Wireless routers allow for establishing networks easily. Customers need these networks to use their computers, tablets and smart phones. But there are times when building walls or other constructions or natural land form features can get in the way. Wi-Fi range extenders help to expand the reach of networks, overcoming dead zones and poor building layouts by boosting connectivity.
Because each circumstance is different, customers should be made aware of their preferences in features, how their building is structured to determine connectivity issues, and their needs for their existing network. This will help them choose what kind of range extender to best suit them and solve their connection problems. Some experts recommend moving routers and range extenders to different locations in the space to experiment with improving connectivity. Most owners can quickly discover where signal strengths are weakest or connectivity is worse by using this method.
Table of Contents
- 10. Misun WiFi Router and Range Expander
- 9. Netis Wireless AC1200 Router, Model: WF2780
- 8. Linksys WiFi Range Extender with Built-In Audio Speaker, Model: N600 PRO
- 7. Linksys AC1200 WiFi Range Extender
- 6. NETGEAR N600 WiFi DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router
- 5. Netis Wireless N Range Extender and Travel Router
- 4. Amped Wireless High Power Plug-In AC1200 WiFi Range Extender Model: (REC22A)
- 3. Amped Wireless Smart Repeater and Range Extender Model: (SR10000)
- 2. NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wi-Fi (R7000)
- 1. Securifi Almond Touchscreen Wireless Router and Range Extender
10. Misun WiFi Router and Range Expander
This new WiFi range extender is a new release for 2017. Made by Misun, it offers easy setup and is advertised as portable for business trips. This unit comes in white and is designed for convenient domestic use. It features a wireless signal booster access point and two antennas which are integrated with WPS, and also offers quick encryption. Its specifications include 300Mbps and Network: 802.11n/b/g.
9. Netis Wireless AC1200 Router, Model: WF2780
Due to its high gain antenna, advanced Qos and numerous easy to set up technologies, this new product promises reliable connections and top speed Wi-Fi connections in larger homes with multiple devices. It has a wide range of techie specifications included which advertise its strengths as a repeater. It is said to have Gigabit wired connectivity that is ten times faster than conventional Ethernet connections. This feature alone should provide excellent HD media streaming and high speed file transfers.
8. Linksys WiFi Range Extender with Built-In Audio Speaker, Model: N600 PRO
This product offers a built in audio speaker which allows owners to stream music from a computer or smart device by connecting stereo or audio speakers wirelessly. It features universal compatibility with all a/b/g/n devices, and there is no need to modify router settings because it works with any system; even those from service providers. Reviews by owners for this item are mixed because of set up issue. Some found it extremely easy to do, while others had numerous configuration problems and wished that the company manual had instructions that were easier to understand and follow.
7. Linksys AC1200 WiFi Range Extender
This product offers what the company terms as Spot Finder Technology. This is a design feature that helps users find the best spot to position the device to get the best WiFi performance. While it is dual band, it also features a cross band system which allows it to better utilize both bands available. While it plugs into a wall socket for easy use, it also includes an AC pass-through socket so that the customer can retain use of that socket. Its beam forming technology focuses signals to the device so that maximum uninterrupted service connections can be maintained. Some customers mentioned in reviews that it does increase signal strengths, but that their Internet speed was much slower when using it.
6. NETGEAR N600 WiFi DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router
With the popularity of Netgear’s products, it’s not surprising that over 1,300 customers purchased this product. It is a combination WiFi and cable modem in one unit. Its main advertising point is that it allows customers to eliminate monthly modem rental fees, as it is compatible with a wide range of US Internet cable providers and doesn’t require a service call to connect. Of the owners who use this product for working at home, some professionals that work in the technology industry indicated that this called a gateway product, due to its dual use capabilities. Those owners liked its fast and dependable service.
5. Netis Wireless N Range Extender and Travel Router
This product is designed for more secure wireless connections while traveling. It is a WiFi repeater and it will extend the range of a wireless device. Its main selling points are that it has a built in power adaptor and that it has an Ethernet port which can provide additional Internet connection to wired devices. It has a safety feature for using securing internal network setup when using cable modems or DSL. It comes in bright Green, Blue or Pink to make it difficult to lose.
4. Amped Wireless High Power Plug-In AC1200 WiFi Range Extender Model: (REC22A)
One excellent advantage to using this WiFi is that it plugs into an electrical wall socket. This keeps it up and out of the way, without adding extra wires to the usual pile. It will expand the range of existing networks very quickly and to add up to 10,000 square feet. An LED indicator shows the current signal strength. The company also has US based customer support, in house. Over 1,400 customers purchased this product, and 59% gave it a 5 star rating. Those who did noted its easy plug in set up and complete coverage in their space. Others had problems with dropping signals and needing frequent to daily reboots. Expert owners indicate that this product will not necessarily resolve all configuration issues when customers have multiple wireless networks.
3. Amped Wireless Smart Repeater and Range Extender Model: (SR10000)
Part of the popularity of this WiFi is that it can extend the range of any wireless network up to 10,000 feet. It is a smart repeater and a range extender combined. It has 5 antennas which can penetrate through walls to help eliminate dead spots in the WiFi system. It has plenty of controls to make using it easy and safeguard the system. It can stream HD video and audio, it will connect to a home theater and game devices by adding 5 extra wired ports. Over 1,800 customers reviewed this item, with 67% giving it a 5 star rating for ease of set up and its powerful extreme extended coverage of their spaces.
2. NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wi-Fi (R7000)
Over 3,340 customers left reviews for this dual band gigabit router, and of those, 67% left a 5 star review. Netgear as a company has a popularity that is due to generally user friendly electronic devices. This particular WiFi router has been an excellent performer for many customers. But, some have been disappointed when their own unit started to act up with small glitches here and there. Most had problems with connectivity which required that they reboot. For most, this solved the problem and they simply rebooted every few months. But for those not so lucky, rebooting would fix the problem for a short time, and then they would have to do it again, and again. This has caused frustration, compounded by the lack of helpful customer support, which is not common for this company, either. When this WiFi works, it is excellent. When it doesn’t, it is not. Bottom line.
1. Securifi Almond Touchscreen Wireless Router and Range Extender
With over 8,860 customer reviews, and 78% of those 5 star ratings, this product has been very successful in helping owners to set up a wireless router easily. One of the features that has made this device popular is its touchscreen set up. Most owners were able to get it up and running in less than 5 minutes. Another, is that it simply plugs into the wall, and it will work both as a router and a booster for those who already have a router. It is also compatible with a PC, a Mac, Linux, Windows, iPhone, iPad, XBOX and Android.
Ultimately, there are three main categories of range extenders to buy which can improve WiFi in a space. These are dual-band WiFi range extenders, which provide superior signal expansion, are inexpensive and available in fixed or portable models; wireless signal repeaters, which boost signals and can bridge from wired devices to wireless easily; and mobile WiFi boosters which allow for portable signal enhancement with easy moves to many different locations, and will accommodate smartphones and other portable devices.