When it comes to choose Wi-Fi range extender, go with the one which can match the specs of your router. For AC 1900 dual-band router, go with the extender with same specs or better. If it supports MU-MIMO (Multi User Multiple Input Multiple Output) streaming for improved performance as it sends data to clients that are supported constantly instead of one by one, choose an extender which works with this technology.
Types of Wi-Fi Range Extenders
Plug-in and desktop are the two types of range extenders. Most desktop range extenders look exactly like a common router and have external antennas, USB ports to attach to peripherals like printers and storage drives, and multiple LAN ports to connect to devices like consoles and TVs.
Plug-in extenders are a lot smaller as compared to desktop ones. They can be connected to the wall outlet. Some models come with external antennas and some use internal ones for the unobtrusive profile. Plug-in extenders lack USB connectivity and have one LAN port. So they are less versatile and more affordable as compared to desktop extenders. Choose a plug-in model if you don’t want to lose wall outlet.
Easy to Setup
A few years ago, it took a lot of technical knowledge to set up wi-fi range extender and patience to look for the ideal location (usually halfway between the dead zone and router). Choose the best Wi-Fi range extender which supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) with which you can easily pair both by just pressing a few buttons, creating a password and naming another extended network.
In addition, almost all manufacturers have self-explanatory instructions and setup wizards to configure simple wireless settings. Extenders can also provide router-like, advanced features like access scheduling, guest networking, as well as media server options.
Despite being easier to set up and configure, range extenders have their own set of cons. They have another network SSID while moving through the house. Usually, speeds are half of what is claimed from the main router. A lot of dual-band range extenders use both bands to transfer data from and to the router. To remove the congestion, some brands have options to dedicate a band to build connection between routers to extender.
Should You Choose Mesh-Based Wi-Fi System?
If you want to upgrade with the whole new hardware, you must look for mesh-based Wi-Fi system before spending on traditional router. Wi-Fi system can cover your home with wifi coverage and can be made of various network components like satellite modules and main router.
All of them are the components of one wireless network sharing the same password and SSID. You can easily roam through the house without logging into another network.