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Maplin 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender

Code: A24LF

3.4  out of 5 based on 31 reviews
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  • Extend the range of your Wi-Fi network
  • Simple and compact plug-in design
  • Includes wired RJ45 Ethernet port

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Maplin 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender

• Extend the range of your Wi-Fi network
• Simple and compact plug-in design
• Includes wired RJ45 Ethernet port
• Upgraded version includes WPS button
• Improves the quality of the wireless signal in your home
• Increases your wireless speed when you are far from the router
• Reduces the number of "dead spots" in your home
• Compatible with all 2.4 GHz wireless networks at 300 Mbps or below
• WEP, WPA and WPA2 wireless security compatibility
• 2 x 2 dBi fixed antennae
• Automatic wireless channel selection
• Can be used as either a repeater or a wireless access point

Standards IEEE 802.11n (Dratft 2.0)
IEEE 802.11g
IEEE 802.11b
Wireless signal rates with
with automatic fallback: 11n: Up to 300 Mbps (dynamic)
11g: Up to 54 Mbps (dynamic)
11g: Up to 11 Mbps (dynamic)
Frequency range: 2.4-2.4835 GHz
Wireless transmit power: 14 ~ 17 dBm (typical)
Modulation technology: DBPSK, DQPSK, CCK, OFDM, 16-QAM, 64-QAM
Receiver sensitivity: 270M: -68 dBm @ 10% PER
130M: -68 dBm @ 10% PER
108M: -68 dBm @ 10% PER
54M: -68 dBm @ 10% PER
11M: -68 dBm @ 10% PER
6M: -68 dBm @ 10% PER
1M: -68 dBm @ 10% PER
Antennae: 2 x 2 dBi ceramic chip antennae
Voltage: 100 V- to 240 AC
Operating temperature: 0° to 40°C (32° to 104°F)
Storage temperature: -40 to +70°C (-40° to 158°F)
Relative humidity: 10 to 90%, non condensation


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10 of 31 Reviews

  • Excellent!

    My router is down stairs at the back of the house and i use this upstairs at the front of the house. Once you have set it up like a previous review says its gives me full four bar internet connection can't fault it. Just remember you don't just plug it in you do have to connect your wireless gadget to the repeater with the codes/passwords on the leaflet for 100% internet

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  • brill product it works well

    ok this does work
    the thing is that when you are setting it up and connecting and you find the wifi repeater in your network connections then connect to that and disconnect from you local network
    then open browser which may take a min or so to load properly as it in not connected to the internet then type in address bar then the set up page will then load and then you type in your network key etc and hey bobs your uncle

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  • Love it or loath it, not much between!

    OK - position declared, I'm somewhat illiterate when it comes to computers. From the reviews it would seem that either the thing works perfectly (love it) or it doesn't (loathe it).

    Sadly I'm in the latter camp. Instructions assume you understand terminology (plus the grammar is poor in places doesn't help - note to Maplins, surely you'd want to proof read these things first). Instructions very unclear on how to get started, and while I did partially get somewhere (quite by accident rather than following the instructions) I eventually gave up and took it back for a refund. However very helpful staff in New Malden spent some time explaining things, so I thought I'd try again.

    Still no good - get set up, see the extender on phones etc, try and connect - no go. Hopeless. Spent over three hours trying to figure it out, given up. Now it's back in the pack and going back to Maplins for a refund. It may or may not be a duff one of course - no way of telling (although I freely admit it may be the operator that's duff!)

    So, it's difficult to say if it's a good item or not... if either you're lucky enough that it works first time, or you're PC savvy, then I guess you'll love it. If not, like me, you'll end up screaming!!!

    Gave it two stars - seems unfair to rate zero especially after staff tried to be so helpful.

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  • This works intermittently but only at the speed of an old dial up modem. I am very experienced working with networks and can't recommend this. Really poor product, I should have returned it but haven't been back to Maplin's since - losing confidence in their stuff.

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  • Does not work properly just a waste of money and time

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  • Only had this a couple of days so cannot comment on its longevity but so far this is a very impressive device, particularly for the price (I paid. I bought it hoping to extend wireless reach to a log cabin office in my garden. Power line network plugs had worked but kept cutting out intermittently so I gave this a try. The cabin received a very weak signal from my BT hub 4 in the house before which was slow and kept dropping out. I simply plugged this in inside the cabin as close to house as possible and it worked first time. Picking up and repeating the weak signal from the Home hub I am getting download speeds of about 5mbs and a strong signal in the cabin and much of my quite large garden. Inside the house I get about 6.5mbs at best, so very impressed. Would probably work even better if I placed it inside the house at the rear of the house but this is good enough. Set up took just a few minutes. Worked first time without the need for connecting to a PC . The ability to connect a non-wireless device to the Ethernet port is very useful and works well with a VOIP telephone. The only niggle is, as others have noted, that you cannot access the setup page, after the initial setup, without a wired connection but very minor problem . Highly recommended. Just need to try to get my money back on the more expensive power line adaptors now!

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  • Had this device long enough to throw away the receipt and after working perfectly for maybe two months, it has pretty much died. It completely forgot it's SSID and became something like RDK 11n AP then stopped broadcasting wirelessly altogether. It won't reset using the button, won't bind using WPS, you cant connect to the config page wirelessly or via ethernet. It's just a LUMP OF WHITE PLASTIC with a couple of flashing LED's. I'll be taking it back tomorrow for a replacement. And if that doesn't work for a year, I want a refund

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  • I'd been using a Belkin wifi router as an extender for months but had drop out issues so bought this instead. Set up easy once I logged onto my PC as administrator, then flew through the process and all working fine.

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  • I followed the instructions, but it wouldnt connect to the . The problem is that its not been setup in the device. I had to plug in the device, then go into the network settings, find this wifi-repeater, properties, advanced and look for network IP - it is blank! Put in the above IP address, save. And hey presto, can connect to the page. After that i set it up as a repeater, but had alot of problems as I actually needed to set it up as an access point (AP) - know i know what that means!!! Got it working, the signal is strong enough to cover a large room and into the landing and next room slightly weaker. If you have quite a weak signal where you plug it in as a repeater, then its still not brilliant afterwards. But if you have a LAN connection to plug it into as an access point then its great.

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  • It is meant to be a "use straight out of the box" type thing, which means that the instructions are extremely limited - connect your PC to it with a cable, point a web browser at its static, fixed IP address, click on the mode you want "Repeater"; and enter 2 pieces of data - SSID name and security password. That is it. Unfortunately when it does not work there are no further instructions whatsoever, no web site to go to, and no troubleshooting information from the device itself. What you see in your web browser is the configuration - Repeater mode, your SSID name, and - and that is it. Nothing else. So how are you meant to troubleshoot this? How can you prove whether it has connected to your main router or not? What about other networking issues such as DHCP, DNS, Gateways, etc. None of these are mentioned anywhere. All of which are relevant when configuring networks. Maybe it defaults these, maybe it does no;t. I don't know either way.

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10 of 10 Questions

  • Paul said:

    How far from the unit can I expect to get a signal?

    Wifi signals in an open space can travel up to 50m. It will be less through walls.

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  • ann beach said:

    How do I configure or link the extender with my router?

    I've emailed you and attached the manual showing what to do. In a nut shell, you connect to your router directly - on a computer enter the devices IP address this will give you a GUI to the extenders firmware - Select the function you want the extender to perform - Save, unplug from router and place where you need it.

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  • Ed Passant said:

    Can these plug in extenders be used in Europe utilising a UK to Europe travel plug adaptor

    Yes the product will work just the same.

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  • John Allan said:

    I have a huawei 5372 mobile broadband which does not have any physical connection port. Will this wirelessly pick up that output signal and extend it? Can I have more that one unit to extend to cover a wider area? If this unit does not do that what other types do you have that will create a wider wifi network please? Thank you

    No the product does support this as it needs to be connected during setup. If you mobile router has a WPS button you could instead use the following:

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  • Nan said:

    Is this what I need to connect my TV box to my broadband?

    It could be used like that, you would be better using the following:

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  • Ken said:

    Where do i go to get or check for a Firmware upgrade.?

    on the Winstars website downloads section, the model number for this unit is WS-WN518W2

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  • B.eveleigh said:

    will this product work even if I am using TP link Power line adapters ,

    yes the product will support this.

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  • Ron Nixon said:

    Will this product work well with a Virgin Media Hub?

    Yes, this will work with any internet provider.

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  • Alex Sinclair said:

    is the Ethernet port in or out - can I use it to pick up my mobile hotspot and then plug the Ethernet in to something that does not have wifi

    I am pleased to advise the product you mentioned will do exactly what you require, as the ethernet is a output.

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  • Andy said:

    Can this be used to extend BT Home hub 3 coverage ? Thanks

    I am pleased to advise the product you mentioned will do exactly what you require.

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