Ask Flo for a Little Tech Help: Best WiFi Extenders

Happy New Year! It’s been a while. My personal life has been especially busy. I moved houses in November, then hosted the holidays for my family to help christen the new place. I’m also nine months pregnant, and lately, that’s the only thing on my mind aside from the last bits of work I owe before I’m out on self-imposed maternity leave.

You’re still sending me questions, though, which I appreciate because I haven’t been the most responsive to my email since the holiday wave hit. This one entered my inbox weeks before Christmas. Charles asks:

I just bought a new house and wanted to know what the best wifi extenders for the money are?

I’m still rocking a mesh network with the first-generation Google WiFi. We’re planning on adding a few second-generation nodes as needed. So far, the three original nodes we purchased are doing the job just fine for our smart home loaded with laptops and tablets.

If you’re looking for a traditional WiFi extender, Tom’s Guide loves the Netgear Nighthawk X6S EX8000. Tom’s writes, “It offers fast speeds, excellent reach, and an array of features that make it easy to use.” PCMag suggests the Amped Wireless Athena-EX High Power AC2600 WiFi Extender. It’s about the same price and works particularly well in larger homes.

I peeped The Wirecutter‘s guide. They haven’t updated their page since January 2019. Popular Mechanics updated their guide last summer, however, and they agree with Tom’s: the Motorola MX1200 is a fantastic value pick for apartments and small homes.

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