range extender not working well. Did I get a lemon?

range extender not working well. Did I get a lemon?
range extender not working well. Did I get a lemon?
2014-08-04 01:02:11
Region : France

Model : TL-WA850RE

Hardware Version : V1

Firmware Version :

ISP :


Hello,

I have a new TL-WA860RE which doesn't even show up here in the list of models. If I power it up next to my AP and use WPS it all works well. But if I move it about 3 meters away it will not boot up. Then I moved it to another location about 4 meters away without line of sight and it boots up fine. Then I moved it to another room about 7 meters away and it won't boot up. The power light stays orange. And when I try to place it where I really need it, it won't boot up.

I'm wondering if there is something wrong with this unit?

TIA for any tips.

-Matt
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Re:range extender not working well. Did I get a lemon?
2014-08-04 09:04:12
Solid Orange means the signal is good, and TL-WA860RE is working already.
flashing means that TL-WA860RE is trying to connect to the router.
You have to wait a few minutes for the boot progress.
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Re:range extender not working well. Did I get a lemon?
2014-08-04 14:20:34

Kick-Ass wrote

You have to wait a few minutes for the boot progress.

Hi Kick-Ass, did you meant hours or days
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Re:range extender not working well. Did I get a lemon?
2014-08-04 17:43:15

Kick-Ass wrote

Solid Orange means the signal is good, and TL-WA860RE is working already.
flashing means that TL-WA860RE is trying to connect to the router.
You have to wait a few minutes for the boot progress.


Are you sure? According to the guide, Orange means the TL-WA860RE is booting. Green means it is on. There is no flashing Orange. And it just stays Orange forever until I unplug and move elsewhere. Why is that?
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Re:range extender not working well. Did I get a lemon?
2014-08-04 20:03:17

holdrege wrote

Are you sure? According to the guide, Orange means the TL-WA860RE is booting. Green means it is on. There is no flashing Orange. And it just stays Orange forever until I unplug and move elsewhere. Why is that?

Kick-Ass does not own a TL-WA860RE he owns a 850 and some of his solutions are like this one
Try to restart it every 47 hour, LOL

Quote from TL-WA850RE Drops connection every 48 hours here http://forum.tp-link.com/showthread.php?75252-TL-WA850RE-Drops-connection-every-48-hours
restarting every 47 hrs. is in your plans ?
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Re:range extender not working well. Did I get a lemon?
2014-08-04 20:07:07
Ah ok. Am I the only one here who has an 860?
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Re:range extender not working well. Did I get a lemon?
2014-08-04 20:57:58

holdrege wrote

Ah ok. Am I the only one here who has an 860?

No that's not a matter, cause all repeaters set up the same
First thing to do, forget the use of WPS button, disable it if possible in interface
Test dif configs.
static ip
smart ip DHCP
if your main router is not 300 MHz downgrade 860 to 150 MHz
Add main router Gateway if config. in 860 allows
so many things you can try, and post results, so you can get help back
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Re:range extender not working well. Did I get a lemon?
2014-08-04 22:04:44

fotodamaris wrote

No that's not a matter, cause all repeaters set up the same
First thing to do, forget the use of WPS button, disable it if possible in interface
Test dif configs.
static ip
smart ip DHCP
if your main router is not 300 MHz downgrade 860 to 150 MHz
Add main router Gateway if config. in 860 allows
so many things you can try, and post results, so you can get help back


What of any of these would change the behavior of the extender booting up in some locations and not others?

And what do you mean by main router 300Mhz? Do you mean megabits? We're talking 20Mhz channels here.
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Re:range extender not working well. Did I get a lemon?
2014-08-04 23:08:08

holdrege wrote


1-What of any of these would change the behavior of the extender booting up in some locations and not others?
2-And what do you mean by main router 300Mhz? Do you mean megabits? We're talking 20Mhz channels here.

1-up to you if you want to fix your issue
2-as it reads Mhz Megahertz thats the trasfer speed between main router and Clients, in this case 860 is a client of main router, if main router is 150Mhz you will have to set 860 to a
Channel Width of 20Mhz BG Mixed, cause 860 is a 300Mhz device
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Re:range extender not working well. Did I get a lemon?
2014-08-05 01:02:24

fotodamaris wrote

1-up to you if you want to fix your issue
2-as it reads Mhz Megahertz thats the trasfer speed between main router and Clients, in this case 860 is a client of main router, if main router is 150Mhz you will have to set 860 to a
Channel Width of 20Mhz BG Mixed, cause 860 is a 300Mhz device


I think you are confusing Mhz with Mbps when you say 300. Data throughput is not measured in Mhz. However when it comes to channel width, that is indeed measured in Mhz and by default the TP device is set to 20Mhz. So that's not the issue.
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Re:range extender not working well. Did I get a lemon?
2014-08-05 02:53:43

holdrege wrote


1-I think you are confusing Mhz with Mbps when you say 300. Data throughput is not measured in Mhz.
2-However when it comes to channel width, that is indeed measured in Mhz and by default the TP device is set to 20Mhz. So that's not the issue.

1-you are right, my bad, but TL-WA860RE is a 300 Mbps device, if your main router is not, you have a mismatch there, you have to downgrade to match to the lower one in your network
2- if you set it manually to 20 MHz i agree, but if by default out of the box or after a reset Channel Width is set to AUTO and that means 40/20 MHz
There is 2 ways to set it repeating same SSID as main router and repeating a dif. SSID from main router, had you try both.
Atheros Chips are buggy repeating same SSID in certain circumstances.
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