1. Netgear AC2200-Nighthawk X4 EX7300 (£104.99)
The Netgear AC2200 Nighthawk X4 EX7300 is one of the newest, dual-band Wi-Fi range extenders from Netgear and as such, offers a wide range of features and improvements over some of the earlier, cheap Wi-Fi boosters from the brand. This extender is particularly good for those who are heavy users of online gaming and high definition video streaming, offering lag-less performance for these and other bandwidth intensive tasks. It also supports the latest 802.11 ac Wi-Fi protocol – a protocol that offers speeds up to 3 times that of the current protocol – as well as providing full-support for devices that use other, legacy protocols.
As a Wi-Fi booster rated for AC2200 – it offers speeds of up to 2.2 Gpbs across both 2.4 Ghz and 5 GHz, with up to 450 Mbps and 1,733 Mbps respectively – although, like many modern boosters, the EX7300 can work simultaneously across each band, utilising FastLane technology, leading to the fastest possible performance. When it comes to range – the Nighthawk X4 also excels – performing well at ranges up to 300 Ft, a range that should be more than enough for most larger homes as well as medium-sized offices.
As you’d expect, setting up this device is incredibly easy – supporting automatic setup via WPS – as well as alternative methods, including via the devices browser-software and through Netgear’s Android mobile application. The whole process of configuring and getting this Netgear Wi-Fi booster up and running will take no more than a few minutes, even for the less tech savvy.
Although not exclusive to the EX6400 Nighthawk X4 – this extender is compatible with Netgear’s Wi-Fi Analytics app, an Android app that makes checking the status of your network, its strength and crowded channels, among other features – giving you a greater level of control over this Wi-Fi booster than with others on the market.
The features and performance offered by the Netgear EX7300 makes this device one of the very best W-Fi boosters out there around the £100 price point – providing levels of speed and range that surpass those offered by any of the other boosters on this list. All-in-all, if you’re looking for a device that provides the widest coverage for your large home or office – then this is it – other Wi-Fi boosters just won’t cut it, making it a must-buy wireless extender.
2. Linksys RE7000 Max-Steam AC1900 (£89.99)
The Linksys RE7000 Max-Stream AC1900 isn’t the fastest Wi-Fi booster on the market – it is however on the quicker end, delivering quick speeds, and offers fairly-good range – making it one of the best-choice mid-range extenders.
The design of the RE7000 Max-Stream is, although on the large side, very tidy – featuring a neat, elegant form factor with a single light and Linksys logo on it’s sheer, gloss-white finished front. When it comes to features, the RE7000 has a number of buttons located on one side – these include an on/off switch, reset button, and WPS button – and a single Ethernet port located on its underside. The plug socket of this Linksys Wi-Fi range extender is removable, allowing it to be used with plug-standards of different countries, however included in the box you’ll only find one of these for use with UK plug-sockets.
Simple to setup – the RE7000 Max-Stream takes no more than a few presses of its WPS button to connect both Wi-Fi bands, after which you’re good to go. Performance on the other hand can fall short when compared to other Wi-Fi extenders on the market, being somewhat of a mixed bag – although, overall, this booster offers more consistent performance over shorter ranges – something that makes it more suited to home than office use.
Considering its price point – the RE7000 is a good option – offering home users a good-quality, consumer-grade Wi-Fi extender that is as simple to use as it is to setup. If you’re looking for a booster that provides good performance and range for use at home, than the RE7000 Max-Stream is more than up to the job.
3. Netgear AC1900-WiFi EX6400 (£71.99)
The Netgear AC1900 EX6400 is part of Netgear’s Nighthawk series of Wi-Fi boosters – the brands line of premium Wi-Fi network extenders – offering some of the best-in-class performance of any extenders on the market. The EX6400 is a high-performance, dual-band extender – offering support for both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands – and supports a wide range of Wi-Fi protocols, including both legacy protocols and 802.11ac.
The Netgear EX6400 – like the more expensive EX7300, also on this list – boasts a range of up to 300 Ft, making it perfectly suited for use in larger homes or small to medium-sized offices. Similarities, in terms of performance, between the two Wi-Fi extenders end there – with the EX6400 offering slower speeds of up to 1.9 Gbps, compared to the EX7300 which boasts up to 2.2 Gbps.
This device – like most other modern wireless signal boosters from Netgear – features their FastLane technology, which allows the device to operate over both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, combining to provide the best possible speeds. In addition to the EX6400’s wireless performance, this device is also equipped with a single ethernet port – offering support for older, non-WiFi enabled devices or devices that may be better suited to a wired connection, such as video game consoles and 4k media streaming boxes.
Easy to setup, the EX6400 works more or less out of the box – simply plug it in and connect the device to your network at a click of a button via WPS – you can also setup and configure it in a number of other ways, including though its browser software and Netgear’s Android mobile app. The whole process should take no more than a few minutes – even for users who aren’t very tech savvy.
Overall, the EX6400 is a solid Wi-Fi booster – providing good range and speeds which would be more than enough for most home wireless networks. Retailing at a price point of around £70 – this device offers a lot of value – however, if your budget allows for it, we’d recommend looking at the slightly more expensive EX7300, which retails at approximately £30 more.
4. Netgear AC1200-WiFi EX6150 (£46.99)
The Netgear AC1200 EX6150 is a mid-ranged Wi-Fi range extender that – as its name suggests – supports AC1200 speeds, these being up to 300 Mbps across the 2.4 GHz band and up to 867 Mbps on 5 GHz band. This device features a look that is very typical of Netgear Wi-Fi boosters – with a grey, almost silver face and air vents on each of its sides – an aesthetic that we like.
This booster can be configured to work across both bands simultaneously – a technology Netgear refers to as “FastLane” – using one band as a backhaul to the router or access point that is being extended, while the other is used to connect clients. This works to avoid up to 50% of retransmission – something that works to improve the speeds that this Wi-Fi extender offers.
The EX6150 can work to either extend your existing network – retaining its SSID and login information – or as a mini, dual-band access point, with its own unique SSID at the simple flick of a switch. This is a great solution for those who often have visitors who want to use the internet – giving you a means to allow them to connect without logging directly on to your secure home network.
This device sports a pair of adjustable, external antennas which can be positioned independently of each other – something that can help to increase the boosters range – however these can’t be upgraded. Another drawback of the EX6150 is the lack of ReadySHARE – a feature that supports connecting a storage device or printer by USB, commonly found in more expensive boosters on this list.
Overall, the EX6150 is a solid wireless extender – offering good performance, in terms of speed and range, and a low price – making it one of the best Wi-Fi boosters under £50. If you’re looking for a no-nonsense booster or access point for your home or office, the EX1650 is a pretty good option.
5. Netgear AC1200-WiFi EX6130 (£49.99)
The Netgear AC1200 EX6130 is a mid-ranged dual-band wireless network range extender – and is in fact our pick for the best extender equipped with AC pass-through – a feature that enables you to use the wall socket the booster is in with other devices, rather than losing the socket to the extenders.
Being rated for AC1200, this devices offers speeds of up to 1200 Mbps – 300 Mbps on 2.4 GHz, and up to 867 Mbps on 5 GHz – making it an ideal device for home use, being more than capable at providing adequate performance for broadband-intensive tasks such as media streaming and online gaming.
When it comes to performance – we find the EX6130 to be pretty good – offer both a range of up to 75 Ft, with before dropping off significantly at ranges beyond this, and support for the most recent Wi-Fi protocol 802.11AC, which can be up to three times faster than the current standard.
The device is incredibly easy to setup – supporting automatic setup through WPS – as well as further configuration options, either through the devices browser-based software of with Netgear’s Wi-Fi Analytics app. This app can also make finding the perfect spot for the booster easier, eliminating the trial and error process by working to identify dead spots throughout your home.
The device itself also features a number of indicative LED lights on its front – these allow you to easily determine the status of the booster – and also offers a single Ethernet port, which can be used to interface non-Wi-Fi enabled devices with your network with an Ethernet cable.
We like the EX6130, as it offers a range of features and configurable options that rival that of more premium Netgear Wi-Fi boosters at a mid-range price, offering consumers good value. Another key feature for us is this device being a pass-through booster – something that people in smaller homes and apartments that often suffer with a shortage of wall sockets are also going to like.All-in-all, there are better Wi-Fi boosters out there – and if you’re looking for a solution for a larger home or office, we’d advice that you look at these – however, for the money, you can’t go wrong with the Neatgear EX6130.