Best Wireless Range Extenders 2018 Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

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Best Wireless Range Extender 2018

Are you fed up of your spotty WIFI and the only solution flashes your mind is buying a new wireless router? Hold on!!!!

This buyer’s guide might save you from dolling out extra dollars for purchasing new WIFI router, because we believe that, every problem comes with its solution.
First let’s see what the problem is? The Wi-Fi routers are notably unpredictable. Occasionally the signal travels all the way across quite a few rooms to the other end of your home; so, the signal may lose its strength depending upon the distance travelled. And if your home is big enough for the router, you got from your ISP, you better not foresee to have an exceptional one if you really want to avert a nasty disappointment.
A reliable range extender is one best solution to your problem and desires that your current WIFI Router fails to fulfill. With one of the Best WIFI range extender 2018 has to offer & included in our list, you can significantly boost your router’s signal strength in blink of eye and range your WIFI anywhere you want. A range extender does not substitute your existing WIFI router instead they work together and enhance the original signal strength.
So, boost up your networking experience with the top notch WIFI range extenders, our experts rounded up in this buyer’s guide. Our list comprises:

NameCurrent Price
Netgear NightHawk Range Extenders EX 7000
TP-Link AC1750 WIFI Range Extender RE 450
D-Link DAP-1650 WiFi Range Extender (AC1200)
Netgear AC1200 WiFi Range Extender EX6200
Amped Wireless Anthena-EX high Power AC2600 (RE2600M)
NETGEAR EX3700 Wi-Fi Range Extender (AC750)
TP-Link RE 580D Range Extender

Best Wireless Range Extender 2018 Review

Let’s start review of each product without any further delay

1)Netgear Nighthawk Range Extenders EX 7000

Netgear is amongst world’s top brands famous for its exceptional WIFI routers and range extenders and Nighthawk EX7000 range extender is no exception. This big and bold has it all, with the best range and throughput. It can be considered amongst the hardest extenders to get fully up to speed. This Wi-Fi extender is sufficient enough to cover a big home with the shield of wireless data.

This amazing WIFI range extender is beautifully manufactured with all glossy black finish and angular design. It measures 10.2 x 12.09 x 3.31 inches. It has three detachable antennas protruding from back for maximum signal coverage. The Netgear’s Nighthawk EX7000 has a USB port as well as five gigabit LAN ports for connecting a variety of peripheral devices, such as printers and hard drives etc. The front tapers have a silver finish that even resembles a razor blade. The purpose is to be put on display, instead of hiding away in a cupboard.  This well-appointed extender requires a midsize AC adapter because it is too big to be directly plugged into a wall outlet.
Certainly, the EX7000 is a best performer, running rings as compared to most of the available on the market. The dual band Nighthawk EX7000 is capable of moving a total of 413.8 Mbps of data at 5 feet, i.e. 325 Mbps and 88.8 Mbps each on separate bands.

As the range extender need to perform beyond the host router, so, that’s not all, it would do something more to make the EX7000 a standout performer. The Nighthawk EX7000 left the its competitors in the digital dust. The EX7000 pushed 373.9 Mbps at 50 feet — more than 100 Mbps extra compared its competitors. The Ex7000 could still deliver 284.6 Mbps at 140 feet.

The EX7000 has an astonishing range of 165 feet. EX7000 accommodates a 700-milliwatt amplifier inside, which boosts the WIFI signal from three external antennas. If you are not satisfied with the current range provided by the extender, you can replace the detachable antennas with the ones having high-gain. These features made us include it in our Best Wireless Range Extenders 2018 list.

The EX7000 can give you a hard time to configure it, but if you want a highly functional unit then the one time hard work will not bother you. It pays dividends in range and throughput, which is matchless.
For configuration, you first need to create an account with Netgear and make a WIFI connection between the host router and the Nighthawk EX7000, then you will be required to press the WPS button to make a quick connection. After connection with the network you must pick either to use the EX7000 as a wired access point or as a range extender, moreover, select which network to extend. It is important to mention that, the EX7000 does the setup together for both bands i.e. 2.4- and 5 GHz for your convenience. 2.4-GHz band take some time to connect, if you feel some issue for connecting this band, don’t worry it might not connect on first few tries, but later on the problem will be resolved.

A quick solution is to visit the Netgear account and manually enable the 5-GHz band. Then restart your extender, everything will be fixed and connected.
Specs and Speed
Size: 10.2 x 12.09 x 3.31 inches
Wi-Fi Spec: AC1900 dual-band 802.11ac
Number of External Antennas: 3
Ports: 5 Gigabit Ethernet, one USB port
Extender range in 2.4 GHz: 165 feet
Peak 802.11.ac performance: 413.8 Mbps at 5 feet

Pro:
  • Top throughput and range
  • Five gigabit LAN ports
  • Can run as an access point
  • Monitoring app available for Android
Cons:
  • Can be hard to configure

Due to all the features mentioned above it is included in our Top Printers 2018 list.

2)    TP-Link AC1750 WIFI Range Extender RE 450

Boost your WIFI Network coverage up to 10,000 sq. feet with TP-Link AC 1750 Wireless range extender. This WIFI range extender reduces to interference to strengthen your signal throughout your home or small office.

The RE450 wireless range extender is small and compact and have a mesh like front hand back panel. It measures 6.4 x 3.0 x 2.6 inches (HWD). At the front of the extender there are three LED indicators: one for 2.4 GHz, one for 5 GHz and one for power indication, each one will flash blue if everything will be going smooth and in case of any error the LED’s will flash red. Atop the 3 LEDs there is a big round button surrounded by a LED ring, the intelligent light will help you to find the best location to place the extender, it will flash blue if you have placed it at the reasonable operating distance and red if the extender is placed too far away from the host router.
The extender has 3 external antennas that will boost your wireless network coverage and its reliability and helps your smart devices stay connected around the house.

At the right side of the extender there is a gigabit Ethernet port, which turns the range extender into a wireless bridge, it will allow you to connect to wired device like a Printer, Blu-ray player, DVR, gaming console, or smart TV to your WIFI network.

It is important to mention that, The TP-LINK RE450 range extender comes with advanced generation 802.11AC WIFI technology, which is three times faster as compared to the standard 802.11n speeds. Furthermore, the RE450 delivers the fastest speeds of dual band WIFI networks up to 1750 Mbps, and provide consistent connections for bandwidth-intensive activities. These features made us include it in our Best Wireless Range Extenders 2018 list.

You can easily install the RE450 by using the RE button. It can work easily with any standard WIFI router. To connect the RE450 to the host router press the RE button followed by the WPS button of the router. Once it relates to an existing router, take RE450 to an ideal location, no further configurations are required.

Furthermore, the high-speed mode of the extender maximizes the overall performance by joining the bandwidth of both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands to provide you with the lightning-fast speed with one channel receiving data and the other sending it.

Specs and Speed
Size: 10.2 x 12.09 x 3.31 inches
Wi-Fi Spec: Dual-band 802.11ac
Number of External Antennas: 3
Ports: 1 Gigabit Ethernet port
Extender range in 2.4 GHz: 10,000 sq. feet
Peak 802.11.ac performance: 1750 Mbps

Pro:
  • Signal Light for Optimal Coverage
  • Engineered advanced WIFI technology
  • Compact
  • Don’t need an AC adapter and can easily be connected to wall outlets.
Cons:
  • Only one ethernet port
  • No USB port

Due to all the features mentioned above it is included in our Top Printers 2018 list.

3)    D-Link DAP-1650 WiFi Range Extender (AC1200)

If you have problem maintaining a strong WIFI signal throughout your house? The D-Link DAP-1650 Range Extender is the ultimate solution to your problem. This dual band gigabit range extender can operate as an access point and as a media server as well as it offers solid 5GHz range and throughput.

The DAP-1650 wireless range extender have the most distinctive profile in our list, due to the standard flat shape just like a cylinder. The extender’s unique design cues earn it a big plus. But it’s a poor choice for wall mounting.

D-Link’s DAP-1650 features a black, semi glossed finish with a circle of red trim on top. It measures 5.76 x 3.7 x 4.6 inches (HWD). At the front of the extender has 2 LED’s: a WPS and power status indicator and an Internet status indicator, which will flash green indicating everything is going smooth and error free. While at the back of the extender, there is a Reset button, four gigabit Ethernet ports for the connection of peripherals, a WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) button, a 2.0 USB port for file sharing as well as a Power button.

DAP-1650 contains four internal antennas (2 for 2.5 GHz band and 2 for 5 GHz band), Moreover, this range extender supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac networking protocols.

The D-link’s DAP-1650 range extender uses a Web-based management console, which includes a handful of manual configuration settings and WIFI Connection Setup Wizard, with helpful tips for each setting.

Installation of DAP-160 is just like a piece of cake. If you are using the Wi-Fi Connection Setup Wizard, select the wireless range Extender as the wireless mode. After that, give the SSID names to both gigabit bands (2.5 GHz and 5 GHz) and set the password as well. After these settings let the extender scan for available networks. Once the range extender is done with finding your network, hit the connect button, enter your Wi-Fi password, as well as the password extender. Almost after 60 seconds or so, the device will reboot and is ready to go.

The DAP-1650 range extender turned in striking fallouts on 5GHz throughput tests. Furthermore, D-Link engineered the AP-1650’s firmware to allow DAP-1650 operate not only as an extender, but also as a standard access point or media connection. As well as, the DAP-1650 allows you to configure the channels, which both wireless band uses, as well as you can configure the radio schedules to turn the network on/off automatically.
Specs and Speed
Size: 3.7 x 4.6 x 5.76 inches (H x W x D)
Wi-Fi Spec: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wireless LAN
Number of External Antennas: No
Ports: 4 Gigabit LAN ports, one 2.0 USB port

Pro:
  • Reasonable price.
  • Four Gigabit LAN ports.
  • Strong 5GHz performance.
Cons:
  • No 3.0 USB port.
  • Middling 2.4GHz range.

Due to all the features mentioned above it is included in our Top Printers 2018 list.

4)    Netgear AC1200 WiFi Range Extender EX6200

Extend your WIFI router’s range to every corner of your house with Netgear’s AC1200 Wireless Range Extender. The Netgear AC1200 Range Extender is a versatile piece of hardware. It establishes one super high-speed connection with its dual WIFI bands and provide you HD streaming and gaming requirements. The EX6150 is MU-MIMO enabled so you can get the simultaneous streaming to several devices.

Netgear’s AC1200 has an eye-catching design. It has a sloping chassis. It measures 9.92 x 6.85 x 1.22 inches (HWD) quite large for an extender. What’s make this range extender unique is its striking black-and-red color scheme. It comes with two removeable, rotatable antennas along with 700mW amplifiers to enhance the signal strength. There are 5 LAN ports at the back of this extender that for wired connectivity. Along with the ethernet ports, WPS and Power buttons are also present on the back of the Netgear’s AC 1200 as well as a Reset button and the antenna connectors.
At the front of this amazing range extender a 3.0 USB port is located, which allows EX6200 as a print or multimedia server. For providing feedback for both 2.4GHz band and 5GHz band link rates, connectivity between the host wireless network and range extender, the USB port and each of the five Ethernet port, status LEDs have been used. Moreover, the EX6200 can function vertically on a red stand which is included in the box or horizontally on a shelf.

But what makes the EX6200 unique is its premium hardware specification that are far superior than what you would find in most Wi-Fi range extenders. The EX6200 accommodates an 800MHz dual-core processor, 700mW high-power amplifiers, as well as the device also have two 5dBi high-gain outer antennas. The AC1200 is not only a dual-band wireless range extender, but it can also function as a link with 5 Gigabit ports. These features made us include it in our Best Wireless Range Extenders 2018 list.

For installation of this wireless range extender Netgear provides you with a Getting Started manual, which is a one-page guide in workflow format. The manual starts by asking you a question, if your router has a WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) button? If your answer is “Yes,” you are all set to follow the instructions present on the left side of the guide. And in case the answer is “No,” follow the steps on the right side of the guide, it will guide you through the Netgear Genie software wizard. The instructions are easy-to-follow, clear and simple, follow the instructions and at the end you are all set with your WIFI range extender.

When the extender is successfully paired with the host router, the “Device to Extender” LED on the EX6200 will flash solid green. Amazingly the WPS setup procedure will extend the 2.4GHz band on dual-band networks. While to extend the 5GHz signal on the same host router using the WPS, you need to press the WPS buttons present on the Nighthawk range extender and the router a second time.

The Netgear’s EX6200 delivers the best performance of any range extender at a specific distance of 75-foot from the router.

Specs and Speed
Size: 9.92 x 6.85 x 1.22 inches (H x W x D)

Wi-Fi Spec: AC1200 dual-band 802.11ac

Number of External Antennas: 2

Ports: 5 Gigabit Ethernet, one 2.0 USB port

Pro:
  • Great setup instructions
  • Modern, well-designed UI
  • Excellent coverage
  • Five Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Can connect USB external drives and printers via USB 3.0 port.
  • Dual-band. Supports .11ac
Cons:
  • Not wall mounted.

Due to all the features mentioned above it is included in our Top Printers 2018 list.

5)    Amped Wireless Anthena-EX high Power AC2600 WIFI Range Extender (RE2600M)

The RE2600M is a featureful desktop-class wireless range extender and subsists up to the flimflam. It delivers a great throughput and supports MU-MIMO data streaming as well as it offers a solid set of management features and I/O ports.

The all-black high Power AC2600 measures 1.5 x 10.5 x 8 inches (H x W x D). The extender accommodates 4 rotatable and detachable antennas for extending the range of your network. Moreover, there are four wired Gigabit LAN ports around back for adding the printers, hard drives etc. as well as a USB 2.0 port. For added connection options, a USB 3.0 port is also present on the right side of this wireless range extender.

At the slanted front panel there are LED, power, WPS, and Reset buttons the small LED indicators for radio bands, power, signal strength, and USB activity. Under the cover, there is circuitry that supports 802.11ac networking, 512MB of RAM, a dual-core processor and 16 amplifiers.

The high Power AC2600 WIFI Range Extender by amped wireless Anthena-EX is a dual-band extender which can reach up to the amazing speeds of 800Mbps on the 2.4GHz band while 1,733Mbps on the 5GHz band. These features made us include it in our Best Wireless Range Extender 2018 list.
As mentioned above the AC2600 supports MU-MIMO data streaming that provides improved performance by sending a huge quantity of data to compatible clients concurrently, rather than sequentially.

The installation of RE2600M is not a tricky task. For easy and error free installation of the unit, select a location which is almost a halfway between the router and the dead zone area. Use an AC adapter to connect the extender to its SSID from your tablet, computer or any smart device. Open up the browser, and type http://setup.ampedwireless.com, it will launch a web console’s Dashboard. There just hit the Scan Button to find which networks to extend, after the scan is complete, choose the network you want to connect. Add the network’s name and password and you are all set to go.

While operating on the 5GHz band, the RE2600M is capable of delivering 391Mbps in the close-proximity while 290Mbps over 25-foot making it include in our Top Wireless Range Extenders 2018 list.

Specs and Speed
Size: 1.5 x 10.5 x 8 inches (H x W x D)

Wi-Fi Spec: AC2600 dual-band 802.11ac

Number of External Antennas: 4
Ports:4 Gigabit Ethernet, one 2.0 USB port, one 3.0
Extender range in 2.4 GHz:1500 sq. feet
Peak 802.11.ac performance: 391.8 Mbps at 5 feet

Pro:
  • Fast throughput while testing
  • Extended range
  • Lots of ports
  • Easy to install.
  • Multi-User Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) enabled.
Cons:
  • Expensive.

Due to all the features mentioned above it is included in our Top Printers 2018 list.

6)    NETGEAR EX3700 Wi-Fi Range Extender (AC750).

The Netgear EX3700 range extender is a compact dual-band booster that has the ability to access both WIFI bands simultaneously to you the seamless network coverage for all of your smart devices.

AC750 features a typical rectangular design having round edges. This for range extender only comes in white color. At the front side of the extender there are 4 LED’s, 2 squared shaped: one for router and one for device, while the other two are triangular or arrowhead like indicating power and WPS. LED arrows will tell you where to locate the extender for maximum coverage. The LED light will allow you to know your signal strength so that you place the range extender at the perfect location for optimal WIFI coverage. All the four sides of the extender have a geometric triangular pattern.

There is only one ethernet port present at the side of the extender, used for connecting peripherals, while there is no USSB ports present. No AC adapter is needed to plug EX3700 because it features a convenient wall-plug design. These features made us include it in our Best Wireless Range Extender 2018 list.

Installation is very easy and when you have placed the extender at the optimal place, by the help of the arrowed LEDs. You can configure your network using the free Android app, which allows you to test and confirm that your WIFI network is performing at optimum coverage at its present location or not.

The AC750’s dual band capabilities enable you to simultaneously access both WIFI bands (2.4GHz and 5.0GHz) to avoid delays, which can normally result from bandwidth congestion making it include in our Top Wireless Range Extenders 2018 list.

Specs and Speed
Wi-Fi Spec: AC750 dual-band 802.11ac
Number of External Antennas: 2
Ports:1 Gigabit Ethernet
Extender range in 2.4 GHz: 100 sq. feet

Peak 802.11.ac performance:391.8 Mbps at 5 feet

Pro:
  • Dual-band range extender.
  • Good Wi-Fi signal extends up to 100 feet.
  • Supports 802.11ac.
  • Easy and fast installation.
  • Very beneficial LEDs for troubleshooting and optimizing
Cons:
  • Very beneficial LEDs for troubleshooting and optimizing
  • No USB port.
  • No ethernet port.

Due to all the features mentioned above it is included in our Top Printers 2018 list.

7)    TP-Link AC1900 Range Extender RE580D

TP-Link’s RE580D is the Wi-Fi range extender that worth every penny, it combines excellent throughput and range.  It can move a huge quantity data while extending your WIFI’s access.

RE 580D is beautifully designed, we like the geometrically patterned black and dull silver unit. By size its amongst the biggest range extenders and measures 9.5 x 7.8 x 1.8 inches. Regardless of its bigger size, you can still hide the unit on a bookshelf, mount it on a wall or place it vertically with the included stand. RE580D needs a midsize AC adapter for plugging it into a wall outlet.

The extender accommodates three rotatable antennas, replaced with off-the-shelf high-gain antennas and inclined at an angle to push the WIFI signal even farther. Moreover, the AC1900 housed five gigabit LAN ports for linking the extender to various peripherals such as storage devices, printers, and other devices, however lacks the USB port.
The RE580D contains the control buttons at the front side having blue LED indicators, the controls allow you to turn on and off the extender, reset the system, connect to a WPS-enabled router and so on. Moreover, you can turn off the LEDs, and a stealth mode can switch of the lights at night.

The setup of RE580D is a piece of cake. It almost takes 4 minutes to set up the unit. You have to change its generic network names and password. Connect your computer to the router and into the browser window, type “tplinkrepeater.net”, the AC1900 will scan for local Wi-Fi networks to extend the network access. After connecting to your host network, you can add the extended network’s passwords and names.

Furthermore, the 2.4- and 5-GHz both bands can be setup at once. This is a great relief and earns TP-Link AC1900 a big plus, because most extenders need a two-step configuration which is a nerve wrecking task.
You can check the visual representation of all the devices connected to your network and consumption of bandwidth for each user at the RE580 D’s status page. But the software does not allow you to adjust things like the transmission power etc.

However, the AC1900 range extender fill up the annoying gaps in WIFI with smooth video streaming and reliable data connections to a variety of devices. Moreover, the RE580D delivers a total of 327.7 Mbps at 5 feet. It had a range of 150-foot making it include in our Top Wireless Range Extender 2018 list

Specs and Speed
Size: 9.5 x 7.8 x 1.8 inches
Wi-Fi Spec: AC1900 dual-band 802.11ac
Number of External Antennas: 3 external /Yes

Ports:5 Gigabit Ethernet
Extender range in 2.4 GHz: 150 feet

Peak 802.11.ac performance: 327.7 Mbps at 5 feet

Pro:
  • Top range
  • Night mode
  • Integrated setup
  • Five gigabit LAN ports
  • Scans to and prints from USB key.
Cons:
  • Big
  • No USB ports

Due to all the features mentioned above it is included in our Top Printers 2018 list.

Verdict:

Here, we are done with our roundup of Best wireless range extenders 2018. A reliable wireless Range Extender connects to your WIFI routers wirelessly for boosting up its signal strength and expanding the signals into places where it cannot reach on its own.

We have tested all the above mentioned and 20 more WIFI range extenders in an excruciatingly RF-heavy office circumstances and came up with the best of the bests range extenders available on the market so far. So, consider our authentic buyer’s guide before hitting the market purchase now button.

Tell us about your valuable suggestions in the comments below. Have a good day.

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