Need a signal boost? Here's how to speed up your Wi-Fi network—starting at just $20
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With all of us hunkering down, your home’s Wi-Fi network might be close to critical mass—and weak in places where you need it most.
Adding a Wi-Fi extender or a mesh network will help you get a stronger signal in the far off corners of your home. These gadgets can drastically increase your internet speeds, while also extending Wi-Fi range on a second floor or basement. They can handle additional internet-connected devices, in case you’re planning to build a smart home or have more than one laptop that needs that sweet, sweet internet connection.
We rounded up the five best deals on Wi-Fi extenders and mesh network routers, so you can get the most out of your home internet. Shop the deals below:
TP-Link N300 Wi-Fi Extender
This TP-Link N300 Wi-Fi Extender does exactly what you’d want it to do—it extends your home’s Wi-Fi network. This comes in handy if you live in a big house or apartment and your router is on one side of your home and you want a stronger signal on the other. This little guy can cover up to an additional 800 square feet, while also delivering speeds up to 300Mbps.
“This extender works great,” wrote a delighted five-star reviewer. “I recently redecorated my bedroom and moved our bed, which made it the furthest thing in the house from my router. I was seeing one bar on my iPad. I located the extender five feet from my bed and BOOM I had full bars!”
NetGear EX3700 Wi-Fi Range Extender
This NetGear EX3700 Wi-Fi Range Extender can cover 1,000 square feet with speeds up to 750 Mbps—thanks to NetGear’s ‘FastLane’ technology that provides no interference and no lag. This extender can also support up to 20 internet-connected devices, so it’s smart home-friendly too.
“With having the entire family working from home during isolation, this has been a lifesaver,” wrote a thankful five-star reviewer. “Our signal strength dropped significantly in the halls leading to the bedrooms. Now we can all work without sitting on top of each other; five phones, four laptops, two Fire TV Sticks, two iPads all running simultaneously on this extender with no lag. And there are other smart home devices still linked to the original router.”
TP-Link AC750 Wi-Fi Extender
This TP-Link AC750 Wi-Fi Extender makes short work of just about any dead zones in your home by adding an additional 1,200 square feet of range. It boosts internet speeds up to 433 Mbps, and can handle 20 devices at a time. There’s even an Ethernet port built in, so you can actually create a new wireless access point with just as strong of a connection as the original source.
“Consider my ‘mind blown.’ I set up the range extender in my house on the second level to support my son’s PC—he was having lag issues on Minecraft,” shared a satisfied Amazon shopper. “I wasn't expecting too much from this item, just hoping to boost the signal in the 1,500 square foot house from the main floor to the second floor. To my surprise, not only did the TP-Link boost the signal to the second floor as desired, but it also increased my signal strength in the basement on my primary PC. I’m talking going from 3 Mbps to 44 Mbps download speeds.”
Grab the TP-Link AC750 Wi-Fi Extender for just $30, or $5 off at Amazon. It’s back in stock on June 26, but you can order it now to get locked into the sale price.
TP-Link AC1750 Wi-Fi Extender
On sale for $80 (was $100), this TP-Link AC1750 Wi-Fi Extender covers up to 2,000 square feet and can increase internet speeds up to 1,300 Mbps. It supports 32 internet-connected devices at once, so you don’t have to worry about watching Netflix in 4K and playing Xbox One X in 4K too.
“The only Wi-Fi extender that has really worked! Almost no lag and easily tripled my Wi-Fi coverage area. The speed is great—we've had a desktop and my iPad streaming HD Netflix with no lag,” shared another five-star Amazon reviewer. “Automatic connection after that point as it basically mimics your existing router so no new passwords or logging in is required.”
eero mesh Wi-Fi system (three-pack)
Perhaps it’s time to ditch your old router altogether. While Wi-Fi extenders are great for a single floor, the eero mesh Wi-Fi system (three-pack) can extend range throughout multiple floors—even to your basement or attic.
And since it’s a network, each mesh node connects to each other instead of one central router. This means the Wi-Fi signal will be just as strong in your living room as it is in your bedroom on the second floor.
Here’s how the eero network works: Simply connect the Wi-Fi node to your internet modem and place it in an open space. Once synced with your internet provider (it’s compatible with most major services), it can cover up to 5,000 square feet with speeds up to 350 Mbps. You can repeat this process for each floor in your home.
Since there’s only one Wi-Fi network for your entire household, there’s no more logging onto “HomebaseWiFi_extended” or “SmithFamilyWiFi_extended” anymore. Just one network, one login.
This eero mesh Wi-Fi system can also support a whopping 128 internet-enabled devices per node (that’s 384 devices), so you can keep building out your smart home with reliable internet signal strength—compared to 15 devices with most Wi-Fi routers. You can also see, control and block all devices on your network, as well as give more or less signal strength via the eero smartphone app. It’s also a good way to block any unidentified devices that might be mooching off your internet.
“This is a fantastic, very easy to setup wireless router that likely blows the pants off of the router built into your cable modem or whatever old wifi router you've been using for a decade,” added a satisfied shopper.
The eero mesh Wi-Fi system (three-pack) is $199, or $100 off at Amazon, and comes with a free Echo Dot (a $50 value). Just need one? You can pick up a single eero Wi-Fi node for just $79, or $20 off.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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