Best Wi-Fi Extenders

If you’re having trouble streaming Netflix, you could have Wi-Fi dead zones in your home. A Wi-Fi extender, or Wi-Fi booster, can help boost the signal in these weak spots, letting you work, stream, game, and browse uninterrupted. Continue reading...

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Based on 220 reviews
TP-Link AC1300 Deco M5

TP-Link AC1300 Deco M5

4.4  (20)
 Summary
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed867 Mbps
Paul
PaulSydney45 posts
  AC1300 Deco M5
TP-Link AX1800 Deco X20

TP-Link AX1800 Deco X20

4.1  (20)
 Summary
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed1,201 Mbps
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Pitpat
PitpatTAS146 posts
  Verified AX1800 Deco X20
TP-Link TL-WA850RE

TP-Link TL-WA850RE

4.1  (16)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $49
  • Frequency BandSingle-Band (2.4GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed300 Mbps
annaliza
annalizaNSW30 posts
 
Biggest piece of junk ever madeTerrible experience trying to set it up. I just ended up throwing it away . Biggest piece of junk ever made. It worked for a while, then stopped working , then would connect , then not connect etc. JUNK .
TP-Link
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TP-Link AX3000 Deco X50

TP-Link AX3000 Deco X50

4.6  (11)
 Summary
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed2,402 Mbps
Mandy
Mandy
 
TP-Link N300 TL-WR841N

TP-Link N300 TL-WR841N

4.3  (12)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $35
  • Frequency BandSingle-Band (2.4GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed300 Mbps
KCA
KCA
 
Amazing Support TeamCassiel was the most amazing helper she stayed calm, informative and patient with me as I learnt how to configure my router. She taught me a lot today and I appreciate her patience. Show reply
TP-Link AC1750 RE450

TP-Link AC1750 RE450

3.9  (14)
 Summary
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed1,300 Mbps
Sanning
SanningQLD6 posts
 
Access Point Mode setupI think this gets some bad review because setting it up in Access Point mode doesn't immediately work. I used Bard AI to help and now its great. All I had to do was Disable DHCP. Winning. Show reply
TP-Link AC1200 Deco M4

TP-Link AC1200 Deco M4

4.6  (9)
 Summary
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed867 Mbps
Vicki - Perth
Vicki - PerthWA22 posts
 
TP-Link AC750 RE200

TP-Link AC750 RE200

4.0  (11)
 Summary
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed433 Mbps
Marty
MartyArmidale37 posts
  Verified AC750 RE200
TP-Link AX1800 Deco X20-DSL

TP-Link AX1800 Deco X20-DSL

4.0  (7)
 Summary
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed1,201 Mbps
Emy
EmyWA
 
Fantastic customer support!Staff are so patient, calm and understanding. Set up and connection were a little tricky for me and they calmly talked me through it. Much appreciated. No issues with this device Show details ·  1
  • Price (RRP) $329
  • Frequency BandTri-Band (2.4GHz, 2 x 5GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed866 Mbps
Just an honest review
Just an honest review
 
Died after 14 monthsDropped out often, then died completely. Out of warranty by a couple of months. Don’t bother. Show details
TP-Link AC2600 RE650

TP-Link AC2600 RE650

3.6  (5)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $269
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed1,733 Mbps
Stu Nurande
Stu Nurande15 posts
  Verified
Certainly up there - one to considerEasy set-up via tether app. Once set, works on both 2.4 and 5Ghz bands. Set and forget and does what it is designed to do. Next level is a mesh system. V2 of this can mesh into TP Link OneMesh however this is not for novices. However I have V1 of this unit is used as a pure extender. Show details
TP-Link AC1200 Archer C54

TP-Link AC1200 Archer C54

5.0  (3)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $69
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed867 Mbps
Patrick
Patrick
 
Great, speedy helpMona was very helpful, nice speedy service.
Highly recommend, definitely recommend Show reply
TP-Link AC750 Archer C20

TP-Link AC750 Archer C20

5.0  (3)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $59
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed433 Mbps
Grace
Grace
 
I finally got some help!Christy was so helpful in helping me set up my internet, I was very grateful for the step by step breakdown instructions and to have my questions finally answered. The device itself is fine. Show reply
Mercusys Halo AC1900 Mesh Wi-Fi System H50G

Mercusys Halo AC1900 Mesh Wi-Fi System H50G

4.0  (4)
 Summary
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed1,300 Mbps
James H.
James H.SA5 posts
 
TP-Link AX3600 Deco X68

TP-Link AX3600 Deco X68

3.2  (5)
 Summary
  • Frequency BandTri-Band (2.4GHz, 2 x 5GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed1,802 Mbps
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Kev H
Kev HQLD77 posts
  Verified
D-Link N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender DAP-1330

D-Link N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender DAP-1330

3.2  (5)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $89.95
  • Frequency BandSingle-Band (2.4GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed300 Mbps
devine
devineVIC2 posts
 
Drops out about 3 times a dayDrops out constantly and needs to be reset about 3 times a day. Very unreliable. Our main internet is stable, but for some reason this just constantly drops out. We're using it in the LAN mode with a cable plugged directly into it. I have set it to LAN in the firmware. Show details
WAVLINK WiFi Range Extender AC1200

WAVLINK WiFi Range Extender AC1200

1.9  (11)
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Brad S.
Brad S.
 
It should be illegal to sell something that simply doesn't workLike nearly every other review, this product is a piece of sh*t! I couldn't tell you about how it performs because it doesn't connect in the first place. It has two options for connection, neither worked after repeated efforts and hours wasted. I will be returning for a full refund! Show details
TP-Link AX3000 Deco X60

TP-Link AX3000 Deco X60

5.0  (2)
 Summary
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed2,402 Mbps
Michael
Michael
  AX3000 Deco X60
Great customer serviceWas great in helping me get a faulty cable.replacement.very satisfied. Show details
TP-Link AX1500 RE505X

TP-Link AX1500 RE505X

4.5  (2)
 Summary
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed1,200 Mbps
Clinton W.
Clinton W.WA
 
NetComm NF18MESH

NetComm NF18MESH

1.4  (16)
 Summary
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed1,000 Mbps
Shaunab
ShaunabVictoria10 posts
 
TP-Link N300 TL-WR802N

TP-Link N300 TL-WR802N

4.0  (2)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $39
  • Frequency BandSingle-Band (2.4GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed300 Mbps
Wayne
WayneNSW4 posts
 
Netgear Orbi WiFi Satellite Series

Netgear Orbi WiFi Satellite Series

2.5  (4)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $149.99 to $499
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz) and Tri-Band (2.4GHz, 2 x 5GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed866 Mbps, 1,200 Mbps, 2,400 Mbps and 5,400 Mbps
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Darb
DarbWA18 posts
  RBS760
TP-Link AC750 TL-WR902AC

TP-Link AC750 TL-WR902AC

2.7  (3)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $44
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed433 Mbps
Bill S.
Bill S.VIC6 posts
  Verified
Slow speed downUsing as a wifi extender drops speed by more than 60%, my speed is 53mbps and drops to 12mbps Show details
TP-Link
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Netgear Powerline Series

Netgear Powerline Series

3.5  (2)
 Summary
  • Maximum Wireless Speed1,000 Mbps and 2,000 Mbps
Casey
CaseyVIC6 posts
  Fair Incentive Verified PL1000
Super easy to useExtremely easy setup and good connection. Only issue is it is quite wide and you can't put anything into the PowerPoint beside it. I had to purchase extensions to have both power points be usable. Show details
TP-Link AC1200 RE305

TP-Link AC1200 RE305

3.0  (2)
 Summary
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed867 Mbps
koolkanga
koolkanga55 posts
 
TP-Link AC750 RE205

TP-Link AC750 RE205

3.0  (2)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $99
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed433 Mbps
Vinay
Vinay
 
My experience with CassielGreat help and perfect customer service from Cassiel! Fully satisfied with her service! Show reply
TP-Link AX7800 Deco X95

TP-Link AX7800 Deco X95

5.0  (1)
 Summary
  • Frequency BandTri-Band (2.4GHz, 2 x 5GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed7,800 Mbps
Stephen S
Stephen SVIC4 posts
  Verified
TP-Link AX1800 RE605X

TP-Link AX1800 RE605X

5.0  (1)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $199
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed1,201 Mbps
Annie
Annie
 
To extender configurationMona is rendering great support, not only ver helpful but patience.
TP-Link AX3600 Wireless Access Point EAP660 HD

TP-Link AX3600 Wireless Access Point EAP660 HD

5.0  (1)
 Summary
  • Frequency BandDual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed2,402 Mbps
Nick_S
Nick_SNSW26 posts
 
Tenda MW12

Tenda MW12

5.0  (1)
 Summary
  • Frequency BandTri-Band (2.4GHz, 2 x 5GHz)
  • Maximum Wireless Speed867 Mbps
rupotty
rupottyNSW65 posts
 

How do Wi-Fi extenders work?

Someone plugging a Wi-Fi extender into a mains outlet against an orange wall.

A Wi-Fi extender (also called a Wi-Fi booster, Wi-Fi repeater or a wireless range extender) rebroadcasts and amplifies the existing Wi-Fi signal from your wireless router, acting as a bridge to improve the Wi-Fi coverage area. It rebroadcasts this signal on a different wireless channel to the one that your wireless router uses.

However, Wi-Fi extenders will only extend the strength of the Wi-Fi signal at the point at which they’re placed. This means that if you place an extender at the edge of a Wi-Fi network, it will only boost that signal strength - that might just be one bar. That’s why placement of a Wi-Fi extender is important.

Do I need a Wi-Fi extender?

While Wi-Fi extenders can be useful in certain situations, they’re not always the be-all and end-all solution to slow internet speeds. They’re great as a spot fix when you have a specific dead zone that you want to provide coverage to, but won’t be that useful if you want to boost the signal around the whole periphery of your original network.

The range of your network signal isn’t the only thing that could be causing slow internet. Before shopping for a Wi-Fi extender, you should check the placement of your router as well as your router itself - if you’ve been using the same one for the last 4 or 5 years, you might need a new one.

Although more expensive, in some cases, a mesh router system that uses multiple devices to get strong signals to all corners of your house is the most suitable option. This can deliver a consistently high network speed to different parts of your home.

Pros
Inexpensive way to expand your Wi-Fi network (compared to upgrading your internet plan or investing in a mesh router system).
Don’t take up much room.
Can substantially increase your network’s range, even allowing you to get coverage in a backyard if positioned in the right place.
Cons
Many extenders broadcast on a new Wi-Fi network, which means you’ll need to connect to a different network in one part of your house and a different network in another part.
While it can increase the network range, it will have less bandwidth than the router; this means slower speeds.

What to look for in a Wi-Fi extender

Wi-Fi standard

You should get a range extender that supports the Wi-Fi standard of your router: this is usually written somewhere on the device. The latest standard is 802.11ax (also known as Wi-Fi 6); if you have a relatively new router, then it should have this standard.

Earlier standards include 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5), 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11a, and 802.11b.

Range

The amount of area a Wi-Fi extender can cover (generally measured in square feet or square metres) is important in figuring out whether it will be able to boost your original network signal to the area you want it to.

An advertised range for Wi-Fi signal booster can differ from real-world use; reading user reviews can help you figure out whether an extender actually delivers when it comes to great speeds at the marketed range.

Features

Internet boosters can have features that make them easier to use and control.

  • Signal strength indicators: These, along with companion mobile apps, can recommend ideal placement points for your extender as you move around your home holding your smartphone. Sometimes these come in the form of lights on the device itself to indicate the strength of the signal in the position it’s in.
  • Mobile app: A companion mobile app can sometimes offer a selection of advanced features. For example, you might be able to choose exactly who can connect, or schedule your connection to shut off at certain times (if, say, you want to make sure children aren’t online in the middle of the night).
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS): This allows you to link the device to your router with a push of a button, making it simpler to set up.
  • High Speed Mode: This lets you to combine the bandwidth of both dual band channels so that you can get faster internet speeds.

Connectivity

If you want to plug in wired devices to your range extender, then you should know what kind of ports it has, and how many. For example, a Gigabit Ethernet port can help you connect wired devices such as gaming consoles or smart TVs. Some people prefer that their extenders have a USB port as well.

Design

Some internet extenders plug directly into a mains socket, while others have a larger desktop design that you’ll need to find some surface space for.

For both types of extenders, check whether the dimensions of the device are suitable for where you want to place them. The bulkiness of some extenders that plug directly into a mains socket means that they block adjacent outlets, so make sure that this won’t be an issue for you before you buy.

Price

Wi-fi extenders can cost anywhere from $25 to as much as $400 or $500, but most decent models start at $120.

Where is the best place to put a Wi-Fi extender?

Placement of a Wi-Fi extender can be tricky, as placing it too far from your router will mean it’ll just rebroadcast a weak signal, but placing it too close to your router can render your extender almost useless.

A good place to put a Wi-Fi range extender is about halfway between your router and the devices that aren’t receiving the signal strength that you want. The placement should still be where the extender gets full signal, or as many bars as possible.

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