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The 4 Best WiFi Extenders of 2024

We tested the top WiFi extenders from TP-Link, Netgear, and more to find the best products
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By Ross Patton ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 19, 2023

The Best WiFi Extenders for 2024

Dealing with slow internet or dead spots? Our home office experts researched over 50 WiFi extenders before buying and testing 9 of the top-rated models on the market for an in-depth side-by-side analysis. We evaluated each model on its ease of setup, installation, and use. We even compared the product's aesthetics and measured WiFi ranges and speeds. Whether you're trying to get a signal boost to the office in the far corner of your home, or you need more WiFi coverage for guests or a special event, we've put together the test results you'll need to choose the best WiFi extender for you.

We're no strangers to the world of office gear. From networking products, like the best WiFi routers and the top WiFi mesh systems, to office accessories like printers and scanners and the best keyboards, we've reviewed hundreds of office-related products and have the details you need to make an informed decision when assembling your home office.

Editor's Note: We edited our Wifi extender article to include new comparisons for all award winners on December 19th, 2023.


Best Overall WiFi Extender

TP-Link AX1500

Range: 1500 sq. ft. | Bandwidth: Dual
Phenomenal measured range
No app required
Mesh capabilities
Gigabit ethernet port
Less than sleek look
Mediocre speed

The TP-Link AX1500 outshined the competition, blowing us away with its impressive range. It stayed connected to a mobile device at a longer distance than any other extender we tested. It was easy to connect to the router, does not require an app for mobile devices, and offers an easy setup compared to other models. This extender creates a seamless network with compatible routers, so your devices will always connect to the strongest signal, whether or not it is from the extender or your primary router. Additionally, AX1500 features a single gigabit ethernet port, allowing a device to take advantage of hardwired speed and reliability.

Although the TP-Link AX1500 supports WiFi over an extensive range, it isn't the fastest WiFi extender in our fleet. If you're using an extender for gaming or other high-speed applications, you might want to consider a model that supports higher Megabits per second (Mbps) rates. While aesthetics are subjective, we don't find this model very attractive. It protrudes nearly two inches out of a wall outlet and has two less-than-sleek-looking antennas. Speed and aesthetics aside, TP-Link AX1500 is hands-down one of the best WiFi extenders in our lineup. We recommend it to anyone searching for a wall plug model capable of covering an extended range. If you have the need for speed and you're willing to sacrifice mesh capabilities, the Netgear EX5000 is another option we would recommend. Its simple, compact design is aesthetic, and the set-up speed was under five minutes.

wifi extender - the ax1500 has a great range, is mesh enabled, and can be set up in...
The AX1500 has a great range, is mesh enabled, and can be set up in a matter of a few minutes.
Credit: Laura Casner


Best Bang for the Buck

TP-Link RE220

Range: 1200 sq. ft. | Bandwidth: Dual
Can connect many devices
Ethernet port
Compact and stylish
Mediocre range
So-so speed

The TP-Link RE220 is one of our favorite extenders we tested. Set up is made easy with a QR code on the box that links to the app and guides you through a setup that takes mere minutes. We love its stylish look and the fact that it's no larger than the average air freshener or night light. Despite its size and aesthetics, the RE-220 has still managed to fit in an ethernet port, which is fantastic.

The RE-220 has an excellent range for home use. However, we recommend opting for another device if you need to project a signal over more extensive square footage for businesses or special events. On that note, it's not the fastest repeater. So you'll need a faster model to get maximum Mbps for gaming or an office. Despite that, we still think RE-220 is great for most applications. If price is not a worry, the TP-Link AX1500 is an overall top performer. It uses a mesh network to project a solid signal over longer distances and spaces.

wifi extender - we like that the re220 doesn't look like a wifi extender.
We like that the RE220 doesn't look like a WiFi extender.
Credit: Michelle Powell


Best Option for Tight Budgets

TP-Link N300

Range: 800 sq. ft. | Bandwidth: 2.4 GHz
Easy setup
Decent aesthetics
Single bandwidth
Can only connect eight devices

The TP-Link N300 is an excellent choice if you need a decent WiFi extender at an affordable price. This device has a more tolerable look than models with several extra antennas, and as with all wall plug mount models, there are no wires or cords to deal with. The setup process for the N300 was swift and easy, with a QR code on the box that directly links your phone to the proper avenue for downloading the TP-Link Tether app.

The TP-Link N300 lacks in a few ways. First off, the range is unimpressive, and it's not the fastest due to its single 2.4 GHz band. It also only allows connection for eight devices, so if you need to boost the signal for many computers, phones, and tablets, the N300 is probably not the right one for you. We think this WiFi extender would be better suited for one or two devices in a smaller space than an entire home or office, and its bargain price makes it an excellent buy for those shopping on a budget. If you need a little better performance at an affordable price, the TP-Link RE220 allows you to connect many devices simultaneously and is highly recommended.

wifi extender - the n300 has a classic wall plug wifi extender look.
The N300 has a classic wall plug WiFi extender look.
Credit: Ross Patton


Best Wall Plug Model for Speed

Netgear EX5000

Range: 1200 sq. ft. | Bandwidth: Dual
Impressive measured speed
Simple setup
Lacking mesh capabilities
No ethernet port

If you don't feel like downloading apps, resetting your router, or dealing with confusing instruction pamphlets, we recommend the Netgear EX5000. Netgear claims that this product takes five minutes to set up, but it only took us about three minutes. It does not require an app; any browser will guide you through the setup process by simply going to the website listed on the box or scanning the QR code. Although it's a bit boxy, the EX5000 is compact and has a discreet look. This model can connect up to 25 devices, the highest number we've seen to date. Where this model truly shines is in the speed it delivers. During our Mbps tests, the EX5000 was much faster than any other wall plug model that we've used to date.

Unfortunately, the Netgear EX5000 does not support mesh capabilities, so you'll need to manually change back to your primary router if you're in a location where the extender signal is weaker than the primary router signal. The compact design lacks an ethernet port, so if you want to hardwire a device to the extender, you'll need to look into a different model. Despite some minor drawbacks, the EX5000 WiFi extender is a top choice for those needing high speeds and an easy setup. With a similar range and simple set-up, the NetGear EX6150 is another that should not be missed.

wifi extender - the ex5000 is our favorite wall plug model when it comes to internet...
The EX5000 is our favorite wall plug model when it comes to internet speed.
Credit: Laura Casner


Another Model with Easy Setup

NetGear EX6150

Range: 1200 sq. ft. | Bandwidth: Dual
Simple setup
Good range
Good physical aesthetics
Mesh enabled

Right out of the box, the Netgear EX6150 stood out to us with how easy the setup process was. The Netgear Nighthawk App allows you to automatically set up the extender using their SmartConnect mesh system without having to rename a network or reconnect all of your devices to a new network. This simple process, coupled with the wall plug design and lack of wires, will have you boosting your signal in a matter of mere minutes. The EX6150 also offers a substantial range for a wall plug style model, 1200 square feet. We love that this model has a discreet look and doesn't stick out of the wall very far.

However, this model has only one ethernet port, so if you're looking to hardwire several devices straight into your extender, this is not the one. The EX6150 is also on the pricey side. Despite that, if you're looking for an extender that seamlessly integrates with your current wireless system, we think that it's worth the time saved.

wifi extender - the ex6150 is one of the easiest to set up.
The EX6150 is one of the easiest to set up.
Credit: Laura Casner


A Solid Dual Band WiFi Extender with a Classic Look

BrosTrend Wifi Extender

Range: 1200 sq. ft. | Bandwidth: Dual
Includes ethernet plug and cable
Decent looks
So-so speed
Not the easiest setup

We like that the BrosTrend Wifi Extender package includes an ethernet cable for its port located on the bottom of the unit. Its classic look of a small box with two antennas isn't quite as snazzy as other models but is also much less of a mess to look at than the models with several antennas.

During our internet speed trials, the BrosTrend finished in the middle of the road. The setup also wasn't our favorite. There is a WPS button function for pairing with a router, yet BrosTrend does not have an app. That means you'll need to navigate to their website to create the administrator login and password for the extender and then write it down on a piece of paper for backup.

wifi extender - the brostrend is a bit boxy but still looks good.
The BrosTrend is a bit boxy but still looks good.


Good WiFi Extender with a Snappy Signal Indicator

D-Link DAP-1720

Range: 1100 sq. ft. | Bandwidth: Dual
Decent speed
Signal indicator
Setup is a bit of a pain
Aesthetics leave something to be desired

With a range of 1100 sq feet and an ethernet cable port, the D-Link DAP-1720 is a pretty solid WiFi extender and a solid choice for a wall plug model for someone who requires a decent amount of range. We found the signal indicator to be handy for letting users know their connectivity level with the primary router. This model finished reasonably well for a dual-band model during our speed tests.

With its three antennas, we didn't think the DAP-1720 had the most modern-looking aesthetics, so if you're looking for a more sleek device design, this isn't the one. It's also a bit top-heavy, and it nearly falls out in certain outlets. The setup process for the D-Link system seems a bit dated when compared to the models that have apps associated with them. A configuration card with passwords and codes is included in this package that could easily get lost.

wifi extender - the dap-1720 offers decent speed but has a bit of an awkward look.
The DAP-1720 offers decent speed but has a bit of an awkward look.

wifi extender - the amake super boost comes with a cable for the ethernet port.
The Amake Super Boost comes with a cable for the ethernet port.

Why Trust GearLab

At GearLab, we pride ourselves that we don't build our reviews from manufacturer specs or other reviews. We purchase each product from the same retailers as our readers to get our own hands and eyes on them. We create a unique and comprehensive test plan for each product category we test, including side-by-side analysis to gauge each contender's true performance.

We are well versed in office products as we've reviewed many over the years, providing us with extensive knowledge and experience. To prepare for this review, we researched over 50 of the best WiFi extenders on the market before buying and testing 9 of the top-rated models to send through testing. We subjected each product to 13 individual tests to rate their performance.

Our tests cover three weighted rating metrics:
  • Ease of Use
  • Speed and Range
  • Aesthetics

An important test metric assesses speed and range, which involves more than 3 specific tests. To test speed, we set each WiFi extender up precisely halfway between our router and device, a distance of 25 feet. We ran tests on smartphones and laptops and recorded the results using a free internet speed test website. To test range, we connected a smartphone to the extenders, pushed play on a YouTube video, and slowly walked away until the WiFi connection was lost, then measured the distance back to the extender with a measuring wheel.

Leading the charge on our WiFi Extender review is Ross Patton. Ross's educational background is in environmental science, so he's no stranger to running experiments and spending time in the lab. Additionally, he has ten years of product testing experience sussing out items like the top Bluetooth trackers and lithium-ion battery-powered tools.

We tested the speed and range of each extender.
We tested the speed and range of each extender.
Unboxing the Netgear EX8000.
Unboxing the Netgear EX8000.

Analysis and Test Results

Our devised test plan contains three test metrics to assess all aspects of a WiFi extender's performance, including ease of use, aesthetics, and speed and range. How the competition performs in these metrics is detailed below.

wifi extender - we measured the range of each model using a calibrated measuring...
We measured the range of each model using a calibrated measuring wheel.

Ease of Use

We determined the amount of involvement each WiFi extender requires from plug to play to assess ease of use; in other words, from unboxing to operation. Our evaluation involved noting the included cables, instruction booklets, cords, and configuration cards. Next, we meticulously inspect each model for various buttons, plugs, lights, and ports. We mostly weighted this metric towards each extender's setup process and how they interfaced with the current WiFi router.

In terms of setup, the TP-Link AX1500 and Netgear EX5000 are very similar. Both units have QR codes on their packaging that take you directly to the setup website when scanned. Alternatively, you can manually enter them. Neither box had cords or cables — just a simple wall plug extender. Many extenders require installing an app. However, you can configure these two models using an internet browser. This is an excellent feature for those who have enough apps and don't want to clutter their smartphone with another one or don't like relying on an app for everything. Plus, neither of these WiFi extenders requires you to reset or push any buttons on your existing modem, making them extremely easy to use. We could unbox, plug in, and have these contenders repeating an existing WiFi signal in under five minutes each.

wifi extender - the tp-link models all have a qr code on the box that connects the...
The TP-Link models all have a QR code on the box that connects the user directly to the app.
Credit: Ross Patton


We used our expert panel of judges to score each device's look and feel subjectively for aesthetics. We agreed that the more sleek-looking extenders with the least amount of antennas looked the best.

Our favorite model for this metric was the TP-Link AC750 RE220, as it looks more like a nightlight or an air freshener than something emitting a WiFi signal. Also scoring well for this metric is the Netgear EX5000, which looks a bit more like an extender but lacks antennas.

wifi extender - the re220 is our favorite for aesthetic value.
The RE220 is our favorite for aesthetic value.
Credit: Michelle Powell

Our other favorites for their looks are the TP-Link AX1500 and the TP-Link N300. These each only have two antennas, unlike other models that have three or four. In particular, the TP-Link N300 has very minimal dimensions, making it less noticeable.

wifi extender - for models with antennas, we think the n300 offers a great degree of...
For models with antennas, we think the N300 offers a great degree of style.
Credit: Ross Patton

Speed and Range

Speed and range are dependent on the strength and number of bands that the extender provides. Single bands broadcast at 2.4 GHz, dual bands emit 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, and the newest triple-band models have two 5 GHz bands and a 2.4 GHz band. The higher the bandwidth and the more bands available, the more range and speed the extender will produce.

To test speed, we placed each contender precisely midway between our router and the devices (a distance of 25 feet), then ran tests on smartphones and laptops and recorded the results using one of the many free internet speed test websites. To test range, we connected a smartphone to the extenders, played a YouTube video, then slowly walked away until the WiFi connection was lost. Using a professional-grade measuring wheel, we measured the distance back to the extender.

wifi extender - we used a professional-grade measuring wheel for our range assessment.
We used a professional-grade measuring wheel for our range assessment.

Tip: Since speed and range for WiFi extenders are intertwined, you'll need to be mindful of where you're placing it compared to the router. If you place your extender too close to the router, it will reduce the range. But, if you have the extender too far away from the router, it will reduce the speed.

wifi extender - to measure speed, we used a free website that counts megabits per...
To measure speed, we used a free website that counts Megabits per second.
Credit: Ross Patton

Two dual-band models stood out during this assessment — the Netgear EX5000 and the TP-Link AX1500. The EX5000 showed a fantastic speed of 63 Mbps on a laptop and 28 Mbps on a smartphone. We were able to keep a WiFi connection up to a distance of 45 feet with this model.

wifi extender - the ex5000 showed fantastic results during our wifi extender speed...
The EX5000 showed fantastic results during our WiFi extender speed assessment.
Credit: Laura Casner

The TP-Link AX1500 is not quite as fast as either of the NetGear models mentioned above, but it still showed 45 Mbps on a laptop and 16 Mbps on a smartphone. However, the AX1500's range is where it outshines the rest of the lineup. This extender was able to play a YouTube video up to a distance of 75 feet.

wifi extender - when it comes to range, the ax1500 is one of the best wall plug...
When it comes to range, the AX1500 is one of the best wall plug models that we've tested.
Credit: Laura Casner


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