Last week, we told you about our woeful experience of the Nokia Beacon 3. Today, we’re more upbeat, and reviewing three Wi-Fi extenders which are actually worth forking out for if your home network is groaning during lockdown.
You should only consider the RE650 if you have one cold spot in your house. Set-up is a snap (it plugs into a socket) and the signal strength excellent. The central button lights up blue if a connection is made, red if it is too far away. We’ve reviewed previous incarnations of TP-Link’s extenders before, but this is the first time there’s been an app to guide you along. The budget option.
Although this is a BT product, it should work with all broadband providers. We tested it on Virgin Media, and had no problems. It’s a set of three discs, but, crucially, can be added to should if required. One word of caution: it does struggle with thick walls. If this is the case in your house and you insist on a BT product, then you might want to buy the full-fat BT Whole Home Wi-fi instead.
Netgear Orbi RBK50
£399.99 (but shop around)
We tested this way back in February last year, but it’s worth revisiting because it’s still being used every day at Tech Talk Towers. It’s a mesh system which means each Wi-Fi point “talks” to the other, to distribute signals over the network, ensuring far better coverage. Set-up is a dream and coverage is wonderful. Although the signal does get weaker in some places, it was never less that strong. Orbi may seem a tad pricey, but it’s a price worth paying if you want a fast, reliable connection (and who doesn’t?).