Mesh Wi-Fi or range extenders? Pick the best option for you
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First we'll talk about the basics then I'll dive into range extenders then I'll talk in more detail about mesh.
Let's talk basics, as my mama always used to say you can't just put an extender in a spot with no signal and expect your WiFi to improve much.
Regardless of how you're extending your network, if you're using additional hardware, it can only give as good as it's getting.
For best results, use any number of.
Free speed test apps and find a spot closest to your dead zone where the signal is strong, put the extender or mesh point there and it'll be able to replicate that stronger signal and help with your speed.
Before you buy extra hardware, try repositioning the hardware you have and playing with the antenna of your router to see if that helps.
For router positioning out in the open is best as opposed to in a corner by walls and higher up is better than on the ground.
If basic troubleshooting can't fix your problem, maybe you do need that extra hardware.
Enter the simplest answer range extenders something simple like the $35 tp link, our e to 20 should be all you need.
It's easy to use and get reliably boosted dead zone speeds above 80 megabits per second in our tests.
Our favorite overall is the $80 TP-LINK RE505X.
It's as consistent as it gets, and it offers speeds over 140 megabits per second.
But there are lots of options out there at a similar price that will get the job done and more are coming out this year that are going to have faster speeds and support for Wi Fi six, the newest version of Wi Fi and good news.
You don't need to worry about matching the brand of your router or anything like that.
Almost every modern router has a WPS button for Wi Fi Protected Setup.
plugging the extender, press the button on both the extender and the router, and that should be the extent of it.
A couple of other things to keep in mind about extenders, they're actually going to use your Wi Fi to broadcast their own signal.
So if you want to connect to them, you'll see your same Wi Fi name.
Just with a _EXT at the end, they also probably won't be able to hit your networks max speeds.
Most happened 50 to 75 megabits per second, which is still plenty for most uses like video chat streaming movies or basic online gaming.
Finally, if you're in a particularly tricky spot, like a room behind a concrete wall or something Consider a powerline extender, which uses your home's wiring to get around physical obstacles.
Now if you have more than a room or two that need a signal boost, you might be better off upgrading your home network with mesh routers.
This is definitely more of an investment than a single range extender but fortunately mesh is becoming more common.
So the price is coming down somewhat You should still expect to pay at least 150 bucks for a decent system.
And this is one of those circumstances where you get what you pay for.
A good system makes a huge difference with mesh routers because they are constantly running, In calculation under the hood to try and figure out the best way to get you a solid connection.
you don't one getting tripped up over that and slowing down your signal by putting you through a few extraneous points before you talk to The Clap.
With that in mind we've liked models from Ero, Netgear, Asus and TP-Link are current favourite if price isn't a issue.
Is the Netgear Orbi AX6000, [UNKNOWN] for that price 700 bucks.
No, you do not have to pay that much for a system that is decent, but my goodness this one is good.
It's a two piece system with the relatively new WiFi 6 protocol meaning it can talk to more devices at once without slowing down.
The two pieces help it spread coverage anywhere and it's blazingly fast, even at a distance, one of the fastest routers we've ever tested.
If you don't care about Wi Fi six and you don't want to spend nearly that much the $270 nest Wi Fi system comes with two pieces.
It's a little older but it still holds up pretty well.
And there you go.
Now you are armed with the most dangerous weapon of the mall.
Knowledge, go forth and make your dead zones a thing of the past.
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