Netgear Nighthawk X6S EX8000



The Netgear Nighthawk X6S EX8000 Tri-band Extender emerged as the best Wi-Fi extender and has been tested by a large margin, with an enormous range and faster data speeds. It’s also got some tricks prepared up its sleeve that other extenders might not offer, like the ability to use the X6S with any standard router to make a real mesh network, providing customers with more seamless coverage throughout the house. Users can even add additional units to expand that mesh network-wide and far.

The Nighthawk X6S uses a desktop design that is much larger than the average plug-in signal booster, but that size allows for more antennas (six in total) and beefier hardware that provides tri-band coverage out to 168 feet. Overall the device can be described as big and more expensive; however, it’s worth the price.


Users can forget about plugging the Nighthawk X6S directly into a wall outlet because this is among the largest extenders on the market. At 8.9 x 6.7 x 3.7 inches, the black-and-gray X6S tower is massive compared with the likes of the Coredy E300 Mini Wi-Fi Range Extender and the Netgear EX6120 AC1200 Essentials Edition Wi-Fi Range Extender. It is better to put it on a desk, bookshelf, or hidden behind a couch. The package includes a two-prong AC adapter. Across the top of the device are, eight LEDs that indicate the status of the 2.4GHz- and 5GHz networks, data flow to clients, and Ethernet and USB activity. Additional LEDs show the link's status as well as a throughput indicator. Both glow white when the chair is operating well.

The extender uses Netgear's FastLane3 technology that serves as one of its 5GHz channels to move data between the host router and the extender. With the ability to move 1,733 Mbps and 866 Mbps over its two 5GHz channels, as well as 400 Mbps on its 2.4GHz channel, the X6S carries an AC3000 throughput rating.


DLink DAP1720 WiFi AC1750

Traits Best for two-story homes Antennas/Removable: 3 external/No Wi-Fi Spec: 802.11ac dual-band Ports: 1 Gigabit Ethernet Size: 6.4 x 3.3 x 1.5 inches Two-prong plug Good multistory performance Easy setup with included mobile app Can block the adjacent outlet Spotty performance Summary D-Link’s DAP-1720 is easy to set up, offers a convenient mobile app for managing device settings, and can help fill an area with Wi-Fi. Handy features a built-in Ethernet port that can handle Gigabit speeds, and a physical on/off switch it an appropriate tool for extending the reach of your router. Still, it serves up patchy performance and is so large that it risks blocking adjacent AC outlets. Despite some irregular performance, the D-Link DAP-1720 works particularly well when pushing signals to a floor below or above. That makes it one of the best Wi-Fi extenders available for getting signal to every floor of a multistory home, making it the perfect choice for anyone who finds their Wi-Fi signal dropping out when they go down or up the stairs. Design Rather than being housed in a significant case with a separate AC adapter, D-Link's DAP-1720 plugs directly into an AC outlet. Like the Motorola MX1200, the DAP-1720 uses a two-prong plug built into the extender's back rather than a three-prong plug, like TP-Link RE650's, which can cause some problems in homes with old electrical wiring. The 6.4 x 3.3 x 1.5-inch device is larger than Motorola's MX1200 but smaller than the RE650. It's a tight fit, and this exte

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