BT Broadband Extender 500 Review

BT Broadband Extender 500 Review

Summary

Here is BT’s attempt at extending your Wi-Fi. Despite the BT branding, this extender works with any broadband provider. As in the picture above, in the box you get two extenders, one for connecting to your router, and the other for plugging in wherever you want in your house to then connect one device with an Ethernet cable. So, the name can be a bit off putting at first. But it only boosts one device via Ethernet. In my testing, I managed to get my Xbox One from 12mbps Download/8mbps Upload, all the way to 46mbps Download/11 Mbps Upload.

Features

The extender as with other networking devices claim ‘Up to 500mbps’, which just to get it clear, those claims are always false. The extender features a socket passthrough, which for a home with many devices, will be very useful. The extender also features an extremely long range, at 300ft, the distance you can plug in the second extender. This product is great for a device packed home, in areas where there is poor reception, or if you want to reduce interfence.

Availability and Specifications

For this product, BT has this everywhere on the web, and is quite popular on Amazon. Since BT is a British company, you won’t be finding this to be as popular as the version made for the UK. They can be purchased here for £40/$56 respectively:

Amazon (UK): http://amzn.to/2drfmwU
Amazon (US)http://amzn.to/2eylSPP

The specifications for the product can be found here:

  • Brand: BT
  • Item Weight: 721 g
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 15.8 x 11.2 cm
  • Bring the internet to your devices
  • Works with all Broadband providers
  • Pass through socket means you don’t lose an electrical socket
  • High speed (AV600) data transfer, multiple HD/3D TV streaming
  • Works straight out of the box

Pros And Cons

Pros

  • Easy to setup
  • Substantial increase in internet speed
  • Extremely long range
  • Affordable
  • Features AC pass through

Cons

  • Only connects to one device
  • Wired connection only

Final Verdict

This extender is perfect for many people who have a wide range of internet conncect devices, or somebody who has poor connection on their desktop PC. I would highly recommend to a friend, but only if he/she needs it.

 

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