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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

TL-WR702N 150Mbps Wireless N Nano Router

First you will be amazed at the size of this thing. (see photo)   Then you will be dismayed at how cumbersome the installation was.  It did install and I have it working as a repeater.  Once it was configured it worked just fine.   The instructions with the unit it were for all intents useless.   The mini-CD held the manual.   Here is where cumbersome begins.   It teases you with an overview of all the things it can do first.  BTW when it says quick installation guide, their definition of quick is way different than mine.  

Auto id did not work on a Vista or an XP machine.  I do not experiment with new products on my Win7 machine.   After being bounced hither and thither throughout the manual I was eventually able to manually configure the unit to be a repeater.   In all fairness, once you got to the right place and were able to see the &%$^#^ thing it was pretty straight forward. 

I plugged it in at a far point from my wireless router and saw double the signal strength.  I have a meter ap on my phone and before plugging in the Nano and after plugging it in was dramatic.   In fact the signal strength was now the same in the far corner of the house as it is in the same room with the wireless router.  Pretty impressive considering how inexpensive this is. ($24 on Amazon)

Budget 2 hours for installation and you will be fine.  It will speed you up if you have the mac address, SSID, the type of security you are using and the pass code before you start.  This way there will be no spelunking under your desk to look at the router when you can find the paper you recorded said info on when you installed it.  

Also you will have less difficulty if you don’t have the level of crap on your network that I have so bear that in mind when you install this in 15 minutes.  I’m not stupid but at times I make my own life complicated.

This is a pretty cool piece of tech and so far my only complaint is truly abysmal documentation.  

If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

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