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RE200 TP Link WiFi Extender Review

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Eradicating WiFi blackspots in the house can be easy and does not need to require experts to set up complex networks and access points. Sometimes to get rid of a blackspot all you need is a WiFi Extender such as RE200 Tp Link WiFi Extender combining good specs and low price.

This review will showcase the features of TP-link RE200 WiFi range extenders, such as network speed, network strength, network range, and other properties. Wifi extenders can work with any broadband technology such as satellite internet, 5G or fibre.

The review will be in two parts. The first will be based on the general features of the RE200 WiFi extender. While the second will be based on each model’s specific characteristics.

General Review of RE200 TP Link WiFi Extender

There are five RE200 (V1, V2, V3, V4, and V5) extenders. They are generally AC750 Mesh Wi-Fi Range Extenders because they use the AC extender model and have speeds under 750Mbps. The AC extenders are known for providing Access Control network security and adopting WiFi 5 technology.

Below are the general features of TP-Link RE200 WiFi range extenders.

WiFi Band

TP-Link RE200 WiFi extenders adopt a dual-band, the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.

The 2.4GHz band travels slower than the 5GHz band but has a higher coverage. These disparities are due to their wavelengths. The maximum speed of 2.4GHz network is 300Mbps while 5GHz band offers maximum download speeds of 433Mbps.

Network Technology

TP-Link RE200 comes with Mesh technology that retains signal strength and allows for seamless experience when roaming between ranges of particular devices.

Wifi Mode

As an AC model, TP-Link RE200 uses concurrent mode. It can run 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands concurrently to give a holistic result.

With a good ISP network, TP-Link RE200 dual network band can deliver theoretical speeds up to 750Mbps (as per  IEEE standard 802.11 specifications) for use in smart TVs, video games, and downloading large files.

Their WiFi signals can also reach dead zone areas up to 2,000 sq. ft. (185 m2).

Ethernet Port

TP-Link RE200 ports are 1 *10/100 standards. Therefore, they can send data up to 100 bits per second.

You can also convert the WiFi extender to a WiFi router when you plug it into an Ethernet cable.

Power Usage

TP-Link RE200 has a fair power usage (average of 7 Watts). Its power usage is intermediate between the AX model (13 watts) and the TL model (3 Watts).

Led Lights

The RE200 models have three LED lights: red, green, and blue. The red light signifies a weak signal; the blue light signifies a solid network. The green light blinks at the start of the connection, and the dark indicates the absence of a network.

Below are the reviews of the individual RE200 (V1, V2, V3, V4, and V5) Mesh Wi-Fi Range Extenders.

Review of RE200V1 Mesh Wi-Fi Range Extender

This extender is the first generation RE200 model. It lacks a WPS button but has a range extender button.

Hardware Features

1 * 10/100Mbps Ethernet Port (RJ45), two internal antennas, Range Extender Button, Reset Button, Power (6.5 Watts), (W×D×H) 110.0mm x 65.8mm x 75.2mm.

Wifi Features

5 GHz (433 Mbps); 2.4 GHz (300 Mbps).

Pros

It is the cheapest among the RE200 WiFi range extenders.

Cons

The absence of the WPS button makes installation uneasy. To install it, you should use the app or web console.

Review of RE200 V2 Mesh Wi-Fi Range Extender

RE200 V2 is an improvement over the RE200 V1 Tp Link WiFi extender. It has a WPS button and three antennas replacing the Range Extender button and two antennas in the RE200V1 model.

Hardware Features

1 *10/100Mbps Ethernet Port (RJ45), three internal antennas, WPS Button, Reset Button, Power (6.5 Watts), (L×W×H) 110.0mm x 65.8mm x 75.2mm.

Wifi Features

5 GHz (433 Mbps); 2.4 GHz (300 Mbps).

Pros

It has better sensitivity than RE200 V1.

Cons

Unlike some AX and AC models, RE200 can’t exceed speeds greater than 750Mbps.

Review of RE200 V3 Mesh Tp Link WiFi Extender

This model maintains the same features as the V2 model. However, it’s a bit smaller in size.

Hardware Features

1 * 10/100Mbps Ethernet Port (RJ45), three internal antennas, WPS Button, Reset Button, Power (6.5 Watts), (W×D×H) (65.8mm ×68.0mm ×110mm).

Wifi Features

5 GHz (433 Mbps); 2.4 GHz (300 Mbps).

Pros

It has improved network sensitivity.

It’s smaller than RE200 (V1 and V2).

Cons

The network speed is not very high as it can’t exceed 750Mbps.

RE200 V4 Mesh Wi-Fi Range Extender

Unlike the earlier models, RE200 V4 has multidirectional antennas, thereby improving scanning power.

Hardware Features

1 * 10/100Mbps Ethernet Port (RJ45), 3 Omni-directional Antennas, WPS Button, Reset Button, Power (7.0 Watts), (W×D×H) 65.8×38.8×110mm.

Wifi Features

5 GHz (433 Mbps); 2.4 GHz (300 Mbps).

Pros

Improved scanning power.

It is smaller than the RE200 (V1, V2, and V3).

Cons

Power consumption is slightly higher than with other RE200 models.

Review of RE200 V5 AC750 Mesh Wi-Fi Range Extender

There is only a slight difference between the V5 and V4 models. The V5 model has slightly higher power consumption and Wifi sensitivity.

Hardware Features

Gigabit Ethernet Port, 3 Omni-directional antennas, WPS Button, Reset Button, Power (7.3 Watts), (W×D×H) (65.8mm × 38.8mm × 110mm.

Wifi Features

5 GHz (433 Mbps); 2.4 GHz (300 Mbps).

Pros

It has improved WiFi scanning power.

It is more compatible than RE200 (V1, V2, and V3) models.

Cons

It is the RE200 model with the most power consumption (7.3 Watts).

Just like all RE200 models, it can’t exceed 750Mbps.

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