Wireless Range Extender Stories September 30, 2015

expiredNetworking: ZyXEL AV500 Powerline $25 shipped (Reg. $50+), travel routers, more

Newegg has the ZyXEL AV500 Powerline with N300 Wireless Range Extender Kit (PLA4231KIT) for $49.99, but code EMCAXPA23 drops the total down to $24.99 shipped. That’s 50%+ under most listings, $10 under the next best price, $5 under our previous mention and the price we have seen this particular kit go for.

This package comes with one ethernet adapter for a wired connections and a 300Mbps wireless adapter for Wi-Fi. Features include wired speeds up to 500Mbps, wireless speeds up to 300Mbps, “Plug-and-play design”, backward compatiblyity with AV200 standard and more. This particular model only has a 4.3/5 star rating from 11 customers on Amazon, but the Wireless N adapter has 4.2/5 stars from over 900 Amazon customers and is currently selling for well over $60 on its own.

More Networking Deals:

  • TP-LINK TL-WR700N Wireless N150 Portable Router (refurb) $8 (Orig. $25) | Newegg Flash
  • D-Link Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender & Access Point $65 (Reg. $90) | Amazon

Wireless Range Extender Stories August 4, 2015

TP-LINK V2 N300 Powerline Adapter/Wireless Range Extender $25 Prime shipped (Orig. $60)

Amazon is offering the TP-LINK V2 N300 Universal Powerline Adapter/Wireless Range Extender (TL-WA860RE) $24.99 with free shipping for Prime members (free trial) or on orders over $35. It is currently back-ordered but due back in stock today. Otherwise  there is a nice third party option at the same price with Amazon Fulfillment available as well. That’s more than 50% under the original listing, $5 under our previous mention and matching the lowest we have seen this model go for.


  • Boosts your network’s wireless signal for reliable coverage in hard-to-reach areas
  • Extra power socket keeps your outlet free for other devices
  • 2 fixed external antennas for excellent coverage and reliability
  • Ethernet port helps connect wired devices to your Wi-Fi network
  • Compact, wall-mountable design for flexible placement and easy moving

The V2 TL-WA860RE ships with a 2 year warranty and has a 3.8/5 star rating from over 210 Amazon customers.

Wireless Range Extender Stories April 14, 2015

ZyXEL AV500 Powerline kit with N300 Wireless Range Extender $30 shipped (Orig. $60)

Newegg is offering the ZyXEL AV500 Powerline kit with N300 Wireless Range Extender (PLA4231KIT) for $59.99, but using code EMCARKR86 drops your total down to $29.99 shipped. That’s around $23 under Amazon and the best price we can find for this particular kit.

It ships with one wired adapter and one wireless N adapter equipped to extend your Wi-Fi network. Features:

  • Powerline: speed up to 500Mbps
  • Wireless: speed up to 300Mbps
  • Extend Wi-Fi thru power line
  • Plug-and-play design
  • Backward compatible with AV200 standard
  • Power On/Off switch
  • 128-bit AES encryption and Wireless
  • Multi-color LED identifies powerline network signal quality
  • Kit includes everything you need

While this kit only sits with a 3.5/5 star rating from very few customers, similar wireless N adapters from Zyxel have 4+ star ratings from hundreds and tend to be listed at more than $60 on their own.

Extend Your Home Power Lines to the Whole-home Wireless Network

The ZyXEL PLA4231 Kit combines all the features of a high-performance Powerline adapter and can extend the coverage to connect your wireless devices throughout the house. Just plug PLA4231 Kit into electric outlets in different rooms, then you can easily extend your powerline home network like a wireless network. You can easily stream videos, enjoy games and web browsing on tablets, laptops or smartphones anywhere at home, even at the hard-to-reach places. The two Ethernet ports on the device make it easy to provide Internet access for HDTVs, Blu-rayTM players, DVRs, PCs and game consoles.

Enjoy stable HD videos and gaming

Powered by IEEE 1901 500 Mbps technology, the ZyXEL PLA4231 Kit can improve network performance up to 60% compared to the 200 Mbps powerline technology.The advanced Quality of Service (QoS) features also improve the streaming quality of multimedia applications. You can have stable high-performance network and enjoy multiple HD streaming, multiplayer gaming and Web surfing simultaneously.

Easy security setup

ZyXEL’s PLA4231 Kit features an easy setup wizard and a WPS button that allows you to set up the extender, cloning existing wifi network settings and connect to wireless devices easily and quickly. Data transmission is protected by the 128-bit Advanced Encryption Security (AES) mechanism to provide a secure connection to the Internet. Encryption can be configured through a simple button press on the powerline adapters and PLA4231 Kit—no complicated setup or software is required.

The theoretical maximum channel data transfer rate is derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 and IEEE 1901 specifications. Actual data transfer rate will vary from network environment including: distance, network traffic, noise on electrical wires, quality of electrical installation and other adverse conditions. Ethernet connection will operate at the maximum of 100 Mbps.

Average throughput gain in typical homes.

Wireless Range Extender Stories April 9, 2015

expiredD-Link Wireless N 300Mbps Range Extender: $25 shipped (Reg. $40)

Newegg offers the D-Link Wireless N 300Mbps Range Extender (model DAP-1320) for $39.99. Coupon code EMCARAX65 drops your final price down to $24.99 with free shipping, which is a match for the best deal we’ve seen. As a further price comparison, Amazon is currently selling it for more than $31. It’s rated 3.5 out of 5 stars from over 800 Amazon reviewers. Features include:

  • Extend the range of your existing network
  • Easy setup with the touch of a button
  • Delivering up to 300Mbps wireless performance
  • Universally works with any Wi-Fi device

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