The WiFi network created by your router does not take in all corners of the house? You could solve it by buying a WiFi repeater able to extend the signal of a network already present, so as to cover even the most difficult parts of the house to cover. But which WiFi repeater model to bet on? In this purchase guide I will show you the best models currently available on the market.
How to choose a WiFi repeater
There are various models on the market, which are important features to evaluate before purchasing, such as the passthrough, or with this term we mean all the WiFi repeaters that have one integrated electrical outlet on the front, this will allow you not to lose the electrical socket on which the repeater is mounted, but to be able to use it as replicated on it, just like in the model shown in the photo below.
Connection protocols and classes supported
Another factor to consider is the connection type that the WiFi repeater must manage, in fact from the wireless point of view your repeater must be compatible with the latest WiFi connection standards (specifically 802.11n on the 2.4 GHz network, 802.11ac on the 5 GHz network) and support the secure connection via WPA2. The various classes of connections present on the wireless unrouter are IEEE 802.11class a / b / g / n / ac / ad, corresponding to a certain frequency band, as mentioned above (which can be 2.4 and 5 GHz the most common or the recent 60 GHz) and a certain transfer speed. For this reason, in order not to create a slowdown, it is important to take a repeater of the same class, if not higher.
- class aat 54 Mb / s (5 GHz)
- class bat 11 Mb / s (2.4 GHz)
- class gat 54 Mb / s (2.4 GHz)
- class nat 450 Mb / s (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz)
- class acat 3 Gb / s (5 GHz)
- class adat 7 Gb / s (60 GHz)
Presence of Ethernet ports
On some WiFi repeaters, one or more may be present Ethernet ports. This is another feature to consider, if in the room in which to place it, there is a device that you can connect via cable (a smart TV, a console or a desktop PC), otherwise you can very well ignore this feature, since all the devices recent have a WiFi, although advisable on consoles, as the cable connection reduces latency times (ping).
I personally recommend you to bet on a good device that supports 2.4 GHz networks (with this frequency much easier to cover larger areas of the house) and leave the 5 GHz WiFi repeaters only in cases where you want to cover a few rooms with the high-speed network (the original 5GHz signal already covers a few meters, extending it could require many repeaters and therefore be extremely expensive!). The presence or absence of the electrical socket is a feature that you must personally evaluate: if you need the electrical socket, a model with a passthrough appears better; if you do not have problems with sockets, tip quietly on models without passthrough.
Which WiFi repeater to buy
After answering the main questions on how to choose a WiFi repeater, I will show you which models you can safely buy on Amazon, the main e-commerce portal in Italy. Starting from the cheapest models, finally reaching the top models.
Dodocool N300 Wireless Range Extender
A super-cheap model of WiFi repeater, ideal for those who don't have too many demands but still want to extend their WiFi network. It supports IEEE 802.11b / g / n networks on 2.4 GHz frequency, with a maximum speed of 300 Mbps. It also has a hidden Ethernet port on the side so that you can connect a device via cable. You can buy this WiFi repeater from the following link.
You want to bet on a quality product without spending a fortune you can buy the TP-Link WiFi repeater. It supports transmission up to 300 Mbps on 2.4 GHz frequency, has a convenient WPS button to quickly connect devices without necessarily typing the password and has an Ethernet socket to be able to connect devices via cable. You can buy the TP-Link WiFi repeater from the following link.
Dodocool Wifi Repeater (2 LAN)
Are you looking for a WiFi repeater with dual Ethernet input? You can bet on the device offered by Dodocool. You will be able to use this WiFi repeater in AP mode, in router mode or as a simple repeater, so as to adapt to all possible scenarios. Supports 2.4 GHz networks up to a maximum speed of 300 Mbps and two directional antennas for better coverage. You can buy this WiFi repeater from the following link.
Among the higher quality products I could not fail to mention Netgear's WiFi repeater, which has always been a leader with wireless communication devices. The integrated LEDs on the front will allow you to understand the signal intensity both for the source and for the network created by the device. Support for 2.4 GHz networks and directional antennas do the rest: hard to ask for more! You can buy the Netgear WiFi repeater from the following link.
TP-Link TL-WA860RE (with socket)
Don't you want to lose the electrical outlet because of the WiFi repeater? You can buy the TP-Link device at a reasonable price, equipped with an integrated Schuko socket. So you can extend your WiFi network and connect another electrical device, for maximum convenience. Compatible with the IEEE 802.11b / g / n standard with a maximum speed of 300 Mbps. You can buy this WiFi repeater from the following link.
AVM FRITZ! WLAN Repeater 310
If you are looking for the best brand for wireless devices, mark this name: AVM. The German brand stands for quality (not surprisingly its routers are the best on the market) and not least with the WiFi repeater indicated in this guide. Excellent network extension capacity, guaranteed speed and well-kept design make it the best WiFi repeater in circulation, despite supporting only 2.4 GHz networks with a maximum speed of 300Mbps. You can buy this WiFi repeater from the following link.
AUKEY Wifi Repeater (5GHz)
If you are looking for a WiFi repeater to manage 5 GHz networks, I recommend that you aim with your eyes closed on the AUKEY model. Its 4 antennas will allow you to cover large areas of the home or office. Supports 5GHz networks with IEEE 802.11ac protocol and maximum speed of 1167Mbps, but also remains compatible with 2.4 GHz networks; The two Gigabit Ethernet ports on the bottom of the device complete the work. You can buy this WiFi repeater from the following link.
AVM FRITZ! WLAN Repeater 1750E (5GHz)
One of the best products from an aesthetic point of view this model of AVM WiFi repeater. Super slim design but power to sell! It supports 5GHz networks for a maximum speed of 1750 Mbps, without forgetting the support for 2.4 GHz networks. Despite the very thin style, it has an Ethernet port at the bottom, which can be used to connect a device via cable. You can buy this nice WiFi repeater from the following link.
Netgear EX3800-100PES (5GHz and socket)
If you want to combine 5GHz technology with the passthrough of the electrical outlet you can bet on Netgear's WiFi repeater. It offers support for all the latest wireless connectivity technologies: IEEE b / g / na 2,4GHz and IEEE a / n / ac at 5 GHz, for a maximum speed of up to 750 Mbps. The two antennas complete the equipment adjustable and the Ethernet socket to connect a TV or console via cable. You can buy this WiFi repeater from the following link.
TP-Link Range Extender Wi-Fi AC1750 RE450 (5GHz)
The TP-Link RE450 WiFi repeater model with the best quality / price ratio. It supports both networks (2.4 and 5 GHz) for a maximum speed of 1750 Mbps, offers a lateral Gigabit Ethernet port and maintains a compact and pleasant line, despite the three directional antennas: I highly recommend the purchase of this model, there is none sorry.