Best Wi-Fi Boosters in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update June 15, 2020
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
BEST 2020
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Designated Areas
Antennas
Ports
Network Standards
Connection Speed
Access and Data Protection
Power Source
Warranty
 
PROS

The model extends the WiFi coverage by up to 1300 square meters. The antennas do not just create a signal that is equally strong and reliable but also minimize dead spots. The Intelligent Processing Engine balances the demands of every device to keep every connection as fast and smooth as possible.

CONS

The large antennas will restrict access to neighbouring outlets. 

OUR VERDICT

The TP-LINK AC2600 (RE650) is easily the best WiFi extender on the market for people who would like to cover the largest possible area with a fast and stable wireless signal. It's a bit more expensive than most but the range makes it a great long-term investment.

detailed parameters
Designated Areas

Very large houses, large offices

Antennas

4 external antennas

Ports

1 x Lan (RJ45) port

Network Standards

IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac

Connection Speed

5GHz: Up to 1733 Mbps

2.4GHz: Up to 800 Mbps

Access and Data Protection

WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK

Power Source

AC (wall plug)

Warranty

3 years (product registration required)

PROS

The Dynamic QoS can prioritise network traffic, providing uninterrupted streaming and enabling lag-ree Netflix/TouTube/Twitch experiences. The Fastlane tech will allow you to use both bands to feed one connection, focusing 100% of the traffic on that connection. 

CONS

The green indicators are really bright. 

OUR VERDICT

The NETGEAR EX6410 cuts no corners. Using this device, you'll be able to switch between one connection going off the charts, multiple connections sharing the traffic evenly, and allocating the traffic based on individual needs. Thanks to the high-output amps and 4 large antennas, the booster covers large houses and considerable office spaces.

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 1300 Mbps

2.4GHz: Up to 600 Mbps

Access and Data Protection

WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK

Power Source

AC (wall plug)

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The device hides the SSID so that unwanted guests cannot access the network. Those who manage to connect to the network anyway can be easily blacklisted. Its one-button operation will let the least tech-savvy individuals easily establish a connection between the booster and router. 

CONS

The device heats up during prolonged use. 

OUR VERDICT

The Rockspace AC1200 covers average users' needs, extending the Internet connection 200 square metres, meaning that even the most considerable houses will be covered 100%, eliminating any dead spots and offering consistent traffic flow anywhere around that house.

detailed parameters
Designated Areas

Medium to large houses

Antennas

2 external antennas

Ports

1 x Lan (RJ45) port

Network Standards

IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac

Connection Speed

5GHz: Up to 867 Mbps

2.4GHz: Up to 300 Mbps

Access and Data Protection

WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK

Power Source

AC (wall plug)

Warranty

2 years

PROS

Using the Beamforming technology, this booster focuses the signal directly onto any compatible device to further optimise its performance. The PerfectPoint locator will help any future owner locate the best possible spot for maximum range and signal strength.

CONS

The settings menu is a little complicated. 

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 Wi-Fi 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

Medium to large houses

Antennas

1 internal antenna

Ports

N/A

Network Standards

IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac

Connection Speed

5GHz: Up to 866 Mbps

2.4GHz: Up to 300 Mbps

Access and Data Protection

WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK

Power Source

AC (wall plug)

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The Smart Signal Indicator provided on the device displays the power of 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz signals separately, thereby allowing the optimal location of the booster to be determined without any additional devices and programs. 

CONS

Sensitive to voltage fluctuations in the network.

OUR VERDICT

TP-Link is famous for the production of functional and at the same time simple network devices, and this budget extender is no exception: it takes only a couple of minutes to configure it, and the speed of the Internet over Wi-Fi will be an order of magnitude higher than before.

detailed parameters
Designated Areas

Medium to large houses

Antennas

3 internal antennas

Ports

1 x Lan (RJ45) port

Network Standards

IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac

Connection Speed

5GHz: Up to 433 Mbps

2.4GHz: Up to 300 Mbps

Access and Data Protection

WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK

Power Source

AC (wall plug)

Warranty

3 years (product registration required)

TP-LINK AC2600 (RE650)

COVERS AN ENTIRE STADIUM

The TP-LINK AC2600 is all about its ridiculous coverage area. Using the 4 external built-in antennas, the model extends the WiFi coverage by up to 14,000 square feet. Naturally, with a range like that, this is one of the very few models on the market and the only extender in this review that will be able to cover a large office or the largest houses. The antennas do not just create a signal that is equally strong and reliable but also minimises dead spots, so you will be receiving a stable and solid signal in any corner of your house or the office.

While we're still on the subject of coverage, it wouldn't hurt to mention the Beamforming technology. Just like most high-end and middle-of-the-road routers and extenders from TP-LINK, AC2600 utilises the latter technology to further improve and extend its already ridiculous range. As some of you may already be aware at this point, Beamforming works by detecting the direction of the WiFi connections and focusing the wireless signal towards them. This way, it helps strengthen the wireless performance of your office or place of residency.

Speaking of things that are always present in TP-LINK products, this WiFi extender is also compatible with the TP-LINK Tether application. Using the latter, you will be able to set up and manage your wireless network. With its intuitive user interface, you'll get to quickly assign guest privileges, schedule the network, and manage the device.

Aside from the range, the model in question is defined by all of the network technologies. For instance, there's the usual MU-MIMO, a technology that allows the extender to communicate with multiple devices simultaneously over the same WiFi band. This type of communication is particularly great at maximising the performance of every device involved, regardless whether they're running at the same time or not.

There's also the far less common Intelligent Processing Engine, a solution that works by balancing the demands of every device in order to keep every WiFi connection as fast and smooth as possible. It sounds like one of the most complicated technologies but, in reality, the engine simply directs the WiFi traffic to dedicated processors. After that, the engine just leaves it to the model's powerful dual-core CPU to take care of everything else.

Finally, we would like to give some attention to the simplicity of the setup. The extender utilises a couple of LED lights. The blue one symbolises a weak connection and the red one indicates a bad one, so it won't be difficult to find the perfect spot for the device.

Taking all of the above into account, the TP-LINK AC2600 (RE650) is easily the best WiFi extender on the market for people who would like to cover the largest possible area with a strong and reliable wireless signal. It's a bit more expensive than most but the range makes it a great long-term investment.

Review of TP-LINK AC2600 (RE650)

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NETGEAR (EX6410)

A Force to be Reckoned With

The NETGEAR EX6410 is a mean one. Performance-wise, the device is hard to criticise. First, the model's featuring Dynamic QoS, prioritising network traffic and ensuring uninterrupted video streaming so that apps like Netflix, Twitch, YouTube, and more take priority and run without buffering even when the network is busy. Then, there's the company's MU-MIMO trademark tech, ensuring that multiple devices are dividing the traffic evenly when that's desired and splitting that traffic based on the device's needs when that is what's necessary.

When the opposite is necessary, the booster's bringing out the big guns, primarily the FastLane feature that uses both WiFi bands to establish one extra high-speed connection, so you can, say, download fat files within the shortest timeframe.

Still, even before these admittedly sophisticated features, what sells the product is the high-output amplifiers and 4 internal antennas, covering large houses and medium-sized offices. The jury's still out on the LED indicators though, flashing so bright that some might find them annoying.

Apart from them, the NETGEAR EX6410 is a force to be reckoned with. With this device, you can forget about having any Internet connection issues (unless they're coming from elsewhere).

Review of NETGEAR (EX6410) AC1900 Wi-Fi Booster

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User Manual     Manufacturer


 

rockspace AC1200

Covering Average Users' Needs

The Rockspace AC1200 is not the greatest thing since sliced bread. The device has its flaws, including the housing that is not that great at dissipating heat, so the booster will be heating up during prolonged use. Still, provided that all you want to do is extend the Wi-Fi signal's range, this is an excellent product. Featuring 2 external antennas, the device covers ~200 square metres, so even the largest houses can enjoy consistent connection around the entire house, without any dead spots here and there.

Hiding the SSID, the model's preventing unwanted guests from connecting to the network. When that's not enough, you can use the blacklist feature and block unwanted devices from accessing the network, moving and removing them to/from the blacklist.

Pairing this booster and most routers is also pretty easy. All you have to do is press the WPS button and the connection will be established. Between the 5GHz and 2GHz bands (up to 867 and 300 Mbps respectively), the device easily covers most household needs since most residential Internet connections do not even go above 200 Mbps.

All things considered, the Rockspace AC1200 is not that impressive compared to the models we have reviewed above but, as far as the average user is concerned, this device is more than sufficient.

Review of rockspace AC1200 WiFi 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 866 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 your typical 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 Wi-Fi 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 AC1200 Dual Band AC Wireless Range Extender

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TP-LINK RE200

Great Budget Booster

Over the past decade, several companies have risen to the top of the pack in regards to wireless networking technology, and several are very well known, especially the companies from which the previous two reviewed Wi-Fi signal boosters have come from. However, in the last few years, another name has joined that list, having very quickly risen up the ranks of having the best wireless products. TP-Link has really been making a name for themselves lately, with providing great wireless products for very affordable prices, and this great budget Wi-Fi booster is a good example of this.

Despite being a budget product, the TP-Link RE200 Dual Band WiFi Range Extender provides all of the features that can come to be expected from a Wi-Fi booster. Supporting dual-band technology, this Wi-Fi range extender supports both the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz bands at AC750, ensuring strong and fast connectivity for virtually any wireless devices in range. The dual-band support extends to supporting both bands simultaneously, something which is not often found in other Wi-Fi signal boosters. This means that devices that utilise both bands can connect simultaneously without impacting performance.

It isn't very often that people would expect to find a full list of features to come from a budget product, but this TP-Link Wi-Fi extender has plenty of extra features. With the dual-band support, this Wi-Fi range extender supports both extending your Wi-Fi signal as well as acting like a bridge, which means you can configure the device to work in either method. The bridge support also extends to the included RJ-45 Ethernet port on the device, which means you can connect a wired device such as a home media player or older desktop computer and have it work on the wireless network without any kind of adapter.

Setup for this device is actually very simple and not at all complex, something which is often not true for such types of devices. The indicator lights on the front can give a good indication of the strength of the wireless signal from your router, which helps in finding the ideal spot for the range extender. The internal firmware is also easily accessible and provides a clean, easy to understand menu for configuring the device. For anyone who wants to expand their Wi-Fi coverage in their home on a budget, there are few other options that can match both the price and performance of this model.

Review of TP-LINK RE200 Dual Band WiFi Range Extender

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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