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WD MyNet Wi-Fi Range Extender for $24 + Shipping or Pick-Up from MSY

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Saw this from their FB.

Staticice, pricing starts at $149.

How to buy?

  • Login your MSY account first (Register if you haven't)
  • Choose your location.
  • Check the stock, if none at your nearest MSY local store, click change location and select "shipping to your place".
  • Add to cart and check out, calculate the postage fees by typing in your postcode. (Ranging from $8 to $15.)
  • Done deal!

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  • +27

    Can I use this to boost my neighbours wifi so I get awesome signal???

    • +1

      More than likely.

    • -9

      Stealing wifi is illegal.

      • +24

        It's only illegal if you get caught ;)

        • +13

          If it is drifting into your property, surely it is fair game?
          Just like a lemon tree hanging over your fence?

        • +1

          you can keep it, but you're supposed to offer it back to them first :D

      • +1

        You're illegal. Nanny.

      • -1

        It is only illegal if you crack their password, if its unprotected then its free for all.

        Also Wifi Range Extenders if used to extend passworded wifi then you will need the WPS button or password to connect and extend.

        If it is unprotected then you should be able to just connect and extend.

    • +20

      OR, you can tell your neighbour about this incredible deal, and you will get equally better signal and save your precious 19 bucks, plus some friendship for finding him a bargain maybe.

    • Your neighbour's wifi broadcast is not protected? Serously?

  • I cannot even add it to my cart :-(

    • You have to login, then select location, only then you will be able to add to cart.

  • -1

    Woah range extender for 19$ this looks promising.
    Reliability?

    • +6

      Next to useless.

      The repeated signal can only be half the strength of the original, and that's ONLY if the repeater/extender is very efficient, which this one and most aren't; so the throughput loss is usually higher.

      If a PC in a deadzone in your home has only got a signal strength of between 10-30%, a boost of less than half of that isn't going to make much difference.

      I'd recommend EOP adapters (Ethernet Over Power) for the average user just looking to hook up that one distant computer at the back of the house to a more stable connection.

      Something like the Netcomm NP204's. They're going for around $90 bucks (two adapters in one box). Much more reliable as long as you live in a relatively modern house with good internal wiring.

      • Hi Amar89, can you please give me a reference to the halving of signal strength from a wifi range extender? I am very interested to understand this problem with range extenders.

        Searching the Internet I can only find references to the halving of throughout due to the re-transmission of the wifi signal, but I cannot find references to the actual halving of signal strength.

        • +1

          not halving signal strength, but halving signal bandwidth
          (the amount of data it can push and receive)

        • +2

          Range extenders work by receiving the data and then re-transmitting the data packets. However, it can't do both at the same time — when data is being received, nothing is being sent.

          To Quote

          “No matter what they are called or technology they use, repeaters start out with a minimum 50% throughput loss. The reason is that a repeater must receive, then retransmit each packet using the same radio on the same channel and with the same SSID. If the repeater is very efficient, then your loss will be close to 50%. But if it’s not, throughput loss can be higher.”

          In other words, even the best wifi range extender you buy won't change the fact it pretty much halves your wireless throughput — and a budget one will be less efficient than that.

        • They should be able to repeat at nearly the same thru-put, at least when receiving on 2.4 GHz & transmitting on 5 GHz (& vce versa), ie, if processor & maybe buffer space suffice.

        • This model does not do simultaneous radios: http://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/113319#comment-1543529

      • I thought some models which were dual band, as this one is, could receive on one band and transmit again on the other helping to mitigate some of the usual repeater issues.

        I use a cheap single band Zyxel to add coverage to one room in the far end of the house, and yes that one does reduce the wifi speed but its still 12mbit/s so more than enough for most things. For <$30 delivered I have ordered this one anyway, normally the Zyxel needs a reboot every day so I hope this one is a little more reliable.

        • +1

          From the user manual:

          Choose the 2.4 or 5 GHz band with a flip of the switch on the side of the range extender. No PC required.

        • Well clearly this model does not offer that feature then :)

      • +2

        I wouldnt recommend EOP unless you know for sure that the 2 points of transfer are on the same electrical phase.

        • Very true - I got a set of powerline Ethernet adaptors for a friend's house. The two points were about 5 meters away across a living room (this was a few years ago, was trying to avoid wireless as it was for streaming media). I could barely get a signal - the two sockets were probably on different phases. Fortunately I bought them from office works who took them back with no dramas.

        • The average, 3-4 bedroom Australian house built in the last 10 to 15 years doesn't have three phase power (just circuit breakers; EOP adapters can be on different circuits, but as long they're on the same phase, they'll work fine). It's usually light industrial/commercial buildings that have three phase power.

          That's really not a worry for most home-owners; and you should be able to return them anyway.

        • It's only for newer houses that most likely on differnet power phase.

          As mentioned 10 to 15 years or more for sure unlikely to have different power phase, hence EOP is a great option than this.

          If you really can't use EOP due to power phase, it is still good alternative for $19. If it doens't work give it to your family and friends, or maybe your neighbour

      • +5

        You've confused the terms.

        The repeated signal strength will be 100% since it's functioning as an access point.

        However the maximum throughput will be half as there's only one radio which has to perform double duty. That means if your AP is capable of 150Mbps, the repeated signal's throughput will be 75Mbps max. This repeater is a dual-band 3x3 that can do 450Mbps, so a 50% reduction in throughput isn't a big deal for web surfing under normal circumstances.

        You place a repeater halfway between your main router/AP and your PC in a dead zone. It is completely pointless to place a repeater in the dead zone where your PC is - it'll be no different to a wireless adaptor connected straight to the PC.

        So if your main wireless router is at one end of the house, you set up the repeater in the middle of the house so your laptop at the other end of the house will get a more stable signal.

        If it's just hooking up that one distant computer, powerline Ethernet is definitely worth looking at. But it costs way more than $19. This product is more for people who use laptops and tablets though.

        • Agree with everything you've said aside from that a 50% reduction in throughput is not a big deal. If you're on a RIM and only getting ADSL 1, then yes 5Mbp/s downstream is not going to touch all of that throughput, but people with a speedy ADSL2+ connection or NBN will not realise the maximum potential of their downstream speed unless the signal strength is a guaranteed 100% of all the time (also as stated before, I sincerely doubt this repeater is high-end enough to simply lose 50% of throughput and no more; I think realistically it's probably closer to 60-70%, or perhaps even more).

        • +1

          In reality it still shouldn't be an issue most of the time. You can stream most decent bluray rips with 10-15Mbps, and most wireless signals should cover that, even if bridged/repeating. Direct streaming from the internet over a bridge needing high througput would be an unusual requirement for most people - usually it's the LAN that shuffles the data (like from a NAS).
          I was using a wireless bridge (on DD-WRT) for a while, but wireless is a bad solution for sending real time data, and I got a few stutters (nothing to do with bandwidth), so I tried a couple EOP adapters.
          Between floors in an apartment, wireless bridge 19mbps vs EOP 33Mbps, no brainer.
          For $30 if it can be an A/B/G/N 5GHz AP it's a bargain!

        • We see this as a way to get -wired- Internet from a router in another building (so far away, that we can't plug-in a N/W cable).

          We have gear that has collected dust, as it needs wired I'net… maybe now we can begin to get value from some if it…

      • And what if you're wanting to connect a mobile device with no ethernet port?

        • Put a wifi router on either end, I suppose.

        • …or a simpler access point, maybe.

      • Keep in mind that Amar made EXACTLY the same comment not long ago. So it can be taken as an assumption and not from real world tests..

        http://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/111911

        • +1

          No, it's from personal experience. I've gone through the gamut of WiFi connectivity solutions as I used to live on a 900 square metre property where the phone line socket was at the very front of the property and my computer at the rear and the majority of things I tried (external antennas, directional antennas, repeaters, wall-mounting modems, disabling encryption, better WLAN cards, USB adapters, playing around with WiFi config on the modem/firmware side, etc.) were useless with the exception of a better modem or EOP.

          I'm reposting my old post just so people don't think repeaters are some miracle solution that'll fix your WiFi connectivity issues for good. They're a gamble.

        • I took a gamble on EOP and lost. My friend's two sockets five meters away across a living room must have been on different phases - I couldn't get a signal.

        • Sometimes using a reflector behind (preferably an external-) antenna can give added range, by -beaming- the signal farther & receiving a signal better.

          Some can save $19 with some formed & well-positioned aluminium foil…

      • Agree with Amar89. Extenders will never be as better as EOPs. You lose half of the strength repeating the Wifi Signal. Unless the deadspot has no powerpoint + you can't be bother paying $90 for pair of decent

        • EOP is 100% useless for laptops, tablets and phones.

          You can, however, get EOP adaptors with a built-in wifi AP. Just be prepared to pay even more money for that.

          Wifi extenders are perfectly functional for many scenarios. Internet speed isn't that fast anyway.

          And as mentioned above, you do not lose half the strength. It's throughput, of which there is a lot of to start with.

        • +3

          Or get EOP + a WiFi router. Cheaper compared to EOP built-in WiFi.

        • That's right get EOP then cable that to cheapie WAP device.

          Throughput will depend on the quality of your powerpoint wiring.

          But that gamble is usually better than gambling on repeating the signal with less Throughput

        • EOP + WAP is quite messy but will work for techies. Non-technical people would never bother - they'd just get a repeater like this which will work in many scenarios.

      • Hey!

        If a PC in a deadzone in your home has only got a signal strength of between 10-30%, a boost of less than half of that isn't going to make much difference.

        You dont put the range extender in the dead spot ! You put it where it gets a good signal from the access point and its covered covers your dead spot.

      • I don't have this specific model, but I do use a WRT54GL to do basically the same thing.
        I would certainly say my setup is not 'next to useless'.

        One end of my house is at the extreme end of the range of my router (meaning it kind of works, mostly, about 50% of the time). By sticking a WiFi extender half way down the length of my house, I now have 100% complete coverage throughout the house - and its rock solid reliable.

        There is a reduction in throughput, but for my purposes (email, basic web browsing, watching iview etc) a WiFi extender works flawlessly.

    • +1

      Yep… they are pretty useless, as they do very little to overcome the more common reasons for poor wireless coverage in urban environment (frequency interference, and brick/metal/concrete building materials).

      For $19, they are probably worth a shot. But if you are willing to spend $100+ on solving this sort of problem then an Ethernet-Over-Power (EoP) solution is likely to be much more effective (check of the Netcomm NP206).

      • EoP can also give problems, especially if the power sockets are on different circuits.

        If you can, buy a long Ethernet cable, more hassle to install, but more speed than EoP

        • Only if you want to break the law without a license to wire Ethernet at home via on wall sockets and drilling.
          The cost to get someone certified to do this is much more than getting EoP + WAP.

          You CAN however just have the cable along the trims and wall what not with clips and bluetack if you wish

        • -1

          I chose to break the ridiculous law and run a length of ethernet cable through my roof. Not like it is running 240v or anything. Runs great too. Jam it, sparkies.

        • Good for you. Wait until someone ask for compliance check on electrical and wiring.

          Everyone knows its ridiculous law, that's how/what you get living in Aus. Stop trying to get away with it being dodgy.

          Rather than wiring yourself EoP is safe and compliant.

        • It's against the law, but is it actually dodgy? Has anything bad happened as a result of someone running CAT5 cable across their house?

        • If the insurance company find it and wont pay after a house fire, well I guess that would qualify as "bad".

        • I've heard a lot of "what if" scenarios over the years, but I really am interested to know, has anyone heard of an actual case (not a "friend's friend said…") where something bad came out of someone running an Ethernet cable across their house?

          The insurance co would have to show that the Ethernet cable caused the fire.

          I really do wonder which is more likely … a house fire started by an Ethernet cable, or getting hit by a drunk driver when driving at night.

  • Out of stock ? OW business practices seem to be spreading :(

    • +1

      You can use shipping to your place, I am sure they will have stock from their state warehouse.

  • +1

    Just ordered one for pick up in North Melbourne

    • me too…

      • +1

        Me too - for $19 it's hardly a gamble. Thanks OP!

  • Yeah, reviews appear to be mixed but price sure is cheap.

  • Keep getting 404 error when trying to make payment, so change it to pick up in mitcham and it went through.

    • Jusy got order email saying store is "out of stock".

  • +1

    I bought a DIR 506L from their previous ozbargain deal to setup as a repeater and sadly it never worked. The device managed to connect to my wireless router but the computer connected to the extender cant browse the internet. Neither pinging the router nor the extender worked.

    I am going to buy this one, lets hope that it is gonna work

  • Since it has an ethernet port, can you just use this to add a 5GHz and/or 802.11a Wireless access point to an existing network? (yay!)
    Or does it only work the other way as a lame wireless bridge with a client plugged into it? (pfft!)

    • +1

      User manual p.28:

      Setting up Your Extender in AP Mode

      In AP mode, the extender gets its connectivity from the router via the Ethernet and acts as an access point for wireless clients. You may want to use AP mode in a location where you cannot connect a device to the router wirelessly but can connect using an Ethernet cable.

      • Thanks.

  • +3

    I am at the Hurstville branch here in NSW and they have plenty in stock.

  • I have my house wired but use wifi for mobile phones.
    The router is at one end and my bedroom is at the other, is this any good for extending wifi for a mobile phone?

    • +4

      That's what a wifi extender is for, and this is a wifi extender…

  • http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833146...

    Review's are pretty bad, but as others have said, for $19 you can't go wrong.

    • yea doesn't sound too good…

      Cons: Internet connectivity dropped often and trouble connecting multiple devices.

  • +1

    1.5 Stacks left at Pascoe Vale (VIC BRANCH).

    • What's a 'stack'?

      • +4

        what you have if you insist on Sexting while driving.

  • None available at Mitcham, Vic

  • +2

    Selectable Dual Bands means it is not simultaneous dual bands. I am a bit suprised with a 3x3 setup, this repeater does not support simultaneous dual bands. Then again, dual band repeaters are not easy to find I reckon.

    Generally, repeaters come with a firmware that's easier for people to setup wireless repeating. However, you still need to know the basics of wifi. DD-WRT and other custom firmwares offer more controls, but you really have to know what you are doing.

    A suggestion, when setting it up, try to put it in an area where you know you get decent wifi signal. Get it working first, then move it to another position. There is still a limit of these devices. You don't want it to be too far from your main router otherwise you will get poorer "real" bandwidth for devices connecting to the repeater.

  • +6

    Bought one to be delivered from the warehouse (VIC).

    MSY may well have the worst retail website on the internet. For a technology resaler, it's laughable.

    • +3

      You should have seen their website before they "improved" it. It looked like it was built with Word, and the price list was a PDF download.

      • +5

        It was on the world top 20 worst website of the year back in 2009. For some pleasure reading refer to this link: http://www.jimwestergren.com/worst-web-design-ever/

        • heh yet its virtually the only real survivor since IT prices have crashed to such low points.

          Who remembers the Computer fair days…

        • and coming home smelling of fried onions. Box Hill Town Hall etc etc etc.

          Ahh the good old pre-GST days when MSY refused to issue receipts.

        • Computer swap meets lol

          The good 'ol times

  • +1

    Random question-I've got one of the old xbox 360 consoles without wireless, but am looking for something that can get the wireless signal from my router. Anyone know if this can get the signal and convert it through a LAN cord???
    Thanks in advance if anyone can help!

    • I can't see why not. Once the extender is connected to your wireless router/AP, the gigabit Ethernet port should act as a network port on your existing wireless/wired network.

      • +1

        from the menu, it only support Extender mode and AP mode! so mostly likely it doesn't support client mode.

        • Bugger… after reading the manual, that appears to be the case. :(

        • I am not sure which part of the manual you read, but on page 6:

          Ethernet (LAN) port

          Optionally, <1> use an Ethernet (network) cable to connect a wired network device to this port. <2> When in AP mode, use an Ethernet cable to connect this port to a router.

          LED Description Ethernet port

          Link LED (Green) - Steady on when a cable connects the port to <1> another Ethernet port or <2> a router.

          Usage <1> looks like what you want.

  • Thanks… bought 1… pickup from Hurstville shop.

  • I gave up after 30 mins of frustration. After clicking on checkout and confirming qty/price there is no further checkout option. For a tech business they have always appeared very tech unsavy.

    OP needs an upgrade to his username :)

  • Didn't show on the website so rang and got thru! and they said they had 20 or more in stock @ Ultimo so went down and I got myself one just now

  • Guys, what's a good wifi extender for a reasonable price, if not this one? Thanks.

  • 'no mac filtering or blocking'

    If you have MAC filtering enabled on your primary wireless point, my guess is that this unit will bypass that and let anything join (with password of course).

  • I'm going to give it try, cheers.

  • Just picked one up from the Malvern store. Looks like a quality product. For $19 it is worth the Gamble. Thanks OP

  • Is it complicated to set up?

  • There's none left at the NORTH MELBOURNE Store!

    • Yeah, just tried that. $10.40 to post to VIC 3000 isn't too bad though.

  • +2

    I just bought one, unpacked it and used the WPS setup option. Connected straight away, copied the pass codes etc and now the tablet in the kitchen is showing about 80% signal strength compared to about 35% without this device. OK, so the throughput might be less, but previously it would drop out occasionally and now it doesn't. Mostly all I use it for is streaming internet radio and checking weather etc. Also my Android phones will extend further around the house.
    So for $19 I reckon it is a bargain.

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