If you have a spotty internet connection, a Wi-Fi range extender sounds like a decent investment. These nifty devices help you amplify your home's current Wi-Fi network, especially if it's a small house. Otherwise, it's best to invest in Mesh Wi-Fi routers. Nevertheless, the best part of Wi-Fi range extender wall plugs is that they do not need any elaborate setup. You simply need to plug into the electrical socket, set it up, and you'll have a wide Wi-Fi network inside your house. Add features like 5Ghz dual-band support, and you have a perfect recipe in your hands.
One of the biggest advantages of having dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity is that the 5GHz band provides an interference-free network, unlike the crowded 2.4Ghz band. This band matters more if you have plenty of high bandwidth-consuming devices to connect to the internet, such as 4K Smart TVs and game consoles. Needless to say, the 5GHz network band will give you an interruption-free service.
Simultaneously, most of these devices are small and compact and do not take up much space. To add to it, the setup process is simple and fuss-free.
So, let's have a quick look at the best Wi-Fi range extender wall-plugs with support for the 5GHz band without further ado. But before that,
At first glance, the TP-Link AC1750 looks like a walkie-talkie, thanks to its unusual design. This dual-band Wi-Fi extender has three antennas popping up from the top half, giving it a unique look. And the same can be said of the throughput speed as well, and several users on Amazon have echoed the same. The same can be said of the throughput speed as well, and the same has been echoed by several users on Amazon. Theoretically, you will get up to 450Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band and up to 1300Mbps on the 5 GHz band, but yeah, a lot depends on your internet speed.
Setting this extender is simple and easy. It comes with a WPS button (Wi-Fi Protected Setup), and once the connection is established, the WPS light on the extender will switch to blue.
While it has received a fair amount of reviews on Amazon, thanks to its range and easy installation process, its unobtrusive profile blocks out the other power sockets, especially for a vertical arrangement in your house. On the upside, this TP-Link router is backed by a 2-year warranty.
If you are looking for a future proof Wi-Fi extender, you should take a look at the Linksys RE7000 AC1900 extender. This one is an AC1900, and compared to the AC1750, it offers faster speed. AC1750 maxes out at 450Mbps, AC1900 gets you as much as 600Mbps in the 2.4Ghz band, though both deliver theoretical speeds up to 1300 Mbps on the 5GHz band.Another highlight of this extender is that it employs Linksys' Cross-Band technology, meaning the device can distribute the data between both the bands.
The best feature is that the RE7000 bundles a smart indicator light to help you pick the optimal location. Once connected, the light will glow green if it has a strong connection with the router. An orange glow will indicate a weak connection, whereas blinking light means no connection.
Apart from extending the wireless internet network, there's also a Gigabit LAN port for wired connectivity. It has compact profile and you should have no issues in accessing the adjacent sockets. Setup is simple and you can use your computer to establish the initial connection.
It's backed by a 1-year warranty and also gives you access to its 24/7 phone support if you run into any issues while setting it up or otherwise. However, it's worth mentioning that the customer service has received mixed reviews from its user base.
A Wi-Fi range extender without adequate indicators can be quite confusing. There's no way to tell for certain if the device in question has disconnected accidentally. In such cases, LED indicator light helps a lot. If you echo my thought, you should have a peek at the TP-Link AC1200 Wi-Fi range extender. This is an AC1200-rated device, meaning you will see less speed. The good news is that AC1200 devices are power efficient. However, the good news is that it's affordable and brings home a bevy of useful features.
For one, it's small and measures just a mere 2.95 x 4.90 x 1.69 inches, thereby giving you enough space to cramp other devices into your wall outlet. Secondly, several indicators at the front tell you if the device is working as expected. More importantly, the circular LED ring helps you discern if you have placed the extender in a good location.
This extender has received a good amount of reviews from its user base. If we talk numbers, it has an average rating of 4.1-stars out of 5, and users have applauded it for its easy installation process and lightweight design. Moreover, it delivers its advertised speed and should fix the issues of Wi-Fi dead spots.
It's priced considerably lower than its counterpart above. However, the low price tag comes at a price, and in this case, it's the customer service.
If the size of the device is a priority for you, you can check out the Netgear EX6120. This is a small and compact Wi-Fi extender and like its counterpart above, it's an AC1200 rated device. It has a theoretical throughput of 300 Mbps and 867 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band respectively. While it can't reach the maximum throughput speed, it's safe to say that it will do well in an average-sized house.
The folks at Toms Guide tested this extender's real-life speed and found it to deliver around 51.2 Mbps when the router was around 150 feet from the extender.
Though it has an old-world design, Netgear did bundle the essential features. For instance, there are two little antennas on the side for a better signal. This tiny extender shows the router's connection status. If it glows green it means you are safe. However, if it's orange or red, that means you will have to tweak the location or the connection.
The Netgear EX6120 has received over ten thousand reviews on Amazon and has an average rating of 3.8-stars out of 5.
Setup is easy and straightforward. You can either use the WPS button or use the browser-based routine. And hey, it also sports an Ethernet port for wired connections.
Another wall plug that boasts of 5GHz band support is the one by BrosTrend. This AC1200-rated device also packs an Ethernet port at the bottom. The advantage of having one on board is that you can connect your TV or game console to the extender for seamless connectivity. And that's not all. You can also use it as an Access Point and create a new wireless network.
Setting up the extender is simple, thanks to the WPS button. You also get LED indicators for signal strength and power.
Do note that this wall-plug Wi-Fi range extender has a boxy design. And with both the antennas extended, it will take a significant space on your wall outlet. The ideal thing to would be to place it in a single electrical outlet, which you rarely use.
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These were some of the wall-plug Wi-Fi range extenders that you can check out. Most of these devices max out at AC1900. However, if you want faster speed and better connectivity and do not want to invest in a Wi-Fi Mesh network, you should certainly have a look at the TP-Link RE650.