Wireless extenders are not new and tiny ones that sit right in your wall outlet are not even new. However, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, networking company TP-Link unveiled its latest — the TL-WA850RE. It brings a sleek look and a bit more functionality to these tiny extenders.
This one packs in wireless “n” which is the new standard, although it is backwards compatible with older standards as well. There is a host of features which company has oulined:
- Supports domain name-based login for a more user-friendly setup experience
- CD-less installation
- Easily extend wireless coverage at a push of the Range Extender button
- Profile function helps users remember previously paired wireless networks
- 300Mbps wireless speed ideal for smooth HD video, music streaming and online gaming
- Works seamlessly with all 802.11b/g/n devices
The product is expected to hit the market in the second quarter of this year, but the price has not yet been revealed.
TP-Link had a large stand at The Gadget Show Live with a huge range of different products on show. Switches, ADSL modems, wireless routers, IP cameras, Powerline adaptors; you could easily build a complete home IT infrastructure using only TP-Link products.
What caught my eye was a range of portable mini wireless routers, “nano routers”, that were smaller than paperback books. Three different models were on show; the first was the TL-WR702N, a relatively standard 11n wireless router but only 57 mm square and 18 mm deep – it’s the one shown in the picture left.
Second was the TL-MR3020, a bit bigger at 74 x 67 x 22 mm but offering 3G connectivity via a dongle as well.
Finally, a brand new wireless router was on display, the TL-MR3040, that included a rechargeable battery giving several hours of use. More rectangular than square, it uses a 3G dongle (rather than integrated SIM tray), to get mobile connectivity. Price is expected to be less than £50.
Eric from TP-Link took me through their range in more detail.
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