By Lyndsey Hall
Working from home during the lockdown has meant that many of us have discovered parts of our homes where the Wi-Fi signal is weak or even blocked completely by walls, furniture, etc. If your home office is too far from your router, you will have realised that Wi-Fi “dead zones” can be a real issue.
This is where a Wi-Fi range extender can help.
What is a Wi-Fi range extender?
Like the name suggests, it can help give your network a boost by receiving the signal from your router and then re-amplifying it further around your house. However, not all Wi-Fi range extenders are created equally. The TP-Link RE220 comes highly recommended and has performed consistently well in various independent reviews.
How does the TP-Link RE220 work?
The RE220 is easy to set up. Simply plug it into a nearby electricity socket, press the WPS button to pair it with your home network and it’ll begin broadcasting Wi-Fi around your house. It broadcasts on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.
The device itself isn’t too bulky – it has an Ethernet port for connecting wired devices and is designed to offer consistent, reliable Wi-Fi performance.
The device supports up to 32 Wi-Fi devices at any one time – which should be enough for most households. It is also compatible with almost every Wi-Fi router, so it should be easy to set up.
How much does a Wi-Fi range extender cost?
The icing on the cake is the price. The TP-Link RE 220 is available from most electronics retailers (and online) for around £22.99.
Have you struggled with weak internet signal whilst working from home? Do you use a range extender? Let us know in the comments or on Linkedin.