Best Wi-Fi Boosters

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 28, 2018
Wireless networking and Internet access have been an absolute boon within the last decade. Being able to use the internet with a mobile device from anywhere in your home is one of the modern conveniences we enjoy. However, those of us who require a little more wireless signal strength than what most wireless routers provide could use something like a Wi-Fi Booster. Read our reviews for five of the best wi-fi boosters available. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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PROS

The LAN-port utliizes modern auto-sensing technology: connected devices automatically exchange data to establish the optimal operating mode and data transfer speed.

CONS

The indicators are too bright - it can be a bit annoying in the evening.

OUR VERDICT

Thanks to FastLane ™ technology, this Booster is able to use two frequencies at once for ultra-high-speed connection of any devices - an ideal option for avid online gamers and professional video-streamers.

detailed parameters
Ideal Locations

Medium to Large houses, offices

Antennas

2 external antennas

Ports

1 x Lan (RJ45) port

Network Standards

IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac

Speed

5GHz: Up to 1200 Mbps 

2.4GHz: Up to 300 Mbps

LAN-port: up to 100 Mbps

Access and Data Protection

WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK

Power Source

AC (directly in wall outlet)

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The unique Spot Finder technology locates the connected devices and focuses the signal for the best transmission of the Wi-FI signal.

CONS

No LAN port.

OUR VERDICT

This Wi-Fi Booster from LinkSys utilizes the latest innovative technologies to make the signal the most stable and resistant to any external interference. Ideal for small and medium-sized dwellings.

detailed parameters
Ideal Locations

Small to medium houses

Antennas

2 internal antennas

Ports

N/A

Network Standards

IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac

Speed

5GHz: Up to 867 Mbps

2.4GHz: Up to 300 Mbps

Access and Data Protection

WEP, WPA, WPA2, and WPA2/WPA Mixed Mode

Power Source

AC (directly in wall outlet)

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The Smart Signal Indicator provided on the device displays the power of 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz signals separately, thereby allowing the optimal location of the booster to be determined without any additional devices and programs.

CONS

Sensitive to voltage fluctuations in the network.

OUR VERDICT

TP-Link is famous for the production of functional and at the same time simple network devices, and this budget extender is no exception: it takes only a couple of minutes to configure it, and the speed of the Internet over Wi-Fi will be an order of magnitude higher than before.

detailed parameters
Ideal Locations

Medium to Large houses

Antennas

3 internal antennas

Ports

1 x Lan (RJ45) port

Network Standards

IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac

Speed

5GHz: Up to 433 Mbps

2.4GHz: Up to 300 Mbps

Access and Data Protection

WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK

Power Source

AC (directly in wall outlet)

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The settings menu has a simple and intuitive interface so that everyone will be able to understand it without trouble. The device is compatible with almost all modern operating systems, including Android and iOS.

CONS

No IEEE 802.11a/c support.

OUR VERDICT

This Elegiant model can be used not only as an extender, but also as a Wireless Access Point or a standard Wireless Router. An irreplaceable thing for people who have a lot of wireless gadgets.

detailed parameters
Ideal Locations

Small to medium houses

Antennas

2 external antennas

Ports

1 x Lan (RJ45) port

Network Standards

IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Speed

2.4GHz: Up to 300 Mbps

LAN-port: up to 100 Mbps

Access and Data Protection

WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK

Power Source

AC (directly in wall outlet)

Warranty

1 year

PROS

5.0 GHz frequency guarantees the most stable signal when connecting a large number of devices at the same time. Moreover, the speed will be distributed among them efficiently, depending on the needs and tasks performed.

CONS

The actual coverage radius is relatively small.

OUR VERDICT

This inexpensive model is suitable for people who have already purchased a router, but are unhappy with its power and the radius of the signal - using this signal booster will once and for all solve the problem with the "dead Wi-FI zones" in the house.

detailed parameters
Ideal Locations

Small to medium houses

Antennas

2 external antennas

Ports

1 x Lan (RJ45) port

Network Standards

IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac

Speed

5.8 GHz: Up to 750 Mbps

2.4GHz: Up to 300 Mbps

LAN-port: up to 100 Mbps

Access and Data Protection

WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK

Power Source

AC (directly in wall outlet)

Warranty

1 year

NETGEAR EX6920

Ideal Wi-Fi Booster

Anyone with a large house or office can tell you how irritating it is to run into issues with your wireless network. Carrying a laptop or other mobile device from one area to another is easy to do, but maintaining Internet access during that trip can be quite tricky. Wi-Fi signals tend to only cover a relatively small area, so when the edge of that area has been reached, problems tend to crop up, such as slow Internet access or frequent signal drops, which can wreck havoc on anyone trying to do anything online. For situations such as these, this is where you need an ideal wi-fi booster for maintaining a strong and consistent connection.

The NETGEAR EX6920 WiFi Range Extender is one such solution to your wireless networking problems. Created as a wi-fi range extender, it works by providing a new network SSID to connect to instead of utilizing your original SSID. This helps clear up problems that can crop up with such range extenders that only use the original SSID, such as signal interference or slow network speeds. Having your own fast channel to the Internet with a range extender such as this ensures that you'll always have a great, fast connection, as well as a much larger area that is covered by a wireless Internet signal.

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Strong, Clear Signal

This Netgear Wi-Fi range extender utilizes the latest network technologies to help maintain a strong, consistent signal, supporting both the 2.4GHz IEEE 802.11 b/g/n and 5GHz 802.11 a/n/ac standards, with throughput speeds of up to 1200Mbps. Unlike many other wi-fi boosters that support these same standards, however, it is able to utlize both simultaneously. This means that devices that support only one standard or the other won't hamper the network speeds or range for other devices on the same network. Anyone with a game console, mobile phone, tablet, laptop, or other home media devices that connect to the network will always enjoy full speed access.

The wall-plug design of the device ensures that you can connect it virtually anywhere with a power outlet, and makes for easy side and wall mounting. It has two external antennas that work in conjunction to provide a strong signal over a wide coverage area. The indicator lights on the body of the device are quite bright and easy to see, although they can be a little annoying at night. However, this is quite a small gripe. Anyone who values having the best wireless signal possible over a wide area will find a lot to love with this model.

NETGEAR EX6920 WiFi Range Extender in the use

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Linksys RE6350

Easy Setup and Use

With the complexity of many of today's high-tech devices, it's always nice to have one that is very simple to set up and use. Many different devices often require tons of configuration, taking up a lot of time and effort just to use something that should be simple. This is especially true for wireless technology, which often requires things such as SSIDs, security protocols, and passwords. Keeping track of all of this information is a pain, and that is doubly true for the setup process. This can become even more confusing for those who are wanting to add a wi-fi booster to their already existing home wireless network.

The Linksys RE6350 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender aims to take away from the complexity of setting up a wireless network to work with a wi-fi range extender by including special push button technology that makes setup as easy as pressing a button. Along with that, the Linksys Spot Finder Technology helps you determine the best place for setting up the wi-fi booster with the help of your mobile phone, tablet, or laptop. This takes away much of the guesswork involved in figuring out the ideal placement of the range extender, and enables you to easily find the ideal placement for the wi-fi range extender.

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Simple Yet Powerful

With as great as simplicity is in this wifi signal amplifier, it is far from its only claim to fame. Featuring support for both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz wifi standards, it delivers AC1200 performance, with speeds of up to 1200Mpbs, resulting in blazing fast Internet access from anywhere within its broad range. It is compatible with any wireless router that supports these standards, including almost all routers provided by Internet service providers, so there should be little to worry about it being compatible or working well with your existing home wireless network.

Along with its broad support for standards and its exceptional speed and performance, the wifi range extender itself is well built, with a sleek, white exterior and a very small footprint. The dual antennas, while powerful, are both internal, so there's no need to worry about them interfering with its placement. The device fits easily on a wall power outlet, or can be situated elsewhere with the use of an extension cord. One small caveat about this model is that it lacks an RJ-45 Ethernet port, but with today's wide ranging use of wireless networking, this is only a small issue. Overall, this wifi booster for home use has exceptional functionality.

Linksys RE6350 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender in the use

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TP-LINK RE200

Great Budget Wi-Fi Booster

Over the past decade, several companies have risen to the top of the pack in regards to wireless networking technology, and several are very well known, especially the companies from which the previous two reviewed wi-fi signal boosters have come from. However, in the last few years, another name has joined that list, having very quickly risen up the ranks of having the best wireless products. TP-Link has really been making a name for themselves lately, with providing great wireless products for very affordable prices, and this great budget wi-fi booster is a good example of this.

Despite being a budget product, the TP-Link RE200 Dual Band WiFi Range Extender provides all of the features that can come to be expected from a wifi booster. Supporting dual-band technology, this wifi range extender supports both the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz bands at AC750, ensuring strong and fast connectivity for virtually any wireless devices in range. The dual-band support extends to supporting both bands simultaneously, something which is not often found in other wifi signal boosters. This means that devices that utilize both bands can connect simultaneously without impacting performance.

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Fast Speeds and Plenty of Features

It isn't very often that people would expect to find a full list of features to come from a budget product, but this TP-Link wifi extender has plenty of extra features. With the dual-band support, this wifi range extender supports both extending your wifi signal as well as acting like a bridge, which means you can configure the device to work in either method. The bridge support also extends to the included RJ-45 Ethernet port on the device, which means you can connect a wired device such as a home media player or older desktop computer and have it work on the wireless network without any kind of adapter.

Setup for this device is actually very simple and not at all complex, something which is often not true for such types of devices. The indicator lights on the front can give a good indication of the strength of the wireless signal from your router, which helps in finding the ideal spot for the range extender. The internal firmware is also easily accessible and provides a clean, easy to understand menu for configuring the device. For anyone who wants to expand their wifi coverage in their home on a budget, there are few other options that can match both the price and performance of this model.

TP-LINK RE200 Dual Band WiFi Range Extender in the use

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ELEGIANT 300Mbps

Elegant and Affordable

Wi-Fi range extenders have flooded the market over the last few years, which can make finding the right one impossible. With all of the features that they offer, and with most people not being computer scientists to figure out what all of the features mean, it can be difficult to discern which model is the right one for your needs. While many of the different wifi signal boosters offer a similar set of features, not all of them are the same, and some will work better than others in certain situations. Many people yearn for having a simple and affordable solution to their wifi needs, which is where Elegant comes in.

The ELEGIANT 300Mbps WiFi Range Extender lives up to its name in providing an elegant solution to extending your wifi range. Providing a 2.4Ghz wireless signal at speeds of 300Mbps, this wifi range extender is certain to support both new and old wireless devices, ensuring that your whole range of devices is supported, regardless of their age. While it doesn't provide the 5.0GHz signal that many of its more expensive competitors offer, this model is certainly the best option for those who have older devices and need a wifi range extender to work well with all of them, including such devices as older media players, tablets, or laptops.

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Full Feature Set

Despite its low cost in comparison to many other wifi signal boosters, this model does not skimp on the features. Included in its extensive feature set is its "3-in-1" functionality, which allows the device to work as a wifi repeater, as an access point, or even as a dedicated router, something not often found in other similar models. This gives the device unparalleled flexibility in its uses, ensuring that any use case that you need it for is covered. Despite having so many features, it doesn't fall short in one area at the expense of others, so it is certainly not a jack of all trades, master of none type of device.

Along with the range of functionality, the device offers a strong signal that can reach even the most hard-to-reach areas of a house, ensuring that you have sufficient wifi coverage in all areas. It also includes an RJ-45 Ethernet port for connecting a non-wireless device to your home network. It has two external antennas which can be easily adjusted and help the device pick up signals from anywhere. Setup of the device is very easy, and the indicator lights on the front give a clear picture of its status. With all of the features provided by this Elegant router signal booster, it provides a complete package for a very affordable price.

ELEGIANT 300Mbps WiFi Range Extender in the use

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VICTONY V750

Easy Installation and Configuration

Many wireless devices seem to be overly complex, seeming to require a degree in rocket science just to configure the device, and listing esoteric features that simply aren't understood or even necessary for most people. Such devices are all over the market, and finding one that does it's primary job very well without any extra hassle can be difficult.

The VICTONY V750 Dual Band WiFi Extender has one job to do, and it does it very well. Instead of being loaded with a long list of features that simply aren't needed by most people, it is a fairly basic device that is meant to do one thing alone, which is to extend the range of your wireless network. It does this one job very well, and it simply doesn't need a long list of bells and whistles in order to sound like it is the most advanced product on the market.

The fact that it is geared towards just doing one thing very well shows immediately, as it is a simple device that looks and acts the part of a wireless range extender. This device supports both the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz wireless protocols at speeds of up to 750Mbps, which ensures that your whole range of wireless devices will work well with it, without any slowdown to your network performance.

Review of VICTONY V750 Dual Band WiFi Extender

Plug In And Go

The configuration for this device is very easy. Simply plug it into a wall outlet in an area between your wireless router and where you need a better wireless signal, and follow the easy 5 step process for configuration. The device has a very easy setup routine for connecting it to your wireless network, and further configuration beyond that is simply unnecessary. The front of the device includes a WPS button for providing one-touch connecting to your existing wireless network.

The device itself is well made, featuring a solid all-black body that is easy to plug into any wall power outlet. The two external antennas provide flexibility in sending and receiving the best quality wireless signal possible, and the indicator lights on the front are bright and give an easy-to-understand status update at a glance. An included Ethernet port provides the ability to connect wired devices to your wireless network. Since the device is dual-band, wireless interference should not become a problem, although the wireless coverage range it provides is a bit limited. Still, it is able to provide sufficient coverage for reaching any area that needs an improved wireless signal. For anyone who wants a simple device that does its job very well, this model can be the perfect solution.

VICTONY V750 Dual Band WiFi Extender in the use

 

What Is a Wi-Fi Booster?

A Wi-Fi Booster, sometimes also called a Wi-Fi Range Extender or a Wireless Repeater, is a device that is used to help extend the signal range of an existing wireless access point. All wireless routers have a specific range that their own signal is able to reach, but often, in areas such as large homes or offices, the coverage area of the wi-fi signal isn’t able to sufficiently cover the entire area. In such a situation, a wi-fi booster acts as an extender of the wi-fi coverage area, providing a strong, clean signal to an area that can’t be sufficiently reached by the wireless access point.

Wi-Fi boosters work by connecting to your existing wireless network, usually through a wired connection with an RJ-45 Ethernet cable or a USB cable, but they can also connect wirelessly. Once it is connected, it basically rebroadcasts the wireless signal from your router. These devices should be placed somewhere between the wireless router and the area that needs the boosted wi-fi signal. In very large areas, more than one wi-fi booster may be needed, especially if the signal needs to be boosted to areas on opposite sides of the router. In a large house or building that is two or more stories, the wi-fi booster may need to be placed on a story above or below the wireless router. If you are needing a new wireless router along with a wi-fi booster, then take a look at our reviews for the 5 Best Wireless Routers for Home and Office Use.

What Features to Compare

Wi-FI boosters often come with similar features, but not all devices will have the exact same feature sets. Some devices may only support certain security protocols, while others may only support certain wireless standards. When looking for a Wi-Fi booster, please keep the following information in mind:

  • Connectivity method - Make sure that the wi-fi booster is able to connect to your router in the way that you want it to. If it needs to connect through USB, make sure that your wireless router has an available USB port. NOTE: Most wi-fi boosters do not support USB connectivity. The most common way of connecting a wi-fi booster is wirelessly.
  • Range extension - Not all wi-fi boosters work by extending the range of the existing wireless signal. Some may only support being set up as separate access points, which means that it essentially looks like a second wireless router in your area instead of looking like the original network.

  • Standards compatibility - Some wi-fi boosters may be limited in the different wireless and security standards that they are compatible with. Wireless standards are of teh IEEE 802.11 variety, and will have a suffix for the different standards in that protocol (a,b,c,g, etc.). Security standards are which security method is used (WEP, WPA, etc.). Make sure that the wi-fi booster you get supports the same standards utilized by your router.
  • Mounting method - Most wi-fi boosters are made to be plugged directly into a wall power outlet. This is often seen as the most common and convenient way of mounting an access point. However, there are some models that are not made like this. If this is a feature that you want, then make sure that you buy a model as such.
  • Additional features - Many wi-fi range extenders are pretty simple devices, but there are many more that contain extra features. Some wi-fi range extenders have enough additional functionality to work as a wireless router, whereas others may be made to automatically optimize network traffic to ensure that you are getting the fastest speeds possible. Carefully check the additional features that are provided for your wi-fi range extender of choice to ensure it provides everything that you need.

While there are certain other features of wi-fi boosters that differ, these are the most important ones to remember. Paying extra careful attention to these will ensure that you are getting the best wifi range extender available for your needs.

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Placement of Your Wi-Fi Range Extender

Most wi-fi range extenders include some basic instructions about how to setup and configure the device, but many of them lack much in the way of useful advice on how to determine the best placement for it. This is most unfortunate, as often the placement of the wifi signal booster will largely determine how well it is able to extend your wifi range. Placing it in a bad location can make it near useless. Here are some tips for finding the best location to set up your new device.

  • Place your range extender in a location where it is able to receive a good wireless signal from your router. This is by far the most important aspect of placement, as a range extender that can't reliably communicate with your router is useless. This can often be done by testing the wireless signal strength to your router by using your laptop, smartphone, tablet, or other wireless devices in the same location and checking the signal strength indicator. For best results, make sure that the area of placement is getting better than 50% signal strength at a minimum. Anything less than this can result in an intermittent or slow connection.
  • Any location for placement should logically be somewhere between your wireless router and the area that needs a better wireless signal. Locating the areas where you need a better signal, and then placing the wifi booster roughly midway between that area and the router is usually a good idea, depending on the signal strength in relation to where it is placed.
  • Try to avoid having any obstacles such as thick walls or large metal objects in between your wireless router, signal booster, and the area that needs a better wireless signal. Of course, in most houses, it is nearly impossible to accomplish this without having to go through walls, but placement location can still be key. The best location for the wifi booster would be in an open area, without a wall immediately between the booster and the area with a poor signal. Placing it so that the signal can pass through doorways is often a good idea.
  • Don't mount your signal booster on the floor, even if you are needing to strengthen the signal to a lower floor. Most wifi range extenders are made to plug directly into a wall outlet, which provides some open area between the signal booster and the floor, so plugging directly into a power outlet is ideal. However, if this simply isn't possible, then try to mount a power strip vertically so that the range extender can have some space between it and the floor. Floors can often cause interference or obstruct signals, and a wireless signal needs some room to "breathe" in order to get the best results.
  • Keep your wifi range extender away from other electronic devices. Many electronic devices produce a radio field that can cause interference with a wireless signal. Devices such as microwaves, baby monitors, stereos, refrigerators, and cordless phones often produce a signal in the same frequency range as wireless networks, and placement close to any of these devices can wreck havoc on the wireless signal.

Many different types of wifi range extenders have their own quirks, and the instruction manual should have some specific instructions on how to get the best signal strength possible. However, the above tips are ones that are important for any wifi range extender, regardless of the manufacturer. Keeping these tips in mind should help you get the best performance possible from your new device.

FAQ:

Q: How does a Wi-Fi Booster work?
A: Wi-Fi Boosters can work in several different ways, depending upon the specific device. Most wi-fi boosters connect to an existing wireless network either as a bridge, or as an extension of the network. They will either connect wirelessly or through a wired network connection to the existing network, and then broadcast their own wireless signal as a connection to that same network.

Q: What is the difference between a Wi-Fi Booster and a Wi-Fi Range Extender?
A: There is virtually no difference between them, as most devices that go by either name work in almost the exact same way. Although some devices may have some differences in their features and abilities from others, these names can apply to any and all devices that are meant for providing a boosted wireless network signal.

Q: I am using a Wi-Fi Booster, but instead of showing my own home wireless network, it is showing a second network as well. Which network should I connect to?
A: If you are using a Wi-Fi Booster, and need to connect from an area that wasn't receiving a good wireless signal before, make sure you connect to the SSID of your Wi-Fi Booster instead of the one for your existing wireless network.

Q: Why does my Wi-Fi Booster show a new network instead of using my existing wireless network?
A: Your Wi-Fi Booster is not showing a new network. it is configured to use your existing wireless network, then it is simply showing a new access point for the same network.

Q: Can I configure my Wi-FI Booster to just use the same SSID as my wireless router?
A: This will depend on the capabilities of your Wi-Fi Booster. Most Wi-FI Boosters provide this capability. However, it is usually recommended that you use a different SSID for your Wi-Fi Booster, as using the same SSID can cause interference and performance problems on your wireless network.

Q: What does SSID mean?
A: SSID (short for Service Set Identifier) is a method used for a wireless network to identify itself by providing a name for the network. When connecting a wireless device to a wireless network, the SSID is simply the name of the network that you connect to.

Q: What is the difference between a Wi-Fi Router and a Wi-Fi Booster?
A: Wi-Fi Routers are devices used for providing a wireless bridge between your home network and your Internet connection. Most wireless routers are connected either to an Internet modem or directly to the physical Internet connection, depending on the type of router and home internet connection that you have. Wi-Fi Boosters, on the other hand, are devices meant for providing a strong access point to an existing wireless network.

Q: Can I use my Wi-Fi Booster as a Wi-Fi Router?
A: This will depend entirely on the capabilities of your WI-Fi Booster. Most Wi-Fi Boosters are not meant for working as a wireless router. However, there are some models that do have this capability.

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Publish Date: 2018-03-15 12:34:04