You plug it into a wall socket within the range of an existing Wi-Fi network to help extend its range.
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Though pricey, the WRT1900ACS' long range and rapid Wi-Fi will deliver fast Internet to places in your home that other routers might struggle to reach.
Netgear announced at CES 2012 its first range extender that supports concurrent dual-band, which extends the range of both the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands at the same time.
The Netgear X6100's awkward design and frustrating performance make it suitable only for casual networking tasks.
The WRT1200AC is just way too expensive for a second-tier 802.11ac router.
Though not as innovative as it should be, the Linksys AC2400 Dual Band Wi-Fi Router E8350 is still a very good router thanks to its fast 5Ghz Wi-Fi performance and comparatively friendly pricing.
From the Cheapskate: This refurbished router scored high marks from reviewers and buyers alike. It normally sells for at least $100 more.
The hefty price aside, the Asus AC2400 RT-AC87U is the most complete 802.11ac router to date, capable of satisfying all your home networking needs.
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