Choose your next Wifi Extender (Step by Step Guide)

Choosing a wifi extender can be very challenging if you know nothing about technology.

So I created this quick, newbie guide to have help you focus on what's really important to you.

If you are looking for recommendations (specific models), be sure to start my chat tool (Bottom right).

Step 1: Where will you use it?

Think of the application of your new wifi extender.
  • Home or Commercial?
  • Office or Gaming?
  • Indoor or outdoor use?
Brands have made wifi extenders that are better suited for each application.

Step 2: Choose your price range

How much are you willing to spend on your next wifi extender?

The more you spend, the better the features. But you need a limit, a budget.

A budget will allow you to narrow down alternatives and save you time.

Step 3: Speed and Bandwidth

Speed is a combination of several factors and cannot be resumed to "Mbps". 

"Mbps" is just part of the speed equation. Higher number is better.

Ideally you should set your wifi extender somewhere between your router and the user.

Technology also affects speed. 802.11b has the slowest connection, while 802.11ac will perform better.

Some of the bandwidth words that may appear during your search:
  • N300: up to 300Mbps
  • AC750: up to 300Mbps (2.4GHz) and 433Mbps (5GHz)
  • AC1200: up to 1167Mbps
  • AC1750: up to 1750Mbps (450Mbps on 2.4GHz and 1300Mbps on 5GHz)
  • AC1900: up to 1900Mbps
  • AC2200: up to 2200Mbps
If you are curious about what are the latest technologies check out:

Note: Distance to the router and obstacles may also affect the quality and speed of your wifi network. 

Step 4: Type (Form factor)

Depending on where you intend to use it, they may be plug based. Just plug in a free power socket.

Other types may include one or more antennas or take more space.
If you have lots of thick walls I recommend one that uses the electric grid to pass on the internet.

If you are a gamer you should consider a wifi extender that contains an ethernet port in the access point (AP) or extender. This is an important way to reduce latency (or lag).

Step 5: Frequency

Your extender may cover 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz bands. Some covers both. But which one should you choose?

In most cases it doesn't matter. 

If you had issues in the past, this is what I would consider:
  • 2.4 GHz if you have lots of walls
  • 5 GHz if you have too many wireless devices (Or neighbours)
Make sure your router is 5 GHz compatible if you choose a 5 GHz extender.

Step 6: Brand and Quality

There are many low-quality models in the market. They all promise great performance but fail to deliver it.

If you want to skip poor quality wifi extenders, be sure to start my chat tool (Bottom right). I'll give you recommendations (specific models and brands) for .

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Technology (EN): Choose your next Wifi Extender (Step by Step Guide)
Choose your next Wifi Extender (Step by Step Guide)
Technology (EN)
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