Updated 7 Apr 2016

TP Link

TL-A850RE (N300)

Snapshot: The TP Link TL-A850RE (N300) is a WiFi range extender that has a WPS button for easy protected setup and a signal strength indicator. How did it perform?

TL-A850RE (N300)
Consumer score
SCORE
Price guide

$65

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Test results

Overall score
60
Performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Very easy to use.
  • Has a WPS button for easy protected WiFi setup.
  • Has WEP/WPA/WPA2 encryption.
  • Has signal strength indicator.

But

  • Just OK performance.
  • Slow throughput speed on 2.4GHz.
  • Doesn't have 5GHz connectivity.
  • Significant loss in throughput speeds on 2.4GHz.
  • No on/off button.
  • No router mode.
  • Doesn't create a unique SSID by default.

How we test

Overall score:

• Performance (60 percent)
• Ease of use (40 percent)

Performance based on throughput speed on 2.4 and 5GHz bands, comparing the loss in throughput speeds when connecting to the range extender versus connecting to the router.

Ease of use based on assessment of installation, software install/installation wizard, menu layout and configuration.

Prices are based on an online price survey in August 2015.

Key data

Model

Price guide
$65

Specifications

Type
Wall plug
Antenna type
Internal
Number of antennas
2
Dimension HxWxD (mm)
109x66x64
Weight (g)
92

Features

Dual-band
×
WPS button
On/Off button
×
WEP/WPA/WPA2
Ethernet port
Router mode
×
Signal strength indicator
Connection between router and extender (GHz)
2.4
Connection between extender and PC (GHz)
2.4
Creates unique SSID by default
×