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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

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


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10 of 31 Reviews

  • Pretty poor

    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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  • It's a piece of shit

    Does not work properly just a waste of money and time

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  • Useless

    After 2 hours, I finally got it to work, only for the signal to then drop within an hour. The IP address doesn't seem to exist as the page constantly fails to load, and it only initially connected by some odd piece of luck as since then the signal is non-existent. Apple devices don't seem to pick it up at all, yet the description says 'UNIVERSAL'. The laptop is right next to the Wi Fi repeater, which is plugged into the Router via the RJ45 connector lead. 2 days since the initial connection and I still can't find the signal so all-in-all, it's useless. May as well use it as a doorstop. Also, what's the point of the WPS button if it doesn't work with a Sky Hub which has a WPS button?! Would take it back but can't find the receipt.

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  • It works!!!..for about 6 weeks

    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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  • Network Configuration limitation for wired access

    This device works fine if you use it as an= wireless extender but if you want to use it as an access point be careful as the wired network configuration has serious limitations. If you have a non standard IP configuration as I do you cannot configure it correctly as it does not allow input of the subnet mask. For those that know this device uses a default subnet mask of which cannot be changed. This is not apparent in any reviews or documentation until you need to configure it. For what I needed completely useless.

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  • Easy and Quick

    A little perturbed by other reviews - but followed instructions to set up as a repeater. Took less than 5 minutes and works perfectly well. No extended testing yet, but it just does what it is meant to. All you have to do is to connect to it from a web browser within range of your main router, select the SSID and password of your main router, and it configures itself. Now that is not hard!

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  • not bad once i got it working!!

    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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  • Inconsistent and impossible to configure

    This worked for a day, then interfered with the rest of our wireless network. I reset it and reconfigured it but it didn't work at all. The instructions refer to configuration screens that are different to the actual screens. I bought this on the strength of other reviews but somehow I must have bought a dodgy one. It's going in the bin.

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  • Great Device - worth a purchase.

    I bought one of these whilst it was on offer a few weeks ago, to help extend my wifi to the back of my house and garden, where signal was poor. Even though I struggled to get it working with my old Sky/Netgear "G model" router in "repeater mode". But by using a spare TLink AV200 power supply network unit (also purchased from Maplin). I have got this device working in "AP mode". Now I'm getting better wifi signal than with my original Sky router provides, on iPad, iTouch, Smart TV's and Laptops and now even out into the garden. I'm exceptionally happy with this device.

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  • Great - once it gets going

    I needed to extend our wifi range to the rear of our old house (thick walls etc) and this extender appears to fit the bill well. The only real gripe I have - and bear in mind I have limited knowledge of networking and it's phraseology - is that I cannot for the life of me log on to it's (default) IP address. However... I eventually stopped searching forums and just plugged the damn thing in - just for fun I pressed the WPS button on our BT4 router, ran to the extender and pressed its WPS button and after a short burst of flashing lights... bingo, we had lift off. I then tested the area with a tablet and iPhone, found the network named BTHUB****_VAP and connected using our normal password. So, in a nutshell - plug it in, press the WPS buttons on you router and extender then search for the network named *_VAP and Robert's your father's brother. The unit itself is very neat and can be plugged into a socket in "portrait" or "landscape" layout. The network in to house has not been extended way beyond the router range and will play BBC iPlayer programmes without problem... haven't tried streaming stuff as I don't know how to do it... yet. Have fun - I know I did :-)

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5 of 5 Questions

  • 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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