Even a big brand router can maintain a stable Wi-Fi signal within a limited area only. However, to take signal every room of your home or every cabin of your office, buy and use a Wi-Fi range extender. In this article, the GS team is reviewing two best-selling Wi-Fi range extender under 2000 Rupees from two top brands Netgear and D-Link.
Both the Wi-Fi boosters have lightweight construction, and their performance is quite stable and secure. They are appropriate choices to fasten Internet access and Wi-Fi signal strength at your place. Since both the Wi-Fi booster has a plug-n-play design, use them for your convenience.
→D-Link DAP-1320 Wireless Range Extender
With so many wireless Wi-Fi range extenders available in the market these days, it really becomes quite perplexing, which one actually to go for. D-Link is a brand, which for quite some time has been marketing some of the best-selling Wi-Fi range extenders globally. Its products stand out for their sleek and minimal design. The latest from the house of D-Link is the DAP-1320 Wireless Range Extender, which is already making waves in the market for being quite an efficient gadget.
Amazing specifications: The D-Link DAP-1320 extender comes with WPS and reset buttons and with 802.11n/g/b wireless interface standard. The LED on it shows the status of its WPS. It has a wireless frequency range of 2.4 GHz to 2.4835 GHz. It comes with two antenna for ensuring availability of powerful signal. They are not visible since placed internally. When it comes to features related to security, there are plenty good ones offered by the D-Link DAP1320 wireless range extender. It delivers Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2/WPS (PBC) along with WEP 64/128 bit encryption. Apart from this, the device also supports both iOS and Android through its QRS app support.
Why the design of this Wi-Fi Booster is an Achievement?
A feature that sets this wireless range extender apart from so many others is its lightweight build. In fact, it weighs just 69 grams. The extender is extremely lightweight and handy. Moreover, its dimensions measure 48 x 42 x 53.5 mm. You can manage it by its Web UI command. It uses a power input of 110 to 240 V AC and functions in 10-90% non-condensing humidity, withal.
Speaking of being certified, there hardly must be any other device in market with as many certifications as the D-Link DAP-1320 holds. There are about 6 certificates which this device holds presently. Thus, it could be safely termed the most-certified Wi-Fi extender in the Indian market.
A Value for Money Wi-Fi Range Extender
Coming at just Rs. 1799, this device is one of the most reasonably priced Wi-Fi wireless range extenders out there. In fact, the design of this gadget is so compact that it very easily fits the palm of hand. The color which it is made available in is all white with a green indicator LED light placed right at the front of its body. It has the capacity of speeding up the Wi-Fi network up to 300 Mbps and that too without any interruptions. It is extremely easy to set up and generally takes about few seconds to start.
- Reasonably priced
- Easy to install
Cons: No USB port
Verdict: The portability of this device is so great that one can plug it onto almost any corner of your house and use it. Since it is compatible with so many devices, it can be controlled with even a smartphone rather than by a computer. It leaves very less footprint which makes other electronic devices in house to function properly and without any obstructions. It is definitely worth buying if you are looking to get a device which would speed up your Wi-Fi.
→Netgear WN3000RP Wi-Fi Range Extender
With technology advancing at the speed of light each day, there are various gadgets which are available in the market simply for enhancing the gadgets already available for use. Universal Wi-Fi extender is one of such products, which is being used by many Wi-Fi users to expand the range of their network. Netgear is an established company which for many years has been manufacturing and marketing Wi-Fi range extenders all across the globe. Its WN3000RP Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender is a product which has stayed in demand for quite some time now.
Reasonably priced: Priced at 200 Rupees, the Universal Wi-Fi extender is quite efficient in enhancing wireless coverage on your current router. When it comes to specifications, there are many fine ones that Netgear WN3000RP offers.
Security Features and Options on this Wi-Fi Booster
In the security segment, it supports encryption 128-bit WEP, WPA-PSK, 64-bit WEP and WPA2-PSK. Moreover, it is also very capable of providing an absolute Wi-Fi protected access. Further, the Netgear Wi-Fi range speeds up the internet access. It can boost your current internet speed up to an amazing 300-Mbps and LAN/WAN at 10/100. Also, installing the Netgear WN3000RP is easy. Use its Push n Connect feature using Wi-Fi protected setup to complete its installation.
Ultra lightweight Wi-Fi Booster: The weight of this device is only 245-gram. It quite lightweight compared to most of its counterparts in market currently. Further, it measures 45-mm in height, 112-mm in width and 74-mm in depth. The frequency level of the product is 2.4-GHz and it has 2 antennas, 1 LAN port, and no USB ports. The LAN type of this Wi-Fi extender is RJ-45 and the antennas are externally placed on them. The protocol which it uses is a standard IEEE 802.11b/g/n and can operate perfectly in even 90% humidity range.
The Netgear Wi-Fi Range Extender Setup and Support
One of the prime features of this Wi-Fi range extender is that it supports many types of Software as well. Few of them are Firefox 2.0, Safari 1.4 and Internet Explorer 5.0. The LED indicator light on the device notifies about the Link Rate, PC to Extender, WPS, and Status of the device. It uses a power supply of 0.3A for functioning. Moreover, it has a very handy wall plug design which makes it easier to stick it up on any wall. Netgear provides a warranty of 2 years on the product. However, it does not cover any external damages caused to the device from mishandling or burning out of the product.
- Highly compatible with Softwares
- Good range extension capability
- 2 years warranty
- Easy set up
Cons: No USB port
Verdict: The Netgear Wi-Fi range extender can very easily be connected with all latest gadgets such as iPad, iPods, laptops, gaming consoles, and countless many more Wi-Fi enabled devices. It comes in a very neat and stylish appearing all white color and is reasonable priced, too. It is also RoHS certified and works quite effectively in enhancing the Wi-Fi range when required. Further, it wouldn’t hurt to say – this device is one of the best Wi-Fi range extenders available out there in this price range. Read also Looking a Wireless Dual Band Router? Try Netgear Smart Router.