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With the entire household home and, let’s face it, constantly on the internet at the moment getting a steady WiFi signal can prove elusive at times.
Whether it’s that your Netflix marathon keeps pausing to buffer or your Zoom calls are frequently interrupted by ‘unstable internet’ pop-ups and blurry outlines of your colleagues, there’s no denying that we’d appreciate some good, strong WiFi right now.
So, what can be done?
While there are multiple ways to improve your WiFi range, many of the more complex options are pretty expensive, that is, apart from one nifty gadget.
A WiFi extender is used to extend the coverage area of your WiFi network. It works by receiving your existing WiFi signal, amplifying it through a wired connection and then transmitting the boosted signal to the far corners of your home.
Sounds simple doesn’t it? That’s because it is.
In fact, the hardest part is deciding which one to order, which is why we’ve rounded up five of the most highly-rated plugs available online right now.
And, best of all, they’re all on Amazon so you’ll get them quicker than you can say, ‘maybe press refresh again?’ five times.
All you need to do is order and then sit back and enjoy your Netflix binge - ahem, we mean home office - in peace.
5 top-rated WiFi plugs to boost signal
Easily expand wireless coverage to previously unreachable or hard-to-wire areas at a push of a button.
Its miniature size means it’s easily transportable and works with any Wi-Fi router or wireless access point.
The TL-WA850RE's profile function remembers previously paired wireless networks, meaning there is no need to reset the device when changing the paired router, you can simply unplug and plug it anywhere to extend the wireless signal.
Use any mobile device to easily access and manage various features, including the LED Control function's Night Mode, which allows you to enjoy a more peaceful night's sleep.
One shopper wrote: “This is an A* product - my room is in the attic, the router is downstairs, and it has boosted my PS4 speed from 8gb to 30gb! It even has a very handy app!”
This NETGEAR plug prioritises network traffic for uninterrupted video streaming for applications like YouTube, Netﬂix and others.
You can also easily connect all your devices to one SSID such as a smart TV, game console, tablet and more.
This WiFi Mesh Extender only use one network so you can connect more and more devices and the extender will find the best network to maximise WiFi performance.
USB Access allows you to enjoy personal and secure cloud access to USB storage wherever you are.
One happy customer commented: “Set up was quick and simple to my Virgin router. I placed the extender upstairs on the landing which is above where my router is situated and this stills gives a strong signal so can now access the internet from a bedroom I previously had a problem with.”
If you find that there are rooms of the house that never seem to get WiFi, then this extender will boost the wireless signal to previously difficult areas.
Dual 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands provide WiFi connections to up to 32 devices - that means you can connect all phones, laptops and TVs with devices to spare.
One happy shopper: “Worked exactly as expected in extending the WiFi range in my flat and get round some hefty Victorian walls.”
This extender allows you to enjoy seamless roaming from room to room, with a single network name and password.
The RE300 lets you keep more devices connected simultaneously with its 2.4 GHz 300 Mbps and 5 GHz 867 Mbps dual bands and can use the 2.4 GHz band to send email and browse the web, and the 5 GHz band for gaming and HD streaming.
One satisfied shopper said: “This item was very easy to install and I’m thinking of getting a second one to go in the sunhouse! I’m very happy with this item which is why I gave it what it deserves 5-stars.”
BT Whole Home Wi-Fi | £171.94
Works with all UK broadband providers, AC2600 Dual-Band Wireless technology, these three discs create a complete Wi-Fi network for medium to larger homes with three to five bedrooms, removing WiFi dead spots.
Plus it has some pretty nifty features:
Want to get everyone down for dinner? Temporarily pause the internet with one tap. Only want to pause it for the kids? It’s easy to set schedules so individual users or devices get some time offline.
You can also set schedules to control WiFi access for individual users or groups of devices to make sure bedtime is free from screen time (for some members of the household, at least).
One WiFi-ready user wrote: “At last, a WiFi network that is not only fast but extremely stable.
The setup process is a breeze, you just download the BT app onto your device (I've now got it on Apple and Android devices) and it walks you through how to do it.”