5 Best WiFi extenders with Ethernet.
“Best WiFi extenders with Ethernet”, “Wi-Fi extenders that have Ethernet ports”. Seems like people have started questioning and getting frustrated over this lacking point in a Wi-Fi extender. This is why this article guides you all the way from knowing why an Ethernet cable is needed, what it does, and what Wi-Fi extender with an Ethernet port will suit you the most.
Difference between a router and a Wi-Fi Extender:
A router is a device used to connect other devices within a network and forward data packets from one location to another. While a Wi-Fi extender, as its name suggests is just used to ‘extend’ the Wi-Fi signals of a modem or router. It amplifies the signals but there is a chance of speed and frequency loss.
Let’s think of it this way. A router is a ship carrying a message from one country to another while the Wi-Fi extender is the sea currents that help the message to move to further places.
Why do you need a Wi-Fi extender?
A Wi-Fi extender, unlike a router, does not create a network. It simply extends and amplifies signals so that they eliminate the dead zones in a building. If you are someone who does not have to connect too many devices or create a network, then a Wi-Fi extender seems to be a better option than a router. In simple terms, if you have a problem getting good signals in some parts of your home, you lose connection while walking around the house or walls hinder your Wi-Fi signals, using a Wi-Fi extender is the best solution to your problems.
What is an Ethernet port and how does it make a difference?
Basically, an Ethernet port is a jack on a piece of equipment that allows an Ethernet cable to connect to the device. An Ethernet port is largely used in Local Area Networks or for transferring data from one router to some other device without losses.
This is why having an Ethernet cable on a Wi-Fi Extender is of great importance. It limits data loss on its way to the extender, which allows the Wi-F extender to completely utilize the signals sent to it in the first place by the router/modem.
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5 Best Wi-Fi extenders with Ethernet:
With Netgear X6S EX8000 AC3000 being on top, the following are the 5 best Wifi routers with Ethernet.
1. Netgear X6S EX8000 AC3000-Top Pick:
See the Netgear devices on top of every list? Well, that is for a reason. Netgear has been manufacturing some of the very best products in the market when it comes to routers and Wi-Fi extenders, with only TP-Link, Asus, and Linksys as close competitors. But the X6S still remains on top of this list.
Being one of the most expensive Wi-Fi dead zone ‘eliminators’, or as you call it, ‘’extender’ the Netgear X6S has made it to the top of our list of best Wi-Fi extenders with Ethernet ports.
With the brilliant use of MU-MIMO technology along with 4 Ethernet ports is what took this extender to make it to the top.
- EXTENDED WIRELESS COVERAGE: Adds WiFi range coverage up to 2300 sq ft, and connects up to 45 devices such as laptops, smartphones, speakers, IP cameras, tablets, IoT devices, and more.
- SEAMLESS SMART ROAMING: Uses your existing network SSID name so you never get disconnected as you move around your home or office
- AC2200 WIFI SPEED: Provides up to 2200Mbps performance using tri-band and patented FastLane3 (TM) technology for heavy-duty 4K HD streaming and multi-player gaming.
- UNIVERSAL COMPATIBILITY: Works with any wireless router, gateway, or cable modem with WiFi.
- WIRED ETHERNET PORTS: Simply plug in game consoles, streaming players, or other wired devices into the 2 Gigabit ports for maximum speed.
- SAFE & SECURE: Supports WEP and WPA/WPA2 wireless security protocols.
- SIMPLE TO SETUP: Press the WPS button to connect to your router. Use the NETGEAR WiFi Analyzer app for optimal location.
The X6S uses an 802.11ac Tri-band Giga bit Wi-Fi Technology with a rating of AC3000.
The Tri-band comprises of one 2.4 GHz band and two 5 GHZ band which allow data transmission over high speed traffic. What’s even more interesting about this extender is the amount of customization it allows. The Netgear Z6S has three band which can be customized individually. They can have their own network name, top speed and security settings. All according to you.
The X6S has a tower-like design and is best put on a desk or a shelf. It comes with a 2 pong AC adapter so make sure to have one where you place it. The 8 LEDs on top of the device show the current status of the 5 and 2.4 GHz channels.
The Netgear X6S EX8000 is equipped with a WPA2/Enterprise Encryption. It also supports VPN, Stateful Packet Inspection and Network Address Translation. But the extender does not use LDAP which is used to provide industrial-strength authentication.
The device also has a Smart Roaming feature that allows for seamless transitions between the main route and the extender.
- Coverage: 50 Ft
- Ethernet ports: 4
- MU-MIMO: Yes
- Tri-band extender
- 6 Antennas
- Supports Mesh Technology with other X6S extenders
The X6S stunned us with it performance but crushed us with its price. At a distance of 5 feet, the X6S gave a highest speed of 318.12 Mbps while when it was connected via Ethernet, it yielded speeds of 628.21 Mbps. This speed is comparatively higher than the TP-Link RE650 which is at second position. During our tests, the Netgear X6S EX8000 delivered a bandwidth of 338.5 Mbps. The bandwidth declines about 16 Mbps when a couple of walls were added.
Why to Buy:
High Wi-Fi speed and coverage is what is the real motive behind buying this product.
Why to not buy:
The X6S EX8000 might be a bit expensive for some users but it is totally worth the price.
2. TP-Link RE650 AC2600-Best coverage
The RE650 is our second best pick to get rid of dead Wi-Fi zones around your home. Had the list been for best coverage and performance, this router surely would’ve been on top The TP-Link RE650 AC2600 is a bit big for a Wi-Fi extender but is unbeatable in performance and coverage. Using an 802.11ac specifications, this extender amplifies strong signals and is compatible with most of the routers used in homes today.
The TP-Link RE650 uses its splendid ‘Intelligent Processing Engine’ which allows the extender to pick the most appropriate and efficient path for the data to travel from the router to the device via the Wi-Fi extender. Meaning that this advanced and highly precise processing engine allows the efficient transfer of data with minimum frequency or signal drops via the best route.
One of the things about this extender what I like the most is the Intelligent Signal Indicator. It is its ability to give an understanding of its connection with the host router/modem. The LEDs give indications of the extender’s current connection situation with the router. Colors range from red to blue.
Using its three bands, the extender does not have a single dedicated data channel for data transfer. Four lanes of traffic are used to deliver data from one location to another. And has a bandwidth rating of AC2600.
The RE650 has a plug n play design. The package comes with a 3-pong plug in its back. The device is very bigger than the Netgear EX6120 and can block nearby outlets.
- Coverage: 70 Ft
- Ethernet port: 1
- MU-MIMO: yes
- 880 MHz Dual core processor
- 4 paddle-like antennas
- Warranty: 2 Years
- Dual Band operations
Our tests proved that the TP-Link RE650 transfers data at a speed of 332.58 Mbps over its 5 GHz Channel. And 657.23 Mbps over the Ethernet. The RE650 was not observed to overheat or feel warm. In fact, it worked perfectly fine but fell short on data delivery over 30Ft if compared to the X6S EX8000. Meaning that the X6S delivered 316.8 Mbps at a distance of 30Ft, a wall and a floor. While the RE650 gave only 215.2 Mbps which is almost a 100Mbps less. Nevertheless, videos ran fine at 4K and the device operated without any malfunctions.
Why to buy:
The RE650 has a good range and is recommended if you need a safe and efficient data transfer from the router to dead zones within your house.
Why not to buy:
Something that might bother some users is the large bulky size of the extender. The TP-Link RE650 is a bit bigger than usual extenders and might block any other outlets near it. And it is a bit expensive. But if you have the money, need good coverage, fast speeds and an Ethernet port, then this is just the device for you.
3. Netgear EAX80 AX6000- Most Ethernet Ports:
Another one from Netgear. Yes, this beautiful router is definitely to be your number one choice if you’re looking for a large number of Ethernet ports. The Netgear EAX80 AX6000 is in our list as the router with the most Ethernet ports. This device can help to expand your existing Wi-Fi network’s coverage significantly. The device can be controlled via the Nighthawk App. The multiple Gigabit Ethernet ports allow you to connect multiple devices directly to the extender, thus reducing signal loss to almost zero.
- This wireless range extender when incorporated with your existing wireless network, expands its signal range and enhances the connection’s speed
- 5.86 Gbit/s wireless transmission speed provides high and efficient communication with maximum efficiency
- IEEE 802.11ax wireless LAN standard lets you connected on the go so your productivity never stops
- Gigabit Ethernet port for ultra-fast wired network speeds
- Internal antenna form factor for reliable connectivity with maximum productivity
- Desktop form factor for your usage convenience and better reliance
Equipped with the latest beamforming technologies ‘MU-MIMO’ and ‘OFDMA’ the Netgear EAX80 enhances wireless performance and reduces lag during gaming and streaming.
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The Netgear EAX80 is a tri-band wireless extender supporting 802.11ax, also known as Wi-Fi 6 standard. With a maximum theoretical data transfer rate of up to 6Gbps, the EAX80 is surely one of the fastest and best extenders for gamers and streamers.
The EAX80 can work with any type of router or access point.
The router has 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports unlike the other two (RE650 and X6S EX8000). One thing that gives the EAX80 an edge over the other extenders is that it has a single network. It sends data over its one network, allowing you to work worry-free about the network you’re using.
The extender has dimensions of 10 x 7.75 x 4.2 in.
This device can extend signals by 65 Ft when connected to the router wirelessly and by 75 Ft when connected via an Ethernet cable
Additionally, the EAX80 allows for forming a mesh system for a large building, hence suitable for large homes or offices with many devices connected.
- Coverage: 65Ft
- Ethernet ports: 4 (8 GB)
- Wi-Fi technology: 802.11ac
- Wi-Fi performance: AX6000
- MU-MIMO: Yes
- OFDMA: Yes
- Tri-band operations
- 1.8 GHz dual-core processor
The EAX80 ranked high with regard to speed. It boosted the Wi-Fi signals from being at 60 Mbps to 342 Mbps over the 5.0 GHz band. Using a router with Wi-Fi 6 technology is recommended for this extender. Otherwise, it won’t live up to its full potential. It delivered speeds of 435.41 Mbps on Wi-Fi and when connected via Ethernet, the speeds increased to 811.59 Mbps
Buy The EAX80 if you’re a serious gamer and in dire need of high-speed Ethernet ports. The EAX80 is an ideal extender if you live in a large home and own a lot of smart devices
Why not buy:
The Netgear EAX80 is very expensive.
Don’t buy the Netgear EAX80 if you’re on a budget or don’t have a router with Wi-Fi 6 technology.
4. Netgear EX7300 AC2200
The Netgear EX7300 is a Wi-Fi extender that uses AC2200 technology to extend the range of your existing wireless network. It is designed to work with any router and is capable of providing dual-band Wi-Fi with speeds of up to 2200 Mbps. It also features a Gigabit Ethernet port for connecting wired devices and a built-in access point mode for creating a new Wi-Fi network. Additionally, it has support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, thus it can be controlled via voice commands.
Used to extend the coverage of an existing wireless network, the Netgear EX3700 uses the 802.11ac standard, with a maximum data transfer rate of 2200 Mbps.
The EX3700 has a built-in Ethernet port which is the main reason it makes this list. Other reasons include reliability, speed, and price.
The Netgear EX3700 features FastLane technology and uses both wireless bands simultaneously, which allows it to transfer data at higher rates, resulting in improved performance and reliability.
It has internal antennas and a convenient wall-plug design which allows easy placement. The Dual band technology comprises one 2.4 GHz and one 5 GHz band. Like the TP-Link REX560, the EX3700 makes use of LED lights to identify the ideal position for optimized performance.
The Netgear EX3700 is an ideal choice for a slower internet plan (less than 500 MB).
The EX3700 is more of an extender used for casual purposes. If you’re looking for some extender to amplify signals to your bedroom or some other laptop or TV, then this might be your best choice as it is comparatively less expensive and suitable for small Internet Packages.
- Coverage: 60Ft
- Ethernet Ports: Only 1
- Wi-Fi Technology: 802.11ac
- Recommended for: 600 Mbps or lower
- Wi-Fi performance: AC2200
- Security: (WPA/WPA2-PSK) and WEP
- 1 Year warranty
During the trials, the 5 GHz band delivered a speed of 324.58 Mbps from 5 Ft and 254 Mbps from 25 Ft. The speed test with Ethernet cable improved its performance significantly. Doubling the throughput, a speed of 651.58 Mbps was recorded.
If you want a good but less expensive extender.
Or, if you don’t have a very big home or large network.
Why not buy:
If you’re looking for something suitable for a large network or professional gaming and streaming.
5. TP-Link RE315 AC1200
The TP-Link RE315 is a wireless dual-band router that supports speeds of up to 1200 Mbps. It features four external antennas for improved coverage and has a range extender mode to extend the range of an existing wireless network. It also includes a Gigabit Ethernet port for wired devices, as well as support for guest networks and parental controls. It is designed to boost the coverage of an existing wireless network. The TP-Link RE315 can be easily set up and controlled with the use help of the TP-Link tether app.
Think of the extender as an access point to turn the wired network into the wireless network.
- Extend Wi-Fi Coverage : Boost Internet Wi-Fi Coverage up to 1500 Square feet and connects up to 30 devices – Compatible with any Wifi Router or access point¹²
- Fast Ethernet Port: Experience wired speed and reliability anywhere in your home by connecting your favorite device to the fast ethernet port.
- Access Point Mode: The Ethernet port of RE315 can easily turn your wired Internet connection into a wireless access point. It can also function as a wireless adapter to connect wired devices, like Blu-ray player, game console or smart TV
- Universal Compatibility: The RE315 range extender is compatible with all Wi-Fi-enabled devices and WiFi routers or WiFi Access Points.²
- Supports TP-Link OneMesh – Creates a Mesh network by connecting to a OneMesh router for seamless whole-home coverage, like Archer A7, Archer AX21
The TP-Link RE315 uses the 802.11ac standard and has a maximum speed of 1200 Mbps. The data transfer over the 2.4GHz band was 300Mbps and 867Mbps over the 5GHz band.
Two external antennas on the device are used to enhance signal strength that ensures a stable connection.
This extender is capable of forming a mesh network by linking to the TP-Link One mesh router. The RE315 boasts the AP mode which allows you to create a new Wi-Fi access point to enhance your Wi-Fi network capability. It transfers data over separate networks unless used with OneMesh
Just like most of TP-Link’s products, the RE315 uses LED lights to indicate signal strength which helps in identifying the best location for the extender. The Ethernet port allows fast-wired connections with printers, computers, and other devices.
- Coverage: 60 feet
- Ethernet ports: Only 1
- Max Speed: 187.61 Mbps
- Recommended for: 300Mbps or less
- Warranty: 3 years
- Wi-Fi technology: 802.11ac
The TP-Link RE315 was found capable of increasing Wi-Fi signals o 60 Ft on Wi-Fi and 70 Ft on Ethernet. On the 5GHz band, it gave a speed of 187.51 Mbps at 5 Ft and 165.23 Mbps at 15 feet when connected through Wi-Fi.
When connected to the Ethernet cable, the speed greatly increased and was recorded at 302.51 Mbps. The setup process was simple and did not take too long.
You have a low budget.
You have a low Internet package
You’re not in need of high speeds.
Why to Not buy:
You plan on covering large areas.
You need high speeds and a large network with multiple devices.
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