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Extend Your Influence – The Best Wi-Fi Extenders

Whilst it would be perfect if we all had access to a constant, stable Wi-Fi signal, in reality it isn’t that simple, and extenders, or repeaters, are an increasingly popular way to sort out the ongoing issue with this invaluable resource. With powerful laptops, PCs and other devices constantly making demands on our connectivity, it’s crucial to have, and maintain, a decent signal.

Unlike a booster, which works by boosting the Wi-Fi signal from the main access point, an extender rebroadcasts the existing signal via two antennas to extend the connection. Eliminating any interference from environmental factors, or if the distance to be covered is too great, a Wi-Fi extender can make all the difference to the stability of your connection.

Here, then are our top Wi-Fi extenders:


1) WiFi Range Extender

 

Overview

Offering 1200 Mbts (megabits per second), this palm-sized unit from Netbox can expand your network for 2.4GHz and 5GHz, is easy to install and, via a simple press button connection, simple to set up.

What We Like

With the addition of an ethernet port, this Wi-Fi extender has all bases covered, but we found that with the increased stability and extended signal offered, we never even considered having to use the ethernet. Games that we considered fast, are now even faster, appearing laggy when we remove the extender – we have been spoiled!

What Needs Improving

Our main complaint with this little extender is simple aesthetics. Being only available in black makes it stand out when plugged in, being shiny and black makes it stand out even more. However, the performance more than made up for this issue.

9.7Expert Score
The Final Verdict

This diminutive Wi-Fi extender really does pack a punch, extending the range, and causing devices to run smoothly and speedily. With a budget-friendly price, this easily earns its place on our recommended list.

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Features

Color black

2) NETGEAR WiFi Range Extender

NETGEAR WiFi Range Extender EX2800 - Coverage up to 1200 sq.ft. and 20 Devices

 

Overview

Covering up to 1200 sq ft and easily coping with 20 devices connecting at once, this is an impressive Wi-Fi extender. When you add in the great 750 Mbps, universal compatibility, and the simple set up, this is looking good so far.

What We Like

Appearance wise, this is a good looking piece of kit – clean cut white, with four small indicators, you wouldn’t know it was there, except for the vastly improved performance of our gaming machines. Notoriously heavy on the signal use, this diminutive extender didn’t even bat an eyelid, just kept everything powered up and connected.

What Needs Improving

Although we discovered that the range covered by this little baby is wider than the 1200 sq ft quoted, the signal did start to waver at around the 1195 mark. Now, although this is in no way a deal breaker, it’s something to bear in mind.

9.6Expert Score
The Final Verdict

Good looking, super efficient, and offering an impressively solid 750 Mbps - what’s not to love!

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Features

  • Extended wireless coverage: Adds Wi-Fi range coverage up to 1200 square feet, and connects up to 20 devices such as laptops, smartphones, speakers, IP cameras, tablets, IoT devices, and more.
  • AC750 WI-FI SPEED: Provides up to 750Mbps performance.
  • Universal compatibility: Works with any wireless router, gateway, or cable modem with Wi-Fi.
  • Safe & secure: Supports WEP and WPA/WPA2 wireless security protocols.
  • Simple to setup: Press the WPS button to connect to your router. Use the Netgear Wi-Fi Analyzer app for optimal location.

3) VICTONY WiFi Range Extender

Overview

Including a useful ethernet LAN port, this 4 antenna extender offers a 3-in-1 mode – Access Point, Wi-Fi Extender and Wi-Fi Router, plus 1200 Mbps. With a simple set up, and a LED signal indicator, this, despite the strange design, is well worth some serious consideration so far.

What We Like

This multi functional extender not only increases the Wi-Fi signal, but can convert a wired network to wireless, and can instantly create a private AC 1200 wireless network. These added bonuses increase its usefulness for a home or business set up.

What Needs Improving

Although not a major issue, due to the design of this Wi-Fi extender, if you have a double power outlet, this must connect to the top socket. The four rather intrusive antenna could easily block access to the upper socket if not.

9.7Expert Score
The Final Verdict

With an eye-catching, four antenna design, this extender offers much for your money, including a powerful private wireless network. That, plus the impressively stable Wi-Fi connectivity, makes this a worthy contender for top spot!

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Features

  • Boosts your Wi-Fi network range - best Wi-Fi reception for Smartphones, and Tablets, with up to 1200 Mbps
  • Integrated fast Ethernet LAN port allows direct connection of a device to the network and Internet
  • Smart 3-in-1 mode: Access Point, Wi-Fi Extender and Wi-Fi Router
  • Easy to install and use, classical design, smart size and wall-mounted design
  • Work with any 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz routers, 4 integrated antennas

 

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