Nice little find here, a superb (and cheap) alternative to the Microsoft Xbox 360 wireless adapter.
I needed to upgrade the connection between my Xbox 360 and the BT HomeHub 3 that uses Wireless N. The recommended Microsoft Wireless adapter for the Xbox I find extortionate at £50 odd. Fair enough it's plug and play but come on, that price is well over the odds.
Anyway, after some hunting around I came across this little beauty at only £14.99, the TP-Link TL-WR702N Wireless N Nano Router. It's a tiny little device that provides five different modes: AP; Router; Repeater; Bridge; and Client. For the Xbox 360 to connect I've used the TP-Link in 'Client' mode.
Problem with BT HomeHub and the Xbox 360 in extender mode
I now have an Xbox connected at 150Mbps to the internet and LAN via this device. One thing that needs to be done to get it to work properly though is I needed to change the IP address of the TP-Link (under 'network' tab in admin settings) to one that was within the ranges of the BT Home Hub. Before I did this understandably it didn't connect properly because the HomeHub wasn't allowing traffic.
This IP issue may be a reason so many people have problems getting Windows Media Centre and the Xbox 360 Extender to talk to each other via a BT Home Hub. Worth a try if you're getting problems, not just with this adapter.
The TP-Link TL-WR702N Wireless N Nano Router is a great little device, well worth a look if you're looking for a Wireless N solution for the Xbox 360 other than the Microsoft offering. I've not tried it in its other modes, but going on it's current performance in client mode I'm sure it would be up to the task.
I've provided a link below to the product on Amazon...
- Written by Stuart Edge
- Category: Technology & Gadget Reviews
- Published: 15 December 2013