The 10 Best Wi-Fi Extenders of 2020

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

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The Rundown

Best Overall: Netgear Orbi at Amazon

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

Best Design: Google Nest Wifi at Amazon

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

Best Mesh: eero Mesh Wi-Fi system at Amazon

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

Best for Streaming: Netgear Nighthawk EX7700 at Amazon

"You can have up to 40 devices ready to do all the streaming, gaming, and browsing you can imagine."

Best Budget: Netgear EX3700 at Amazon

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

Best Low Profile: 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 EX7300 at Amazon

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

Best Value: TP-Link RE200 at Amazon

"An affordable way to extend your Wi-Fi network when peak performance isn't critical."

Best for Gaming: Netgear EX8000 at Amazon

"Say goodbye to lagging connections and hello to the ultimate gaming experience."

Best for Large Homes: TP-Link TL-WPA8630 at Amazon

"This powerline adapter uses your home wiring to create Wi-Fi in places your router can't reach."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Netgear Orbi

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, the Netgear Orbi is a perfect choice. Using a high-performance tri-band mesh system, this router and extender set will give you double the 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 comes with the promise of up to 1.2Gbps of throughput 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. 

Best Design: 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 like 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 home 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.

Best Mesh: 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 EX7700

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 EX7700 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 square feet, 2.2Gbps of internet speed, and 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 in 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 EX7700 is the way to go!

Best Budget: Netgear EX3700

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

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, it delivers speeds of up to 750Mbps, ensuring your Wi-Fi signal stays strong no matter where you are.

With 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 or see what channels are getting particularly crowded.

Best Low Profile: TP-Link RE305

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 RE305 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 guests' eyes—some might even describe it as cute. With dual antennas and two bands, this extender runs at 2.4GHz (up to 300Mbps) and 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 RE305 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 EX7300

What We Like
  • Clear and speedy connection

  • Up to 2,200 Mbps

  • 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 EX7300 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 2.2Gbps 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 SSID to prevent confusion. 

Best Value: TP-Link RE200

What We Like
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi

  • Ethernet port

  • High speed mode

What We Don't Like
  • No Gigabit Ethernet

  • Slower AC750 speeds

If you’re looking for an affordable way to extend your Wi-Fi network and peak performance is not important, TP-Link’s RE200 offers some of the best value for the money, with dual-band Wi-Fi covering both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. While the maximum 733Mbps throughput isn’t going to win this one any performance records, realistically it’s more than enough for most home internet connections, especially at this price.

As a dual-band extender, the RE200 also has one other useful trick up its sleeve in that it can kick into a “High Speed” mode that maximizes throughput by using one dedicated Wi-Fi band as a “backhaul” and the other as an access point, which promises to deliver the kind of higher speed and lower latency required to handle gaming without lagging or buffering. 

The RE200 can quickly and easily be moved from room to room so that you can carry it around to extend Wi-Fi to different parts of your home when you need it. An Ethernet port also lets you connect wired devices in like game consoles, although it’s not Gigabit Ethernet, so if your devices support 802.11ac you’re probably better sticking with Wi-Fi. 

Good to Know

Some dual-band and tri-band Wi-Fi extenders and mesh systems actually reserve one of their Wi-Fi bands to be a "backhaul" channel to maintain a dedicated connection back to the main router. This can make a big difference in performance if you have a busy Wi-Fi network, since your extender is only as good as its connection to your router.

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 Wi-Fi, you’ll get up to 3Gbps of bandwidth that works with up to 1,000 square feet that can be expanded up to 2,500. Plus, you can expect seamless roaming with one Wi-Fi SSID, making setup painless and providing an easy connection to your devices. As with most Netgear devices, you’ll also have universal compatibility with any wireless router, gateway, or cable modem with Wi-Fi.

Say goodbye to lagging connections and 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 tag, but for the coverage and bandwidth that this one delivers, it may be well worth it.

Best for Large Homes: TP-Link TL-WPA8630 AV1300

What We Like
  • Three Gigabit Ethernet ports

  • Can extend Wi-Fi into dead zones

  • Power-saving mode

What We Don't Like
  • Takes up two outlets

  • No passthrough plug

  • Sensitive to electrical wiring issues

While most Wi-Fi extenders simply act as repeaters that work over your existing Wi-Fi connection, TP-Link’s TL-WPA8630 takes a different approach; it’s a powerline adapter, which means that it uses your home wiring, extending the signal through the copper in your walls, setting up its own Wi-Fi network on the other end. 

The AV1300’s AC1350 Dual-Band network offers up to 1,300Mbps of throughput across both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies, which means you’ll also get much faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi into places that the higher frequencies usually can’t penetrate. It can also easily clone the SSID and password from your router so that all of your Wi-Fi devices can connect to it seamlessly whenever it offers the better signal, and it also offers three Gigabit Ethernet ports, so you can use it to extend access to wired devices as well.

The main advantage to this is that since the TL-WPA8630 doesn’t rely on Wi-Fi at all you can extend your wireless network coverage into complete dead zones, and it can be a much more cost-effective solution than buying a more expensive router just to get that extra coverage. The only caveat is that since the signal runs over your electrical wiring, maximum throughput can be hampered by household wiring issues.

Good to Know

A Powerline Network Adapter can be a great way to extend coverage into areas where your Wi-Fi can't quite make it, but if you're looking to get maximum speeds, you'll want to make sure your home wiring can handle it.

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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 802.11ac, you should 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 breaking into your network.

Test Results: Netgear Orbi (Best Overall)

What We Like
  • Speedy performance

  • Full home coverage

  • Beautiful aesthetics

What We Don’t Like
  • Expensive

  • Older devices complicate things

Netgear’s Orbi High-Performance AC3000 tops our list, with our testers saying the system “provided seamless connectivity throughout the entire home” and added that they could definitely see a difference in their wireless speeds. Our reviewers liked that the network is easily configurable with an option to turn off connectivity for individual devices and parental controls that help you monitor kids’ online activities.

If you’re looking to improve your Wi-Fi range in a large home, this system will definitely deliver: “My home office is at one end of the home, so I had to use a wired network before to get good connectivity,” one Lifewire tester said. “With the Orbi system, I did not face any Wi-Fi issues. I get a very good connection even working out in the yard.”