I think everybody can gree that there is nothing more frustrating than a bad WiFi connection. You’re trying to browse the internet, scroll through your Facebook and Instagram feed or get to the next level of the latest online game when…your connection cuts out.
Whatever the issue, a weak WiFi signal is now an easy problem to fix, especially with the latest WiFi Range Extenders. But with so many different makes and models of extenders available, how do you know which one is best for you?
That’s why we’ve created the Top Ten improbable WiFi Range Extender 2018 guide to help you decide which extender is the perfect fit for your connection needs. After hours of research and testing, we’ve shortlisted the incredible Extenders you can buy for your home or office right now.
- Fantastic WiFi Range Extender 2019
- NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 – Amazing Wifi Range Extender 2019
- TP-Link AC1750 – Гnbelievable for Multi-Device Streaming
- NETGEAR AC750 – Fantastic for HD Streaming
- NETGEAR N300 EX2700 – Superior Budget WiFi Range Extender
- TP-Link AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender w/ Gigabit Ethernet Port (RE355)
- Securifi Almond Wireless Router/ Range Extender – Superb for Revolutionary Design
- TP-Link N300 (TL-WA855RE)
- MSRM US750 Dual Band WiFi Range Extender
- NETGEAR N300 WN3000RP
- AMAKE Wifi Repeater – Famous Quick Connection Repeater
- The Great WiFi extenders you can buy today
- What to Look for in a Wi-Fi Extender
- FAQs about Wi-Fi Extenders
Of course, not every one of these Extenders will be suitable for each individual, and some come with a heftier price-tag than others. What we do know for certain is that each of these range extenders are good enough to make our list.
|Model||Range||Band||No. Ethernet Ports|
|NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900|
|1900Mbps Dual Band||2.4 & 5GHz||Five (5) 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports with auto-sensing technology||See on Amazon|
|TP-Link AC1750||Up to 1300Mbps (5GHz)/Up to 450Mpbs (2.4GHz)||2.4GHz & 5GHz(11ac)||1 * 10/100/1000M Ethernet Port||See on Amazon|
|NETGEAR AC750||750 Mbps Dual Range Band||2.4GHz and 5GHz||1 fast Ethernet port||See on Amazon|
|NETGEAR N300 EX2700||300 Mbps||2.4GHz||1 fast Ethernet port||See on Amazon|
|TP-Link AC1200||300Mbps (2.4GHz)/ 867Mbps|
|2.4GHz and 5GHz||Gigabit Ethernet port||See on Amazon|
|Securifi Almond Wireless Router / Range Extender||300 Mbps||2.4GHz||1 Ethernet WAN|
1 Ethernet LAN
|See on Amazon|
|TP-Link N300 TL-WA855RE||300 Mbps||2.4~2.4835GHz||1 * 10/100M Ethernet Port||See on Amazon|
|MSRM US750||750 Mbps||2.4GHz and 5GHz||1 fast Ethernet port||See on Amazon|
|NETGEAR N300 WN3000RP||300 Mbps||2.4GHz||1 fast Ethernet port||See on Amazon|
|AMAKE Wifi Repeater 300M Range Extender||300 Mbps||2.4GHz||1 fast Ethernet port||See on Amazon|
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Sitting in No.1 position on our list is the ever-so-cool sounding Nighthawk from internet technology giants NETGEAR. The AC1900 (EX7000-100NAS) is the most expensive extender on our buyer’s guide.
The NETGEAR Nighthawk Wi-Fi Range Extender boosts your existing network range and speed with 11ac dual band Wi-Fi up to 1900Mbps and 700mW high-powered amplifiers. It has a dual core 1GHz processor to enable maximum Wi-Fi performance and is ideal for gaming and streaming.
With its sleek black design and strangely angled antennas sticking out of the side, this is an extender that was designed to be put on display, rather than just hidden away in a corner. It’s a serious-looking piece of equipment, which is justified by the incredible performance it delivers. You can’t mount it but it does come with a stand, which allows you to display it vertically.
Setting up the NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Desktop WiFi Range Extender (EX7000-100NAS) was a fairly straightforward affair (which we were surprised by) and the only difference between it and other installation processes was the extra step of adding an email address and password in case you need to recover your admin details at some point in the future.
The Nighthawk AC1900 automatically appends suffixes onto your existing WiFi network making it easy to tell which is the new extended network. Once you’ve completed the setup, you can move the extender to whichever location you need it most.
The NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Desktop WiFi Range Extender (EX7000-100NAS) is, without a doubt, the fastest of all the extenders we tested during the compilation of this list – and rightly so for the price.
The extender has an extreme dual band WiFi speed of up to 1900Mbps, with a Dual Core 1GHz processor and a 700mW high power amplifiers for extreme range. It also has FastLane technology to create a super-fast connection by using both WiFi bands.
During our testing, we were blown away by both the range and speed of WiFi connection the Nighthawk provides.
The NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Wi-Fi Range Extender (EX7000) gives you the range you need to access amazing, high-speed wireless coverage in every corner of the house. It’s quick and easy to install, and with FastLane technology, getting the highest speed for your bandwidth is a breeze. It’s definitely pricey, but if you are serious about connectivity in the house and want something that is going to consistently provide a reliable high speed and wide range, this range extender is worth every penny.
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Up next is the AC1759 from TP-Link. Its the most expensive device from T-link on our list although we believe this is reasonably priced thanks to the punch this Wifi Range Extender packs.
The AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender with Gigabit Ethernet Port (RE450) features three external antennas promising to expand WiFi range up to 10,000 square feet and a Gigabit Ethernet Port to connect any wired device to WiFi.
With its three grey antennas and glossy white box, the AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender with Gigabit Ethernet Port (RE450) looks a little like something out of a Star Trek movie. It’s slightly bigger than the other extenders we’ve named on the list so far but it still plugs easily into any power wall socket. Disappointingly for such a bulky extender, it doesn’t have a pass-through socket – which would have been particularly handy as it takes up both sockets on a standard power outlet.
The RE450 is a piece of cake to setup, especially if your router supports WPS. All you need to do is plug it in close to your router, wait for the power light to turn blue and then simultaneously press the WPS button on both the extender and router. Once the LED light changes from flashing to solid blue, you’re connected.
This is the method we used for installing the AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender with Gigabit Ethernet Port (RE450) and it took us roughly two minutes in total to get connected.
If you don’t have a router with a WPS button you can still easily set up the extender by using a wireless device (like your laptop or phone) and visit http://tplinkrepeater.net in your browser. You’ll be taken to the setup page, where you can scan and choose the available WiFi network you want to extend.
AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender with Gigabit Ethernet Port (RE450) consistently delivered excellent performance when tested during our compilation of the Top Ten improbable WiFi Range Extender 2018 list. We tested the extender over 25ft, 50ft and 75ft in previously unreachable areas both inside and outside, and found that, even at 75ft, the WiFi connection was impressively high for the distance.
It also delivered some of the highest speeds at those distances that we found during our testing – easily streaming 4K HD Videos on one device at the same time as gaming on another device.
If you are looking for not only impressive range but also a higher standard of multi-device speed, the TP-Link AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE450) is an excellent choice.
It takes two minutes to setup, delivers consistent, reliable WiFi connection in hard to reach areas, like outdoors, and is perfect for online gaming and HD streaming.
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Next up on our list is another excellent range extender from NETGEAR – the NETGEAR AC750 Wi-Fi Range Extender. The AC750 simultaneously uses dual band to reduce interference and with FastLane™ technology, you can use both WiFi bands to establish one super high speed connection.
This makes this Wifi range booster amazing for HD streaming, the Netflix subscribes amongst you may find this feature extremely attractive.
Identical to the NETGEAR N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender, the AC750 Wi-Fi Range Extender EX3700 is compact, simply designed and easy to blend with almost all home interiors. It plugs seamlessly into wall sockets and once set up, you’ll barely even know it’s there!
Installation for the AC750 isn’t quite as simple as the previous model, but set-up is still relatively quick. This extender gives you the option of two WiFi modes – one to extend your existing WiFi connection and one to create a new WiFi access point.
All you have to do is plug in your extender, near your WiFi router and wait for the Power LED to light green. To extend the range of your WiFi network, you have to connect the extender to your existing WiFi network – either by WPS or via web browser setup.
WPS (or WiFi Protected Setup) lets you join a secure WiFi network without having to type the name and password of the WiFi network. This is the method we used when testing the NETGEAR AC750 WiFi Range Extender. You simply press the WPS button on the side panel of the extender and press the WPS button on your router to connect.
The new extended WiFi network name will now show on your WiFi device or computer. It creates two new extended networks, which will be shown as your existing WiFi network name plus _2GEXT and _5GEXT at the end of the name. Once you have connected to the new network, unplug the extender and move it to wherever you require stronger WiFi signal.
Again, you will notice an immediate difference after you install the AC750 Extender.
We found this extender provided even better streaming than the NETGEAR N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender, Essentials Edition (EX2700) – especially when it comes to online gaming and HD Video streaming.
The range worked exactly the same as the previous model – extending WiFi signal to corners of the house that were previously WiFi “dead zones” but by using both bands instead of one, we were able to create a super speed connection.
As we said at the start, it’s WiFi Range Extenders aren’t a “one-size-fits-all” kind of a purchase. If you specifically want a super-speed connection and don’t mind paying that little bit extra, it would make sense to purchase the NETGEAR AC750 WiFi Range Extender (EX3700-100NAS) over the slightly cheaper NETGEAR N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender, Essentials Edition (EX2700).
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In at number four on our list is the N300 EX2700. This is one of four of their products to make it onto our top ten list, showing just how good their networking technology really is.
The NETGEAR N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender, Essentials Edition (EX2700) earned its place on this Top 10 list for several reasons, and we’ll take a look at each of these in detail below.
The EX2700 was designed to fit easily into any room or space in your home. It’s compact and simple white design was specifically created to blend seamlessly with any décor, discreetly providing WiFi extension wherever you need it. The small extender plugs into wall outlets, and is barely noticeable…until you notice a stronger WiFi signal.
Setting up the EX2700 only takes minutes, and comes with clear and easy instructions to follow. Simply plug the EX2700 into a power outlet and wait for the power LED Image to become solid green, use any WiFi device – like your smartphone or laptop – and connect to your extender wireless network. Once your WiFi device is connected to the extender, the device LED image will turn on.
After this, you simply visit http://www.mywifiext.net and click on the New Extender Setup, where you Click New Extender Setup, create an account and then select the WiFi network you wish to extend. That’s it!
You will notice a difference immediately after installation with the N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender. When connecting via Ethernet, the performance is excellent – delivering exactly the same connection as you get directly next to your router. Connecting wirelessly, you can expect areas of your home that previously only picked up two or three bars to reach up to five.
We tested the extender in a house with two floors, with the router on the ground floor, and where previously the upper floor had extremely poor connection. The WiFi speed on the upper floor changed to almost identically as fast as downstairs after installing the N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender. It worked incredibly well on both handheld devices, such as a smartphone and tablet, and particularly improved the connection of a Smart TV in what was a previous WiFi dead zone upstairs.
This extender is by far the best value-for-money range extender we tested during the complication of our list. It’s quick and easy to set up, is barely noticeable when plugged in and provided excellent range and speed in areas that were previously not receiving WiFi at all. It’s perfect for larger houses with more than one floor and provides strong WiFi connections on your handheld devices as you move.
- Supports 802.11ac, the next generation of Wi-Fi
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Our next range extender on this buyer’s guide is the TP-Link’s AC1200. This extender easily connects to your router wirelessly, strengthening and expanding the signal into areas it can’t reach on its own. It also reduces signal interference to ensure reliable coverage throughout your home or office.
The three high-gain antennas boost your wireless coverage up to 10,000 square feet, and a Gigabit Ethernet port makes it easy to connect a wired device to WiFi.
The AC2100 is almost identical in design to the AC1750 – with its three grey antennas and glossy white box. It is slightly bigger and longer than some of the other extenders but it still plugs easily into any power wall socket.
The range extender works with any WiFi router or access point and is compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0, Firefox 20, Safari 5.1, and Google Chrome 25.0 browsers or higher. You can easily install and manage your WiFi through the free TP-LINK Tether app – available for both Android and iOS. Simply plug in into a socket near your current router, join the wireless network from the TP-Link Wi-fi Range Extender and login to the TP-Link R.E. website. From here, it’s easy to search for your current WiFi network name and login with your password, before the extender reboots. After this is setup, you can move the extender to anywhere in your home that needs a WiFi boost.
We tested the TP-Link AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender w/ Gigabit Ethernet Port (RE355) in a home with several WiFi dead spots and found that it extended the range well, even into particularly bad connection corners. As with TP-Link’s other AC1750 (at No. 2 on our Top Ten first-rate WiFi Range Extender 2018 list) we tested the extender over 25ft, 50ft and 75ft in previously unreachable areas both inside and outside, and found that, even at 75ft, the WiFi connection high. It worked very well for video streaming and for connecting a wired Smart TV, but these became slower at a greater distance.
The TP-Link AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender w/ Gigabit Ethernet Port (RE355) is a great but slightly more expensive option for solving WiFi black spot problems in your home or office. It’s not the best WiFi Range Extender out there, but it is certainly not the worst.
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You might have been thinking that, so far, the extenders on our list have all looked and sounded fairly similar. Well, for those who are looking for a range extender that is a little different, look no further! Meet the Securifi Almond Touchscreen Wireless Router/Range Extender.
The Almond is a revolutionary device that brings touchscreen to routers and range extenders for the first time. With its dual purpose ability – to either be used as your main router or as an extender for your existing router, the Securifi Almond can be entirely set up and maintained using the device’s touchscreen.
This is not your average, boxy-looking extender. The Securifi Almond Touchscreen Wireless Router/Range Extender is sleek, stylish and finished in glossy black. It’s not a router/extender that you’ll want to hide, and with its “Weather” screensaver mode, it’s handy to have on your desk or table.
Of all the range extenders on this list, the Securifi Almond Touchscreen Wireless Router/Range Extender is by far the easiest to set up. Installation takes two minutes and is hassle-free, thanks to the touchscreen setup.
Simply connect it to your modem and follow the onscreen instructions…that’s it!
It would be easy to presume that, with all of this focus design and looks, the Almond might not perform as well as some of the other, more tech-focused extenders but that’s simply not the case. As a range extender, it expands the reach of your WiFi impressively well.
Whilst it may not provide the highest speeds in the furthest away spots of your home, when tested it did deliver good range to areas, such as outside and upstairs, that previously had struggled to connect.
For most people who are looking to expand the range of their current WiFi router, the Securifi Almond Touchscreen Wireless Router/Range Extender will impress. Its main draw is the super-sleek design and touchscreen setup. For the non-techheads out there, the easy touchscreen installation makes getting that extra range a breeze.
It’s been said that the Securifi Almond Touchscreen Wireless Router/Range Extender is a game changer, and we think that sounds about right – they just need to work on improving the speed slightly.
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- Two external antennas for faster and more reliable WiFi
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Up next is our most budget-friendly extender from TP-Link. The N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender (TL-WA855RE) might be cheap, but we still think it is good enough to be number seven on our list.
Despite its small size low price-tag, the TL-WA855RE impressively extends the reach of your router, and supports wireless speeds of up to 300Mbps. It also enables you to connect a device, like a smart TV or game console, to WiFi through its Ethernet port.
This is a very compact extender, with two external antennas (used for faster and more reliable WiFi) and not much in the way of design to talk about. The small, white box blends easily with power wall sockets where it plugs in and is easy to move should you want to change its location.
The initial setup for the TL-WA855RE is very straightforward. Described by TP-Link as the “Easy Two Touch Setup” simply press the WPS button on your router and the Range Extender button on the TL-WA855RE. You connect the extender using a wireless device and the access the interface, where you are prompted to create a username and password before you connect to the wireless signal you want to extend.
Realistically, for this low a price, you are not going to get the fastest speed range extender. What the TL-WA855RE does give you is a great extended range of WiFi connection. We tested it in a house with two main “dead zones” – the room that is furthest away from the main router and an outside patio area. These spots had previously been complete WiFi blackout zones, and connection on handheld devices was particularly poor.
After installing the TL-WA855RE, both of these areas improved drastically, getting four (and occasionally five) bars – up on two to three bars in the past. We did note that the speed of connection still wasn’t all that strong, but as we said earlier, for this price you are not expecting miracles!
We really respect the TL-WA855RE and think it’s an excellent choice for people who want to solve their WiFi connection issues in particular areas of their home, without spending a huge amount of cash. If you need a reliable connection, it works consistently…just don’t expect it to always be the quickest.
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The MSRM US750 Dual Band WiFi Range Extender is another small and discreet extender, which is particularly great for wall-through WiFi Extension. It also has a Dual CPU to provide the most stable WiFi signal and the fastest speed – up to 750Mbps.
The range extender itself is very small and compact, and would be easy to blend into any home if it wasn’t for the two particularly long antennas. The other small-sized extenders we have looked at are also mainly white (and therefore easily blend with most standard power wall sockets) but the MSRM US750 Dual Band WiFi Range Extender is black, meaning it is more difficult to place it somewhere it won’t stand out.
The MSRM US750 Dual Band WiFi Range Extender is quick and easy to set up. We had ours up and connected within five minutes, without any issue. It’s not the easiest product to get online support for so we recommend following the simple on-box instructions, rather than trying to find a manual or guide online for installation.
Out of all the extenders on our noble WiFi Range Extender 2018 list, we found that the MSRM US750 Dual Band WiFi Range Extender was the most impressive for “through-wall” connection extension. Even some of the top extenders struggle with particularly old, thick or solid walls, but thanks to the large antennas and the built-in Dual Realtek Chipset on the MSRM, it had no problem whatsoever.
It also delivered impressive speed and was great for online gaming and video streaming.
We really rate this small, mid-budget WiFi Range Extender. The MSRM US750 Dual Band WiFi Range Extender is easy to set up, provides great range and would be the perfect option for anyone who has had trouble getting a good connection through solid walls in the past.
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NETGEAR’s fourth appearance on our list, the N300 Wall Plug Version WiFi Range Extender (WN3000RP) works with any router and provides connection to corners of your house or office that were previously WiFi black zones. With external antennas to provide even better connection at up to 300Mbps and a fast Ethernet Port to connect wired devices like Blu-ray® players, this is a great, mid-range extender.
The N300 WN3000RP is small and conveniently sized, easily fitting into any wall socket and designed to still allow the second socket to be used for other purposed. Its two antennas and white finish make it one of the more stylish looking of the small range extenders.
The N300 WN3000RP is easy to setup and connect to your existing network. You can do this via WPS (if your router is WPS ready) or online. We were connected and ready to go within a few minutes by simply plugging the router into a power socket, pressing the WPS button on the extender and the WPS button on the router. When the WPS LED light turns to solid green, you’re done! We then moved the extender roughly half way between the router and the WiFi “dead zone” to optimize the connection.
On testing, we found the N300 WN3000RP worked well at extending the range of connection but that the speed wasn’t particularly great. When tried in a two storey house with the main router on the ground floor, the previously “dead” WiFi areas upstairs were greatly improved but when we tested HD streaming, the speed was particularly poor.
This is a great, mid-range priced range extender for those who are simply looking to rid the house of any rooms where the WiFi couldn’t reach before. If you are after seamless online streaming or high WiFi speeds, this probably isn’t the right extender for you.
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If you haven’t heard of AMAKE before, you’re not alone. AMAKE isn’t the excellent know brand in the world for range extenders but we felt like this low-budget offering was deserving of a place on our Top Ten list.
It’s the second cheapest – after the TP-Link N300 WA855RE on this buyer’s guide, but just like TP-Link’s N300 WA855RE, it might be small but it packs a serious punch for its size and price.
The small, white and black range extender is a little outdated looking compared to some of the other offerings on this list. It’s compact and can be easily plugged into any socket, and it doesn’t have any visible antennas, which makes it less “techy” looking than most extenders.
Initially, the setup was a little complicated…but it was mainly due to the instructions being written by someone who clearly did not have English as a first language. Luckily, it was easy to find clear instructions online and after plugging in the AMAKE, we used a smartphone to connect to “Wi-Fi Repeater” and typed 192.168.10.1 into the browser.
You’ll then be prompted to enter a username and password and then click on “Repeater” before selecting your exiting WiFi network name and pressing “Apply”. It’s then a case of changing the extender’s SSID and Security Key to match the SSID and password of your current WiFi network.
The AMAKE Wifi Repeater does exactly what it says on the tin…and nothing more.
It will extend your current WiFi range and provide connection in areas that your standard router just isn’t able to reach…but it has a habit of dropping that connection if you move a lot – making it not the best choice for smartphones, tablets or using it on the move around the house.
If a cheap, quick fix sounds appealing, the AMAKE Range Extender is probably for you. For anything more than a basic WiFi connection extension, we would recommend you opt for one of the slightly more expensive models.
The Great WiFi extenders you can buy today
Unless you live in a smaller house or apartment, chances are you have a dark corner of internetless space in your home. It’s OK, it happens to the best of us. There are a few options available to you to address this concern. One emerging solution is a mesh network — a series of devices that all work together to blanket your home in WiFi. Another solution is to use a WiFi extender.
There are a huge number of different brands and models on the market, which can sometimes make finding the Best Range Extender for you a bit of a daunting task. That’s where lists like this are extremely handy.
This list was carefully compiled after hours of research and testing dozens of WiFi Range Extenders – whilst keeping in mind all of the important factors that go into choosing a product – such as budget, use and style.
We hope that this list will help you to choose the best extender for you, whatever your budget and requirements are. We believe we have included a model for everyone – from the cheapest – to some of the most expensive range extenders.
What to Look for in a Wi-Fi Extender
There are tons of wireless extenders on the market, but not all of them are created equal. Here’s what we think makes a range extender worth your money.
802.11ac and Dual-Band Wi-Fi
To really get the most out of your Wi-Fi extender, make sure you get one that supports a modern wireless standard.
The current go-to is 802.11ac, which offers great range and supports speeds up to 1,300 Mbps. Even budget routers and extenders should come with 802.11ac these days, so there’s really no reason to accept anything less.
And for best results, make sure your extender supports both the 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz wireless band—this helps it handle heavy traffic better.
A WPS Button
WPS, or Wi-Fi protected setup, makes it easy to add new devices to your network. You just push the WPS button on your router, and as long as you access it within a certain time period, you won’t need to input the password.
This can make getting onto the network a bit more convenient and may allow you to use a stronger password (since you won’t have to remember it).
The feature is really only useful if you frequently add new devices to the network, though, and it’s more of a convenience than a truly vital addition. Think of it as a nice bonus that can act as a tiebreaker if you’re stuck between a couple options.
Do You Want a Traditional Extender or a Powerline Adapter?
There are two types of Wi-Fi extenders on the market: 1) the traditional kind that connects to your router via Wi-Fi like any other device, and 2) powerline adapters.
Powerline adapters consist of two adapters rather than just one. One of the adapters plugs in near your main router and connects via Ethernet cable. It then sends the internet signal through the electrical lines of your home to the other adapter, which you can plug in anywhere you like.
The advantage of a powerline adapter is that it lets you place the extender as far away from your main router as you like without losing signal strength, whereas traditional extenders need to be within a certain range to get the best results.
This means you can (in theory) get more range out of a powerline adapter.
The disadvantage of a powerline adapter is that the signal depends on the integrity of your electrical wiring, which can sometimes be finicky, especially in older homes.
Neither option is necessarily better than the other. There’s really no way to know if a powerline adapter will work well in your home without trying, either. So if you do go for one of these, first make sure you can return it just in case it doesn’t work out.
The first consideration is what exactly your issue is. The words range extender are used to describe three types of device – repeaters, boosters and extenders. A booster will attach to the router and help boost a weak WIFI signal. Repeaters and extenders are essentially the same device. They plug into the wall and relay the signal, increasing the area it reaches, and helping the signal through any heavy obstructions like thick walls.
If your WIFI signal is generally weak, then a range extender probably won’t help. If your WIFI signal gets weaker depending on how far you are from the router, and all other issues are resolved, then a repeater or extender could probably help.
Remember that everyone’s needs are different and choosing the right WiFi Range Extender for you will, in the end, come down to personal taste. You might decide that money is the deciding factor, or that you need speed over vast range. Whatever you decide, we hope that this has helped and will act as a sold guide for determining your next range extender.
As a general rule devices made by the same manufacture tend to interact a little better than devices made by different manufacturers. Although, this is a general guideline, and not a hard and fast rule. The WIFI standard in your home and office will have some effect on this as well. Although, you should check the range of extenders offered by the manufacturer of your router to see if any of them fit your requirements and needs.
Which Outdoor WiFi Range Extender is Right for You?
While these devices may all be sold under the same name, they are actually quite different in functionality. The choice boils down to two options: your current network, and the area you’d like to cover.
The EnGenius Long Range ENS202EXT is the best choice if you’re connecting to an existing commercial grade network. Although the setup is a little more complex, it adheres to all networking standards and supports the proper security systems. You don’t want your wireless network to be a security risk, and you don’t want to have to replace any of your existing hardware. For those reasons, this is an excellent choice.
If you’re looking for simplicity, the Ubiquiti UniFi AP Outdoor+ is the perfect option. This WiFi extender adopts network settings from the router it’s connected to, making setup a breeze. There are a few custom features available if you need them, such as a pay-to-use access point control software. But the entire platform is designed for simplicity, so you can set it up yourself.
Both of the above extenders broadcast your wireless network in 360 degrees around the antennas. But if you want higher bandwidth coverage in a specific direction, the TP-Link CPE510 is for you. This impressive piece of hardware offers a lot more than your typical extender, with one of the most customizable feature sets we’ve come across. If you’re really struggling to get your internet to work the way you want, this is the extender you need.
FAQs about Wi-Fi Extenders
Where is the best place to put a Wi-Fi extender?
You want to place your extender about halfway between your main router and the area where you want to boost the signal.
Too far from the router and the signal to the extender will be weak, but too far from the target area and the signal there will be weak.
If you can’t get it close to the middle, you may have to play with the location a bit to find the sweet spot. If in doubt, start closer to the dead spot and then move it towards the router if you don’t see the expected results.
Do Wi-Fi extenders increase speed?
Yes and no. A Wi-Fi extender can’t make your internet connection any faster than the plan you have from your ISP. But if you have significant weak or dead spots in your home, an extender can make the connection in those areas faster by making the signal stronger.
Can I connect two Wi-Fi extenders?
You can connect two extenders to your main router, but generally connecting one extender to another will give you poor results.
If a standard Wi-Fi extender isn’t giving the results you need, you might want to look into a long-range router or mesh network system, which combines multiple access points into one network and has a similar effect to a Wi-Fi extender.
These systems aren’t cheap, but they may offer better results.
Struggling with poor WiFi signal? Tired of shifting around the house trying to find the strongest WiFi hotspot? If so, you are certainly in need of the best WiFi extender. The constant struggle with network coverage in our homes or offices can be incredibly frustrating, especially with the various responsibilities we hold and the duties we have to perform. This and many more reasons are why we all need a WiFi extender.
Be it in the comfort of your home or office, WiFi extenders are smart home devices that help increase your network signals around your preferred space. The extenders listed below are great performing units that won’t have you breaking the bank. Welcome to the only article that describes some of the best WiFi extenders currently on the market in detail, giving you all their highs and lows, leaving no secret in the dark. For 2019’s list of the best Wifi extenders, keep reading.