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Securifi Almond Review

Securifi Almond - World's 1st Touch Screen Wireless N Router + Range Extender + WiFi Bridge

My initial feeling about the Securifi Almond was that it would be a low-quality router by an unknown company – using its touchscreen gimmick to make sales. Upon further examination I realized my mistake – Securifi has put together an all-around great multi-purpose wireless device, and the touchscreen is merely a bonus. It has received a lot of positive attention – good signal quality, easy to setup and good customer service. The wireless repeater mode works very well, giving a solid boost to your network’s range. From the very beginning the touchscreen interface helps you set up the device in whichever mode you want, detects your existing wireless network and walks you through any configurations you need to make.

Securifi Almond Features:

  • b/g/n support
  • Multiple modes: Wireless Router, Wireless Access Point, Wireless Repeater and Wireless Bridge
  • Two Ethernet connectors
  • Built-in touchscreen router management panel

Pros:

  • So easy to configure, it doesn’t even ship with a manual
  • Good compatibility with other wireless brands (for repeater and bridge mode)

Cons:

  • No 5GHz support on Wireless-N

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Best Wireless Repeater 2013

Best Wireless Repeater of 2013This is a list of the five best-selling wireless repeaters for 2013. The main source is the list of bestselling repeaters on Amazon.com. Most of these devices (or very similar ones) have already been reviewed on this website, so for more detail on each entry please feel free to read the full review.

  1. Securifi Almond
  2. The Securifi Almond is an all-around great device. It’s the most expensive repeater on this list, but it adds good value for the extra cost. Firstly, it has the usual Wireless Access Point, Wireless Repeater and Wireless Bridge modes, but can also function as a stand-alone router. Even if you’re in the market for a repeater specifically, in a year or two down the road you may have to change around your network structure (due to upgrading, moving, device malfunctions and so on) – and having reliable devices that can perform multiple roles is a nice advantage.

    The unique feature the Almond has is the touchscreen, which is most likely one of the main reasons it has climbed to the #1 best seller position on amazon in both the repeater and the access point category – and stayed there. The touchscreen allows you to configure the device without ever logging into a configuration screen from a computer, and it works very well – clear steps to follow, auto-detection of existing networks and so on.
    Read full review »

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  3. TP-LINK TL-WR702N Wireless N150 Travel Router
  4. The TP-LINK TL-WR702N is possibly the ultimate travel router. The Amazon product description boasts that this device is the “smallest wireless router in the world”. It’s a multi-mode device, capable of acting as a router, repeater, bridge or access point. It’s size is 2.2″x2.2″x0.7″ – absolutely tiny. It is also very straightforward to set up. And all of that for less than US $20 at the time of this review.

    The TL-WR702N has not been reviewed by WirelessRepeaterHQ.com yet, but a full review is forthcoming.

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  5. Netgear Universal WN3000RP Wi-Fi Range Extender
  6. The NETGEAR WN3000RP is the first of several dedicated repeater devices on this list. Like the TL-WR702N repeater above, its main feature is compactness (though it’s not nearly as compact as the TL-WR702N).

    This device has not been specifically reviewed on this website – however, the very similar WN2000RPT has. The main difference between the two is that the WN3000RP is more compact and can be plugged into the wall without a cable, and it also only has one Ethernet port compared to the WN2000RPT’s four.

    For more information about the WN3000RP, take a look at the very similar WN2000RPT review.

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  7. NETGEAR WN2500RP Range Extender
  8. The NETGEAR WN2500RP is the only dual band repeater that made this list. It’s the second most expensive entry, and at about US $10 less than the Securifi Almond the trade-off is dual band support in exchange for losing all modes other than wireless repeater. That makes this device the best choice for a Wireless-N household that actually uses the 5GHz (whether exclusively or in tandem with 2.4GHz – the WN2500RP will support both situations) and needs a signal boost.

    The WN2500RP also has the handy feature of dynamical signal status LEDs, which react to signal quality in real-time, allowing you to use them as a guide to find the best possible placement for repeating the existing Wi-Fi signal. Combined with plenty of Ethernet ports and easy setup, it’s an all-around great dedicated repeater.
    Read full review »

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  9. Amped Wireless High Power Wireless-N Smart Repeater and Range Extender (SR300)
  10. The SR300 is another dedicated repeater device manufactured by Amped, a company with a big focus on high-range repeaters and antennas. Its closely related, higher-range brother, the SR10000, has been previously reviewed on this website.

    The big difference between the two devices is that the SR300 has half the range of the SR1000: 5,000 sq ft vs 10,000 sq ft for the SR10000. There is around a US $30 difference between the two devices, so the best choice really depends on how much ground the repeated signal has to cover.
    Take a look at the SR10000 review for more information about the SR300.

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Wireless Repeaters in the Hotel

Wireless Access Point ASUS WL-330N

You’ve probably been there before – your hotel has Wi-Fi access, but only in the lounge. The signal reaches your room but it’s a bit weak. Or maybe the rooms have internet access but only through an Ethernet port in the wall. That’s great but you have your laptop, your tablet and your smartphone with you, and you’d like to have the comfort of wireless internet access in your own hotel room. Well, have you thought about getting a portable wireless device?

These are small devices that tend to have wireless repeater and access point modes and can plug in directly to a wall socket. You can then set them up to either repeat an existing signal or bring along an Ethernet cable, connect to the wall socket and set it up as your own wireless access point.

Typically, the strength of the router will vary with size and price. Two robust examples of portable wireless devices are the Diamond Multimedia WR300N and the Linksys RE1000 Wireless-N Range Extender (click to read their reviews here at Wireless Repeater HQ). There are other models that focus on compactness: the ASUS WL-330N is a great such example. This device has the extra advantage of being powered via USB and is about the size of a credit card (but thicker).

Overall the right device for you will depend on what you intend to use it for. There are some like the CradlePoint CTR35 which can share 4G/3G mobile connections in addition to their access point and wireless repeater capabilities. Just make sure the device you get has all the features you think you might need and the antenna strength to pick up and extend less powerful Wi-Fi signals.

ZyXEL WAP3205 Review

Wireless Repeater ZyXEL WAP3205The ZyXEL WAP3205 is a great multifunctional wireless networking tool, usable not only as a wireless bridge, but for pretty much any configuration you could require. Its main selling points are its multiple functionality (with plenty of bonus features) and low price. With the 300Mbps transfer rate the wireless connection should be seamless, minimizing video streaming jitters, gaming lag and dropped calls.

The is a good tool for wireless networking, with many functions. The Zyxel WAP3205 can be deployed in any mode you may need for your home or business networking layout – including wireless repeater mode. Its greatest advantage is its wide variety of functions – with a few bonus features – as well as its relatively low price. Troubled about whether it can keep up with streaming video and gaming? The 300Mbps this device offers should provide you with all the throughput you might require for your high-bandwidth online needs.

Features:

  • b/g/n support
  • Five modes: Access Point, Wireless Client, Wireless Bridge, WDS Repeater and Universal Repeater
  • Wireless Security: 64/128 bit WEP, WPA/WPA2
  • LAN: Two 10/100Mbps Ethernet RJ-45 connectors with auto MDI/MDIX support
  • Two 2dBi external removable antennas
  • Multiple SSIDs for separate access levels for normal users and guests

Pros:

  • Fairly low price (list price of $50.99, but the best deal is at ZyXEL WAP3205)
  • Plenty of functionality: Access Point, Wireless Client, Wireless Bridge, WDS Repeater and Universal Repeater modes
  • Good coverage with two external antennas

Cons:

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Diamond Multimedia WR300N Review

Wireless Repeater Diamond Multimedia WR300NThe Diamond Multimedia WR300N is a highly popular multi-mode wireless device. While it appears to be marketed mainly as a repeater/extender-type device, it also has bridge and normal access point modes. Like the Linksys RE1000, it’s small and can be plugged into a wall socket directly, keeping it from crowding desk space. This also makes it a great travel device; in a hotel room with an ethernet port, for example, this device can quickly setup a wireless network for the whole room.

Diamond Multimedia WR300N Features:

  • b/g/n support
  • Modes: Wireless Repeater (Range Extender), Wireless Access Point and Wireless Bridge Device
  • LAN: 1 10/100 MBps Ethernet connector

Pros:

  • Easy to setup and configure
  • Extremely portable and easy to deploy
  • Reasonable price (USD $59.99 list price, best price at amazon)
  • Good range, especially considering its small size

Cons:

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Apple Airport Extreme (5th Gen) Review

Wireless Repeater Apple Airport Extreme (5th Gen)The Apple Airport Extreme 802.11N (5TH GEN) is Apple’s flagship multi-functional wireless device. It can be used as a router, wireless access point or wireless repeater. This is the newest model, with dual-band Wireless-N support as well as full backwards compatibility. Happily, this device is compatible with both PCs and Macs, featuring software for PCs to install and manage the device. It has guest networking features that allow guests to have internet access but restricts them from other parts of the network. An often-asked question about this device is whether it can be setup as a repeater – it certainly can, you only need choose that mode during configuration. However, it will only work as a repeater if the main router is another Apple Airport device.

Wireless Repeater Apple Airport Extreme Features:

  • a/b/g/n support
  • Multiple modes: Wireless Router, Wireless Access Point and Wireless Repeater
  • Three Gigabit Ethernet connectors
  • USB port
  • Guest networking capabilities

Pros:

  • Very easy to configure – particularly for a Mac
  • Supports both Macs and PCs
  • Dual-band support

Cons:

  • Slightly more cumbersome than other devices to setup on Windows and more expensive – a PC-only household may be better off buying a different brand

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NETGEAR WN2000RPT Range Extender Review

Wireless Repeater NETGEAR WN2000RPT Range ExtenderThe NETGEAR WN2000RPT Range Extender is a very standard, high-quality dedicated repeater device. It has all the compatibility and features a decent wireless repeater should have – full compatibility spectrum, extra ethernet ports, security standards support. A fascinating uncommon feature this device has are status LEDs that help determine optimal positioning. These LEDs give real-time link-rate information allowing to set up the repeater in the best location possible for your devices.

NETGEAR WN2000RPT Range Extender Features:

  • b/g/n support
  • Status LEDs for ideal positioning
  • LAN: 4 Ethernet ports
  • On/Off Switch for energy conservation

Pros:

  • Easy setup with a simple push-button procedure for adding new devices
  • Plenty of Ethernet ports
  • Status LEDs help you find the ideal placement for the devices

Cons:

  • There are some reports of intermittent signal losses – a firmware update after setting up the device seems to help
  • The range is not as much as it could be, especially in the generally range-impaired 5GHz band

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Hawking HOW2R1 Smart Repeater Review

Wireless Repeater Hawking HOW2R1 Smart

The Hawking HOW2R1 Hi-Gain Outdoor Wireless-300N Dual Radio Smart Repeater is a repeater/bridge device specifically designed for outdoor usage. To that end, it has a sturdy waterproof casing and comes with a waterproofing kit for the Ethernet jack. Its main point of interest (and the main reason for its relatively high price) is its “smart repeater” function: it has separate, high-gain antennae for receiving and for broadcasting. It has a quoted maximum range of 1000 feet.

While compatible with Wireless B/G/N, it unfortunately only supports the 2.4GHz band. It should definitely be a good choice for anyone needing to extend their signal outdoors (into the backyard, or another building, perhaps). Of course it could also be used indoors, however in that case a device designed for indoor use would most likely offer the same features for a lower price.

Hawking HOW2R1 Features:

  • b/g/n support – no dual band
  • Heavy-duty, outdoor-ready design
  • LAN: 1 Ethernet port
  • 1 antenna dedicated to receiving Wi-Fi signals and another for transmitting them

Pros:

  • High range (at the high end of the spectrum for repeaters)
  • Can be wall- or pole-mounted for convenience and durability
  • Easy three-step setup

Cons:

  • High price (in the $200 range) – see amazon.com. The less expensive Amped SR600EX might be a good alternative for an outdoor repeater.
  • Some customers report somewhat counter-intuitive setup procedures

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NETGEAR WN2500RP Range Extender Review

Wireless Repeater NETGEAR WN2500RP Range ExtenderThe NETGEAR WN2500RP Universal Dual Band WiFi Range Extender is another dedicated wireless repeating device. It’s on the higher end of the spectrum, offering dual band support and dynamic LED indicators to help find the best location. It’s the higher-end wireless repeater on a line of three NETGEAR has – the others being the WN2000RPT (see the review here) and the WN3000RP.

NETGEAR WN2500RP Range Extender Features:

  • a/b/g/n support – dual band
  • Status LEDs for ideal positioning
  • LAN: 4 Ethernet ports
  • On/Off Switch for energy conservation

Pros:

  • Easy to setup with a button that can be pressed to add new devices
  • Plenty of Ethernet ports
  • Dynamic signal status LEDs help find the best placement
  • Quite inexpensive for its features – best price at amazon

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Amped SR10000 Review


Wireless Repeater Amped SR10000
The Amped SR10000 is a high-powered wireless repeater with an extremely high maximum range (quoted at up to 10,000 sq ft). There is a whole series of repeaters by Amped: the SR150 (3,000 sq ft), the SR300 (5,000 sq ft), the SR10000 and finally the weatherproof-enclosed SR600EX with a wireless range of up to 1.5 miles(!). The most popular appears to be the SR10000. This device is ideal for extending the range of your existing network within a large house or office building, and should allow you to comfortably access the wireless network even from the backyard (possibly even an adjacent park!).

Amped SR10000 Features:

  • b/g/n support
  • Modes: Wireless Repeater (Range Extender), Wireless Access Point and Wireless Bridge Device
  • LAN: 5 10/100 MBps Ethernet connectors
  • Antennas: 2 external 5dBi antennas

Pros:

  • Easy configuration
  • Very portable and easy to deploy
  • Extremely high range

Cons:

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