The best WiFi extenders, boosters and alternatives

Leave no nook out of reach.

Best overall WiFi extender
TP-Link RE205 AC750
From
$59
Speed
Up to 750Mbps
Coverage
2000ft
Number of antenna
3
Best mesh WiFi system
Google Nest Mesh WiFi
Google Nest WiFi
From
$368
Speed
Up to 2200Mbps
Coverage
2200ft
Number of antenna
2 per node
Best budget WiFi booster
TP-LINK TL-WA850RE
TP-LINK TL-WA850RE
Price:
$39
Speed
Up to 300Mbps
Coverage
75ft
Number of antenna
2
Best premium WiFi extender
Netgear Nighthawk EX7500
Netgeat Nighthawk EX7500
Price:
$189
Speed
Up to 2200Mbps
Coverage
2300ft
Number of antenna
4
Brodie Fogg
Editorial Lead
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November 08, 2022
5 min read

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There are so many factors that can impact the WiFi signal in your home. Larger homes can suffer from a distance issue, struggling to get signal when the modem lives at the other end of the house. But even smaller apartments can suffer slow speeds depending on the type of building (brick vs. fibro etc.) and the amount of interfering devices crammed in such a small space.

Whatever your layout, there's no need to put up with a weak WiFi signal. In fact, there are two options for strengthening your connection. For a quick fix, WiFi boosters and extenders are perfect for patching up black spots in your home, whereas mesh WiFi systems are ideal for those looking for a more future-focused fix.

Here are some of your best options for WiFi extenders and boosters based on market research, customer-written WiFi extender reviews and our own hands-on experience.

Product
Price
Availability
Coverage
Max Speed
Antenna
From
$59
2000ft750Mbps3
From
$368
2200ft2200Mbps2 (per node)
From
$44
75ft300Mbps2
From
$189
2300ft2200Mbps4

TP-Link RE200 V3 AC750

Best overall WiFi extender

TP-Link RE205 AC750
There are more economical options with power passthrough (more on those in a second), but this model is easily one of the slimmest of its kind.
pro Plug-and-play
pro Dual-band 750Mbps speeds
con Not WiFi 6
From
$59

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

Choosing a WiFi extender can be almost as complicated as selecting an NBN router. But just like an NBN router, most people will be more than satisfied with something middle range.

TP-Link has a wide range of wallet-friendly WiFi extenders, but its AC750 model hits the sweet spot for speed and performance. The AC750 comes at well under the $100 mark; offering dual-band speeds up to 750Mbps on the most modern WiFi technologies (802.11ac, aka WiFi 5 and below).

Most importantly, setup is a breeze. This is a plug-and-play device that allows you to connect with the press of a button. All you need to do is press the WPS button found on most modern routers, then RE repeater button on the TP-Link extender and bish bash bosh, you've sorted out your signal issue.

Workhorse WiFi boosters either take up space on your desk or hog the powerboard entirely, but the TP-Link RE205 is a gracious roommate.

Google Nest WiFi

Best mesh router for most

Google Nest Mesh WiFi
Google Nest WiFi
Google Nest WiFi is the easiest mesh system to set up and use, and it doubles as a smart speaker.
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
pro Easy setup
pro Built-in Google Home speakers
con Best for basic users
con Not ideal for larger homes
From
$368

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

Mesh network systems work on the same principle as a WiFi extender, except that your modem comes packaged with two to three WiFi "points" for you to place around your rooms with a weaker signal.

Google's Nest WiFi system is probably the most user-friendly example of this. You plug in your base station, connect with the Google Home app then choose where you'd like to place the additional WiFi points in your home. Once your devices connect to the Google Nest WiFi network, you will be free to roam the house without any dropouts or interference between base stations.

It's not cheap, but it's also not as expensive as you would imagine. You can buy Google Nest WiFi in several configurations (depending on the size of your house). A single base unit will cost you around $269, a two-pack around $399, and a triple-pack will set you back $549.

That seems a bit expensive at the top-end, but it will save you forking out for an extender in the future.

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TP-Link TL-WA850RE

Best budget WiFi booster

TP-LINK TL-WA850RE
TP-Link TL-WA850RE
At a cheap-as-chips price, this little goer will get you up to 300Mbps on a single-band connection.
pro $30 to $60
pro Ethernet port
con 300Mbps limit
Price
$39

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

TP-Link's tiny WiFi booster might not have all the fancy bits on bobs offered by the extenders above, but by golly does it make do with what it's got. If you prefer a hard-wired connection, the TP-LINK TL-WA850RE also has an ethernet port (and an ethernet cable packed in).

Lastly, and most importantly, there's the price. At most, you'll pay just below $60, but on a good day, there are regular deals under $40. Can't argue with that.

Netgear Nighthawk EX7500

Premium WiFi range extender pick

Netgear Nighthawk EX7500
Netgear Nighthawk EX7500
This plug-and-play powerhouse delivers tri-band speeds up to 2.2Gbps with four external antennas.
pro 2.2Gbps potential
pro Smart roaming
con Not the cheapest
Starts at
$189

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

If your internet usage is… unconventional, you may be looking for a WiFi range extender with a little more oomph. That's where Netgear's old faithful Nighthawk range swoops in. It comes at a decent price hike, but that's understandable considering the technology packed in.

Netgear's Nighthawk extender also features "Smart Roaming" that automatically connects you to the least cluttered band, MU-MIMO (for streaming on multiple devices), and a WiFi analytics app that lets you check the status of your network, measure interference and more.

WiFi boosters and extenders we also considered

Here are more WiFi boosters and extenders that we considered that didn't make the cut.

Netgear EX3110 AC750

Netgear AC750 WiFi Range Extender EX3110
Netgear EX3110 AC750
Netgear's EX3110 AC750 extender is a mini but mighty substitute for the TP-Link RE200.
pro 750Mbps speeds
pro Compact design
con Slightly more expensive
Starts at
$79

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

Netgear's EX3110 AC750 extender fits the same bill as TP-Link's RE200, with dual-band 750Mbps speeds and WiFi 5 technology, but it does come at a higher price around the $98 mark.

Netgear Nighthawk X6 WiFi Mesh Extender

Netgear Nighthawk X6 Tri-Band WiFi Mesh Extender
Netgear Nighthawk X6 WiFi Mesh Extender
A pricey but powerful alternative to the EX7500 that delivers tri-band speeds of up to 2.2Gbps with smart roaming.
pro 2.2Gbps potential
pro Smart roaming
con Not the cheapest
Starts at
$329

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

Sticking with the trusted Nighthawk range, you could opt for the X6 WiFi Mesh Extender. It's similar to the EX7500 in almost every way; it delivers tri-band speeds up to 2.2Gbps and utilises the same Smart Roaming technology for automatic channel switching. But the X6 sits on your desk, rather than hanging out of the wall. So it's a good alternative if socket space is a rare commodity in your household.

Linksys Velop Mesh WiFi system

Linksys Velop
Linksys Velop
The Linksys Velop has is a great, but pricey, option for those who want fast connectivity speeds and consistent coverage across their home.
4 out of 5 stars
4
pro User friendly setup
pro Fast speeds
con Steep asking price
con Few bells & whistles
Coverage
560sqm
WiFi
Tri-band AC2200
Ethernet
2x gigabit ports per node
Control
Linksys app
Starts at
$499

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

If you're connected to the NBN and still struggling with speed and connection stability, our top NBN modem pick, the Linksys Velop Mesh WiFi System, will overcome the most common issues.

In our NBN modem round-up, we discussed the three most common connection issues in NBN-connected dwellings: out-of-date firmware, channel interference, and placement. The Linksys Velop Mesh WiFi System solves each of these issues with automatic firmware updates, automatic dual-band channel selection, and up to 418m² coverage. At around $460, it’s slightly more palatable than the exxy Google Mesh system and capable of delivering speeds up to 1300Mbps.

Now that you know, here are your next steps.

Modem not the issue? Consider upgrading your NBN plan.

Or hit the road with a Pocket WiFi dongle.

WiFi boosters and extenders buyers guide

If your bandwidth needs are next to non-existent and you only need something to get you out of a spot of bother, you can get some cheap-and-nasty WiFi signal boosters on Amazon and Kogan under $30. We don't recommend them, but if you're desperate for a deal, they might offer a temporary solution to your WiFi woes.

How we chose the best WiFi boosters and extenders

Our recommendations above are made based on a number of factors. These include both our own research into the market and what options are available to Australian consumers, as well as a combination of hands-on testing and additional consumer reviews.

WiFi boosters and extenders FAQs

Here are the most commonly asked questions about WiFi boosters and extenders
WiFi extender vs WiFi boosters

WiFi extenders and WiFi boosters are sometimes-interchangeable terms for an older networking tech designed to complement a router. These network enhancements take an existing WiFi signal from a router and, as the name implies, extend or boost its range. 

Mesh WiFi simplifies the process of having wider-reaching wireless with a single SSID login (one username and password) for the entire home, and provides expanded coverage because each device in the network emitting its own independent signal.

Brodie Fogg
Written by
Brodie Fogg
Brodie Fogg is the Australian editorial lead at Reviews.org. He has covered consumer tech, telecommunications, video games, streaming and entertainment for over five years at websites like WhistleOut and Finder and can be found sharing streaming recommendations at 7NEWS every month.

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