If your wireless signal is weak, you're going to have a bad time.
Sometimes it doesn't matter where you put your wireless router; the signal just won't be strong enough in some areas of your home. In that case, you should pick up a wireless range extender, sometimes referred to as "boosters" or "repeaters."
There are many to choose from, so we've narrowed down our favorites to help keep you connected in every corner of your home.
- Netgear Nighthawk EX7000
- Netgear EX3700
- Securifi Almond2015
- TP-Link RE200
- Linksys RE6500
- D-Link DAP-1650
Netgear Nighthawk EX7000
If you're looking for a powerful Wi-Fi range extender, the Netgear Nighthawk EX7000 will be more than you need. It has a dual-band setup that supports speeds of up to 1900Mbps. For reference, the FCC considers 25Mbps to be broadband internet.
The Nighthawk features high-power amplifiers and a high-gain antennae to maximize coverage in your home, and it employs FastLane technology, which uses both Wi-Fi bands to create one super-fast connection, ideal if you're streaming HD video or gaming.
The Nighthawk also includes five gigabit ports for connecting devices to your network via ethernet, as well as a USB 3.0 port for access to your stored media.
If you're looking for a powerhouse Wi-Fi extender, then the Netgear Nighthawk EX7000 is top dog.
If you're looking for a solid Netgear option but aren't prepared to shell out the $150 for the Nighthawk, the Netgear EX3700 is your next best bet. Starting around $50, the EX3700 conveniently plugs into the wall and features an ethernet port, which allows you to connect an internet-ready device (Blu-ray player, smart TV, etc.) to your network.
The EX3700 also employs Netgear's FastLane technology, so both antennas can be combined for one super-fast Wi-Fi channel, which is great for HD streaming and gaming.
If you want a speedy Wi-Fi extender (and who doesn't?) but don't want to shell out the dough, the Netgear EX3700 is an excellent, inexpensive option.
Looking for a Wi-Fi extender that can double as a smart hub? Yeah, they exist, and they're pretty awesome. The Almond2015 from Securifi is your touchscreen solution to limited Wi-Fi range. It requires no computer or mobile device to set up; just use the touchscreen to do it all. You can also access the router and connected sensors via the Almond app for iOS.
The Almond2015's best feature is its ability to be used as a smart hub. Use it to control smart lights, locks, thermostats, and more, all while extending your Wi-Fi range to your entire home.
If you're in the market for a router/extender/smart hub, then the Almond2015 is where it's at, and at around $80, it's a steal.
The TP-Link RE200 is another Wi-Fi extender that plugs into an electrical wall socket and takes up no more room than a night light. It's easily the best Wi-Fi extender for the average user, since set up is as easy as pushing the WPS button on your router and pushing the Range Extender button on the RE200. And if you want to move the RE200, you just unplug it and plug it in elsewhere — no need to reconnect.
There's even a Smart Signal Indicator to let you know how solid your connection is, which can greatly help you find the best place possible to plug it in.
Like other extenders, the RE200 has a high speed mode wherein one band is used as a highway, offering a high-performance channel for streaming and gaming.
It also has an ethernet port for connecting internet-ready devices and TP-Link offers a two-year warranty and unlimited 24/7 tech support.
If you're looking for an incredibly easy solution to Wi-Fi dead zones in your home, then the TP-Link RE200 should be your solution.
The Linksys RE6500 is a solid extender with a quirky feature. It features an audio port to which you can connect your stereo system or speakers so that you can wirelessly stream your music from your phone or computer.
If you're trying to boost your Wi-Fi signal but also have a bunch of wired devices, the RE6500 features four ethernet ports to ensure an uninterrupted connection. Each dipole antenna is adjustable, which actually matters when trying to extend your Wi-Fi range, so it's a convenient feature to have.
The RE6500 is great if you're looking for a fairly basic extender to maximize coverage but also have a few wired devices.
If you're after an extender, access point, and media server, the D-Link DAP-1650 has you covered nicely. It has four gigabit ethernet ports so you can connect your Xbox, smart TV, and any other internet-ready peripherals to your home internet.
It's fairly easy to set up the DAP-1650 as a wireless extender or as a media server, thanks to Web-based management console, and it's quite versatile featuring 801.11 a/b/g/n/ac wireless LAN compatibility.
At the end of the day, the DAP-1650 works like any other Wi-Fi extender, but it's versatile, powerful, works really well, and looks really cool as well.
What do you use?
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