Easy Setup Range Extenders

Sometimes I think people make electronics more complicated than they need to be. We have had some WiFi range extenders in here which were just plain horrible to setup. Something always going wrong and for some reason things would never quite work out. We don’t waste our time or yours by reviewing rubbish range extenders and generally all of the devices we suggest are fairly easy to setup and we compile guides on setting up and getting the most from your extender.

That said who wants to bother reading manuals? This is our #1 easy to setup wireless range extender. We’ve had years of experience setting these up so to be fair when we’re judging the ease of use we have clients (who have never even heard of a wireless repeater) set them up. And trust me – if they can do it so can you.

Model NameManufacturerSignal StrengthCompatibilityAdditional FeaturesBest Deals
TAP-EX2AmpedUp to 10,000 sq. ft. of coverage wireless coverage added.Any WiFi enabled device can connect.Touch screen device. Easy to setup in minutes. Very non-techie friendly.Check Best Price

easy wifi repeater

The Positives

  • Touch screen display. Couldn’t be easier to setup.
  • Doesn’t need anything else. Just plug it in and tap the network you want to extend.
  • External antenna. Up to 10,000 feet of new wireless signal.
  • Ports for connecting games consoles, TVs and a file sharing port to share files on a home or office network.

The Problems

  • Only one antenna to expand with. Would be nice if it had two.
  • Slightly more expensive than the same models without the easy touch screen.

The Setup

Aside from someone turning up at your door to install it for you it couldn’t really be easier than this. Every other wireless repeater requires some sort of software whether you need to run it from the disk or connect via Ethernet and run a web wizard. The TAP-EX2 literally has everything you need right on the screen. You can drill down into the options menu a little if you want but the basic settings are enough for most of us. Tap the network you want to extend and you’re good to go.

Positioning helps when setting up your repeater but the signal is pretty strong so for a small house it won’t matter too much. For a larger area you might need some trial and error to find the right spot.

easy setup example

 

The Alternatives

One of the downsides to the TAP-EX2 is the price. It’s a decent repeater but you can get better performance for less if you’re willing to give up that easy to use touch screen. If you check out the best wireless repeater review you’ll see what I mean. Most of the alternatives don’t have a screen to set them up with. Some you have to install or run something from a CD but the better ones (including the one I just linked there) has a local web based setup itself. So you can either connect with a cable or to the wireless network of that device and use your browser to tell it which network to extend.

amped alternative repeaters

Amped High Power Wireless-N Smart Repeater and Range Extender

Amped range extenderAmped actually makes a whole lot of devices and their setup is probably the easiest around. The Amped High Powered 600mW Smart Repeater and range Extender is actually our top rated repeater and it has one of the easiest setup processes around.

The setup process is simple. There is a quick start guide to lead you through everything and all you have to do is plug it up and enter an URL into your browser and select the wireless network you wish it to use. It will literally take minutes from taking it out of the box to having it up and running. It has universal compatibility which makes it compatible with any 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n wifi routers. If you don’t know which yours is you can check but it is certainly a safe bet this will work with yours. For both performance and ease of setup this is a great way to go.

The Amped setup process is pretty standard. If you’re not using one of the touch screen devices then you’re using pretty much the same simple setup wizard.

Netgear Universal Dual Band WiFi Range Extender

netgear wifi range extenderIf you want a slightly cheaper option which still keeps an easy setup then consider the dual band WiFi range extender from Netgear. Designed to work with any standard router it comes with an install guide and doesn’t need any software downloads or CDs to setup. It uses Push ‘n’ Connect using the WPS protect setup. Push the connect button on your router and then the connect button on your range extender and… you are done!

We have heard of some problems with compatibility with this one. To be honest there are a heck of a lot more compatible stories than problems but if you have a non standard router the Amped is probably a better choice. There are more advanced features you can use if you wish but this extender works straight out of the box with most routers. This does require your router to have WPS compatibility of course

Other WiFi Range Extenders

All of the devices we suggest have an easy setup to some degree. These are the two we consider to have the easiest setup times overall but all of the ones we suggest have software or installation guides. Most of them also have tech support numbers and websites you can call if you’re having problems. That’s going to be a mixed bag though so I wouldn’t completely rely on it. It’ll be luck of the draw who you get on the other side of the phone and whether or not they’ve had their morning coffee.

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One Response to “Easy Setup Range Extenders”

  • Devin

    I love that you have this section. Most of the techie words go over my head but I understand “one click” and “better internet” well enough 😉

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