WiFi Range Extenders, Routers, and Adapters
Want to boost your WiFi connection or extend your internet throughout your house? We’ve picked out the best WiFi range extenders, routers, and adapters to help you improve your home network.
Each of the products we list will serve a slightly different purpose, but they’re all highly rated in their class. Read each intro description to find which hardware is best suited for your needs before buying. Like all the tech we feature at Techscheme, you can also save up to 12% on all of these items showcased below. More about that at the end.
Best Affordable Wireless Adapter - TP-LINK Archer T2U V3 - £13.99
For when you need to connect one non-WiFi PC to the internet but don’t want to use a cable.
The TP-Link Archer T2U V3 is cheap and affordable, and with it you can get any PC connected to WiFi within seconds. Simply plug it into any Windows 10 PC and the drivers will be installed automatically. From there, you can connect to your WiFi like normal. Note that you’ll need to be within a reasonable range of your WiFi router for this to work, and this USB adapter won’t extend your WiFi connection, so it won’t be of use on a device that already has built-in WiFi.
Best Single Band WiFi Range Extender - N300 - £21.99
Useful for extending the range of your WiFi, for example so you can get a stronger WiFi connection throughout the house and even into the garden.
If you use WiFi but your devices are out of range of the router, this WiFi range extender can be placed in between your router and the place you want to use your WiFi to extend it. This particular model will only extend your 2.4GHz network, however, so keep that in mind. Most routers these days can push out two WiFi signals - 2.4GHz and 5GHz - 2.4GHz is better for longer range and 5GHz is better for closer range and faster speeds.
If you’re not sure what you are using, chances are it’s 2.4GHz, so this range extender could be a good option for you to extend the reach of your WiFi at home.
Best Dual Band WiFi Range Extender - TP-LINK RE200 - £24.99
For when you need to boost your WiFi signal on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz.
The TP-Link RE200 plugs straight into any plug socket and can boost both 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi signals further. This is a cheap way to boost your WiFi to the very corners of your home and works similarly to the N300 router above.
Best WiFi Router - Netgear Nighthawk D7000 - £159.99
For when you want the best possible experience for a high speed internet.
If you already have high speed internet, for example fibre optic or high speed broadband, the Netgear Nighthawk D7000 can help to improve your experience.
The Netgear Nighthawk D7000 is like an upgrade to your entire WiFi system, so expect slightly better range for your WiFi network, better support for managing your bandwidth so that nobody hogs the entire upload or download speed, and better performance without hitting problems like thermal throttling.
Best Powerline Adapter - BT Broadband Extender Flex 1000 - £89.99
For when you want an ethernet-like experience but can’t place down cables.
WiFi can never beat ethernet (internet cable) in terms of ping, pure speed and reliability. If you need an ethernet-like experience for gaming, uploading or streaming, this twin kit powerline adapter from BT can be a good alternative. You can plug an ethernet cable into your router, and connect it to the powerline adapter, which plugs into any wall socket. The internet will then travel through the powerline in your house, and connect to the other side, wherever you choose to plug in the second powerline adapter.
The speeds for powerline adapters are as close as possible to ethernet, but the experience you get may depend on your own home’s internal wiring, so you may get closer to perfect speeds than others, or get slightly less, but it’ll usually be far better than WiFi.
Summary and Pricing
That brings us to the end of our guide to the best WiFi range extenders, routers, and adapters. Hopefully you will find something in this list that solves any network problem you may have. Take a look below to learn how much you can save when buying this tech through Techscheme.
|TP-LINK Archer T2U V3||£13.99||£1.68||£12.31|
|N300 WiFi Extender||£21.99||£2.64||£19.35|
|Netgear Nighthawk D7000||£159.99||£19.20||£140.79|
|BT Broadband Extender Flex 1000||£89.99||£10.80||£79.19|
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