Linksys MaxStream RE7000



The Linksys RE7000 wireless extender provides users with AC1900 (N300 + AC1733) speeds and can boost range by up to 10,000 square feet. The antennas are internal, offering the RE7000 a compact size. The device also supports the same SSID, but only when connected to a Linksys router, which supplies it the behavior more like a mesh node, than a typical add on the extender. An integrated Gigabit Ethernet port is also included to allow the RE7000 to function as a wireless bridge or as a wired access point giving flexibility in deployment. Finally, it supports Beamforming, MU-MIMO, and holds dedicated backhaul to the router on the alternate frequency via Linksys’ Cross Band technology.

The RE7000 performed well during the 2.4GHz download test with a speed of 55.32 Mbps, even though it lagged the competition at 5GHz, but still showed serviceable 90.57 Mbps of download speed. During the network congestion testing, with a simultaneous video stream, the RE7000 operated on FPS on the 5 GHz frequency at 54.443 FPS. The simultaneously streamed 4K video produced low dropped frames of 1.14% on 5GHz. The RE7000 can be considered original best pick among wireless extenders, and it remains a capable product, despite being weaker on some benchmarks. The lower price also makes the RE7000 a good budget pick.


TPLink RE650

Features TP-Link RE650 represents the best Wi-Fi range extender for installing at home. Wi-Fi performance: AC2600 Coverage: 14,000sq/ft 2.4GHz speed: 45Mbps 5GHz speed: 133Mbps Antennae: 4 Single SSID support Supports MU-MIMO and Beamforming High FPS Available Gigabit Ethernet port Relatively weak 2.4 GHz throughput Overview TP-Link provides customers with a variety of wireless extenders, and this TP-Link AC2600 Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE650) can be considered their top entry into the extender space. This model includes tops specs when compared to the lower models, with AC2600 speeds (N800 + AC1733) and four external antennas. The integrated Gigabit Ethernet port on this extender is also conveniently available for facilitating the use of this as a wireless bridge, or access point, providing the user with flexibility as they build out their network. This extender includes the option to transmit the same SSID, even with routers of a different manufacturer, allowing this RE650 function as a ‘pseudo-Mesh’ node. Throughput tests on the 2.4 GHz frequency are considerably lackluster. However, the 5 GHz tests are the standout, beginning with the Speedtest download of 132.91 Mbps, the best throughput we saw from any of the smaller extenders. On the gaming test, the 69+ FPS, and dropped frames of <1% on the streaming 4K video on the 5 GHz frequency matched the baseline benchmarks of the wired Ethernet connection. Furthermore, RE650 is the only compact extender to do this feat. Testing on real-world benchmark test

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