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Problems with the wireless network? Never again with the best WiFi extenders!
If as part of the coronavirus preventive measures you have to work from home for a few days and you just noticed that the Wi-Fi connection is weak, you probably need to make some adjustments to the placement of the router. It is usual that there are areas where the signal does not reach with enough power to connect you without problems. To solve it, below we tell you which are the best WiFi extenders. We have chosen several models, including some very affordable.
If you are looking for a high-end extender that doesn't sacrifice your Wi-Fi quality (possibly for gaming or for a larger office, etc.), then the AC2600 TP-Link is a great choice. It comes with a high-speed mode that prioritizes a stable connection and a smart signal indicator to help you locate the correct area to maximize your Wi-Fi signal as much as possible, up to 14,000 square feet! It is also compatible with the latest router technologies such as MU-MIMO, so you don't lose those advantages when expanding your network. Like the routers modern, this extender also uses the beamforming to help maintain connections with wireless devices even if they do not support MU-MIMO.
It's definitely the best extender we've come across, but the price may be a little high for some buyers, especially those who don't need to cover such a large area or don't need such a powerful signal. Fortunately, we have many other options available for those looking for something cheaper! Take a look at what follows.
Netgear Wi-Fi Mesh Range Extender EX7300
Netgear's ambitious extender can increase Wi-Fi ranges by up to 2,000 square feet for up to 35 different devices, ideal for a small office or smart home, all at speeds up to AC2200. Several Netgear technologies are included, including a preference for more demanding connections (such as HD gaming) and smart roaming that helps interface the extender and router more reliably. It even supports MU-MIMO for a limited number of more direct connections to mobile devices. The unit also has a Gigabit Ethernet port for wireless connections. It is an especially robust option for those who already have a Netgear router, as they can use the same application for setup and parental control.
This dual band AC1200 extender can extend the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands at the same time. It's also a great option if you have multiple devices to connect directly – there are four Gigabit Ethernet ports on the device for just these situations. WPA2 security is also top notch, so you don't have to worry about expanding your network at the expense of security. It can also act as a more direct access point if necessary (it's a repeater by default, but you can easily change modes with application-based controls). It's a solid choice if you use Wi-Fi to stream a significant amount of content and need a particularly reliable extender to extend your network. However, keep in mind that with this model you need a table or a shelf to place it!
This Linksys model may be small, but it has a lot of power. As an AC1900 extender you can eliminate dead zones with beamforming Smart, help you find the right location to plug it in and get maximum coverage, and it can increase your Wi-Fi zone by up to 10,000 square feet. It's another extender that is MU-MIMO compatible, so you don't have to worry about compatibility issues to get reliable connections with your newer devices. It also offers roaming seamlessly, a feature that automatically switches to the strongest Wi-Fi signal available as it moves through the extended network, so you don't have to worry as much about whether your wireless connection is poor.
Netgear's simple and effective dual-band extender is a good and balanced option. It doesn't have a lot of extra elements, but it is a good 300Mbps extender with great reliability and a super easy setup process to plug it in and make sure the extender is working. Don't let the Netgear brand fool you either: this extender works with any router that you have. It also includes an Ethernet port for a wired connection if necessary. It's nothing fancy, but it gets the job done and fits in most homes very well.