Best Wi-Fi extenders 2021: get faster internet across more of your home

Extend your Wi-Fi across bigger rooms and dead zones with the top Wi-Fi range extenders

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The best Wi-Fi extenders in 2021 deliver a fast, consistent and reliable Wi-Fi signal throughout your home or home office, and they're particularly good for larger properties where a single router just can't reach every nook and cranny.

Wi-Fi extenders are also handy for gamers who want to play from more than one part of the house: because you can be sure of a fast connection anywhere, there's no danger of one room bringing your performance down.

Whether you're looking to stream content in 4K from your Netflix account or simply catch up on some work emails while you have your morning coffee, T3 has tried and tested the very best Wi-Fi extenders on the market today to find the best ones for every kind of property and every kind of person.

Wi-Fi extenders are designed to be simple to set up and use, and you rarely need to worry about calibrating them or tweaking obscure system settings: it's usually just a case of connecting them to your Wi-Fi network and letting them get on with it.

It's important to note that a Wi-Fi extender isn't the same as a mesh network: it's a way of boosting your router's signal. The best mesh networks are very fast, clever and powerful things, but they're also more involved to set up and a lot more expensive.

Let's discover how to make your Wi-Fi signal go much further.

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1. Netgear WN3000RP

The best Wi-Fi extender for most people

Specifications
Top speed: 300 Mbps
Dual band: No
Supports Wi-Fi up to: 802.11n
Ethernet ports: 1
Reasons to buy
+Simple setup and use+Offers an Ethernet port
Reasons to avoid
-Setup can be long on non WPS routers

You can normally rely on Netgear for solid networking kit, and so it is with the Netgear WN300RP. It just plugs straight into a free plug socket and within minutes you're ready to go with your newly extended network – it's sure to appeal if you're after something that's simple to set up.

The top 300 Mbps speed over 2.4GHz should be enough for all but the most demanding users, though it maxes out at the slightly older 802.11n Wi-Fi spec. That does mean a low, low price though, which makes this perfect for extending your network on a budget.

To see how the Netgear WN300RP compares to another top-rated Wi-Fi extender from this guide, be sure to check out T3's Netgear WN3000RP vs Linksys RE6500 comparison feature.

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2. Linksys RE6500

The best premium Wi-Fi extender

Specifications
Top speed: 1,200 Mbps
Dual band: Yes
Supports Wi-Fi up to: 802.11n
Ethernet ports: 4
Reasons to buy
+Covers a wide area+Four Ethernet ports
Reasons to avoid
-Basic management options

There's no messing about with the Linksys RE6500, which looks a lot like a router but which is actually one of the best Wi-Fi extenders of 2021. One reason to buy a bigger box like this is to get extra Ethernet ports – the unit has four of them for wiring up devices directly.

On top of that you've got top speeds of up to 1,200 Mbps, dual band coverage across the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies, and enough power to blanket 10,000 square feet of space with lovely Wi-Fi. It's not the cheapest option out there but it's well worth considering.

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The best budget Wi-Fi extender

Specifications
Top speed: 750 Mbps
Dual band: Yes
Supports Wi-Fi up to: 802.11n
Ethernet ports: 1
Reasons to buy
+Dual band, 750 Mbps speed+Very affordable price
Reasons to avoid
-Max speed limited to 750 Mbps

If you trust the TP-Link brand – and there's every reason to – but can't afford the RE650, then the RE200 is an excellent alternative that's a little more affordable. The maximum speed here is 750 Mbps, working across both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless bands.

As well as those high speeds, you get an Ethernet port on board if you want to wire up a desktop computer or a games console, for example. Sometimes the best Wi-Fi extenders aren't the most expensive ones, and the TP-Link RE200 is a prime example of this.

To see how this Wi-Fi extender compares to our number one pick then read T3's dedicated Netgear WN3000RP vs TP-Link RE200 comparison feature.

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4. Trendnet Wi-Fi Everywhere Powerline 1200 AV2

For reliable and speedy Wi-Fi around the home

Specifications
Top speed: 1,200 Mbps
Dual band: Yes
Supports Wi-Fi up to: 802.11n
Ethernet ports: 3
Reasons to buy
+Powerline and extender in one+A breeze to operate
Reasons to avoid
-Fat Wi-Fi adapter-Not a looker

What we like most about the Trendnet Wi-Fi Everywhere Powerline 1200 AV2 is that it works as both a Wi-Fi extender (earning its place on this list) and as a Powerline plug-in device, so you can try a couple of different ways to extend the wireless network coverage around your home. It's fast, it's easy to use, and it's well worth your consideration.

The device is able to clone the SSID and WPA key of your main network (the one coming from your router), so keeping devices connected around the home is very easy, and we're also pleased to see the three Gigabit LAN ports here as well – if you need rock-solid internet connection for a particular device (like a console), you can make use of these.

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5. Netgear EX3700

The best Wi-Fi extender for top speeds

Specifications
Top speed: 750 Mbps
Dual band: Yes
Supports Wi-Fi up to: 802.11ac
Ethernet ports: 1
Reasons to buy
+Maximum 750 Mbps speeds+Offers an Ethernet port
Reasons to avoid
-Average range-Fat design

If you want the fastest speeds possible and you have a little more to spend, then the Netgear EX3700 is an appealing upgrade from the WN300RP. It supports the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standards, and as a result goes all the way up to 750 Mbps for its maximum speed.

There's also dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) connectivity here, plus some features that match the cheaper alternative from the same manufacturer – the same plug-and-play approach to setup, an Ethernet port, and a similar selection of useful LEDs on the front.

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The best Wi-Fi extender for all out performance

Specifications
Top speed: 1,500 Mbps
Dual band: Yes
Supports Wi-Fi up to: 802.11ac
Ethernet ports: 1
Reasons to buy
+Maximum 1,500 Mbps speed+Built for multiple connections+Easy setup
Reasons to avoid
-You won't make the most of it without a OneMesh compatible router

As you might be able to tell from its rather imposing design, the TP-Link RE505X is all about performance. A potential top Wi-Fi 6 speed of 1,500 Mbps across the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, with two antennas giving it better support for multiple devices, and an Ethernet port as well.

It works with any Wi-Fi router but will work at its best alongside a TP-Link router that supports OneMesh like the TP-Link Archer AX90 (AX6600) because you'll be able to build a seamless mesh network across your home saving you the hassle of manually switching between devices. 

You can even target Wi-Fi at particular devices, like a games console, if you need focused high performance. Granted, it may be pricier than some of the other extenders on this list but it will be well worth it. 

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7. BrosTrend AC1200 Wi-Fi Booster Range Extender

Brings simplicity and affordability to the Wi-Fi extending game

Specifications
Top speed: 1,200 Mbps
Dual band: Yes
Supports Wi-Fi up to: 802.11n
Ethernet ports: 1
Reasons to buy
+Simple and affordable+Supports up to 20 devices+1,200 Mbps top speed
Reasons to avoid
-Bulky dimensions

If you need a value-for-money Wi-Fi extender that's going to boost the reach of your wireless without costing you too much or take too long to set up then the BrosTrend AC1200 Wi-Fi Booster Range Extender might be just what you've been looking for. One of these plug-in devices can get an extra 20 devices connected to the web in minutes.

As well as the 1,200Mbps wireless speed you've also got an Ethernet port that you can use for a more stable, wired connection to something like a streaming box or a video games console. The extender is straightforward enough for anyone to set up and configure, no matter what their technical know-how, and works with just about every router out there.

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8. Belkin AC1200

The best Wi-Fi extender for compact looks

Specifications
Top speed: 1,200 Mbps
Dual band: Yes
Supports Wi-Fi up to: 802.11n
Ethernet ports: None
Reasons to buy
+Actually looks appealing+Top speeds of 1,200 Mbps
Reasons to avoid
-No Ethernet ports

Full marks to the Belkin team for making a Wi-Fi extender that looks half-decent, though it's probably not your primary concern when you're choosing a device like this. Like our other models, this one plugs into a free wall socket and is up and running in minutes.

The maximum 1,200 Mbps speed on offer is one of the key selling points of the Belkin AC1200, but there's no support for the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standards. That said, most people will be fine on 802.11n, and it works on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands too.

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9. BT Wi-Fi Extender 1200

The best Wi-Fi extender for Wi-Fi beginners

Specifications
Top speed: 1,200 Mbps
Dual band: Yes
Supports Wi-Fi up to: 802.11n
Ethernet ports: 4
Reasons to buy
+Very simple to set up+Maxes out at 1,200 Mbps
Reasons to avoid
-No USB ports-Only one Ethernet port

Whether or not BT supplies your broadband, you can use the BT Wi-Fi Extender 1200 to get connectivity out to every corner of your current dwelling. What we like most about this extender is the way it shows you right on the unit whether it's close enough to your main router or not, earning its spot on our list of the best Wi-Fi extenders of 2021.

On top of that it offers dual band connectivity across both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, and speeds that top out at 1,200 Mbps – that should be meet all your Wi-Fi extender gaming and streaming needs, though of course you need a high speed connection to begin with.

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10. Prescitech Coredy N300 Mini WiFi Range Extender

Compact design, effective Wi-Fi extending

Specifications
Top speed: 300 Mbps
Dual band: No
Supports Wi-Fi up to: 802.11n
Ethernet ports: 2
Reasons to buy
+Two Ethernet ports+Fits just about anywhere
Reasons to avoid
-Limited top speed of 300 Mbps

With its compact looks – somewhat spoiled by those two oversized antennas – the Prescitech Coredy N300 is a Wi-Fi extender you can plug in anywhere. The antennas might be big, but they certainly do the job, and will keep your mobile devices and laptops connected whichever room they happen to be in.

With not one but two Ethernet ports, this is particularly suitable for rooms where you want to wire up a couple of devices: a games console and a desktop tower computer, for example. Considering the low price too, this is definitely worth a spot on our list of the best Wi-Fi extenders of 2021.

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11. Netgear EX7500

The best Wi-Fi extender for getting all the tricks

Specifications
Top speed: 2,200 Mbps
Dual band: Yes
Supports Wi-Fi up to: 802.11ac
Ethernet ports: None
Reasons to buy
+Blistering 2,200 Mbps speed+Keeps one single Wi-Fi name
Reasons to avoid
-No Ethernet ports-Tall, ugly design

The Netgear EX7500 goes above and beyond the call of duty to bring you just about every feature you could want from the best Wi-Fi extender of 2021: a whopping max speed of 2,200 Mbps, dual band coverage, support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi standards, and more besides.

Unlike a lot of extenders, it simply repeats the name of the network being broadcast by your main Wi-Fi router, so you don't need to worry about switching between them. It comes with a neat analytics app as well, for testing Wi-Fi strength around the home.

How to choose the best Wi-Fi extender for you

You've only got a few specs to think about when it comes to picking the best Wi-Fi range extender in the UK for 2021. First, speed, indicated in Mbps: the faster the better of course, though these are theoretical limits – the speed of the broadband coming into your home and the position of the extender are going to play a big part in the speeds you see.

Dual band support means the extender uses both the 2.4GHz (slower but long range) and 5GHz (faster but short range) frequencies to beam Wi-Fi around. Look for support for the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard too – it's not essential, but it means your extender will work better with the routers of future years (so will extenders using the older 802.11n tech, just not as quickly).

Lastly, look for an Ethernet port on board if you want to connect one or more of your devices up with a cable rather than Wi-Fi – a games console, for example. It means a more stable, speedier connection for your chosen gadget.

David Nield
David Nield

Dave has over 20 years' experience in the tech journalism industry, covering hardware and software across mobile, computing, smart home, home entertainment, wearables, gaming and the web – you can find his writing online, in print, and even in the occasional scientific paper, across major tech titles like T3, TechRadar, Gizmodo and Wired. Outside of work, he enjoys long walks in the countryside, skiing down mountains, watching football matches (as long as his team is winning) and keeping up with the latest movies.