Best Wi-Fi Boosters in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 26, 2018
Wireless networking and Internet access have been an absolute boon within the last decade. Being able to use the internet with a mobile device from anywhere in your home is one of the modern conveniences we enjoy. However, those of us who require a little more wireless signal strength than what most wireless routers provide could use something like a Wi-Fi booster. Read our reviews for five of the best wi-fi boosters available. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Designated Areas
Antennas
Ports
Network Standards
Connection Speed
Access and Data Protection
Power Source
Warranty
 
PROS

The device combines all of the visible WiFi networks into one, providing you with a single SSID. All you'll have to do is add additional devices to the Netgear WiFi booster's network and the extender will be able to find an optimal route in order to maximise the WiFi performance on its own. It does not reduce the speed of your extended WiFi connection thanks to the FastLane3 technology that establishes a dedicated WiFi link to the router in order to avoid the latter.

CONS

The device requires quite a bit of socket space. 

OUR VERDICT

The NETGEAR EX7500-100UKS might very well be the best WiFi range extender out there in terms of securing a connection that doesn't sacrifice speed in favour of range. Add to that the fact that this booster features universal compatibility and you could easily recommend it to just about anyone who isn't afraid to drop a few additional pounds to get a truly excellent product.

detailed parameters
Designated Areas

Large houses, offices

Antennas

4 internal antennas

Ports

N/A

Network Standards

IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac

Connection Speed

5GHz: up to 2200 Mbps

2.4GHz: up to 300 Mbps

Access and Data Protection

WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK

Power Source

AC (Wall Plug)

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Since both of the bandwidths utilise the Wireless-AC technology, you'll be able to rest assured knowing that the power of the signal will be able to match its range. The model incorporates a fairly unique Intelligent Signal Indicator that comes with an RE button for a one-touch setup. The blue light will indicate that the connection is solid and the red one will be reserved for those occasions when it isn't.

CONS

The model doesn't fare well with voltage drops. 

OUR VERDICT

TP-LINK RE450 Universal Dual Band Wi-Fi Booster is a reliable and well-rounded model that will be a perfect fit for the kind of clientele that would choose a versatile device over a specific one any day of the week.

detailed parameters
Designated Areas

Large houses, offices

Antennas

3 external antennas

Ports

1 x Lan (RJ45) port

Network Standards

IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac

Connection Speed

5GHz: up to 1300 Mbps

2.4GHz: up to 450 Mbps

LAN-port: up to 1000 Mbps

Access and Data Protection

64/128-bit WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK

Power Source

AC (Wall Plug)

Warranty

3 years (product registration required)

PROS

With the help of the Beamforming technology, this WiFi booster will be able to focus the signal directly to any compatible device to further optimise its performance. Another interesting aspect of this piece of data networking equipment is the use of a PerfectPoint Locator that will help any future owner locate the best possible spot for maximum range and signal strength.

CONS

The booster is lacking in terms of connection speed. 

OUR VERDICT

Despite being easy on the pocketbook, the device offers enough in terms of speed and convenience to satisfy your average household. If you don't wish to pay a king's ransom for a WiFi signal booster but would still like to get a dependable product, the Belkin F9K1126-UK should be right up your alley.

detailed parameters
Designated Areas

Small houses

Antennas

1 internal antenna

Ports

N/A

Network Standards

IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Connection Speed

5GHz: up to 750 Mbps

2.4GHz: up to 300 Mbps

Access and Data Protection

WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK

Power Source

AC (Wall Plug)

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The model packs one heck of a punch with four built-in antennas that are able to distribute up to a whopping 2600 Mbps of download. This WiFi range extender will grant you access to the application that will let you pause the Internet, create guest networks, and control just about any possible aspect of the entire process.

CONS

The power cord is a bit short. 

OUR VERDICT

If you happen to already be in possession of a BT Whole Home Wifi System, there's next to no reason not to invest in a BT 091073, an additional disc that will allow you to greatly extend the range of your signal and secure an outstanding download speed. And, as we have already suggested, you might want to consider a different option if all you have is a standard wireless router.

detailed parameters
Designated Areas

Large houses, offices

Antennas

4 internal antennas

Ports

1 x Lan (RJ45) port

Network Standards

IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac

Connection Speed

5GHz: up to 2600 Mbps

2.4GHz: up to 300 Mbps

LAN-port: up to 1000 Mbps

Access and Data Protection

WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK

Power Source

AC (Power Cord)

Warranty

2 years

PROS

Though we're presented here with one of the more affordable models, it still features a dual-band setup with the 5GHz network offering up to 750 Mbps for newer devices that could really find some use for it and a 2.4GHz network with up to 300 Mbps for legacy ones. It utilises all of your standard access and data protection solutions and will allow you to connect to the Sky Hub at the touch of a button.

CONS

The extender does not feature universal compatibility. 

OUR VERDICT

The Sky Q WiFi booster will prove to be a great choice for those customers that happen to be on a tight budget but would still like to extend the range of the signal in their medium-sized household.

detailed parameters
Designated Areas

Small to medium houses

Antennas

2 internal antennas

Ports

1 x Lan (RJ45) port

Network Standards

IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac

Connection Speed

5GHz: up to 750 Mbps

2.4GHz: up to 300 Mbps

LAN-port: up to 100 Mbps

Access and Data Protection

WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK

Power Source

AC (Power Cord)

Warranty

1 year

NETGEAR EX7500-100UKS

The Speed and the Range

Without beating too much around the bush, the NETGEAR EX7500-100UKS is a WiFi range extender that is far removed from being one of the more affordable options on the market. For a price of about 100 pounds, you'll be able to acquire an actual router. But despite the relatively expensive price tag that the model comes with, it is surprisingly cost-efficient given what it offers in return in terms of performance and convenience.

For starters, the device in question combines all of the visible WiFi networks into one, providing you with a single SSID. All you'll have to do is add the additional devices to the Netgear WiFi booster's network and the extender will be able to find an optimal route in order to maximise the WiFi performance on its own. And, speaking of performance, the fact that this model does not reduce the speed of your extended WiFi is a welcome change compared to some of the cheaper boosters that sacrifice the speed in favour of range. The piece of data networking equipment from Netgear is able to do that thanks to the FastLane3 technology that establishes a dedicated WiFi link to the router in order to avoid reducing the extended WiFi bandwidth in half. That's not to mention the fact that you'd presented with an opportunity to freely walk around the house without suffering through the unpleasant experience of an uninterrupted signal. That opportunity is there due to the fact that device utilises a technology capable of seamlessly passing the WiFi connection between the router and the device itself in your own network.

In conclusion, the NETGEAR EX7500-100UKS might very well be the best WiFi range extender out there in terms of securing a connection that doesn't sacrifice speed in favour of range. Add to that the fact that this booster features universal compatibility and you could easily recommend it to just about anyone who isn't afraid to drop a few additional pounds to get a truly excellent product.

Review of NETGEAR EX7500-100UKS Tri-Band WiFi Range Extender

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TP-LINK RE450

One-Touch Setup

In the world of information technologies, there are always the kinds of products that sacrifice some of its aspects in favour of others and those that instead focus on delivering the best they can do in every single category. Though, generally speaking, this sort of approach entails a relatively mediocre quality of all of these elements, the TP-LINK RE450 Universal Dual Band Wi-Fi Booster is one of those welcome exceptions that does not trail behind in just about every single area.

To get the ball rolling, this WiFi router booster offers a fairly solid connection speed, with up to 1300 Mbps on a 5GHz network and up to 450 Mbps on a 2.4GHz one. The aforementioned networks are secured with the help of three external dual-band antennas that extend the coverage of your wireless signal and its reliability, effectively removing any potential dead zones from your house or your place of business. And given that both of the bandwidths utilise the Wireless-AC technology, you'll be able to rest assured knowing that the power of the signal will be able to match its range. And, lastly, even though this TP-Link WiFi booster is essentially an orthodox all-rounder, the model does incorporate a fairly unique Intelligent Signal Indicator that comes with an RE button for a one-touch setup. The blue light will indicate that the connection is solid and the red one will be reserved for those occasions when it isn't. All in all, the TP-LINK RE450 Universal Dual Band Wi-Fi Booster is a reliable and well-rounded model that will be a perfect fit for the kind of clientele that would choose a versatile device over a specific one any day of the week.

Review of TP-LINK RE450 Universal Dual Band Wi-Fi Booster

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Belkin F9K1126-UK

Perfect Point Locator

Speaking of an average household, we believe it would be fair to say that the majority of them wouldn't be willing to spend a hundred pounds on a WiFi signal booster in addition to about the same sum they had to have already spent on a wireless router. And it would seem that people at Belkin understand that since the Belkin F9K1126-UK offers just about everything your typical household needs out of a device like that at a price that wouldn't cost most of these people an arm and a leg.

Sure, the model doesn't necessarily offer the best there is in terms of speed, but up to 750 Mbps at a 5GHz network for newer gadgets and a cap of 300 Mbps at 2.4GHz for legacy devices should prove to be more than enough to serve your average family living in a relatively compact house. And, with the help of the Beamforming technology, this WiFi booster will be able to focus the signal directly to any compatible device to further optimise its performance. Another interesting aspect of this piece of data networking equipment is the use of a PerfectPoint Locator that will help any future owner locate the best possible spot for maximum range and signal strength. And, setting the technical stuff aside, we would be remiss not to mention that the device in question will be able to plug into just about any electrical outlet out there without obstructing other sockets thanks to its compact and space-efficient design.

Considering all of the above, what we're left with is a device that, despite being easy on the pocketbook, offers enough in terms of speed and convenience to satisfy your average household. If you don't wish to pay a king's ransom for a WiFi signal booster but would still like to get a dependable product, the Belkin F9K1126-UK should be right up your alley.

Review of Belkin F9K1126-UK Dual Band AC Wireless Range Extender

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BT 091073

An Addition to the System

The BT 091073 is a bit of a different option that we wouldn't be able to recommend to the majority of customers out there. The reason for that is fairly simple - the device at hand will only work when added to BT’s whole home WiFi solution. So, if you happen to be in possession of a regular wireless router, you might want to consider a different option. But if you already own the previously mentioned whole home system, there's little to no reason to not add this incredibly useful disc to expand the range of your network.

With that out of the way, we can safely assume that any potential customer is already well aware of the way the BT Whole Home WiFi kit operates, with the system seamlessly detecting the location of your device and then switching it from one disc to another in order to ensure the fastest and strongest possible connection. And even though we're talking about a single, relatively small disc, it wouldn't be far-fetched to call it the best WiFi booster in terms of speed, especially given that the model packs one heck of a punch with four built-in antennas that are able to distribute up to a whopping 2600 Mbps of download speed. With that kind of power under its hood, this device will allow the BT Whole Home WiFi system to serve a relatively sizable office just as well as just about any house out there. Now, there's one last thing to add before we bring this review to a logical conclusion and that is the fact that this WiFi range extender will grant you access to the app that will let you pause the Internet, create guest networks, and control just about any possible aspect of the entire process. Ultimately, this is a fairly easy decision: if you happen to already be in possession of the BT Whole Home Wifi System, there's next to no reason to not invest in the BT 091073, an additional disc that will allow you to greatly extend the range of your signal and secure an outstanding download speed. But, as we have already suggested, you might want to consider a different option if all you have is a standard wireless router.

Review of BT 091073 Whole Home Wi-Fi

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SKY Q Booster

Affordable Way to Extend the Range

Without beating around the bush, we reckon it would be more than fair to say that the Sky Q Wireless Booster is another affordable option that will be able to pleasantly surprise customers in terms of convenience of control and the sort of performance it can offer. Naturally, given the kind of price tag it comes with, the model in question is far from being flawless, featuring a drawback or two that, nonetheless, shouldn't prove to be a dealbreaker for your average household. First off, the extender does not feature universal compatibility, but it will be able to work with the majority of wireless routers out there. The Sky Q WiFi booster also comes with two internal antennas, which will be able to provide enough coverage and boost the signal far enough to eliminate the entirety of blackspots in just about any small to medium-sized house.

Though we're presented here with one of the more affordable models, it still features a dual-band setup with the 5GHz network offering up to 750 Mbps for newer devices that could really find some use for it and a 2.4GHz network with up to 300 Mbps for legacy ones. Other than that, there really isn't much to say here except for the fact that the extender utilises all of your standard access and data protection solutions like WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK and that this product will allow you to connect to the Sky Hub at a touch of a button. All things considered, the Sky Q WiFi booster will prove to be a great choice for those customers that happen to be on a tight budget but would still like to extend the range of the signal in their medium-sized household.

Review of SKY Q Booster Wireless

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What Is a Wi-Fi Booster?

A Wi-Fi Booster, sometimes also called a Wi-Fi Range Extender or a Wireless Repeater, is a device that is used to help extend the signal range of an existing wireless access point. All wireless routers have a specific range that their own signal is able to reach, but often, in areas such as large homes or offices, the coverage area of the wi-fi signal isn’t able to sufficiently cover the entire area. In such a situation, a wi-fi booster acts as an extender of the wi-fi coverage area, providing a strong, clean signal to an area that can’t be sufficiently reached by the wireless access point.

Wi-Fi boosters work by connecting to your existing wireless network, usually through a wired connection with an RJ-45 Ethernet cable or a USB cable, but they can also connect wirelessly. Once it is connected, it basically rebroadcasts the wireless signal from your router. These devices should be placed somewhere between the wireless router and the area that needs the boosted wi-fi signal. In very large areas, more than one wi-fi booster may be needed, especially if the signal needs to be boosted to areas on opposite sides of the router. In a large house or building that is two or more stories, the wi-fi booster may need to be placed on a story above or below the wireless router. If you are needing a new wireless router along with a wi-fi booster, then take a look at our reviews for the 5 Best Wireless Routers for Home and Office Use.

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1. David Murphy HOME NETWORK ZONE, PCWorld. April 22, 2011.

2. Difference between LAN Ports and WAN Ports, CISCO. January 29, 2014.

3. 7 Things to Consider When Buying a WiFi Range Extender, DealNews.

4. Gregory Hamel Advantages and Disadvantages of Using a Repeater, Techwalla.

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Publish Date: 2018-03-19 14:48:10