Our home office specialists conducted extensive research using TP-Link WiFi extenders before purchasing and testing the highest-rated models available on the market for an in-depth side-by-side comparison review. We rated each model based on how easy it was to set up, install, and utilize it.
It went so far as to compare the product’s appearance, as well as measuring WiFi range and performance. No matter if you’re seeking to obtain a signal boost to your home office in the distant corner of your house or you need additional WiFi coverage for visitors or a special event, we’ve compiled the test results you’ll need to find the best TP-Link WiFi extender for your needs in one place.
Best TP-Link WiFi Extender
TP-Link AC2600 WiFi Extender(RE650)
Up to 2600Mbps, Dual Band WiFi Range Extender, Gigabit port, Internet Booster, Repeater, Access Point,4x4 MU-MIMO
TP-Link AX1800 WiFi 6 Extender(RE605X)
-Internet Booster, Covers up to 1500 sq.ft and 30 Devices,Dual Band Repeater up to 1.8Gbps Speed, AP Mode, Gigabit Port
TP-Link AC1200 WiFi Extender(RE315)
Covers Up to 1500 Sq.ft and 25 Devices, Up to 1200Mbps Dual Band WiFi Booster Repeater,Access Point, Supports OneMesh
TP-Link AX1500 RE505X
WiFi Extender Internet Booster, WiFi 6 Range Extender Covers up to 1500 sq.ft and 25 Devices,Dual Band up to 1.5Gbps Speed, AP Mode w/Gigabit Port, APP Setup, OneMesh Compatible
TP-Link AC750 WiFi Extender (RE220)
Covers Up to 1200 Sq.ft and 20 Devices, Up to 750Mbps Dual Band WiFi Range Extender, WiFi Booster to Extend Range of WiFi Internet Connection
1. TP-Link RE650 AC2600 Wi-Fi Range Extender
In terms of overall performance, the TP-Link RE650 wins the top spot as the best Wi-Fi extender, thanks to its straightforward plug-in style and extended range for large households. It has a lot of power and can go at high rates of up to 75 feet per second.
To be honest, the only drawback we found with the TP-Link RE650 was that the plug-in device is large enough that it would likely block nearby outlets. However, this is a minor nitpick considering this extender’s fantastic performance.
2. TP-Link RE605X AX1800 Mesh Dual Band Range Extender
The performance of TP-RE605X, Link’s a Wi-Fi 6 extender that performs what it needs to do without the need for any additional bother or software bloatware. We found that it provided constant, high performance across 90 percent of our benchmarks, and while it wasn’t the quickest on every metric, no other extender we tested was able to match it in terms of overall real-world performance.
The RE605X, out of all the extenders we tested, had the strongest wifi signal across the greatest distance. Everything else we tested had issues at some point, usually when we switched to a more challenging test that involved placing a large number of walls and furniture between the extender and the laptop we were testing it with. The TP-Link RE605X scored admirably in both this and our simpler, almost-line-of-sight test, which we conducted afterward. In contrast to other extenders, there was nothing about its general performance that caused us to second guess ourselves.
3. TP-Link RE315 AC1200 WiFi Extender
Inexpensive Wi-Fi 5 wireless extender from TP-Link, the RE315 allows you to quickly and easily set up a simple, fast-enough Wi-Fi connection in a new area. For those who are satisfied with their current router but require a little more range in one specific area (for example, if you set up a home office this past year and haven’t been receiving a strong enough signal there) and do not intend to place a large number of bandwidth-hungry devices in that area, this is the ideal solution.
When we placed the extender in our more convenient, line-of-sight testing position, it functioned admirably in all of our tests and exceeded expectations. After moving the extension to the more difficult place, the RE315 was able to compete with our top selection in certain tests, but it was unable to defeat it across enough of them, finishing on average half as quickly as our primary pick when it fell short of the mark in those tests. Another advantage of Wi-Fi 6 extenders is that they are more future-proof since they allow you to take advantage of greater speeds, alleviate network congestion caused by several connected devices, and generally perform better in a home with many connected devices.
4. TP-Link RE505X
The TP-Link RE505X is one of the most economical Wi-Fi range extenders available, and it features compatibility for Wi-Fi 6, which means it offers faster, more efficient speeds for current-generation devices equipped with the most up-to-date Wi-Fi radio technology. Because there is an increasing number of these devices on the market and in our homes, Wi-Fi 6 is a worthy priority for the vast majority of us at this time.
As far as routers go, the RE505X is as reliable as they come, and it’s powerful enough to deliver average download speeds of no less than 140 megabits per second in any part of my house, despite the fact that I have incoming fiber internet speeds of 300 megabits per second and a dead zone in the back where speeds typically fall into the single digits. Average upload rates in that dead zone were also comfortably above 50Mbps, which is sufficient for HD video calls and other tasks that need a significant amount of uploading. I also didn’t notice any ping issues, and latency remained consistently low throughout my tests.
5. TP-Link RE220
The TP-Link RE220 was the least cost range extender I tested during my initial round of tests in 2020, but that didn’t stop it from surpassing every other range extender I tested on every metric except price. This Wi-Fi extender is fast, it is dependable, it is compatible with virtually any Wi-Fi router on the market, and it is simple to operate. And, at the time of writing, it is even less expensive than I paid for it — down to less than $25 a month (just make sure to check the box that applies a coupon for an additional couple of bucks off).
Connect it to your home network and hit the WPS button to connect it with it, and it will begin broadcasting its own networks on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies as soon as you do. All of the access points in my home provided consistent Wi-Fi performance, including average download rates on the 5GHz band of at least 75Mbps in every room access point I tested, as well as fast upload speeds. The RE220 never lost my connection once, and its speeds were steady over a period of many days of testing, which included tests conducted during both daylight and evening hours.