Tp link’s re200 is not the fastest Wi Fi extender, but it has two great advantages over competitors: it’s cheap and doesn’t make Wi Fi worse in any of our tests. It is also compact, plugs directly into the power outlet and provides a 100 Mbps wired Ethernet port for nearby devices. Our choice of power line network is better, but if your line is older or you don’t want to spend $120, re200 is the obvious winner.

Tp link re200 evaluation: Ethernet interface, transmission speed 750

Almost all the devices we tested can improve simple throughput – connection speed – when we are running only a single laptop connected to the extender. In this test, the re200 increased throughput by 40.6 Mbps – a total of 63.6 Mbps, and only 23.0 Mbps when the test laptop is directly connected to the router. This is an impressive improvement, but compared with the larger multi stream expander, it is only medium, not to mention the mesh kit we include here for reference.

Tp link re200 is an extender that can improve the throughput of one device at a time. It does not always work well in a busy environment. In our multi client test, let’s look at how web browsers connected through extenders usually do (median) and how bad their bad moments (the worst results in the 75th, 90th, 95th and 99th percentiles) play its role.

These latency charts show how much each extender has improved or deteriorated compared to a separate Netgear r7000p router. Except for the worst extender, all other extenders can improve the worst situation in many ways; The problem is that the worst-case scenario is that only one page of every 100 you try is loaded, and most extensions make things significantly worse the rest of the time. Therefore, we limit the percentage result to 95% – the slowest page load every 20 times – to make things easier to read.

Tp link re200 evaluation: Ethernet interface, transmission speed 750

Only three extenders (and our reference grid suite) have better intermediate web page loading time than the router itself. Each test result of tp link’s re200 and tl-wpa8630p power line kit is changed beyond the previous version.

Like most extenders, the re-200 has an onboard Ethernet port, although it is only 100 Mbps, not Gigabit. When possible, it is a good idea to plug the device into the Ethernet port of the re-200 instead of using Wi Fi – if you have multiple plug-ins to plug in, you can use cheap network switches to fit them all.

When I first plugged in the re200, the re200 performed very badly because it came with older firmware. It is important to upgrade the firmware to the latest version before using network devices, thanks to performance improvements and security patches.

Re200 (like other tp link extenders) has a rough web interface and cannot provide you with finer grained control. If you have a manual, you can easily connect to it – tell you to browse to when connecting to the extender – but if you forget the URL and want to reconfigure it in the next year or two, you can. We have to hope that your router will provide the “connect device” screen like our r7000p, This allows you to find the IP address you want to find on it.

After the connection is completed, the web interface of re200 will guide you through the process of connecting it to the Wi Fi network of the underlying router. It gives you the opportunity to connect to the router in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands – but does not warn you that you may not want to connect in both bands.

Tp link re200 evaluation: Ethernet interface, transmission speed 750

If you use only one frequency band to connect the extender to the router, you can configure the other frequency band as a channel not used by the router to avoid interference. If the extender is connected to routers on two frequency bands, there is no choice but to configure them to the same channel used by the router. Routers and extenders use the same frequency band at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. All devices must directly compete with each other for talk time, making everything slower and more frustrating. The tough call is to connect the re200 to the router’s frequency band, depending on your environment and equipment. (if most of the devices connected to the router are at 5 GHz, the re200 connection to the router may use 2.4 GHz, and vice versa.)

Apart from minor shortcomings, I like this small device very much. It completes what should be done, so that I can be very smooth when I surf the Internet. Its credit is very great.

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