The WR01, available in a high close black or white, is a single band, Wireless-N extender and AP.
Wireless extenders are incredibly useful for ensuring you get a good quality WiFi extender across your property – it basically sits away from your router, taking its WiFi signal and extending it further for you.
The AP functionality allows you to create a WiFi signal where, before, you may not have had one. An Ethernet connection in the side allows you to plug this into an existing internet connection and the device will then create a WiFi signal for you – this may be of use in a hotel, for instance, where they may only provide a wired internet connection.
The WR01 is simple to use. Plug it in for the first time – there are 4 status lights on the front to indicate what is active – and connect to its built in administration page. From there you can decide how you want to use it (extender or AP). Let’s assume we want to use it as extender – setting that up involves providing credentials for your existing connection, and that’s it. If your router has a WPS button on it, so does the WR01, and you can use that instead to pair the two devices together. A reset button your side allows you easily put the device back to factory settings.
Unlike other extenders I’ve used, which have minimal configuration options, this has a LOT. With both basic and advanced menus, for those who like to “tinker”, this is ideal – a particular frustration of mine is when these devices automatically use the same channel as your router and, in this case, you can choose it yourself! I set the WR01 up as a WiFi extender and got a good coverage – the length of the house, including a thick wall and I still had a solid connection.
The packaging consists of a plain brown box containing the WR01 (you have to slot the socket adaptor in place before first using it – a plug for the UK is included), a short Ethernet cable (with a plastic tie around it) and a fold-out instruction booklet. The WR01 has a plastic sheet over the front of it to protect the gloss front from damage in transit. Otherwise, that’s pretty it – no padding, nothing extraneous and most of it is easily recycled.
Supporting the 802.11 b/g/n standard, with speeds of up to 300 Mbps, this supports only 2.4GHz, which may put some people off. However, I found a good quality, solid connection throughout. The device does feel light and cheap in the hand and its build quality will not impress but, let’s be honest, this is something you plugin and leave to do it’s job, which it does well.
With lots of configuration options for those who want them, this is an excellent product for the price – less than £15, when many others cost up to 4 times the price.
Disclosure of gift - I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.