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Maplin 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender

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3  out of 5 based on 37 reviews
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  • Extend the range of your Wi-Fi network
  • Simple and compact plug-in design
  • Includes wired RJ45 Ethernet port

Product details

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

Reviews

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  • Poor product

    Keeps crashing. The most frustrating I have ever bought. Am takinging it back tomorrow.

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  • BUY CHEAP, BUY TWICE

    Easy to set up, unfortunately it crashes, loses the settings and has to be reconfigured on a weekly basis, usually requiring connection via cable, and now has a habit of refusing to save new settings (the only fix I've found is to restore from a previous backup)

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  • Doesn't work

    This device failed to work. It initially showed as a wifi network (on a mac) then as I followed the instructions, after the point of entering my current WiFi settings the device shuts down and the signal is dropped. This happened numerous times. Will be getting a refund.

    Was this review useful?  Yes No  7 0

  • Buy N38NT

    I work for Maplin and had no idea how bad this repeater was. Instructions are poor and the product was impossible to operate and since I am a Networking student, I am familiar with this sort of device and now how to set it up.

    Exchanged it for N38NT (TP Link one with a 3 year warranty), got it set up in about a minute and it works flawlessly.

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  • Poor product and dangerous.

    This product work intermittently after eventually trying to decipher the very poor instructions. In the end it was just sheer luck getting the thing going. Well I say going but it's just so slow!
    A big downfall for me is that the 3pin uk plug comes off to change in other European plugs etc. this could be easily knocked off by a child while it is plugged into the wall exposing two plates plugged straight into the mains.
    I've bean meaning to write a review on this for about a year now but just haven't got around to it. But it always seems to be 'half price' at £14.99, I've never seen it at full price so is it really worth £30? I don't think so. Is it worth £15? I'll let you decide.

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  • Don't bother, buy a tplink for the same or less

    I had one of these to extend the range out to an external building (where I could get a weak but sometimes flaky signal), unfortunately this device wouldn't pick up the router signal despite being about 20 feet away (and other devices had no problem in the same position). Changed plan, connected via cable to use as an access point, after a couple of months it lost it's SSID, can't be reset to factory and won't let me change anything though I'm able to log into it.....The only workaround I've found is to connect via cable, and (as I luckily backed up the settings), restoring them to it, but it's easier to just buy a TPLink one.

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  • 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 http://192.168.10.1 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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  • Andy S said:

    Rj45 port is output only? The description says you can use as repeater or access point. Latter, surely you can hook into Rj45 network. at distance, or outbuilding, to get access in a different zone out of range of existing wifi?

    Yes the item can be configured to be used as a access point .

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  • 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: http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/tp-link-ac750-dual-band-plug-in-range-extender-a84ra

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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: http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/belkin-dual-band-n300-universal-wireless-av-adapter-with-smart-tv-link-a88lh

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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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