What Is A Repeater?
Sometimes just wifi routers are not enough to provide network connectivity to every corner of your house or office, and we need to enhance the Wifi Network. The repeater is a device that will increase the coverage of your existing WIFI router.
How Does a Repeater Work?
Below is a diagram that shows how the repeater works. I have the main router in my office that is on the first floor of the bungalow, and the ground floor is having WIFI connectivity and coverage issues.
Especially when I sit in my garden on the ground floor, the network is very weak. So we have installed a repeater on the ground floor to improve the coverage as well as speed even if I am far away from the primary router.
I have tried many different ways to improve the WIFI coverage in my house and office – you can read more about it.
What is the difference Between a Repeater or a WIFI Router?
In layman’s terms, the WIFI router connects to the internet cable that is provided by your ISP (Internet service provider) and then creates a WIFI network in your home and office to which you connect your mobile or laptop to access the internet. On the other hand, the WIFI repeater or extender is a device that connects to this primary router and Amplifies the signal. The repeater cannot connect to the internet cable and form a WIFI network.
We have shortlisted the top five repeaters for you that helps to strengthen the wifi signal coming from your primary router.
Let’s start with our first repeater, which is the TP-Link AC750 WiFi extender.
1) TP-Link AC750 WiFi extender
TP-Link AC750 is one of the most affordable WiFi range extenders available on Amazon at a price tag of Rs 1,799. The build quality of this repeater is very good and also provides a stable connection.
On the body of the extender, there are LED indicators, which include the WPS button, a power button, an LED button for ethernet connectivity, a WiFi connectivity indicator, and at last for 2.5Ghz and 5Ghz connectivity indicator.
You can even plug an ethernet cable if you wish to. If you are using a PC that lacks WIFI connectivity, this can be a good idea to make the PC WIFI.
It provides dual-band speed up to 750Mbps.
At the bottom, we get a reset button if your previous setting is not working or if you change the password for the primary router.
There are three ways to set up your WiFi extender. The easiest way to set up the extender is to first press the WPS button of a router and then press the WPS button of your extender. By doing this, they will pair with each other.
The AC750 WiFi extender is compatible with 802.11 b/g/n and 802.11 ac WiFi devices.
Key Specs for TP-Link AC750 WiFi extender
- Offers to speed up to 750Mbps.
- Dual-band – 2.5GHz and 5Ghz.
- Gives you acceptable WiFi stability.
- The setup process is easy.
- Product Dimensions – 11.0 x 6.5 x 7.5 cm.
- LED indicators help users to know the status of the device.
- Compatible – 802.11 b/g/n and 802.11 ac WiFi devices.
- Price – Rs 1,799.
2) TP-Link AC1200 extender
Next, we have the TP-Link AC1200 extender has a simple design and comes with two antennas that can be adjusted by 180 degrees. This WiFi extender is available on Amazon at a price of Rs 2,499.
It strengthens the WiFi signal and can offer speeds up to 1.2Gbps.
On the upper side, It has a WPS button along with four LED indicators(Power, Signal LED, 2.4Ghz, and 5Ghz) to show the status of your WiFi extender.
At the bottom, you will get a reset button along with an Ethernet port for connecting various devices by using a cable.
On the left and right corner of the extender, there is a number of tiny holes for the heat sink.
The setup process of the AC 1200 extender can be done in two ways- You can press the WPS button of the extender after plugged in into the socket. It will take some time but connects with your router, and this is the best and simple way to connect the extender and router.
Another way is to do this is by using the TP-Link app. This is also a good way to connect your router with your extender. The app also has a location assistant that will help a user to find out the optimal distance to balance the speed and range.
Key Specs for TP-Link AC1200 WiFi extender
- Offers to speed up to 1.2Gbps.
- Dual-band – 2.4Ghz, and 5Ghz suport.
- Good for medium flats.
- Offer stable WiFi connection.
- Dimensions – 8.0 x 7.8 x 7.7 cm.
- Set up is also easy.
- TP-Link app helps you to manage the working of the repeater.
- Price – Rs 2,499.
3) D-Link DAP-1610 AC1200 WiFi Range Extender
The D-Link WiFi extender is available on Amazon at a price of Rs 2,599. It is also one of the best solutions for removing dead zones in your wifi network. It is very similar to the TP-Link extender that I have shared above.
The dual-band 2.4Ghz + 5Ghz provides a speed of up to 1200Mbps for video streaming, online gaming, and large file transfers.
It has a LED signal strength indicators that help you to find the perfect place for your WiFi extender to dramatically increase your WiFi coverage.
At the top, it has a WPS button and a reset button and even has an ethernet connectivity port at the bottom for a wired connection by using an ethernet cable and also has 180 degrees adjustable two antennas for wide range connectivity.
It has a speedy one-touch setup in which you have to press the WPS button of your extender as well as of your router. it will take a few seconds to connect.
Key Specs for D-Link DAP-1610 AC1200 WiFi extender
- Provide speed up to 1200Mbps.
- Dual-band – 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz.
- Fit for medium and big houses.
- 2 Antennas for wide range connectivity.
- Simple and easy setup.
- Dimensions – 9.8 x 5.1 x 4.9 cm.
- 3-year brand warranty.
- Price – Rs 2,599.
4) Netgear AC1200 WiFi Extender
Netgear AC 1200 WiFi extender support dual-band speeds up to 1200Mbps, and it is pretty good for medium and big houses.
Netgear makes one of the most reliable networking products and often has more range and stability than other brands.
The Netgear AC1200 WiFi extender is available on Amazon at a price tag of Rs 3,379. Also, if you have got a large number of devices that you want to connect to the repeater, the Netgear repeater is a better choice as it allows up to 20 concurrent connections.
Like TP-Link AC1200, it also comes with 180-degree adjustable antennas, and even the design of the body is also small and simple, along with a good heat sink design.
At the bottom, it has a reset button along with an ethernet port for connecting the device by the ethernet cable for a wired connection.
At the right corner, it has a Power(ON/OFF) button and WPS button along with their LED indicators at the front of the extender.
Talking about the setup, So it is not much difficult to use the steps provided in the quick installation guide. You can easily set up your extender.
You will also get the Netgear WiFi analytic app that tells you network status, channel interference meter, signal strength meter, and WiFi strength by location.
Key Specs for Netgear AC1200 WiFi extender
- Offers to speed up to 1200Mbps.
- Dual-band – 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz.
- Ideal for a medium and a big house.
- Can connect up to 20 devices.
- Coverage up to 1200 sq ft.
- Dimensions – 5.5 x 6.7 x 3.9 cm.
- Compatibility – Universal(Works with any wireless router).
- 2-year hardware warranty.
- Price – Rs 3,379.
If you are looking for a professional-grade solution for extending the range in your house or office then the Netgear WIFI 6 Mesh range extender is an ideal choice.
5) NETGEAR WiFi 6 Mesh Range Extender (EAX20)
Netgear WiFi 6 is the best range extender among all present in our list, and it is available on Amazon at a price tag of Rs 12,799.
The size of the extender is quite big, and It boosts the speed of the signal coming from your router up to 1.8 Gbps and covers up to 1,500 sq ft area.
It also has a four ethernet connectivity port at its one side for connecting various devices like laptop, P.C., and anything else, and on its other side, it has LED indicators and a WPS button.
By using the Nighthawk app and following the instruction on the installation guide, you can easily set up your extender.
Key Specs for Netgear WiFi6 Mesh range extender
- Offers to speed up to 1.8Gbps.
- Dual band – 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz.
- Ideal for big houses.
- Coverage range – 1500 sq ft.
- 4 ethernet ports for making a wired connection.
- Dimension – 24.1 x 17 x 6.4 cm.
- Compatibility – Universal(support every wireless router).
- 1-year hardware warranty.
- Price – Rs 12,799.
These are some of the best dual-band WiFi repeaters and are ideal for extending the coverage or solve speed issues.
If you are planning to buy a router but don’t have any idea which is probably fit for you. Don’t worry, visit the article given below.
Another solution to increase the coverage and speed of the WIFI signal in your home or office is to use a WIFI Mesh router system – where you have got two or three identical routers that form a network that offers even more seamless coverage than a repeater plus router system.
Co-Author – Ayush Sharma