Amazon.com.au:Customer reviews: BrosTrend 600Mbps WiFi USB Adapter Dual Band AC600/Wireless Adapters for PC, 5GHz WIFI 433Mbps/2.4GHz Wi Fi 150Mbps, Works with Laptop or Desktop of Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP/2K; WNA016 Model
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This adapter works well in windows, but not functional in linux which is why I got it. Before purchasing I checked the brostrend website and saw linux drivers so I thought I was safe, but they were not at all functional. After trying every git repository I could find I gave up on this adapter and its sitting in a drawer now. If you're using it for windows though, its a solid adapter.
We needed a wireless bridge more than this extender. Needed to take an ethernet signal from a camera and transmit that over wifi. While this product does convert a non-wifi device to connect to wifi, the problem I has was the need to "talk" to the camera. This device will connect to your wifi just fine, but the connection between this device and the end product (in my case, the camera) is a unique IP address over the ethernet connection. For a printer or a TV that would not be a problem. But the camera IP needs to be "found" over the network and this device prevented that. It does look like it works just fine for a non-wifi printer that has ethernet. Set up is easy. It was just not "smart" enough for my needs.
I like that you can make wired Ethernet connections to it. I have a Samsung TV and a Tivo that require wired connections in the basement. When I switched to Fiber I no longer had a drop downstairs to the switch that is connected to my devices. This BrosTrend is a perfect solution as it allows me to connect to wireless and convert to wired connection. Speeds are great but the only drawback is the TV and Tivo are not powered on that much. So if a day or 2 goes by and I haven’t powered them on the BrosTrend loses Internet connection since nothing is requiring network connection. I did contact Support but haven’t found a resolution for this. I think if the BrosTrend had some sort of Keep Alive signal back to my Router it wouldn’t lose connection. Just my thoughts. Read other reviews and saw a few others had the same issue. Power cycle the BrosTrend and its back online. As a work around, I put a Smart Plug on the Bros Trend and named it Extender. Then I just tell Alexa, Turn Off Extender.....Alexa, Turn On Extender. This way I don’t have to get off the couch to do it and also my wife can do it as well.
After multiple prompts to file a review, I'm providing feedback on this purchase.
If you (like most) broadcast your SSID for Wifi, this product and the installation guide likely work very well. Instructions are succinct and effective for the intended use.
However, if your Wifi does not broadcast SSID: - it will not appear in the list of networks to be selected - there is no alternative method provided to workaround this limitation
I discovered you can setup the extender by temporarily setting your Wifi to broadcast SSID (which allows you to submit credentials); however, once returned to non-broadcasting, the extender will still broadcast the given network name(s) as it has no option to suppress. Using this product will result in your Wifi being presented to devices searching for available networks (though they will still the password for access assuming you specified one)
I contacted tech support on the issue. Despite advertising 24X7 support, the exchange took place 1 email conversation per day. I would say the expectation of availability should be adjusted. Aside from that my contact was up front and honest about product limitations as well as the robust return policy.
At this time I am considering alternatives and have not yet returned the product. In my opinion, at this price point the device should include a non-broadcasting configuration setting as most routers still offer this option.
I bought this to act as a network bridge to a 3d printer. It does not have any network bridge functionality. This device does its own NAT, so if you needed a device to be on a certain IP, you cannot do so. There is no admin interface that I could find after setting it up to even change the broadcast SSID. I only had it powered on for about 5 minutes once I determined it wouldn't fit my use case.