Thanks for the comments. It is the same laptop in the same places. I ensure this is done everytime I test to make everything comparable. The testing is all carried out in the same place. The Netgear was tested under the same circumstances as the Devolo. Unfortunately I can't explain why the existing wireless in location 1 was so poor almost two years ago.Uh...
You haven't tested them like for like as the Existing Wireless results are different. Either the laptop has changed or the location has changed (different surrounding networks etc.)
As such, saying one is faster than the other is invalid. It's entirely possible that if you tested the netgear under the same circumstances it would be slower than the devolo.
Thanks Steve, I'm at work now so will correct that tonight.Hi Gregg, Paragraph 1, line 4, is that "can't", not "can"?
Nice review thanks
Thanks, remember the rating is just my personal opinion. I thought 6/10 was fair in that it did extend the wireless to areas I couldn't normally get a signal, but yet the speeds were not fantastic. So it didn't fail on its primary purpose of extending WiFi, it just didn't do a great job of doing so.Nice review. But wireless repeaters are, from my experience, extremely flaky in there primary goal of extending a wifi signal. Which again seems the case here.
6/10 for pretty much failing at its primary purpose seems overly generous to me.
Thanks Chester you are about spot on with your conclusion of repeaters and glad you garnered that from my review. I've not had any contact with any PR companies for Draytek but will mention it to the higher ups to see what we can do.Hey @Greg Hook, glad the review revealed the truth of the matter with these repeaters: they can get you out of trouble in some very low bandwidth usage cases, but can't be considered for any serious applications.
Have you ever tried Draytek hardware or attempted to get some in for review? I know their wireless controller is built into the Vigor 2860 but I'm not sure if the 27xx routers can be used in extended WiFi networks or meshes. Haven't played with the lower-end stuff as I mainly use Draytek devices for business. I'm happy to check out the manuals and make sure that they've got the right capabilities for anyone that's interested.
I wouldn't get too excited about it. The Wi-Fi (and radio) fundamentals are the same for everyone, no matter what marketing BS they wrap around it. Until MU-MIMO gets going, it's still the case that in any given radio channel "only one thing at a time can transmit."Although it's a much more expensive option I'd love to see a review of AmpliFi when it comes out.
I keep hearing great things about the parent company Ubiquiti Networks and they setup AmpliFi Labs for products for the home.