TP-LINK TL-WA901ND V4 450 Mbps Wireless N Access Point

TP-LINK TL-WA901ND V4 450 Mbps Wireless N Access Point

  • 450Mbps wireless transmission rate, brings smooth wireless N experience
  • Supports multiple operating modes: Access Point, Client, Universal/ WDS Repeater, Wireless Bridge
  • Easily setup a WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encrypted secure connection at a push of the WPS button
  • Up to 30 meters (100 feet) of flexible deployment with included Power over Ethernet Injector
  • One 10/100M Ethernet Port(RJ45)

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3 Responses to TP-LINK TL-WA901ND V4 450 Mbps Wireless N Access Point

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    Prof Yaffle says:
    60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    No initial criticisms… but I was wrong, it’s hideously unreliable, 28 Jan. 2011
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    Prof Yaffle (UK) –

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    I bought this as a bit of a punt since I know nothing of the brand, but standalone 802.11n APs seem to be a dying breed unless you like spending great wodges of cash on a professional grade model.

    Unlike the previous two reviewers, mine did come with a UK plug – although an adapter is peanuts if you get one with a European plug.

    Pros: it seems to work well as a replacement for my previous (failed) Edimax unit. Easy to set up, stronger signal than either Edimax or Netgear units. Power over Ethernet injector, which is a real plus if you’re going to locate this in an attic or similar. Multiple SSID and VLAN support.

    Cons: none, really. Setup was easy, with the only fly in the ointment being the need to set a static IP address on your configuration PC because the on-board DHCP server is disabled in the AP.

    I probably had it up and running within 10 minutes of taking it out of the box. I only had to look at the manual to find out its IP address.

    EDIT

    Okay, after 18+ months, I’ve been moved to update this review. It’s an appallingly unreliable bit of kit, sadly, and I’ve never been able to find out why. It’s not throughput related, since it will die by simply having a couple of mobile ‘phones poll email and Facebook through it, yet survive an 8Gb copy. It will sometimes run for a month – and yet I’ve had to reboot it seven times today (including while posting this…), and that’s after several times yesterday.

    If you search on the internet at reviews like this, you’ll see a very polarised world: some folks love it (like many here), some have the same stability issues as the one-star reviews here. You find folks pleading for aftermarket firmware like DD-WRT (OpenWRT is only recently supported, but it *is* now supported). You find debates about turning features like QSS off to improve stability.

    Truly a device to avoid in my experience, unless you want a cheap device to hack around with. The basic Atheros hardware is sound, so I can only blame the software – yet, all this noise, and not a single firmware update since February of this year for a device that’s still offered for sale… not exactly stellar manufacturer support.

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    Mr. John L. D. Bradford says:
    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    frustratingly unreliable, 23 Jan. 2013
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    The only good thing about this piece of skit is that over the past few months it has bludgeoned me into becoming something of an expert at wireless networking.
    I wanted to extend my wireless network, so tried using it as a repeater. Although it gives every evidence of working, none of my 5 devices can detect a signal from it in this mode.
    OK, so I hard wire it to the superhub and try it as an extra access point. According to signal scanner programs on different machines it emits a steady, stronger signal than the hub, a steady weaker signal, a variable signal that every few minutes drops out completely, or a regularly fluctuating signal. This is true even experimenting with different channels, different positioning [but in all case the computers were within 1 metre of it] different or nil security settings, and so on. The one strange thing, mentioned by others, was that even when the signal was measured as steadily stronger, no machine wanted to stay connected to it, showing a preference for the puny Virgin superhub. Oh, and now, whatever the settings, even after a restart, I can no longer access it via my browser at all.
    The downside is that it has taken me so long to find that it’s not me to blame that it’s way too late to return it for a refund.
    The very worst thing of all is I can’t even chuck it in the bin legally, but I have to make a special trip to a recycling point. Aarghh!

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    Amazon Customer says:
    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Slightly strange beviour, 10 Jan. 2012
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    Amazon Customer (Cheshire UK) –

    I wanted to use this device as a repeater in a room where the router (a netgear DGN1000) is giving a poor signal. I read and reread the instructions as advised in an earlier post, they are pretty awful.

    Then tried to set it up, I connected an ethernet cable and then changed its IP address to 192.168.1.3 to suit my needs and changed it to UNIVERSAL REPEATER and reserved the IP 192.168.1.3 address on my router.

    Rebooted the repeater and router it then showed up on my router as an attached device.

    I then removed the ethernet cable and then the repeater disappeared from the router list, after trying a few times sometimes pressing the button on the front and sometimes not, I gave up and contacted support who emailed me some instructions, which were basically what I had already done, but this time after pulling out the cable the repeater IP address stayed on the router. There is actually no need to press the QSS button on the WA901ND.

    So I now removed it and switched it back on in the remote location and then after about 30 seconds it appeared on the attached devices list on the router and now works exactly as required. We currently connect two Galaxy S phones, a KOBO reader,a windows laptop and occasional visitors phones/laptops and all work perfectly. While some of this was going on I could not login to the router (while the cable was connected to the repeater) and later after disconnecting the cable I could not access the router.

    to summarise the installation

    connect the WA901ND to the wireless router using an ethernet cable
    then open the software for the repeater by typing the default 192.168.1.254 into a web browser
    change the WA901ND IP address to be a static address you could leave it as 192.168.1.254 if you wish
    change the mode to UNIVERSAL REPEATER
    then open the software in the router by typing its IP address into the browser
    reserve the IP address used on the router
    reboot both router and repeater
    remove cable from router once it has showed up on the router, it should then connect by wireless
    switch off and take WA901ND to its intended location and switch it on
    wait about 30 seconds and all should be well.

    I assigned a static IP address for my main computer as well
    Router 192.168.1.1
    Main Computer 192.168.1.2
    Repeater 192.168.1.3

    Then any other devices pick up an IP address from the router as long as you have it set to be a DHCP server.

    Once working, as someone else commented, for about £20 the device is brilliant our phones were showing a minimal signal from the router and now with the repeater they are getting maximum signal and all work infinitely better. It can now be switched off when not in use and reconnects in a few seconds when required again.

    Thus I have given it 5 stars despite the problems with installation.

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