Today I’m reviewing a relative newcomer to the scene. I was given a Wireless Repeater from USPEED to try and I have to say I’m quite impressed.
Sure it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of some other (much more expensive) devices, or a big brand name behind it, but what it does have, is a very reasonable price point and performance that matches, if not betters, some big name devices I have tested.
It Supports WLAN 802.11n (Draft 2.0) and is downward compatible with 802.11g/b 2.4GHz networks. It supports WPA, WPA2 and WEP Security (64/128bit) protocols.
The USPEED WiFi Extender is a compact device and I like the look of it. When plugged into a wall socket it looks really stylish. It features an Ethernet port on one side, which you can use to set it up initially (you can use wireless too) or to connect to a wired device close by. On the front are 3 LED indicators, one for power, one wireless activity and one for Ethernet activity.
There’s an area of my house, which gets less than ideal signal so I chose to install the repeater in a location which was at approximately the mid way point between my current wireless router and that poor signal area. This is one thing I should mention. Whilst the user guide to great and has very clear step-by-step instructions to get you configured and ready to go, what it is missing is some guidance on choosing an appropriate location for the device.
I do worry that some people will install it in the actual location that has the poor signal and expect to see better performance. Whilst they will receive a better signal because they are connecting directly to the repeater, the signal between the repeater and the router will be less than ideal and therefore they will see performance issues.
Apart from this, I was able to set it up in less than 5 minutes and was ready to test it out.
This repeater can be operated in two different modes. Firstly there’s Wireless Repeater mode, which is what I was using. Secondly, there’s Access Point mode. Access Point mode allows you to use the repeater as a Wireless Access Point. This would be useful if you didn’t currently have a wireless network as you can simply plug the repeater into your Internet router via Ethernet.
I used the repeater for about one week and I found performance to be great. I had no issues browsing the web, checking emails, streaming some videos and basically performing all the same tasks I would normally perform closer to the router. The other cool thing was that my Apple TV was located close enough to the repeater to plug in via Ethernet and I found that it performed much better this way instead of via it’s internal wireless that I was using before.
I could go into intimate details of performance and even benchmark against other devices, but I really don’t see the point. For the average home user I feel that this is a bargain and it does exactly what it claims, it extends your wireless network signal. A great buy at a great price!