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My review: Belkin N300 wireless WiFi range extender

Hi guys, in this post I’m going to be reviewing a new product I
have obtained. This is the

WiFi extender.


I’d been noticing for a while that in our house the WiFi signal
never quite reaches the back of the house, where my bedroom was,
so much so that if I turned over in bed, my phone would switch on
to 3G as it had lost signal completely. I had been wanting to buy
a WiFi extender for a while, but hadn’t really done any research
in to it. It only really crossed my mind when I acquired an old

router from about 6 years ago. I thought to myself, why don’t I
try and turn this in to an extender. I googled it, and it looked
like it could be done when you rebranded the router and flashed
it back to the net gear default firmware instead of sky’s custom

Cut a long story and about 2 hours of work short, I couldn’t do
it. I have no idea why, but a lot of files I needed weren’t
around anymore and once I had acquired them, they just wouldn’t
work. So I gave up. Oh well, I got a couple of ethernet cables
out of it if nothing else.

So it was a day or so after doing this
that I was browsing through twitter and I spotted a review from Geekanoids (who doesn’t seem to want to link here for some reason)

I thought I’d look for myself on
amazon, so I clicked the link in his video description, and
thought I’d do a bit more research so I looked at the amazon
reviews, and people seemed to be satisfied with it, so I thought
I’d do a bit more looking around to see if this was actually a
good one, turns out it’s one of the best for its price (£25). So
I thought well it’s 25 quid, may as well give it a go.


A few days passed, and it arrived. I opened it up, and the first
thing I noticed was the size of it. It was smaller than I thought
it would be. It’s a small square with a UK plug on the end of it.
There’s one button on the top, which is a WPS button. There’s an
LED light, and a small reset button, and that’s it. The product
documentation said it was very easy to set up, and it could even
be done from a smart phone or tablet, so I grabbed the trusty
iPhone and got to work.

I plugged it in, and started searching for the device in my WiFI
settings. Eventually, I found it, connected, and opened Safari. I
was presented with a screen asking me which language I wanted. I
chose english, and clicked next. It then started searching for
broadcasting SSID’s, and eventually pulled up a list of networks.
I chose our BTHub 3, and clicked next again. It attempted to
connect, which I knew it wouldn’t be able to, but it then popped
up asking for the key. I gave it the key, pressed next and hoped
for succession.

Now this is the bit that confused me. It asked me to enter a
password for its interface, and told me to leave blank if I
hadn’t chosen one yet and it was the first time I was being
asked. I did as it said, and clicked continue. I didn’t know
this, but my phone had switched back to the BTHub, and the Belkin
network had disappeared, so I just got rerouted to my DNS page
telling me that it couldn’t find that address. I logged in to the
hub, and sure enough there was the Belkin device in the connected
section. I noted its IP, browsed to it, and sure enough there was
a status page telling me the device was functioning correctly and
some general info about it; serial number, firmware version, etc.

I then decided to move it to another socket in the house to one
that wasn’t used as often, (well basically not at all because
it’s in a cupboard), so it was more on the edge of the signal.
According to the documentation, this would make it function


I’ve been using it for around 2 days now, and what a difference
it’s made. I now see 3 bars of WiFi in my room instead of 1, or
3G. I haven’t seen a dramatic speed decrease, but then again I haven’t tried FaceTime or Skype on it yet, so that will be
something I shall update on once I’ve tried it; I just wanted to
get this post out there.

If you find yourself in need of a WiFi
extender, I would highly recommend this one. We’ll see if it
holds out but for now, it seems to be happy. One thing I will
note, it gets rather hot, but a good thing is it can be moved
around without losing its settings, so if ever I need the WiFi to
be extended outside, I can just move it closer to the outside. If
you’d like to pick one up, you can get one for 25 quid in the UK
or $39 if you’re in the US on

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Thanks for reading, and see you next time!