Wi-Fi is something that has become a lot more common in the modern day and age and thanks to the fact that almost every device we use on a daily basis is ditching the wires, and going wireless. In case you think that Wi-Fi is something that is only limited to things such as your mobile phone and your laptop, think again.
Wi-Fi is something that has found its way into almost every single thing here is, starting from smartwatches, cameras, wireless earphones, wireless speakers, wireless keyboards, wireless mice, and even your brand new smart televisions.
Living in a place without any Wi-Fi connection has become increasingly different. While it’s a good thing that wires are becoming a thing of the past, there are some new issues that are replacing the old ones.
For starters, people only have a single router/modem providing internet connection to the entire house may find themselves in a dilemma because of the fact that the router may not be able to provide enough coverage for everyone to use it properly.
Now, for those who don’t know, having lesser Wi-Fi signals basically means that the internet speed of the person who is using Wi-Fi without proper coverage will suffer, and in order to tackle that issue, the only way out is by simply making sure that you get a Wi-Fi extender.
Wi-Fi extenders are great because instead of doing other complicated tasks that are handled by routers and modems, they are simply there to extend the range of your Wi-Fi connection in order to make sure that you have enough coverage in your own house.
These extenders are relatively budget friendly, and you don’t really need to go into a lot of details like you do with the wireless routers or modems. Still, for new comers, they can be just as confusing as buying a top tier wireless router.
Today, in order to help the readers, we have prepped up a list of best WiFi range extenders 2017 that you can buy from the market at this very instance in order to have the best possible experience. Today, we will be looking at them, and reviewing them in order to provide you with enough information and assistance in buying the Wi-Fi extender you’ve been looking for. So, without further ado, let’s begin.
Top 10 Best WiFi Range Extender 2017 Round-up
|TP-Link AC1750 |
|NETGEAR AC1200 |
|Linksys AC1200 |
|2 External |
|TP-Link AC1900 |
|3 dual band |
|TP-Link AC1200 |
|3 adjustable |
|D-Link AC1200 |
|Coredy E300 |
|2 External |
|2 External |
1. TP-Link AC1750 (RE450)
Editor’s Choice: The Best Wifi Range Extender
TP-Link is one of the companies that are known to create a great range of wireless routers, starting from the entry level, and going all the way to the highest end of wireless routers. Today, we will be looking at their AC1750 Wi-Fi extender and see how the company known for creating amazing routers fairs when it comes to Wi-Fi extenders.
Everything about this extender speaks simplicity, you don’t really get a lot of stuff out of the box apart from an Ethernet cable, the device itself, along with some documentation that will help you installing the Wi-Fi extender properly.
However, considering how everything is basically straightforward, we highly doubt that you will be needing the installation guide in any case. With that said, let’s start taking a look at some other details.
To begin with, do keep in mind that this is in fact a dual band range extender, but that’s not what we’re looking at here. We noticed that the device itself is quite bulky, but considering how you’re just going to leave it plugged in, it’s not really a problem.
As for the installation process, this is where this extender really shines; simply plug it into the wall, and connect using the WPS button that’s on the extender, once the range extender is connected to your wireless router, in order to supply connection to your PC, take the Ethernet cable, and plug it in the port on the extender, and then on your PC.
Then you just have to go to Here, enter the credentials, and start configuring. This ease of access and simplicity make it one of the best Wi-Fi range extenders that are available in market right now.
In addition to that, you should know by now that there is no certain way to measure the range, however, we can assure you that even if you’re in a relatively large house or an apartment, the range extender will perfectly increase the range of your Wi-Fi, allowing you the best possible experience while wirelessly browsing the internet.
2. NETGEAR Nighthawk X4 AC2200 (EX7300)
We all love Netgear, and why shouldn’t we. The company has given us some of the finest wireless routers till date, and for those wondering if it was the end of their reign in the networking industry, then you thought wrong.
Apart from being known for creating some of the finest wireless routers, Netgear is also known for creating some of the finest Wi-Fi extenders. Today, we are going to take a look at the Netgear Nighthawk X4 AC220 Wi-Fi Range extender, and while the actual name is longer than someone would remember, it can also be searched and purchased as EX7300.
The good thing about this Wi-Fi range extender is that Netgear has taken a very no nonsense approach with this particular range extender, it’s not built fancily, and comes in simple, but practical design.
It’s quite expensive, but for the price you’re paying, you’re getting a pretty solid Wi-Fi extender, you don’t get a lot of features as this happens to be a simple extender, but you do get a Gigabit port at the bottom in case you want connect a device.
The installation process is rather simple; you don’t really have to go through tons of configuration options; everything is so simplified that you can simply understand the whole process just by taking a look at the quick installation guide that Netgear is providing within the box.
The overall experience of using the Wi-Fi extender went relatively smooth, this small piece of equipment is fitted with enough power to extend your Wi-Fi range by a stunning 10,000 square feet, making it one of the best Wi-Fi extenders in the market with the highest amount of coverage.
Simply plug it in the power outlet, and see the improvement you will be getting in your Wi-Fi range. However, do keep in mind that in the same price, you can actually get a high end router that’ll offer you somewhat lower amount of range but with a lot of additional features.
That is perhaps the only downside of this otherwise perfect Wi-Fi range extender.
3. NETGEAR AC1200 Desktop (EX6200)
We are back with another great Wi-Fi range extender from Netgear, and this time, it is the EX6200, something that is equally impressive for not a lot of price. Now before we begin, to keep in mind that this particular range extender is somewhat different than what we have seen, at the same time, this one is a lot better than some of the other options available in the market to common consumer.
For starters, this one isn’t a range extender you can simply plug into a power outlet and be done with everything. The sheer size of this range extender speaks performance, and that is what you’re getting out of it.
It’s nicely build with black and red colour combination that looks really solid, it stands as tall as a full sized access point, and on the back, you are looking at some of the antennas that are there in order to boost the range even more.
The extender comes with a usual set of accessories including some really easy to follow instructions, the instructions that are printed are both for the people with WPS button, and without the WPS button, following both of the instructions separately allows you to setup your extender in a matter of minutes.
Once set up, everything is in your control, and the Genie app through which you can configure this range extender happens to be amazing, and works really well thanks to the simple to use and intuitive UI.
The one really amazing thing about this range extender when comparing it to the previous ones is that you are getting 5 Ethernet ports in case you’re willing to provide connection to you wired devices as well.
Last but not the least, the wireless router also comes with a USB 3.0 port that lets you connect printers as well as external USB drives in order to transfer data, or print wirelessly.
An amazing set of features are basically there to cater to every need of the consumer, making this amazing range extender from Netgear one of the best money can buy right now. It checks all the major boxes, and provides an unprecedented performance without sacrificing on anything.
Its downside? It’s almost as big as a wireless router, and can’t be wall mounted, factors that may limit your possibilities.
4. Linksys AC1200 Amplify Gigabit Range Extender (RE6700)
Linksys happens to be another brand in the tried and trusted networking industry, their routers have been serving us for long, and they are doing their job really, really well. Instead of focusing on striking designs that have become an industry norm, Linksys is focusing more and more on providing the features and keeping the price in check.
What we have here today is the budget friendly Linksys AC1200 Wi-Fi range extender that happens to be more focused towards the budget oriented user instead of the ones that are quite expensive, and over the top.
Much like the preferred Wi-Fi range extenders, this one also plugs right into the wall meaning that the installation process is also a lot easier. Yes, for those wondering, the whole installation process is pretty straightforward to begin with, all you need to do is follow the instructions that you are getting on the documentation, and that’s it.
For those wondering about the performance on this range extender, it works really well, and manages to provide a respectable 25 feet of additional range. While the range is not something to write home about, it’s still good enough, especially for people who are living in small apartments or homes.
However, we won’t be judging this router based on a small coverage because considering the price you’re paying for this, it all makes sense, and is quite justifiable to begin with. So, there are absolutely no issues with the range it gives, because that’s exactly how it is supposed to work.
Overall, the Linksys AC1200 Amplify is a respectable Wi-Fi range extender with a basic feature set, a single Ethernet port, and enough range to provide coverage to the entire small sized home or apartment. It’s not groundbreaking in terms of performance, and certainly not the most feature packed range extender in the market, but it’s pretty good for budget oriented users.
5. TP-Link AC1900 Desktop (RE580D)
Next up, we are looking at a dual band Wi-Fi range extender that looks a lot like a router thanks to the large footprint and the antenna, but do keep in mind that the routers are a lot different than range extenders and are responsible for handling everything about your internet connection.
Just from the looks of it, you can tell that it happens to be a pretty high end extender that is not built for the simple plug and play operation, and while that may be an issue for some, the real use of this extender can be seen in large apartments.
The feature list is long, and that’s what most enthusiasts are normally looking for when it comes to buying any flagship product. Do keep in mind that as compared to some of the other extenders on our list, this one is quite large for a range extender, and you may need to clear your desk space.
When it comes to installation, the whole process is really, really straightforward and that’s a good thing about this range extender. Performance side of things was really good too, the extender managed to provide a pretty solid throughput, and proved that it’s made for larger apartments as well as big houses.
Last but not the least, another thing that we really liked about this range extender is that there are multiple ports on the back, making sure that even if you want to have some wired connections plugged in, the job is easy.
Overall, our experience with the TP-Link AC1900 desktop was really well, however, we won’t say that this is the perfect range extender because it’s quite pricey for a range extender, and doesn’t come with something as simple as a USB port, but other than that, it fares really well.
6. Linksys AC1200 MAX Wi-Fi Gigabit Range Extender / Repeater (RE6500)
We’re almost halfway through our list, and we will be looking at another Linksys range extender, it’s a dual band extender aptly named as Max Wi-Fi Gigabit range extender, and for people who want a simpler, more traditional term, you can look for it by just using the RE6500 model number.
Now, before we begin, you should know that much like some of the other options on our list, this one is also a full sized range extender that you can’t just plug into any power outlet and forget about it mainly because you need to have a proper place to put this extender.
The size is actually the same as some of the routers that we have tested in the past. There are a lot of good things about this range extender, and one of the main is that this router is basically being shipped with 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports, and in addition to that, you also get an audio port, something that is not very common with these Wi-Fi extenders.
As far as the performance is concerned, you’d be glad to know that the range extender managed to work really, really well, and didn’t really create any issues for us. One thing’s for sure, you’ll immediately start noticing the improvements made to your Wi-Fi range as soon as this thing is up and running.
Speaking of being up and running the installation happens to be straightforward with all the necessary details provided to you right on the documentation that comes with the extender. Once everything is setup, you can expect nothing but amazing levels of speed as this range extender happens to be one of the best we have tested.
Do keep in mind that range extenders are only there to improve the range of your Wi-Fi, and they will have no impact on the speed or whatsoever. However, if you are suffering from low speed because of less signal bars, your internet will see a significant boost in performance.
Overall, we’re pretty happy with that Linksys has done with this, and can’t really complain about things going haywire with this range extender because that’s now how this works.
7. TP-Link AC1200 (RE355)
TP-Link has already impressed us with their amazing AC1750 range extender, and for those wondering, this one is based on the same formula, however, there are some differences that you should be keeping in mind, and the biggest one being the price.
Starting off, the range extender looks identical to what we have seen before, and that is a good thing because the design on the AC1750 was one of the best we have seen. This range extender remains to be a dual band, providing you enough power to have your Wi-Fi range extended at almost every place you want.
With that said, one more thing you should keep in mind is that this Wi-Fi range extender is basically built for small places, so, if you’re expecting it to provide you enough coverage to basically cover the entire home, then you shouldn’t.
With that out of the way, the good thing is that the performance side of thing remained relatively good, and the range extender didn’t suffer from any issues as long as everything was in range.
The range extender comes with 1 Ethernet port for your networking needs, and as for the setting up process, it’s the same as the one you get in the AC1750 variant.
Overall, this is one of the best range extenders available in the market that you can buy right away without really having to do a lot of digging around. Simply bring it home, unbox it, plug it in, read the instructions, and enjoy amazing Wi-Fi range across every corner without having to worry about dead spots.
8. D-Link AC1200 (DAP-1620)
We’re almost done with our list with 2 more products to go, and we are finally looking at some entry level stuff. The range extender we are looking at right now is the D-Link AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender also known as The DAP-1620, this is a range extender that can simply be plugged into the wall, and setup, however, there are few things that you should know about this range extender.
For starters, the range that it offers according to the official specs is around 90 feet on the 2.4 gigahertz band, it also comes with only one Ethernet port, something that is understandable considering how it isn’t the desktop variant.
In addition to that, the performance remains relatively good, however, that is something that doesn’t last a lot longer. For those willing to buy this range extender, you should know that there are some issues with the throughput being inconsistent, now the thing about that is that we’re not really sure if it’s a hardware issue, or something that can be fixed with a software but it’s certainly there.
In all honesty, there are some things that this range extender gets right, for starters, the antennas are cleverly designed and can pop out when required. It also has a very, very compact design that allows you to simply carry it wherever you want, and plug it wherever you want.
Sadly, things are not as good as we would like to be. There are some inconsistencies with this range extender including the inconsistencies, and we would like D-Link to take a look into it, overcome that, and you’ve got yourself a pretty good range extender with decent enough features.
9. Coredy E300 Mini
The next up is something different, and something most people haven’t heard about, it’s the Coredy E300 Mini Wi-Fi range extender. A company that we didn’t notice before, but now that we have used this, we are certainly looking forward to having more products for them in near future.
For starters, the Coredy E300 is a very small and compact range extender that can be plugged directly into the wall, it comes with 2 antennas that are relatively large, and can be plugged in without any issue. Another good thing about this range extender is that you can easily set it up, and go ahead with using it.
You should know that there isn’t a lot of technical specs available on the Wi-Fi router, however, we assure you that the performance side of things remain well.
Setting this thing is super easy, all you need to do is follow the guide that you are suppled, and if you feel that is a bit too complicated for you, you can always dig in, and start checking out the countless videos that are available on the internet without really sacrificing a lot of time.
All in all, the Coredy E300 is a range extender that people normally buy when they are short on budget, and want to try something else than what’s usually available in the market.
We’re not saying it’s terrible, and we’re not saying that it’s groundbreaking. It’s an amazing device for the type of performance it offers, and other than that, there are not a lot of things that are good about it.
10. NETGEAR N300 (EX2700)
For those waiting for something good, we are finally ending our list on a high note by taking a look at the NETGEAR N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender, Essentials Edition (EX2700), or simply known as the EX2700. This little fella is perhaps one of the cheapest Wi-Fi extenders we have had the chance to test, and while being little usually means a lower performance, you should know that it performs rather well.
Now you need to know that this small package is able to deliver amazing coverage as long as you’re not pushing it to the limits, and by that we mean, that as long as you remain in the suggested range, everything will work like a charm.
Considering how this is Netgear, everything is done right, from the build quality to the feature set, and the fact that there has been a lot of attention. Now a really good thing about this range extender is obviously the setting up process; thanks to Netgear’s history of making sure that the setting up process is never compromised or watered down.
You should know that this range extender is super easy to setup, and once it’s done, it will provide you with the best possible range you can get in the given price.
So, there you have it. While the Wi-Fi rangers are easier to come across, choosing the right one can be an issue since most of the people don’t even know where to look at. By now, you should all know that the range extenders are basically available in 2 basic variants; one is the desktop variant, and the other one is more traditional and more in demand variant that gets plugged straight into the wall.
Overall, the one thing that everyone must keep in mind when buying a range extender is that you must be sure about the type of range you’re looking for, as well as whether you want something desktop, or something that you can simply plug into the power plug.
Bear in mind that the market is filled with amazing range extenders, however, at the same time, instead of getting allured by something really powerful and expensive, choose the one that fits your needs. Because at the end of the day, you’re basically getting the range that you are in need of.
A common misconception is that these range extenders actually help with increasing the speed of your Wi-Fi, and while some believe it’s completely false, the truth is that it will happen, however, it will only happen if the range you’re getting without an extender isn’t full. That way, getting full signals will of course, improve the speed of your Wi-Fi too.
With that in mind, we hope the list serves you well, and helps you find the best Wi-Fi range extender that you are looking for in the market at the moment. Don’t worry, there are several options available, regardless of the budget you have.