Best Wifi Extenders 2016
Are you looking for the best wifi extenders in 2016?
If your router needs help getting the Wi-Fi signal to the part of your house or apartment, give it a boost with the TP-Link AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender RE450. After spending 180 total hours researching Wi-Fi extenders and testing more than 20 over the past year and a half, we have decided that the RE450 be our new recommendation for most people.
It is worth the investment, as it offers the best combination of range, speed, portability, and physical connections of any extender we tested.
Last Updated: October 15, 2016
We tested over 16 new extenders and found that the TP-Link RE450 is the fastest and the best. It delivered a high signal on our long-range, wall-and-obstacle-filled tests, and it hangs directly from a wall socket so you can put it where you need it.
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A wireless extender is not the first thing you should try if your Wi-Fi is not cutting it. First, move your router to a central part of your house. Then, check your router’s firmware and settings to make sure they are optimized for your environment. Next, consider upgrading your router, especially if it is a few years old, or adding wired Wi-Fi access points if your house is wired for Ethernet or you do not mind stringing new cables along the walls. If you have tried the first three options and can’t (or don’t want to) try the fourth, a wireless extender can help you get a good Wi-Fi connection in places you could not before.
In all of our recent wireless tests, the TP-Link RE450 was faster than all 16 other extenders, including our previous pick, the Netgear EX6200. Even though the RE450 is one of the most expensive extenders we considered, it is worth the price, with a better performance-per-dollar ratio than any other extender we tested. The device is huge for a wall-plug extender but easier to find a place for in comparison with a large, boxy extender. Moreover, the giant signal strength LED helps you figure out the best location for the extender, which is way better than just winging it.