If you have a modest Internet connection and want to quickly extend it further to that far corner, TP-Link has a new quick fix. The networking vendor released today the RE220 Wi-Fi Range Extender that you can get for just $29.99.
Considering the price, this is clearly an entry-level extender designed for those with minimum Wi-Fi needs. Indeed, the extender features single-stream (1×1) Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and has top speeds of just 433Mbps and 300Mbps on the 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands, respectively.
|Design||Wall plug (US)|
|Standards and Protocols||IEEE802.11ac,IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b|
|Network port||1 x 10/100M Ethernet Port (RJ45)|
|Button||RE (Range Extender) Button, Reset Button|
|Power Consumption||About 6.5W|
|Dimensions ( W x D x H )||4.3x 2.6 x 3.0in. (110.0 x 65.8 x 75.2mm)|
|Antenna||3 x internal|
|Wi-Fi speeds||5Ghz: up to 433Mbps, 2.4GHz: up to 300Mbps|
|Transmit Power||< 20 dBm (EIRP)|
|Wireless Modes||Range Extender|
|Wireless Functions||WMM (Wi-Fi Multimedia)|
|Wireless Security||64/128/152-bit WEP, WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK|
This means in real-world, you should expect the net speeds of just about a third of those. So the RE220 is clearly not earth-shattering fast but considering home broadband connections average just around 50Mbps, it can still deliver the Internet in full in most cases.
TP-Link says the RE220 features Adaptive Path Selection (APS) which helps keep the connection between itself and the existing router stable. It also has a network port to host a wired device. It only works as an extender and not an access point, however.
What’s more, the extender also uses TP-Link cloud-based support. This means you can remotely manage it via an account with TP-Link, using the Tether app, which can also be used to set up the extender. It’s always cool to remotely manage your network, but doing so via an account with the vendor could also translate into some privacy risks.
If this seems like what you’ve been looking for, the RE220 Wi-Fi Range Extender is available for purchase now.