WiFi range extenders: There’s been lockdown after lockdown, movement is restricted and staying at home for work, school, entertainment – you name it, is now the norm. We are trapped indoors, and we can only make the most of it by finding ways to keep active, amused and employed. The internet has become a default go-to place for all these activities, and a good connection is now a must in all rooms around the house.
Most of us were thrown into this hibernation ill-prepared; who knew that dad would be on a work call via Zoom whilst mom is conducting her baking lessons online, and the kids are in different classes, online too, all at the same time. The quantity of bandwidth required, as well as the connection range, just escalated overnight. This is why we have decided to help you out by highlighting the top WiFi range extenders to make sure there are no dark zones in the house, and everyone is connected when they need to be.
How do WiFi range extenders work?
First things first, let’s understand what we are talking about. A WiFi range extender is a portable wireless device that you can put between your current WiFi router and the room or area to which you want to extend your internet connection reach. The extender will capture and rebroadcast your current WiFi signal from the router, thus making the connection strength better. This in turn enables more, or all areas in your house to connect to the internet seamlessly.
1. TP-Link AC1200 Deco E4 Whole Home Mesh WiFi system
From our local internet service provider, we found the TP-Link AC1200 Deco E4 2-pack whole home mesh WiFi system from the Telkom catalogue. It’s going for a great price of R75 per month for 24months. The great reviews it has received on various platforms state this extender as fast (up to 1164Mbps), reliable. This will be able to connect up to 100 devices lag-free. It was designed with parental controls that you can use to limit inappropriate website access as well as online time for each family member. There is a complementary app you can download to help you with the setup.
Bonus: We noticed a Vizia WiFi UPS next to this extender on the same Telkom catalogue. This would be a truly excellent purchase for those times you need to be online during load shedding times.
2. Netis Systems E1+ 300Mbps Wireless N Range Extender
This extender has speed up to 300Mbps. It includes a smart signal indicator that helps you to choose the best location to plug it in. It also has a WPS button for quick extender setup, which allows you to connect to your main router in seconds. It’s a quick fix to range extension, but speed may be a limiting factor. You can get this one from LaptopDirect at R207.
3. Netgear Dual Band WiFi 6 Mesh Extender
If you own a mansion or a smart home, this is the best option to go for. The Netgear Dual Band AX 1800 4 stream mesh extender has speeds up to 1.8Gbps, enabling every corner of your home to be connected without a hiccup. It supports the latest generation WiFi 6, so you will have a great experience with it. It’s currently going for R3750 or R305 per month for 24months from Takealot.
Remember, the most important thing is to determine your connectivity needs before you embark on an extender shopping spree. Do you need very fast internet speed in all rooms around the house, or do you need a stable enough connection from an extender that can broadcast signal from a long distance away from your router? You can get expert advice from all the service providers mentioned here who sell these extenders. Happy shopping!
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