Best WiFi extender

These are the best WiFi extenders you can buy for improved coverage and speed when browsing.

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Buying a WiFi extender? A simple way to improve the internet coverage around your home, a WiFi extender can increase a connection whether it be lagging in your back yard, home office, or living room. And, from all devices such as desktops, laptops, smart TVs, smartphones, and more.

The best WiFi extender will be based on your house size and the one you pick should depend on how many devices will be using it. The best WiFi extender is the TP-Link N300 WiFi Extender since it's affordable, easy to set up and it can boost coverage to span up to 800 square feet of your land. That and it works with a huge range of devices, too. No more slow Netflix. See more of our top picks below.

Best WiFi extender

TP-Link N300 WiFi Extender

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TP-Link N300 WiFi Extender

Covers up to 800 square feet

Our top WiFi extender for performance, reliability and price.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Easy to setup
  • Great range

Cons:

  • Nothing!

Choose the TP-Link N300 WiFi Extender if you want the best value for money. It's an affordable, extremely high performing, and reliable pick. Use it in areas of up to 800 square feet and eliminate dead zones with the press of a button. It can offer a lag-free connection to any type of device from a smart TV to an Amazon Echo and a desktop. With a smart indicator light to help you place it in the best possible position in your home, set up is easy. It requires a single band 2.4GHz connection to work and boasts two external antennas, too.

Compact

Netgear EX3700

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Netgear EX3700

Our favorite if you want something discreet

The best-looking little wifi extender that still does the job.

Pros:

  • Compact design
  • Wired option

Cons:

  • Not the most powerful

Let's face it: wifi extenders are not the prettiest of things. The Netgear EX3700 has the best design we've seen – compact and well-shaped – and it will still do a pretty good job of boosting your wi-fi coverage and speed. Just don't expect miracles if your house is huge. Also bear in mind that this device might not work with non-standard or altered routers or gateways. For basic router booster needs, though, it really is pretty good. 

For families

TP-Link AC750 WiFi Extender

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TP-Link AC750 WiFi Extender

Eliminate dead zones in your family home

To cover up to 1,200 square feet.

Pros:

  • Up to 20 devices
  • App control
  • Up to 750Mbps
  • 1,200 square feet

Cons:

  • Doesn't work with certain internet providers

The TP-Link AC750 WiFi Extender is great for families. It can offer up to 20 devices a stronger connection at any one time, while it can cover up to 1,200 square feet. It's easy to set up and has a smart indicator light to help you install it in the most optimal location, too. That and it can be used to boost connections up to 750Mbps. Thanks to its great design, this one will fit in seamlessly in your home without drawing too much attention. You can control it via its smartphone app, which puts you in control of the WiFi – turn the extender off at night when you want them to sleep.

For large homes

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Superboost WiFi Extender

Our favorite booster for covering large areas

Extend coverage in an area of up to 2,500 feet. 

Pros:

  • Fast signal in even large properties
  • Overvoltage protection
  • Ideal for gamers or video calls

Cons:

  • You may need to get two for very large properties

The Superboost WiFi Extender is ideal if you live in a large house, and your WiFi is struggling. It delivers a powerful signal extension as soon as you plug it in, and can operate in lots of different modes, depending on whether you're boosting your router or particular devices. It also improves the security of your WiFi and protects your electronics from overvoltage. 

It's also quite versatile, with five different modes including router booster, access point, and client mode. You can also plug it directly into extender ports via an ethernet ports. 

Multi device

Netgear WiFi Mesh Range Extender EX6400

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Netgear WiFi Mesh Range Extender EX6400

Choose this booster if you have lots of different devices at home

Have a lot of devices using wifi at the same time? This is the extender you need. 

Pros:

  • Connects to up to 35 devies
  • Long range coverage of up to 2100 feet

Cons:

  • Not cheap

Netgear make some of the best wi-fi extenders out there, and the EX6400 should be on your radar if you've got lots of devices at home and need coverage over a large area. It can be somewhat fiddly to setup (some people say the WPS button doesn't always work), but the results are worth it. It comes with a wired ethernet port, so you can plug it directly into a games console or your TV for a maximum speed boost.

Our verdict

The TP-Link N300 WiFi Extender ticks all our boxes since it sits at an affordable price, it's high performing and very easy to set up. Use it to boost your connection to cover up to 800 square feet.

If you're looking for the most compact option (that also looks great), then you should check out the compact and competitively priced Netgear EX3700.

Pick the TP-Link AC750 WiFi Extender if you are buying an extender for a family home. It can be controlled via an app so you can turn it off when you want the kids to sleep.

That being said, if your house is huge, and if you're using lots of devices, you'll want to consider the Superboost WiFi Extender.

Pick the Netgear WiFi Mesh Range Extender EX6400 if you have a lot of devices that are connected to the internet – this extender can connect to up to 35 at one time from smartphones to desktops and games consoles. Great for small offices.

Anna Cottrell
Anna Cottrell

In 2018 Anna moved into the world of interiors from academic research in the field of literature and urban space and joined Realhomes.com as Staff Writer. She has a longterm interest in space-making and the evolution of interior style. She can also be found looking for the latest innovations in sustainable homewares or buying yet more bedding.