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Yes it works GREAT, But.......
, October 8, 2011
This review is from: D-Link DHP-W306AV PowerLine AV Wireless N Extender, HomePlug AV, 11n (Personal Computers)
Here's the story. I had a dead spot in an upstair's bedroom (Master) and it didn't become a problem until I bought my wife an iPad which has a very week WIFI antenna. Now I also should explain I am a real handyman and a geek....there is nothing I can't fix, make, or do....and this concerns me about their product. I wrote D'Link and asked them if they sold a wireless starter kit, they replied: "Yes." Well you don't. THIS (D'Link's) poor understanding of basic English is what I believe is the start of the problem. First, YES it works, and YES it work's GREAT. I get 26 Mbs from the wired side of my router (Basis for my standard). My new extension consists of a: D-Link PowerLine AV-500 Powerline Adapter attached to my 802.11n Netgear router, and I get 22 Mbs from the wired side of the DHP-W306AV Wireless N Extender (There is a plug on the side of this product to ALSO use it as a wired unit), and I get a solid 18-19 Mbs on the wireless side (Macbook Pro), and a solid 8-9 Mps (wireless) on the iPad. So we're pleased with the product's performance (Hence the 5-Star rating. HOWEVER the instructions SUCK. They either were written by somebody who knows the product TOO well to explain it clearly, OR written in ENGRISH. Just an example is the fact that they have a security button that pairs the two (kind of like bluetooth), but each product's instruction manual calls it a different button, with NO picture of WHICH button it is (even more confusing since there are different buttons on the wireless unit), AND one says press for 2 sec, the other product's manual says press for 3 sec, and guess what, holding the button for different amounts of time WILL allow the unit to enter into DIFFERENT cycles. OMG! Can you get this system to work if your an average computer skilled person, maybe, and probably never if your skills are less than average. Is this a great product: YES, but there needs to be a MAJOR re-write of their manual, along with a SIMPLE video on their CD on a step by step process. This would make this product GREAT....in closing, who the He11 in 2011 does NOT include APPLE (MAC) software on their installation CD. That's right, NO Mac software included on their CD....but we Apple (Steve Job's) fanboys can figure it out! Eventually!!! Oh, FYI it took me about 5 hours to get it working...and yes I DO work for NASA. Good Luck! Have Fun!
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