Posts Tagged ‘TP-LINK’

The end may be near for my faithful TP-Link mini router

08/12/2017 Leave a comment

I took this picture ins 2014 when i was in another country. i was giving myself Internet access in a room with an Apple wireless access point that i did not know the password of. In any case, it looks like my router has come to the end of its life. the DHCP server seems wonky and i am sure that the cause of it was my upgrading the firmware some time back. I have always said that I should never upgrade any firmware on any of my devices because if it is not broken, do not fix it. bt in that case, i was upgrading the firmware to use a dongle that was not recognised by this router. Now it seems that it is getting flaky. i cannot seem to use it as a router and just a week back, when using it as an AP, it gave all sorts of issues. Oh well. It had a good run of form in the years that i have used it and has travelled with me to many countries. Looks like I will be retiring it soon after 4 years of dutiful use. Thanks for the service MR3020

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TP-Link TL-POE150S Power Over Ethernet injector

09/06/2017 Leave a comment

Picture this scenario. Say, for instance, you buy a new IP security camera. Supposing that camera is powered only by POE, which stands for Power Over Ethernet. Most consumer-grade network switches do not come with POE. So what do you do? You get something like this. This TP-Link POE injector is a useful thing to have in your toolbag and can also be used to power your IP camera. These TP-Link ones support gigabit connections and are pretty affordable. I bought this for only about $40. If you do not have one, get one, at least of you are an IT professional like me. You never know when they will come in useful!

Ceiling wireless access points

16/03/2017 Leave a comment

I was at a client’s place and I happened to snap a picture of the wireless access point that was located in his office. I have seen many of such points around and I was wondering if I could get one for my house. It should be so simple…one on the ceiling providing Internet access for everyone. Then I saw the price of one of these Alcatel-Lucent ones and decided that it might not be such a good idea after all. Then I saw this Ubiquiti one:

It was relatively inexpensive and looked pretty good too. But I am starting to wonder about these cheaper ones….will they actually be good? I suppose the price is a big trade-off but you can get one of these for less than $200. Or maybe I should stick with my TP-Link wireless extender and be done with it

TP-Link TL-WA820RE USB Wi-Fi Range Extender

15/02/2017 1 comment

I bought this TP-Link TL-WA820RE USB Wi-Fi Range Extender online four days ago when I saw it being advertised. The actual price was apparently $30 but I got it for about $20. I tried it out when I received it today and I must say that it works very well. The instructions included are very easy to follow and setting up was a breeze. I have always had a pretty high regard for TP-Link products and this will serve me well, I think, in my mum’s place, where the wifi signal is pretty weak.

TP-Link m5360 3G router with built-in powerbank

08/01/2017 1 comment

I bought this TP-Link m5360 router yesterday at Sim Lim Square. It cost me about $99. The first thing I did with it was to take it out, power it on and charge my mobile phone, which was down to about 20% in battery power. So that was the first thing it did for me. But what is this marvellous new toy I have all about? This is what it is.

The m5360 is a combination of a 3G Wi-Fi Hotspot and portable power bank. It comes equipped with a built-in 3G modem and I managed to get it up and running fairly quickly as a Wi-Fi hotspot by inserting my Starhub 3G SIM data card. This M5360 is able to provide 3G wireless sharing to up to 10 users simultaneously. The beauty about this thing is that it comes with a 5200mAh internal battery makes it a very ideal travel companion as well. Remember I wrote a post about cheap data cards in Vietnam? And furthermore, with its LED display, users can have a view of the device’s operating status, such as traffic statistics, Wi-Fi status, user numbers, network type (2G/3G), signal strength, Internet connection status, messages, battery meter and lots more.

I had a bit of an issue plugging my SIM card in. There is a tiny slot above the slot where the SIM card goes to so be very careful about that. I do not know why it exists there but apparently it does. I managed to take the SIM card out using a pair of tiny tweezers. But after I took it out, I managed to hook it up by sliding it into the right slot and it was a breeze after that. There is a slot for a SD card as well and this whole router can be used as an external thumb-drive should you decide to do so.

My old Huawei dongle is 7 years old this year and it is about time I retired it. It was having times when I just could not get a strong signal when using it. But this fantastic new device will see me going into a new era. Thanks TP-Link for this marvellous device!

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New TP-Link 48-port switch needed for a client’s place

11/08/2016 Leave a comment

A few days back, we were at a client’s place and wondering how to fix an issue that got us all stumped. It was only after a lot of checking that I found out that the switch was giving issues. There were two 16-port switches, cascaded to each other. The bottom switch, which was a Linksys 24-port switch, was giving issues. It looked alright with the flashing lights and all, even when we connected peripherals to it, but it was plan to see that it was problematic. Looks like I may have to ask them to bring down a new switch. maybe this 48-port will work.

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When you need Internet access in a hotel room

07/08/2016 Leave a comment

This is what I had to do when I went to Vietnam recently. I needed Internet access and so I broke out my ever useful TP-Link MR3020 router cum WAP and hooked it up to the RJ45 port in the hotel room. Now here is the thing with hotels. Most of them charge you for wi-fi because of the conveniences wi-fi is able to deliver. You can hook up a plethora of devices to wi-fi and that is why most hotels charge for it. But most of the time, LAN Internet access is free. So that is when I hooked up my little router and had instant internet access. Signal was powerful and worked a treat

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