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Last updated: 25 July 2017

Our experts test home Wi-Fi extenders to see how they can eliminate home wireless blackspots and which offer the best combination of ease of use and performance.

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Our testers give every Wi-Fi extender a thorough workout to help find the products that:

  • give the best performance
  • are the easiest to set up and use

The interactive comparison tool helps you find out which Wi-Fi extenders give the best performance and have the right features. Find:

  • which wireless extenders can also be set up to act as a wireless router 
  • the wireless bands that the unit connects with - 2.4GHz or 5GHz or both 
  • yearly running costs for all the devices we tested

Because relaying the network signal with an extender can slash Wi-Fi performance, we also tell you what speeds, in MBps, the devices can achieve.

Our Recommended list will help you see quickly and easily which Wi-Fi extenders come out on top.

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WPS button

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Wi-Fi Protected Set-up button – provides a one-button easy setup of the device without needing to configure manually via a web browser or wizard interface.

Ethernet ports

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The number of ports for connecting wired ethernet devices.

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USB ports

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The number of ports for connecting USB devices.

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Router mode

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Whether the wireless extender device can also be set up to act as a wireless router.

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Wi-Fi bands

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The wireless bands that the unit connects with - 2.4GHz or 5GHz or both.

Wi-Fi standards supported (802.11x)

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The wireless 802.11 standards that the unit supports - 802.11ac is the latest and fastest standard. Other standards are supported for compatibility with various client devices.

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Close range speed

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Close range speed is the speed achieved with extender in the same room as the router; this is a best-case, line-of-sight scenario using the 5GHz network. MBps is Megabytes per second.

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Extended range speed

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Extended range speed is the speed achieved with the extender at a distance to extend the network using the 5GHz band; this was not a line-of-sight test and covered a distance of approximately 20m between parent router and client, with the extender placed in between. MBps is Megabytes per second.

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  • Close range speed
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  • Connection to clients (GHz)
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  • Creates unique SSID by default
  • Antenna type
  • Access point mode
  • Router mode
  • WAN port
  • Ethernet ports
  • Power switch
  • WPS button
  • USB ports
  • Obscures adjacent power outlet
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