With the growing number, and variety, of devices we have at home it’s no wonder we need a constant wireless connection. What started as about 2 computers being connected together, sharing resources, has quickly evolved into a Christmas tree of smartphones, tablets, Kinects… you name it.
We are truly living in a connected age, to the point that just having an average router from the internet provider is not enough. God forbid something happens and we have no signal while at home…What?! Are we savages? How are we supposed to search for the nutrition value of toilet paper, now?
While in most cases a strong router with extra Ethernet connections should suffice, in some cases is best to opt for a good Wi-Fi extender…so now you can even have wireless in your pantry/ wine cellar…Apocalyptic bunker…
Here is a list of the 3 best Wi-Fi extenders to buy right now
1. Linksys AC1200 MAX Wi-Fi Gigabit Range Extender / Repeater with High-Gain Antennas (RE6500HG-FFP)
This is the perfect extender for those who wish to have a large coverage area. Offering cross band technology this model will never leave you hanging. Sure…it might be a little bit harder to go through the entire setup process, at least without a few Advil and a glass of wine.
However, once you finish everything, you will be very glad to know that this little unit is able to extend your home’s coverage area by 10,000 sq. ft., as advertised at least! Another fun benefit to have is the audio jack on the back of the RE6500, next to Ethernet ports. This will enable you to connect either a speaker or a stereo system so you can be a badass and wirelessly stream music from your iPhone or Android.
Supporting up to 128-bit encryption and having a WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) button, this unit will allow you to establish a safe and easy connection. This can be done by either a wireless router or access point and will do wonders for keeping your data safe.
2. NETGEAR AC1200 Desktop WiFi Range Extender (EX6200)
This powerful, dual-band extender (up to 1200Mbps), both easy to use and versatile is arguably the best option for many. It is ideal for extending signal to many other devices, such as smartphones. You cannot go wrong here.
The Dual core processor will ensure you will have a top-notch internet connection every single moment. The 5 Gigabit Ethernet ports – way faster than standard Ethernet ones – are complete with 4 Ethernet ports for consoles and gaming. Yes, this is a gamer’s haven! Needless to say that the EX6200 will function as a very fast, wired access point. The high-power amplifiers and the 2 high-performance 5dBi antennas are also a plus.
3. D-Link Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Range Extender & Access Point (DAP-1650)
Also providing a dual band connectivity (up to 1200Mbps), this extender will provide much more flexibility and a lot less interference. You will definitely get a great deal out of this extender due to its high-speed wireless connectivity. Yes, the 2.4 GHz band is somewhat average at 300 Mbps. However, the 5GHz seems pretty impressive at 867 Mbps.
Also equipped with 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports, this extender can be connected up to 4 devices. Marketed as compatible with any brand wireless router, this unit is quite flexible, as well as secure due to the WPA or WPA2 wireless encryption.
As a downside, depending on your needs, of course, this device does tend to connect to the router using the same band that it broadcasts. This will surely influence the coverage area. However, if this does not bother you, the DAP-1650 is a pretty good extender to keep on hand.
How to choose the best Wi-Fi extender for you?
If the thought of buying a Wi-Fi extender has ever crossed your mind you are probably aware of the extremely large number and variety of such devices. Having different designs and specs, they do make it hard for you to choose.