HooToo® HT-WR01 Wireless N Signal Repeater and Range Extender, (300 Mbps 802.11 b/g/n Access Point / Repeater with WPS Button)
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Wireless N Signal Repeater and Range Extender, (300 Mbps 802.11 b/g/n Access Point / Repeater with WPS Button)
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I read the product information that the unit could be used to extend an existing WiFi but I don't believe that to be the case. HooToo has an IP address that is hard-coded and cannot be changed. It provides another access point and another WiFi network. If you wanted to use a mobile device, you would have to change networks depending where you were moving around in the home.
Another bad point is the instruction sheet. The unit comes with a 20 page book that is 2"x2" in size, with illustrations that cannot be distingished. The procedure listed did not fit my version of the firmware loaded on the device and it also listed several options to connect the unit.....none of them worked for me.
I emailed the technical folks (no phone # listed). The instructions I received back also did not match the firmware on the device either. I could not get my computer to see the device with either the hard-wire or wireless set-up but for one time and then the installation didn't take.
I would recommend the amplified antenna over this type of device.
All in all, given the price point, I'm happy with the product as an access point and the moderate improvement in my network coverage. This worked out for me because I had a hardwired RJ45 outlet I could plug it into in a good location. I might even go so far as to buy another one for my garage to use as another access point. But I was NOT happy with it as a repeater, and you shouldn't expect blazing speeds in either mode.
But it lost all the network information after the power failure, very poor interface that looks like it was coded in the 90s and not updated since, when trying to update it (which you have to do after every power failure) expect it to crash several times while trying to save your network
Whether it crashes or succeeds it gives you the same 404 page, so you then have to check your devices to see if it worked. All in all very a NT Server/1990s experience. Finally after a few resets, it just slowed down to the point where it was unusable. Returned it.
My Apple Airport Express router does a terrific job getting a wireless signal though two of the concrete walls and to the shop door, but that's where the signal dies. I plugged the HooToo into an outlet just inside the shop door now both my iPad and my iBook show full signal strength throughout the shop, and it's worth noting that internet speed seems consistent with those in the house.
The instruction manual leaves lots to be desired and I found it necessary to call for technical assistance. The young man that assisted me was very knowledgable and quickly had me up and running. I give this a five star rating only because it works as it should, and HooToo has excellent customer service. For the price, I don't think you can go wrong.
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