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Best Wi-Fi extenders of 2020

            By Kaustubh 2 september 2020

Are you worried about the Wi-Fi dead spots in your home and office? 

Are you failing to get the best gaming experience because of dropouts? 

Are you going out of range in your Wi-Fi? 

Are you looking for the best Wi-Fi extender?

Maybe this information helps you in meeting your requirements. 

Inside the article

Let me start by explaining the difference between a Wi-Fi repeater and a Wi-Fi extender. 

  • A repeater is used to make your router signal reach the farther corners of your house from the router. Repeater just really broadcasts the Wi-Fi signal. In the process, it shares the same bandwidth of the network with all the devices and may result in speed trade-offs. However, we will be using the same network with the same I’d and password. 
  • Extender, on the other hand, extends our Wi-Fi network. It creates a different Wi-Fi network and we can use both the networks. There is a problem of interference with these networks but no speed trade-offs. We need to switch between the accounts respective to the areas where we are using the Wi-Fi. This may be annoying sometimes. 



OK now that you have faced the problem of network slowdown, time taking uploads and downloads, low streaming and buffering, it’s time to look for the best options available in the market. 

Best Wi-Fi extenders, the name itself is saying best. But what is best for you may not be the best for me. 

You will get many options when you search for the best Wi-Fi extenders, you may trust one of them and choose one, that is your choice. 

But first, know your requirements, write down on a paper

  • How much are you going to spend?
  • What features are you expecting?
  • What long are you going to use? And 
  • How much is it needed? 

The Explanation of the terminology of the products

When I researched various Wi-Fi extenders I didn’t understand the codes and terminology of various companies. Later when I studied further I got a clear idea. Let me clear your doubts also so that you can decide yourself what is the best Wi-Fi extender. 

Let me start by explaining the wireless network standards. Many of you may know these, but this is for those who are not aware of the new terminology Wi-Fi6.

  • Earlier in 2009, the network standard was 802.11n, this supports dual frequency bands, 2.4GHzand 5GHz. Data Transfer speed is limited to 600mbps. This is also known as Wi-Fi 4.So when You See ‘N’in the product name like,      

   TP-Link TL-WA855RE N300 Universal Wireless Range.    Extender

               The network standard here is Wi-Fi 4 and the speed is 300Mbps 

  • In 2013 the wireless network standard was 802.11ac. It is the most commonly used wireless standard. The data transfer speed is increased to 1.6GHZ. The frequency band used is 5GHz, however, they also support 802.11n standard on the 2.4GHz band. It is also known as Wi-Fi 5.

   example: Netgear EX6920 AC1200 WiFi Range Extender

              The network standard used here is Wi-Fi 5. The number 1200 is the data transfer speed in Mbps. So the higher the number the higher the speed. Also, note that the speed here is the total speed of the two frequency bands 2.4GHz and 5GHz. 

   AC1200 (300 Mbps+900 Mbps) 

Means 300Mbps for 2.4GHz and 900Mbps for the 5GHz frequency band. 

  • In 2019 the latest wireless network standard is Wi-Fi 6. That is 802.11ax.In addition to the bands 2.4GHz and 5GHz, this standard supports another frequency band also. They provide high data transfer speed up to 3.6GBps

Wi-Fi 6 standard is used in mesh Wi-Fi for high-speed data transfers. 

Example: DAPX1870 ( AX1800 dual-band Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Range extender)

Here the network standard is Wi-Fi 6, but with two bands (2.4GHz and 5GHz) 

Speed is 1800(1200 for 5GHz+574 for 2.4GHz)Mbps

 

  • 60Hz Wi-Fi or WiGig, this is 802.11ad standard. It is very very fast and the data transfer speed is nearly 7GBps.It uses the microwave frequency range of 60Hz and so it’s coverage is limited as it can not pass through obstacles or barriers. However, this standard can be used for a single room purpose. Used in Netgear nighthawk x10 router. 

Hope you got an idea of the serial number saying about the specifications.Some more acronyms 

  • MU MIMO-multi user multiple input and multiple outputs. Allows multiple users to use the network at the same time.
  • RE-Range extenders used in Tp-Link, EX-extenders used in Netgear 
  • The DAP-Direct access point, where Ethernet cable slots are provided for direct connection to smart TV and gaming consoles. 
  • WPS-WiFi Protected setup

Now you can get a clear idea while seeing the product name.

Let us start with 

 

Best Wi-Fi extenders for home

We will talk about the home area in square feet, if your area is below 1000sq feet go for Wi-Fi extenders with ‘N’ specification.

If your area is from above 1000sqft and below 7000 sqft go for ‘AC’ specification.

If your area is above 7000sq feet go for ‘AX’ specification. 

You can choose from the options below. 

1.For small houses ranging from 800 sq ft to 1200 sq ft

1.TP-Link N300 Wireless Range Extender

Technical Specifications:

  • Wireless type 802.11n,802.11b,802.11a,802.11g
  • Frequency 2.4GHz
  • Connection Ethernet RJ-45 port
  • Data transfer speed 300Mbps

Features:

  • Small size and easy wall-plug design
  • Internal antennas for wide coverage
  • Provides WiFi coverage up to 800sq feet
  • Easy set up using the Tether app
  • Bright Led indicators with an option to turn ON or OFF

Price:19.99$

2.NETGEAR WiFi Range Extender EX3700

Technical Specifications:

  • Data transfer speed 750Mbps
  • Wireless type 802.11n,802.11ac
  • Dual-Band Frequencies 2.4GHz and 5GHz
  • Connection Fast  Ethernet  port

Features:

  • Easy wall-plug design
  • Two External antennas for wide coverage
  • WiFi coverage up to 1000 Ft
  • Connects up to 15 devices
  • CD-less setup, Quick start guide
  • Push and connect using WiFi Protected setup

Price:27$

 

3.TP-Link AC750 WiFi Extender RE220

Technical Specifications:

  • Data transfer speed 750Mbps(300MBps for 2.4GHz+433 for 5GHz)
  • Wireless type 802.11n,802.11ac
  • Dual-Band Frequencies 2.4GHz and 5GHz
  • Connection through  Fast  Ethernet  port

Features:

  • One mesh technology
  • Compatible with any router
  • WiFi coverage up to 1200 Ft
  • Connects up to 20 devices
  • Easy setup with Tether app management
  • The smart indicator light for detecting the best positional setup
  • Push and connect using WiFi Protected setup

Price:29.99$


For medium-sized homes, you can go for the following options.

1.NETGEAR Nighthawk WiFi Mesh Extender EX7000 AC1900

Technical Specifications:

  • Data transfer speed 1900Mbps
  • Wireless type 802.11n,802.11ac
  • Dual-Band Frequencies 2.4GHz and 5GHz
  • 5 Ethernet  ports 10/100/1000 with auto-sensing Technology
  • One USB 3.0 Port
  • 700mW high powered design for ultimate range
  • Dual-core 800MHZ processor for maximum WiFi performance
  • DLNA compatible digital media server to play the media on TVs and game consoles

Features:

  • 5Giga Gigabit ports to connect to smart TVs for HD streaming or to gaming consoles
  • 3 External antennas increase the range
  • Parental access controls
  • WiFi coverage up to 2100 Ft
  • Connects up to 35 devices
  • Smart roaming, use your existing SSID name 
  • Universal compatibility can be used with any router.
  • Push and connect using WiFi Protected setup

Price:137.59$

2.DLINK DAP-1820 AC2000 Mesh WiFi Range Extender

Technical Specifications:

  • Data transfer speed 2000Mbps(300 for 2.4GHZ +1733 for 5GHz)
  • Wireless type 802.11k/v
  • Dual-Band Frequencies 2.4GHz and 5GHz
  • 1 Gigabit Ethernet port 10/100/1000

Features:

  • Compatible with a D-Link WiFi certified EasyMesh router to create a mesh network
  • The LED smart signal indicator helps in finding the best optimal location
  • Two external antennas
  • Access point mode
  • Wall plug design
  • Ultra-fast HD streaming with simultaneous online gaming
  •  Setup  Quickly using D-Link WiFi app 
  • Push and connect using WiFi Protected setup
  • Uses the latest 128-bit encryption for security

Price:99.99$

For Large homes and IoT based Smart homes

1.NETGEAR Nighthawk  4-stream WiFi 6 Mesh Extender Model EAX20

Technical Specifications:

  • Data transfer speed AX1800(0.6GBps for 2.4GHzz+14.2GBps for 5GHz)
  • WiFi 6 ,802.11ax
  • Dual-Band Frequencies 2.4GHz and 5GHz
  • 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports with auto-sensing technology
  • One USB 3.0 Port
  • 160MHz channel support 
  • 64 bit 1.5 GHz processor for maximum WiFi performance
  • Up to 4 simultaneous WiFi  streams-4 stream MU-MIMO
  • OFDMA allows efficient data transmission up to  4 devices at the same time

Features:

  • Ideal for IoT devices in our connected homes
  • 1.5  times better performance than 802.11ac
  • WiFi coverage up to 1500 sq feet
  •  Connects up to 20  plus devices
  • Smart roaming, use your existing SSID name 
  • Universal compatibility can be used with any router.
  • Nighthawk app and Push connect using WiFi Protected setup
  • NetGear wifi analyzer app for optimal location
  • wired ethernet ports simply plug in-game consoles streaming players into the 4 1x gigabit ports for maximum speed
  • smoother UHD 4k/8k streaming, fast online gameplay

Price:149.99$

 

Best Wi-Fi extenders for office 

For office use, we have to look for MU MIMO. As of now, I find the best wifi extender with NETGEAR.

1.NETGEAR Nighthawk  8-stream WiFi 6 Mesh Extender Model EAX80

Technical Specifications:

  • Data transfer speed AX6000(1.2GBps for 2.4GHzz+4.8GBps for 5GHz)
  • WiFi 6 ,802.11ax
  • Dual-Band Frequencies 2.4GHz and 5GHz
  • 4 Ethernet ports with auto-sensing technology
  • One USB 3.0 Port
  • 160MHz channel support 
  • 64 bit 1.8 GHz processor for maximum WiFi performance
  • Up to 4 simultaneous WiFi  streams-4 stream MU-MIMO
  • OFDMA allows efficient data transmission up to  8 devices at the same time

Features:

  • 4 times better performance than 802.11ac
  • WiFi coverage up to 2500 sq feet
  • Connects up to 30 devices
  • Smart roaming, use your existing SSID name 
  • Universal compatibility can be used with any router.
  • Nighthawk app and Push connect using WiFi Protected setup
  • NetGear wifi analyzer app for optimal location
  • wired ethernet ports simply plug in-game consoles streaming players into the 4 1x gigabit ports for maximum speed
  • speed up to 6gbps, smoother UHD 4k/8k streaming

Price:249.99$

2.NETGEAR Nighthawk  4-stream WiFi 6 Mesh Extender Model EAX20

Technical Specifications:

  • Data transfer speed AX1800(0.6GBps for 2.4GHzz+14.2GBps for 5GHz)
  • WiFi 6 ,802.11ax
  • Dual-Band Frequencies 2.4GHz and 5GHz
  • 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports with auto-sensing technology
  • One USB 3.0 Port
  • 160MHz channel support 
  • 64 bit 1.5 GHz processor for maximum WiFi performance
  • Up to 4 simultaneous WiFi  streams-4 stream MU-MIMO
  • OFDMA allows efficient data transmission up to  4 devices at the same time

Features:

  • Ideal for IoT devices in our connected homes
  • 1.5  times better performance than 802.11ac
  • WiFi coverage up to 1500 sq feet
  •  wifi strong and reliable.Farther and fast coverage.Connects up to 20  plus devices
  • Smart roaming, use your existing SSID name 
  • Universal compatibility can be used with any router.
  • Nighthawk app and Push connect using WiFi Protected setup
  • NetGear wifi analyzer app for optimal location
  • wired ethernet ports simply plug in-game consoles streaming players into the 4 1x gigabit ports for maximum speed
  • smoother UHD 4k/8k streaming, fast online gameplay

Price:149.99$

 

Best Wi-Fi extenders for gaming

For gaming, we need high speed and super connectivity especially when   the gaming console is in one room and the router is in the farthest room, 

Again latest extenders are providing USB 3.0 storage which helps in storing data for smart TV and gaming.

1.NETGEAR Nighthawk X6S Tri-Band WiFi  Mesh extender

Technical Specifications:

  • Data transfer speed AC300(400MBps for 2.4GHzz+866MBps for 5GHz
    +1733 for 5GHz)
  • 802.11ac
  • Tri-Band Frequencies 2.4GHz,5GHzand 5GHz
  • 4 Ethernet ports with auto-sensing technology
  • One USB 2.0 Port

Features:

  • Innovative Tri-Band WiFi with FastLane3 Technology
  • WiFi coverage up to 2500 sq feet
  •  Connects up to 50  devices
  • Smart roaming, use your existing SSID name 
  • Universal compatibility can be used with any router.
  • Nighthawk app and Push connect using WiFi Protected setup
  • wired ethernet ports simply plug in-game consoles streaming players into the 4 1x gigabit ports for maximum speed
  • WiFi speeds up to 3GBps, a quad-core processor and smart connect makes you enjoy smoother UHD 4k/8k streaming, fast online gameplay.

Price:199.99$

2.NETGEAR Nighthawk WiFi Mesh Extender EX7000 AC1900

Technical Specifications:

  • Data transfer speed 1900Mbps
  • Wireless type 802.11n,802.11ac
  • Dual-Band Frequencies 2.4GHz and 5GHz
  • 5 Ethernet  ports 10/100/1000 with auto-sensing Technology
  • One USB 3.0 Port
  • 700mW high powered design for ultimate range
  • Dual-core 800MHZ processor for maximum WiFi performance
  • DLNA compatible digital media server to play the media on TVs and game consoles

Features:

  • 5Giga Gigabit ports to connect to smart TVs for HD streaming or to gaming consoles
  • 3 External antennas increase the range
  • Parental access controls
  • WiFi coverage up to 2100 Ft
  • Connects up to 35 devices
  • Smart roaming, use your existing SSID name 
  • Universal compatibility can be used with any router.
  • Push and connect using WiFi Protected setup

Price:137.59$

3.DLINK DAP-1820 AC2000 Mesh WiFi Range Extender

Technical Specifications:

  • Data transfer speed 2000Mbps(300 for 2.4GHZ +1733 for 5GHz)
  • Wireless type 802.11k/v
  • Dual-Band Frequencies 2.4GHz and 5GHz
  • 1 Gigabit Ethernet port 10/100/1000

Features:

  • Compatible with a D-Link WiFi certified EasyMesh router to create a mesh network
  • The LED smart signal indicator helps in finding the best optimal location
  • Two external antennas
  • Access point mode
  • Wall plug design
  • Ultra-fast HD streaming with simultaneous online gaming
  •  Setup  Quickly using D-Link WiFi app 
  • Push and connect using WiFi Protected setup
  • Uses the latest 128-bit encryption for security

Price:99.99$

 

4.Linksys RE7000 AC1900 Gigabit Range Extender

Technical Specifications:

  • Data transfer speed 1900Mbps
  • Wireless type 802.11n
  • Frequency 2.4GHz
  • MU-MIMO technology
  •  Fast  wired Gigabit Ethernet port

Features:

  • Seamless roaming
  • Beamforming technology is used to boost WiFi signal
  • Configure to Access Point mode for new AC WiFi network
  • Universal compatible
  • Easy set up with spot Finder and Push-button connect
  • Quick Installation guide
  • Boosts WiFi up to 10000sqft

Price:129.99$

Best Wi-Fi extenders under 50$

These are budget-friendly WiFi extenders with no compromise on the quality. 

1.TP-Link N300 Wireless Range Extender

Technical Specifications:

  • Wireless type 802.11n,802.11b,802.11a,802.11g
  • Frequency 2.4GHz
  • Connection Ethernet RJ-45 port
  • Data transfer speed 300Mbps

Features:

  • Small size and easy wall-plug design
  • Internal antennas for wide coverage
  • Provides WiFi coverage up to 800sq feet
  • Easy set up using the Tether app
  • Bright Led indicators with an option to turn ON or OFF

Price:19.99$

2.NETGEAR EX2700 N300 WiFi Extender

Technical Specifications:

  • Data transfer speed 300Mbps
  • Wireless type 802.11n
  • Frequency 2.4GHz
  • Connection Fast  Ethernet  port

Features:

  • Small size and easy wall-plug design
  • Two External antennas for wide coverage
  • WiFi coverage up to 800 Ft
  • Connects up to 10 devices
  • Installation guide
  • Push and connect using WiFi Protected setup

Price:29$

3.NETGEAR WiFi Range Extender EX3700

Technical Specifications:

  • Data transfer speed 750Mbps
  • Wireless type 802.11n,802.11ac
  • Dual-Band Frequencies 2.4GHz and 5GHz
  • Connection Fast  Ethernet  port

Features:

  • Easy wall-plug design
  • Two External antennas for wide coverage
  • WiFi coverage up to 1000 Ft
  • Connects up to 15 devices
  • CD-less setup, Quick start guide
  • Push and connect using WiFi Protected setup

Price:27$

4.TP-Link AC 1200 WiFi extender RE300

Technical Specifications:

  • Data transfer speed 1200Mbps(300 MBps for 2.4GHz+867 MBps for 5GHz)
  • Wireless type 802.11n,802.11ac
  • Dual-Band Frequencies 2.4GHz and 5GHz
  • Works with any WiFi router

Features:

  • One mesh network is created, use the WiFi connection with the same name
  • Smart indicator light (White: good, Red: not good)to help to install in the best optimal location
  • WiFi coverage up to 1500 Ft
  • Connects up to 25 devices
  • Tether app management
  • Push and connect using WiFi Protected setup

Price:49.99$

5.TP-Link AC750 WiFi Extender RE220

Technical Specifications:

  • Data transfer speed 750Mbps(300MBps for 2.4GHz+433 for 5GHz)
  • Wireless type 802.11n,802.11ac
  • Dual-Band Frequencies 2.4GHz and 5GHz
  • Connection Fast  Ethernet  port

Features:

  • One mesh technology
  • Compatible with any router
  • WiFi coverage up to 1200 Ft
  • Connects up to 20 devices
  • Easy setup with Tether app management
  • The smart indicator light for detecting the best positional setup
  • Push and connect using WiFi Protected setup

Price:29.99$

Whatever WiFextender you choose, always take care of the following points

  1. Back up support provided by the company maintenance
  2. Upgradation of the firmware
  3. Security while accessing confidential data

Enjoy Faster and better-connected WiFi signals.

Thank you!!

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