TP Link RE305 AC1200 Wi-Fi
Today we are check out TP Link RE305 AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender, Let Start it is a pretty simple device that should not need a lot of explaination, but it has one really annoying problem, and if you thought that you were going to get anywhere close to the 867 mbps figure that they have mentioned in specifications, then you are really going to be disappointed.
How to Setup TP Link RE305
Hey guys, I am Baba, Welcome to our site Activegrouplink.com you get a quick installation guide, and then you get to the device itself. The design is pretty simple, it is a whitebox with a button and LED on top, it has 2 antennas that can be adjusted by 180 degrees, and you just plug it in directly to a wall socket.
At bottom you also have a reset button, along with an ethernet port that I think is only 100 mbps, but you can use it to use this extenderas an access point for wired connections, so that is nice.
The setup can be done in two ways, you can either just press the WPS button on your router, and on this extender, and it will take sometime, but it will automatically setup everything, and this is the best and simplest way to do this.
You can also set it up using the TP Link app, which is also very easy, and you can also use the web interface from any browser, which can either be a very smooth experience, or it can be bad enough to make you want to kill yourself.
In build Quality Of TP Link RE305
In addition to the power LED on top, you have a signal LED which will tell you whether you’re getting a proper signal from the host network or not by being either blue or red in color, and since this is a dual band range extender.
there are other 2 LEDs which will light up to indicate whether this extender is receiving2.4 GHz and 5 GHz signal or not. The app also has a location assistant which will help you out in finding out the optimal distance to balance the speed and range.
which is nice and it works well. The router also features high speed modes, in which it uses only one of the 2.4 or 5 GHz bands to connect to the host router, and the other band is used to connect to your devices.
Signal , Strength And Speed Test
Now while this feature sounds nice, the problem is that you are going to be limited by the slow speeds of the 2.4 GHz network, so it’s not actually going to be faster compared to a good 5 GHz signal between the host router, this extender, and your devices.
You can also customize other things like SSID of the extended network, and this extender also supports one mesh, so if you have a one mesh supported router like the Archer C6, it can connect with it to form a mesh network, which doesn’t make it any more faster, but it does create a single network with multiple routers that your devices will easily switch between.
Coming to the range and performance of this router, it is good, but if you have a very high speed internet connection, you will not get the highest speeds.
So I have two flats that I need Wi-Fi in, and so I am able to set it up in a way that lets me have decent coverage in both flats as you can see on screen.
I still don’t get the best 5 GHz signal in some areas, but overall I don’t face any major issues. Finally talking about speeds, you will be able to get anywhere from 50-150 mbps speeds from this extender depending on the distance from the router and your devices, even if you have a very fast Gigabit internet.
In my second flat I am mostly able to get around 60-100 mbps speeds, but the best case scenario for this device is being able to deliver around 150-170 mbps speeds.
So around 100 mbps of speeds is actually pretty decent, you can download with fast speeds, and it will allow you to stream whatever you want in 4K, or maybe even 8K on YouTube at least, and you should also not face issues when you have multiple devices connected.
But if you have over 200-300 mbps speed on our internet connection, and you also want to get those speeds on your extended network, then it’s not going to be amazing, and for that you should look at something different like their more expensive range extenders.
Now one extremely stupid and annoying problem with this extender is that while it will extend a 5 GHz network without a problem, if you have upgraded to a Wi-Fi 6 router like TP Link’s own AX10 or AX50, it is not going to detect a 5 GHz signal from those.
And that is really dumb because all of the other devices that I have that do not support Wi Fi 6 still work with the 5 GHz signal of Wi-Fi 6 router, but this range extender, which only has one job of extending the WiFi range doesn’t work with Wi-Fi 5GHz signal from a Wi-Fi 6 router, so you will only be able to use the 2.4 GHz network from a Wi Fi 6 router and that’s why I also had to do all my tests with the Archer C6 which is Wi Fi 5 and not my AX50.
Review On Some Problems And Price details
But you will still be able to get 100 mbps speeds even if you have a Wifi 6 router, even if the 5 GHz signal of it is not extended by this extender.
By the way, make sure you’re Allow Notification of our site because I am also going to highlight the really annoying problems with these TP Link Wi Fi 6 routers in future videos.
So overall, I can still recommend this TP Link RE305 Dual Band Wi-Fi range extender, it does have some annoying quirks, and it doesn’t offer gigabit speeds, but what it does offer is a very easy way to extend your Wi Fi network, and the range and the speeds will be good enough for most people who buy this. It costs around 2500 Rs.
which should be around30 US Dollars, and for that price I do find it to be worth it. If you already have something like an ArcherC6, or any other router that supports one mesh, you could also just get another ArcherC6 router instead of this, and you may get better performance with that, but these routers don’t support repeater mode.
so you will not be able to use this router to extend rangeof any network that doesn’t support one mesh, unlike this repeater which will work with any network.
So I’ll have links to buy this and the ArcherC6 in the video description along with its review.