Not all things are created equal, and this applies to wireless repeaters as well. In your search for a wireless repeater, there are certain things such as functionality, features, and customer support, that play a role in your final decision.
To help you with making your choice, here are the top 5 Wi-Fi repeaters:
Hawking Hi-Gain HWREG1 – Hawking is fast becoming a popular make for wireless solutions amongst users. Lately, it has come up with a product that claims to be the only repeater in the market that works with most 802.11b/g access points. Just for this, it deserves a spot in the Top 5.
The HWREG1 does a good job at doubling the range of your entire wireless network. It picks up the signal from your access point and amplifies it in its retransmission. It also comes with a removable antenna, and if you wanted to extend the range even more, you could simply replace it with any of Hawking’s Hi-Gain range extending Wi-Fi antenna. This repeater features simple setup that will get you up and running within 3 minutes.
TP-Link TL-WA830RE Wireless-N Range Extender (300Mpbs) – Now, here is a high speed solution that immeasurably improves your network’s coverage, with uninterrupted connection and unlimited coverage. The MIMO and CCA features provide strong bandwidth wireless performance and prevent channel conflict at the same time. This device doubles as an access point and converts to a Wi-Fi repeater with the push of a button.
This neat package supports Wi-Fi multimedia (WMM), offers advanced security encryptions, and 300Mpbs wireless speed. The external detachable antenna allows for you to upgrade to a stronger Wi-Fi antenna.
Netgear WN2000RPT Universal Wireless Range Extender (300Mbps) – The most notable thing about this box-like repeater is its array of eight (yes, eight) internal antennas that work to reduce the effects of radio frequency interference and maximise wireless performance and range.
The WN2000RPT effectively repeats 2.4GHz wireless signals. While it has been made to work with other Netgear products, it works well with others too. Setup is literally Push ’N’ Connect and this repeater also offers wireless security options.
Cisco Linksys Wireless-N Range/Extender Bridge (RE1000) – This Wi-Fi repeater is able to maintain wireless signal at 150 feet away from the access point. 150 feet is an impressive distance. While others fail to effectively maintain connection at this distance, the RE1000 has no problems with it at all. The Multiple MIMO antennas it features may have a lot to do with this.
The repeater also has four built-in Fast Ethernet ports, and works as a wireless bridge as well. Setup is quick, efficient, and drop dead easy and this sleek device also comes with QoS functionality to improve the quality of your video, music streaming, and gaming performance.
TP-Link TL-WA730RE Wireless-N Range Extender (150Mbps) – This repeater is much the same as its 300Mpbs version, only it features 150Mpbs wireless data rates which is still ideal for video and audio streaming, and online gaming. It also features an access point/range extender dual mode, a one-push button for connection, full compatibility with 54Mpbs products, advanced security and easy setup.
There are numerous Wi-Fi repeaters out there to choose from and the best ones much depend on your needs and selected environment. But as mentioned earlier, the key things to look for in a wireless repeater are functionality, features and support. It’s amazing how a wireless system works, and just by placing a repeater at the edge of your wireless network’s dead zone, you can enjoy connection to the rest of your home or office.