This is a list of the five best-selling wireless repeaters for 2013. The main source is the list of bestselling repeaters on Amazon.com. Most of these devices (or very similar ones) have already been reviewed on this website, so for more detail on each entry please feel free to read the full review.
- Securifi Almond
- TP-LINK TL-WR702N Wireless N150 Travel Router
- Netgear Universal WN3000RP Wi-Fi Range Extender
- NETGEAR WN2500RP Range Extender
- Amped Wireless High Power Wireless-N Smart Repeater and Range Extender (SR300)
The Securifi Almond is an all-around great device. It’s the most expensive repeater on this list, but it adds good value for the extra cost. Firstly, it has the usual Wireless Access Point, Wireless Repeater and Wireless Bridge modes, but can also function as a stand-alone router. Even if you’re in the market for a repeater specifically, in a year or two down the road you may have to change around your network structure (due to upgrading, moving, device malfunctions and so on) – and having reliable devices that can perform multiple roles is a nice advantage.
The unique feature the Almond has is the touchscreen, which is most likely one of the main reasons it has climbed to the #1 best seller position on amazon in both the repeater and the access point category – and stayed there. The touchscreen allows you to configure the device without ever logging into a configuration screen from a computer, and it works very well – clear steps to follow, auto-detection of existing networks and so on.
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The TP-LINK TL-WR702N is possibly the ultimate travel router. The Amazon product description boasts that this device is the “smallest wireless router in the world”. It’s a multi-mode device, capable of acting as a router, repeater, bridge or access point. It’s size is 2.2″x2.2″x0.7″ – absolutely tiny. It is also very straightforward to set up. And all of that for less than US $20 at the time of this review.
The TL-WR702N has not been reviewed by WirelessRepeaterHQ.com yet, but a full review is forthcoming.
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The NETGEAR WN3000RP is the first of several dedicated repeater devices on this list. Like the TL-WR702N repeater above, its main feature is compactness (though it’s not nearly as compact as the TL-WR702N).
This device has not been specifically reviewed on this website – however, the very similar WN2000RPT has. The main difference between the two is that the WN3000RP is more compact and can be plugged into the wall without a cable, and it also only has one Ethernet port compared to the WN2000RPT’s four.
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The NETGEAR WN2500RP is the only dual band repeater that made this list. It’s the second most expensive entry, and at about US $10 less than the Securifi Almond the trade-off is dual band support in exchange for losing all modes other than wireless repeater. That makes this device the best choice for a Wireless-N household that actually uses the 5GHz (whether exclusively or in tandem with 2.4GHz – the WN2500RP will support both situations) and needs a signal boost.
The WN2500RP also has the handy feature of dynamical signal status LEDs, which react to signal quality in real-time, allowing you to use them as a guide to find the best possible placement for repeating the existing Wi-Fi signal. Combined with plenty of Ethernet ports and easy setup, it’s an all-around great dedicated repeater.
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The SR300 is another dedicated repeater device manufactured by Amped, a company with a big focus on high-range repeaters and antennas. Its closely related, higher-range brother, the SR10000, has been previously reviewed on this website.
The big difference between the two devices is that the SR300 has half the range of the SR1000: 5,000 sq ft vs 10,000 sq ft for the SR10000. There is around a US $30 difference between the two devices, so the best choice really depends on how much ground the repeated signal has to cover.
Take a look at the SR10000 review for more information about the SR300.
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