Review: Dodocool N300 WiFi Extender

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Dodocool N300 WiFi Extender

$13.99
Dodocool N300 WiFi Extender
82.5

Compatibility

8/10

    Features

    8/10

      Performance

      8/10

        Ease Of Use

        9/10

          Pros

          • Easy Setup
          • Performs as expected
          • Price

          Cons

          • No option for static IP
          • No support for 5GHz 802.11n
          • No support for 802.11ac

          I’ve had the opportunity to review the Dodocool N300 WiFi Extender over the past week. The testing environment I had was a house with three floors and a wireless router on the 3rd floor using both 802.11g and 802.11n protocols. While using the cable company provided router, there were corners on the basement level where there was no wifi connectivity. For security reasons, I have WPS turned off on my router, which made setup a little more difficult, but not too difficult. The Dodocool N300 WiFi Extender can be configured as a wifi repeater or as a wireless access point, which can be useful if you just have an ethernet router with no wireless capabilities.

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          Setup

          As you can see in the image above, there’s a WPS button, power button, and ethernet port. Setup is easy, especially if you have WPS enabled on your router. In my case, I had to plug it into an outlet, connect my laptop to the default wifi network and browse to the ap.setup website as noted in the instructions. From there, I was able to find my wireless SSID I want to extend and I could put in my WPA2-PSK. You can also set the extended Wifi SSID, which defaults to yourssid_EXT. There are a few other options like changing the default admin password, turning the LED light on and off, and upgrading the firmware. After making a change, it takes a while for the page to refresh, almost like the device has to reboot every time. While the device is small, the plug extends out far enough that I could still utilize the 2nd power outlet behind it.

          One thing I noticed is that I couldn’t find a way to set a static IP address for the device. It automatically got an IP through DHCP, but I didn’t see any way to set a static IP address. There also wasn’t any mention of it in the instructions.

          Performance

          The best performing wireless network I have is a 5GHz 802.11n setup. Unfortunately, the Dodocool N300 WiFi Extender only supports the 802.11n 2.4GHz range along with 802.11b and 802.11g. While its still new, it also doesn’t support 802.11ac. I setup my router to use an 802.11n 2.4GHz and 802.11g network for testing purposes.

          I setup the Dodocool N300 WiFi Extender on the middle floor of the house, hoping it would extend the wifi signal into all corners of the basement. I setup my phone to connect to the new _EXT network and when walking around the house. My phone showed full signal, even in the corners of the basement.

          At first, I had difficulty streaming music and sending a picture, but during the next test, everything worked well. Performing a speed test shows some speed degradation, which is expected with most wireless repeaters. I was still able to stream music and video using the extended network.

          Final Thoughts

          If you’re in need of a wireless repeater or an option to create a wireless network from an ethernet-only router, then the Dodocool N300 WiFi Extender is a good options for you, especially for the price. At less than $20, it is better than most options you’ll find in the big box stores and offers similar performance. The only word of caution is if you have a 5GHz 802.11n or 802.11ac network then this device won’t work for you.

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          By | 2017-02-27T22:04:26+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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