WiFi range extender

tp-link RE350

AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender
tp-link RE350
Performance Class (Standards Compliant):
  • N300 in 2.4GHz (SU-MIMO 2x2:2)
  • AC867 in 5GHz (SU-MIMO 2x2:2)

tp-link RE350
Key Features (as described by the manufacturer)
  • Kills Wi-Fi dead zone with strong Wi-Fi expansion at combined speed of up to 1.2Gbps
  • Operates over both the 2.4GHz band(300Mbps) and 5GHz band(867Mbps) for more stable wireless experience
  • Gigabit Ethernet port for connecting a wired device to your network at gigabit speed
  • High gain external antennas increase the effective Wi-Fi coverage
  • Intelligent signal light helps to find the best spot to set up by showing the signal strength
  • Works with any Wi-Fi router or wireless access point


tp-link RE350 Test Review (methodology)

Internet Speed Download

The speed of download from the Internet
in Mbps or
% of subscribed
ISP download speed
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Whole Home Average: 46.7%
Whole Home Average: 46.7%
1st Floor Average: 57.7%
1st Floor Average: 57.7%
2nd Floor Average: 35.6%
2nd Floor Average: 35.6%
analiti @1: 71.9%
analiti @1: 71.9%
analiti @2: 58.3%
analiti @2: 58.3%
analiti @3: 42.9%
analiti @3: 42.9%
analiti @4: 22.1%
analiti @4: 22.1%
analiti @5: 32.0%
analiti @5: 32.0%
analiti @6: 52.8%
analiti @6: 52.8%

Internet Speed Upload

The speed of upload to the Internet
in Mbps or
% of subscribed
ISP upload speed
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Whole Home Average: 88.7%
Whole Home Average: 88.7%
1st Floor Average: 98.3%
1st Floor Average: 98.3%
2nd Floor Average: 79.2%
2nd Floor Average: 79.2%
analiti @1: 99.5%
analiti @1: 99.5%
analiti @2: 100.0%
analiti @2: 100.0%
analiti @3: 95.3%
analiti @3: 95.3%
analiti @4: 63.5%
analiti @4: 63.5%
analiti @5: 77.6%
analiti @5: 77.6%
analiti @6: 96.4%
analiti @6: 96.4%

RSSI Average

Signal strength
average
in dBm
Best Possible (for this analysis): -10dBm
Best Possible (for this analysis): -10dBm
Whole Home Average: -72dBm
Whole Home Average: -72dBm
1st Floor Average: -64dBm
1st Floor Average: -64dBm
2nd Floor Average: -81dBm
2nd Floor Average: -81dBm
analiti @1: -67dBm
analiti @1: -67dBm
analiti @2: -70dBm
analiti @2: -70dBm
analiti @3: -54dBm
analiti @3: -54dBm
analiti @4: -83dBm
analiti @4: -83dBm
analiti @5: -84dBm
analiti @5: -84dBm
analiti @6: -76dBm
analiti @6: -76dBm

RSSI 95th percentile

Signal strength
95% of measurements
are stronger than
in dBm
Best Possible (for this analysis): -10dBm
Best Possible (for this analysis): -10dBm
Whole Home Average: -72dBm
Whole Home Average: -72dBm
1st Floor Average: -64dBm
1st Floor Average: -64dBm
2nd Floor Average: -81dBm
2nd Floor Average: -81dBm
analiti @1: -67dBm
analiti @1: -67dBm
analiti @2: -70dBm
analiti @2: -70dBm
analiti @3: -54dBm
analiti @3: -54dBm
analiti @4: -83dBm
analiti @4: -83dBm
analiti @5: -84dBm
analiti @5: -84dBm
analiti @6: -76dBm
analiti @6: -76dBm

WiFi AP Speed Average

WiFi AP Speed Average
Best Possible (for this analysis): 867Mbps
Best Possible (for this analysis): 867Mbps
Whole Home Average: 222Mbps
Whole Home Average: 222Mbps
1st Floor Average: 378Mbps
1st Floor Average: 378Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 67Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 67Mbps
analiti @1: 350Mbps
analiti @1: 350Mbps
analiti @2: 246Mbps
analiti @2: 246Mbps
analiti @3: 537Mbps
analiti @3: 537Mbps
analiti @4: 27Mbps
analiti @4: 27Mbps
analiti @5: 10Mbps
analiti @5: 10Mbps
analiti @6: 164Mbps
analiti @6: 164Mbps

WiFi AP Speed 95th percentile

WiFi AP Speed 95th percentile
Best Possible (for this analysis): 867Mbps
Best Possible (for this analysis): 867Mbps
Whole Home Average: 198Mbps
Whole Home Average: 198Mbps
1st Floor Average: 343Mbps
1st Floor Average: 343Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 52Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 52Mbps
analiti @1: 350Mbps
analiti @1: 350Mbps
analiti @2: 230Mbps
analiti @2: 230Mbps
analiti @3: 450Mbps
analiti @3: 450Mbps
analiti @4: 27Mbps
analiti @4: 27Mbps
analiti @5: 10Mbps
analiti @5: 10Mbps
analiti @6: 120Mbps
analiti @6: 120Mbps

WiFi AP Speed Maximum

WiFi AP Speed Maximum
Best Possible (for this analysis): 867Mbps
Best Possible (for this analysis): 867Mbps
Whole Home Average: 867Mbps
Whole Home Average: 867Mbps
1st Floor Average: 867Mbps
1st Floor Average: 867Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 867Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 867Mbps
analiti @1: 867Mbps
analiti @1: 867Mbps
analiti @2: 867Mbps
analiti @2: 867Mbps
analiti @3: 867Mbps
analiti @3: 867Mbps
analiti @4: 867Mbps
analiti @4: 867Mbps
analiti @5: 867Mbps
analiti @5: 867Mbps
analiti @6: 867Mbps
analiti @6: 867Mbps

Internet Dns Success

Internet Dns Success
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Whole Home Average: 98%
Whole Home Average: 98%
1st Floor Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
2nd Floor Average: 96%
2nd Floor Average: 96%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @4: 97%
analiti @4: 97%
analiti @5: 92%
analiti @5: 92%
analiti @6: 98%
analiti @6: 98%

Internet Dns Latency Average

Internet Dns Latency Average
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 22.5ms
1st Floor Average: 19.0ms
2nd Floor Average: 26.1ms
analiti @1: 17.0ms
analiti @2: 19.4ms
analiti @3: 20.7ms
analiti @4: 17.6ms
analiti @5: 22.2ms
analiti @6: 38.5ms

Internet Dns Latency 95th percentile

Internet Dns Latency 95th percentile
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 53.2ms
1st Floor Average: 42.2ms
2nd Floor Average: 64.2ms
analiti @1: 30.3ms
analiti @2: 53.3ms
analiti @3: 43.0ms
analiti @4: 27.7ms
analiti @5: 38.0ms
analiti @6: 127.0ms

Internet Dns Latency Jitter

Internet Dns Latency Jitter
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 9.3ms
1st Floor Average: 5.9ms
2nd Floor Average: 12.6ms
analiti @1: 4.1ms
analiti @2: 6.8ms
analiti @3: 6.8ms
analiti @4: 4.2ms
analiti @5: 7.6ms
analiti @6: 26.0ms

Internet Http Success

Internet Http Success
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Whole Home Average: 98%
Whole Home Average: 98%
1st Floor Average: 99%
1st Floor Average: 99%
2nd Floor Average: 96%
2nd Floor Average: 96%
analiti @1: 98%
analiti @1: 98%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @4: 98%
analiti @4: 98%
analiti @5: 89%
analiti @5: 89%
analiti @6: 100%
analiti @6: 100%

Internet Http Latency Average

Internet Http Latency Average
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 19.6ms
1st Floor Average: 17.9ms
2nd Floor Average: 21.3ms
analiti @1: 16.1ms
analiti @2: 18.5ms
analiti @3: 19.1ms
analiti @4: 16.7ms
analiti @5: 19.9ms
analiti @6: 27.3ms

Internet Http Latency 95th percentile

Internet Http Latency 95th percentile
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 42.5ms
1st Floor Average: 40.1ms
2nd Floor Average: 44.9ms
analiti @1: 32.7ms
analiti @2: 46.7ms
analiti @3: 41.0ms
analiti @4: 29.0ms
analiti @5: 32.0ms
analiti @6: 73.7ms

Internet Http Latency Jitter

Internet Http Latency Jitter
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 7.2ms
1st Floor Average: 5.9ms
2nd Floor Average: 8.5ms
analiti @1: 4.5ms
analiti @2: 6.6ms
analiti @3: 6.5ms
analiti @4: 3.8ms
analiti @5: 6.2ms
analiti @6: 15.4ms

WiFi Router Ping Success

WiFi Router Ping Success
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Whole Home Average: 100%
Whole Home Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
2nd Floor Average: 100%
2nd Floor Average: 100%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @4: 100%
analiti @4: 100%
analiti @5: 100%
analiti @5: 100%
analiti @6: 100%
analiti @6: 100%

WiFi Router Ping Latency Median

WiFi Router Ping Latency Median
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 8.5ms
1st Floor Average: 7.0ms
2nd Floor Average: 10.0ms
analiti @1: 5.3ms
analiti @2: 7.0ms
analiti @3: 8.7ms
analiti @4: 7.2ms
analiti @5: 8.3ms
analiti @6: 14.6ms

WiFi Router Ping Latency 95th percentile

WiFi Router Ping Latency 95th percentile
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 28.3ms
1st Floor Average: 26.7ms
2nd Floor Average: 29.9ms
analiti @1: 11.3ms
analiti @2: 25.7ms
analiti @3: 43.0ms
analiti @4: 15.3ms
analiti @5: 22.0ms
analiti @6: 52.3ms

WiFi Router Ping Latency Jitter

WiFi Router Ping Latency Jitter
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 5.9ms
1st Floor Average: 4.7ms
2nd Floor Average: 7.2ms
analiti @1: 2.7ms
analiti @2: 5.2ms
analiti @3: 6.1ms
analiti @4: 4.7ms
analiti @5: 4.8ms
analiti @6: 12.1ms

Our whole home WiFi testing methodology

We test whole home WiFi products - but our tests are independent and objective:

  • We test only products that were purchased from well known retailers when they were publicly available. We don't test samples pushed to us by the manufacturer prior to release date that may contain different software and hardware than the actual units that you can purchase.
  • We only test performance, measurable with objective metrics. You will not hear what we think of design, or apps, or functionality that has nothing to do with product performance or subjective preferences.
  • We test with a publicly available tool - the fasTest app. Our tests are repeatable - not just by us, but also by you, in your home or office.

We test whole home WiFi products in a real home lab. It's a two level apartment in multi-family building, comprising of the two top levels. The levels are separated by a concrete slab, making it especially difficult for wireless signals to pass through.

Lab layout
whole home WiFi testing lab

The orange squares are locations where we have routers, access points or range extenders placed, whereas the blue circles are location where we perform measurements. We use the fasTest | speed test app (in the "deep" testing mode) for running the tests (and you can, too - in fact, it is recommended you test your solution at home, before you install it and after you set it up, to make sure you got an effective solution for your specific situation).

We perform the fasTest Deep test (using a single TCP connection for data download or upload) in every location for 3-5 times - measuring and recording multitude of parameters. We then pick the top (best) three measurements and average the measurements fto get the result for the specific parameter using the specific network at the specific location.

We then calculate the average whole home performance by averaging the location-specific results in all measurement locations.

Test configurations

Our test configuration depends on the type of UUT (Unit Under Test) - whether a range extender, a standalone router or a WiFi mesh system - as well as the form factor of the UUT components - desktop or wall-plug

Test configuration for range extenders
  • ISP modem/router in location @A, connected to the ISP provided backhaul
  • The range extender (the UUT) is placed at location @B
  • The range extender is connected to the ISP modem/router using WPS Push Button method.
  • The range extender is configured to use both 2.4GHz and 5GHz for serving clients, regardless of the capabilities of the ISP modem/router (that are limited to 2.4GHz only).
Test configuration for mesh systems
  • ISP modem/router in location @A, connected to the ISP provided backhaul
  • Primary mesh unit of the UUT placed at location @A and is connected using an Ethernet cable to the ISP modem/router
  • Additional mesh units of the UUT are placed at location @C and @E (for the desktop form factor) or @B and @E (for the wall-plug form factor)
  • For UUTs with only one additional unit - that unit is placed at location @E
Test configuration for standalone routers
  • ISP modem/router in location @A, connected to the ISP provided backhaul
  • The standalone router (the UUT) is placed at location @A and is connected using an Ethernet cable to the ISP modem/router
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