If you identify with any of these situations (or others like them), the solution is simple: a Wi-Fi Repeater (also know as Wi-Fi Extender or Signal Booster). A device that amplifies the signal so that the coverage is continuous and of high quality.
We scoured the market to find the five best models taking into account several parameters: quality of the device, price and the opinion of both technology experts and customer ratings.
The champion of this comparison is the RE220 model, from the benchmark brand in this type of device, TP-Link. It is a device with a discreet and compact design that offers maximum dual-band coverage. Easy to configure, it is currently unrivaled in the market.
The TP-Link RE220, a device that manages to extend the wifi network to the farthest corners, has become the best-selling model thanks to its excellent performance and price.
To start using it, simply synchronize it with the router. Plug it into the power supply, follow a few simple instructions and… voilà! Once configured, it is placed in the room where coverage needs to be extended. A TP-Link app is also available to set it up and locate the best place to install it.
In any case, the smart LED will indicate the signal strength through the router or the app.
The device works with dual band thanks to two RE300 antennas, one 2.4 Ghz (300 Mbps) and one 5 Ghz (867 Mbps), which provides a more stable wireless signal.
In addition, this gadget features OneMesh technology that automatically selects the fastest and most efficient route for each connected device when the network environment is saturated.
The second model in this guide could well stand up to the champion, but its price tag is a bit steep compared to TP-Link’s favorite.
The Netgear brand is a specialist in network technology and has designed items that facilitate a better wireless Internet connection both at home and at work, such as its EX6250 model.
Experts highlight its 1750 Megabits(Mbps) speed ready for those who need a more demanding network performance. And it is ideal for gamers or for those who require continuous high-definition (HD) transmission.
The device’s intelligent connection allows up to 20 different devices such as computers, smartphones, tablets or video surveillance cameras to be linked simultaneously.
It also allows you to connect a wired device through the gigabit ethernet port and use the parental control to have connection schedules on any of the devices.
If you need faster speed and cover a bigger area, the Netgear Nighthawk X6 EX7700 is a double the price of the last one but it’s not a simple repeater. This router works as a mesh network system, extending the network to a larger area with the same name, with more stability, connectivity, and speed that the other extenders we covered in this guide.
How does a wifi signal booster work?
A wifi signal booster is a small device that, connected to the mains and paired with a router, amplifies the signal to reach a higher speed and distance. This provides excellent coverage whether you are using multiple devices ̶ now that telecommuting has become part of many people’s lives ̶ , or if you live in a multi-story or large house.
The signal is amplified in Megabits, a unit of data transmission per second that measures the connection speed of the wifi network. The higher it is, the better the range and speed of navigation.
Things to consider
Its use and configuration are apparently simple, but attention should be paid to some aspects to make the purchase as useful as possible:
- The bands: The wifi repeaters usually have two bands that work automatically, together or separately, depending on the power needed at any given time. These bands are usually 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz which means a signal amplification of 300 Mbps and 867 Mbps respectively. In the following guide you will see super powerful amplifiers that reach up to 1750 Mbps or simpler single band models that amplify the signal by 300 Mbps.
- Installation: These devices are configured via the WPS button on the router, which pairs with the repeater and gets it up and running in just a few seconds. Some brands include mobile applications or online instructions to make it easier to set up. They also include LED lights that indicate the place in the house where the coverage is greater and, therefore, should be plugged in.
- Ethernet port: Another important aspect is to have this wired access port to directly connect devices such as laptop, console or tablet without connection interruptions.
This accessory is really useful and undoubtedly improves the performance of the devices in a simple and effective way.