your extender.
    3. Connect to the RE450 WiFi network.
    4. Launch the app, and follow the instructions for setup.

    The app makes it easy to set up this extender. You don’t have to use a web browser or go through complicated steps to get it working. It’s certainly a lot easier than changing your IP address.

    What I recommend doing is setting up the extender in the same room as your router, and then relocating it to another spot in your house.

    Finding the Right Location


    One of the most complicated parts of setting up a WiFi extender is finding the right location. The TP Link RE450 helps you find the ideal location for your repeater. Around the power button is a ring of light. If the light is blue, the connection is good. If the light is red, the connection is bad.

    I like this feature because it can potentially save you time. But I’ll admit that I had a hard time finding a good location for this extender. It doesn’t help that I have a home with thick walls and floors. It took me a while, but I finally found a spot with a good connection.

    Now, the AC1750 claims to offer a range extension of 2,000 square feet, and I’d say that’s fairly accurate. It eliminated the dead zones in my house, although I will admit that the rooms farthest from the extender still had a slower connection.

    Oh, did I mention that you can connect up to 32 devices with this extender? That’s pretty impressive, but I can’t say that I put this to the test. I know that if we have five devices streaming at the same time, the connection gets a little bogged down. If you’re just doing simple browsing or using social media, it shouldn’t be a problem to connect dozens of devices.

    Wired Connections


    Like other extenders, the TP Link AC1750 WiFi range extender RE450 does have a Gigabit Ethernet port, so you can connect devices directly. This model has an Access Point mode that allows you to connect the extender directly to any Ethernet port to act as a WiFi hotspot.

    While I like this feature, I personally never use it. And I’m willing to bet that a lot of you won’t use it either.

    Three Antennas


    Most extenders have two antennas, and you can usually adjust their positioning. But the AC1750 has three antennas. It also features wireless-AC technology for lightning-fast connections that reach the dead zones in your house.

    The three antennas should extend your range to all areas of the house, so you can eliminate dead zones for good.

    Longevity


    How long does this extender last? That was my first question when I started using it. It was so easy to setup, and everything was working perfectly fine. Surely, there has to be a catch, right?

    Unfortunately, my instincts were right. And other people have had similar experiences.

    After a few weeks of use, the connection starts failing. I had to continually reset the extender’s connection throughout the day. It was frustrating to say the least.

    Other people had similar problems, but it doesn’t seem to be a common problem. In other words, I just got unlucky with the extender I wound up with. The AC1750 is an electronic device and it’s mass produced, so you’re bound to get a few that are faulty.

    But it’s still something to keep in mind. This extender may work for years without any issues, or you could get unlucky and wind up with one that stops working after just a few months. The good news? This extender is backed by a 2-year warranty.

    What About Customer Service?


    Unfortunately, WiFi extenders can be tricky to setup and use. Even when they have an easy setup, there’s always a risk that something could go wrong and cause the device to stop working properly. If this should happen, you want to know that you can rely on the company’s customer support to be helpful.

    While I have not personally contacted TP-Link’s customer support, other reviewers have, and their experience wasn’t a positive one. It’s hard to get a hold of anyone either on the phone or through email. Even when you do get a hold of someone, apparently, they are not all that helpful. Again, I don’t have personal experience with their customer support, but several people have made similar comments.

    Pros

    • Quick and easy setup
    • Three antennas
    • Gigabit Ethernet port
    • Wireless-AC technology
    • 2,000 square feet of coverage

    Cons

    • Connection can be fickle
    • Customer support isn’t great

    Verdict


    Rating: 80%

    The TP-Link AC1750 is a WiFi extender that’s easy to setup, discreet and comes equipped with advanced features. But because of the fickle connection issues and poor customer support, I would say that there are better extenders out there, like Trifiboost.

    Is it the worst extender out there? No. If you want a discreet booster that offers a decent range, three antennas and a Gigabit Ethernet port, the TP Link RE450 AC1750 is still a good option.


    September 7, 2020

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