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Range extender recommendations

Hi,

I need a range extender in the $100 price range, with detachable antennas. The area I'm trying to reach is above a ceiling with plenty of metal in it. I tested and need at least 8db antennas to get 2 bars of signal.

I already tried with a TP-Link TL-WA830RE, but looks like I got a defective unit (see here for the thread).

Can you recommend, from personal experience, a reliable repeater that fits the requirements?

Thank you.
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I'm not really interested in high speed. Just that it is possible to check email on the attic.

What I'm really interested in is stability. A 1 Mb stable connection is plenty.

For business use I would not consider range extenders, except outside, on open fields. But for light home use I think they're an acceptable choice when the wife/mother/etc says: no more wires.
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Yup. Tried one, but could not connect. Looks like the attic is on a separate circuit.
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I've exchanged the (not working) TL-WA830RE with a new one (hopefully working). Will do some tests on Monday and update with the result.
I suppose no news is good news :)
Nope. Tried the new repeater, with the same results.

And after some emails exchanged with TP-Link support, either I'm incapable of configuring a device by following a step by step guide or that device only works in very specific configurations.

But since I could not make it work even with a TL-WR841ND (same brand of router and repeater), from where I stand this repeater model is broken.

I'm going to close this and continue to hunt for a working repeater.

Thank you all.