The 8 Best Wi-Fi Extenders of 2019

Increase the Wi-Fi range in your home or office with these extenders

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Google Nest Wifi at Amazon

"You’ll get two stylish yet compact "points" to set up around your home."

Best for Mesh Networking: Netgear Orbi at Amazon

"You can expect 1,000 feet of coverage at a price that's easy on your wallet."

Runner-up, Best for Mesh Networking: eero Mesh Wi-Fi system at Amazon

"A powerful, reliable, and simple-to-use mesh networking system."

Best for Streaming: Netgear Nighthawk X6 at Amazon

"You can have up to 40 devices ready to do all the streaming, gaming, and browsing they can dream of."

Best for the Money: Netgear EX3700 at Amazon

"You can expect 1,000 feet of coverage at a price that's easy on your wallet."

Best Design: TP-Link RE305 at Amazon

"Small and sleek, it’s got a look that will go into any home and won’t be catching your guest’s eyes."

Best for Home: Netgear Nighthawk X4 at Amazon

"Just plug in the extender and you’ll get advanced dual-band Wi-Fi with up to 2,000 square feet in coverage."

Best for Gaming: Netgear EX8000 at Amazon

"Forget lagging connections and say hello to the ultimate gaming experience."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Google Nest Wifi

What We Like
  • Compatible with original Google Wi-Fi towers for extra beacons 

  • Up to 2,200 square foot coverage per tower

  • Easy setup and management 

What We Don't Like
  • Can’t connect to hard-wired devices

Setting up a mesh network may seem light a daunting endeavor but thanks to Google, it doesn’t have to be. With the Google Nest Wifi, you’ll get two stylish yet compact "points" to set up around your home.

Connect one to your modem and let the other act as an extender giving you up to 4,400 square feet of solid, mesh-style Wi-Fi. Plus, you can add more to increase your coverage, meaning you won’t have any issues staying covered across your house or office. Already have the original Google WiFi? No problem. The Nest is compatible with Google WiFi and other Nest devices. 

Though you won’t be able to connect any hard-wired devices, you can ensure that all your Wi-Fi-capable ones will have no issue connecting. Easy to set up thanks to Google’s intuitive app, you’ll have no issues managing and changing your settings. Set up your very own mesh network with the stylish, simple, and reliable Google Nest Wifi.

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Best for Mesh Networking: Netgear Orbi

5
What We Like
  • Easy setup and excellent compatibility 

  • Built-in Netgear Armor security software

  • Coverage up to 5,000 feet 

What We Don't Like
  • Unexpected signal drops

If you’ve got sizeable enough office space and are seeking excellent coverage with room in the budget to spare, the Netgear Orbi is a perfect choice. Using a high-performance tri-band mesh system, this router and extender set will give you two-times faster speed and a reliable connection for up to 5,000 feet. And you can even get an additional 2,500 feet by adding another Orbi extender. All of that coverage with the promise of up to 1.2Gbps of data which means plenty of bandwidth for all your gaming, streaming, and browsing needs. 

Easy to set up and manage, the Netgear Orbi is compatible with all service providers, and its built-in Netgear Armor brings another layer of protection from viruses, malware, and more.

Powerful, reliable, and capable, the Netgear Orbi will offer you complete coverage and give you the Wi-Fi service you deserve. 

Runner-up, Best for Mesh Networking: eero Mesh Wi-Fi system

What We Like
  • Provides up to 5,000 square feet of coverage 

  • Reliable and stays up-to-date

  • Simple, quick setup

What We Don't Like
  • Not the most attractive design

  • App is required for use and setup 

Getting whole-home coverage doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive, especially when there’s the eero. Ready to provide up to 5,000 square feet, you can get complete coverage in less than 10 minutes. Just set the three towers around your home, download the eero app, unplug your modem, and follow the instructions. Just like that, you’ll have seamless connections to all your Wi-Fi-enabled devices.

Equipped with dual-band Wi-Fi radios and both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, the eero gives you the internet power needed to keep you streaming, browsing, and online gaming. You’ll find the eero completely reliable as it stays up to date with automatic, real-time updates to ensure your system is always working. 

All told, the eero is a powerful, reliable, and simple-to-use mesh networking system.

Best for Streaming: Netgear Nighthawk X6

4.3
What We Like
  • Fast, clear connection for streaming

  • Up to 2,000-square foot coverage 

  • Connects to up to 40 devices

What We Don't Like
  • Pricier than other options

  • Connection problems sometimes occur

When everyone in your home has their own streaming-capable device, it’s important the connection stays strong and reaches everyone. That’s where the Netgear Nighthawk X6 comes in: For covering a lot of space while avoiding lag, this is the best Wi-Fi extender to bring into your home.

With extra coverage up to 2,000 sq.ft, 2200Mbps of internet speed, plus 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports, you can have up to 40 devices ready to do all the streaming, gaming, and browsing they can dream of. The amplified internal antenna array will give you the ultimate, reliable coverage while the tri-band and patented FastLane3 technology keeps up with any and all 4K Ultra HD streaming. 

Don’t let the price tag scare you off, if you want to keep all the streaming-happy devices in your home connected and without any sudden connection drops, the Netgear Nighthawk X6 is the way to go!

Best for the Money: Netgear EX3700

3.8
What We Like
  • Enhanced Wi-Fi coverage and signal strength

  • Wi-Fi Analytics app for all status updates

What We Don't Like
  • Difficulty connecting to 5GHz band

  • Reported latency issues

Finding the best Wi-Fi extender is all about range, and with the Netgear EX3700, you can expect 1,000 feet of coverage at a price that's easy on your wallet. Dual-band and supporting 802.11ac technology, you'll garner performance of up to 750Mbps, ensuring your Wi-Fi signal stays strong no matter where you are.

Featuring two antennas for enhanced coverage, you have the option to create a new Wi-Fi access point or hotspot over a wired Gigabit Ethernet port, making this an ideal extender for the home that turns into a hotel when guests come for visits all around the year. You can even create a separate network just for the guests. The EX3700 also includes Netgear's signature Wi-Fi Analytics app, letting you check your signal strength, keep up to date on the status, or see what channels are getting particularly crowded.

Along with universal compatibility, the Netgear EX3700 is an affordable package and the right choice for all your Wi-Fi extender needs.

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Best Design: TP-Link RE305

3.4
What We Like
  • Small and sleek design

  • Complete home coverage

What We Don't Like
  • Slower than other options

If you’re looking for a Wi-Fi extender that doesn't look like a bulky eyesore, the TP-Link AC1200 is the way to go. Small and sleek, it’s got a look that will go into any home and won’t be catching your guest’s eyes — some might even describe it as cute. With dual antennas and two bands, this extender runs at 2.4GHz (up to 300Mbps) + 5GHz (up to 867Mbps) and includes a fast ethernet port that lets you connect to a wired device, making it perfect for all your devices whether they’ll be streaming, gaming, or browsing.

The TP-Link AC1200 certainly isn’t the fastest extender on the market, but it promises full coverage of your home. Plus, it’s simple to set up and includes two LED lights that indicate whether or not you’re properly connected. Get all your needs met with this attractive and budget-friendly option.

Best for Home: Netgear Nighthawk X4

What We Like
  • Clear and speedy connection

  • Up to 220mpbs

  • 2,000-square foot coverage

What We Don't Like
  • Slows down under load

If you’re looking for a reliable and powerful extender that fits your home, is easy to set up, and gives you a wide range to work with, the Netgear Nighthawk X4 is for you. Just plug in the extender and you’ll get advanced dual-band Wi-Fi with up to 2,000 square feet in coverage.

Get up to 220mpbs so every device can deliver fast, streaming, gaming, and web browsing. And because it can connect to up to 35 devices, there will be no complaints from roommates, family members, or guests, as they can use their tablets, phones, computers, and more free of interruption. Need a wired hookup? Kick it into full throttle using the wired Ethernet port and you’ll be ready to go. Plus, with seamless smart roaming, you can keep your existing network’s ID to prevent confusion. 

Get a Wi-Fi extender that fits your needs, keeps all your devices connected, and gives you complete reliability — no device left behind.

Best for Gaming: Netgear EX8000

What We Like
  • Coverage up to 2,500 square feet

  • Universal compatibility

  • Seamless roaming

What We Don't Like
  • Unexpected signal drops

  • High price

Gaming can take up a ton of bandwidth, and if you want to ensure your games go uninterrupted while everyone else can still enjoy their devices, then it’s time to upgrade to the Netgear EX8000.

With premium Tri-band wifi, you’ll get up to 3000Mbps worth of bandwidth that works with up to 1000 with additional coverage of up to 2,500 square feet. (That’s more than the leading competitors!) Plus, you can expect seamless roaming with one wifi name, making setup painless and providing an easy connection to your devices. And, as expected of most Netgear devices, you’ll have universal compatibility with any wireless router, gateway, or cable modem with Wi-Fi.

Forget lagging connections and say hello to the ultimate gaming experience with this powerful range extender. The only thing that may put a halt on adding this to your cart immediately is the price. But for all the coverage and bandwidth, it may be well worth the price tag.

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How We Tested

Our writers spent over 1100 hours researching and testing the most popular Wi-Fi extenders on the market. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

What to Look for in a Wi-Fi Extender

Wi-Fi compatibility - Since an extender’s job is to rebroadcast your router’s signal, splurging on a fancy extender won’t get you very far if your router doesn’t support the latest standards. But if your router doesn’t support at least N standards, consider upgrading anyway.

Single- or dual-band - Dual-band extenders feature a 2.4GHz band and a 5GHz band. If your router has dual bands, you’ll want to get an extender to match, ensuring the fastest speeds.

Security - If security is an issue — and it should be! — buy an extender with the latest Wi-Fi Protected Access version, which is WPA2-PSK (AES). This encryption method prevents just about anyone from logging onto your network.

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Our Process 

Our writers spent 5 hours researching the most popular Wi-Fi extenders on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 10 different extenders overall, screened options from 5 different brands and manufacturers, and read over 10 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.