As the name says, Wireless Range Extenders are the devices which are used to extend the signal range of an available home network. These devices are extremely useful while considering large multi storied buildings having rooms which are not suitably covered by the range of a Wi-Fi network. These extenders simply expand signals of a home network substantially.
All the three Extenders which are going to introduce here, work on 5GHz band, typical Wi-Fi range. More than that, these devices run on AC1200 specification, which are affordable to consumers who are looking for a quality product with reasonable cost.
First One: Linksys RE6500
Theoretically, it is compatible with almost all types of network gateways and Wi-Fi routers. Because of this 802.11ac, it is assumed to be three times faster than an 802.11n Wi-Fi extender. It run on dual band (crossband), IE, maintain a balance between both 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz. The two external antennas of this device can be detachable as well. Apart from wireless connectivity, this device has 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports offering extremely higher data rates as compared to traditional Ethernet. In the product description, the manufacturer claims that it is capable to extend Wi-Fi range up to 10,000 square feet.
Along with networking ports, this device is also equipped with an audio jack. It will be helpful if you want to connect a home stereo system to stream music wirelessly from your laptop computer or smartphone. A 128-bit encryption is the feature of each Linksys RE6500 device.
Take a look at Netgear EX6200
Netgear EX6200 is powered with an ARM A9 processor to gain maximum Wi-Fi availability. This Wireless extender is designed to perfectly incorporate Netgear’s FastLane technology in order to run both 5GHz and 2.4 GHz bands at the same time. It is far more superior while comparing with Linksys RE6500 in terms of ports. It has 5 Gigabit Ethernet ports while EX6200 has only 4. It also contain a USB 3.0 port which is quite unusual it network extenders. This will be helpful for you if you want to connect this device to a printer for printing images or documents. With this device, you can even maintain a track of Wi-Fi strength by its location.
While comparing its competitors, this product is little bite costly of about $99. But just see the power it provides, a whooping 700mW!
Finally, D-Link DAP-1650
You cannot simply ignore D-Link while discussing with network routers. This device has a cylindrical design equipped with a WPS button for easy installation with Wi-Fi protected mode. The antennas of this device are internal unlike conventional network devices. It also contains 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports and one USB 2.0 port.