The device is huge for a wall-plug extender but easier to find a place for in comparison with a bulky, boxy extender.

And the giant signal-strength LED helps you figure out the best location for the extender, which is way better than just winging it.

In total, I’ve spent around 140 hours researching Wi-Fi extenders and putting more than 20 through our comprehensive wireless tests.

That feature makes it great for home offices, entertainment centers, or anywhere else you have lots of devices with Ethernet ports.

Unlike our main pick, however, the RE6500 can’t work as a wired access point.

Many people who once needed a Wi-Fi range extender might now need a mesh-networking kit, but we still think our extender picks from TP-Link and Linksys are solid alternatives.

A wireless extender isn’t the first thing you should try if your Wi-Fi isn’t cutting it.

Instead, first you should make sure your router is near the center of your living space and out in the open, not hidden in a closet or behind a desk.

If you’ve been using the same wireless router for years, consider upgrading to a better one, such as our pick for the best Wi-Fi router.I was also a business analyst for Stanford University—taking a ton of data and transforming it into recommendations is what I do best.To arrive at our picks, I read every extender review I could find on CNET, PCMag, Small Net Builder, and Tom’s Guide.It offers the best combination of range, speed, portability, and physical connections of any extender we tested.Because it is no longer widely available at a cheaper price than our other picks, we’ve moved our former budget pick, the Asus RP-N53 Dual-Band Wireless-N600 Range Extender, to the Competition section.A new 802.11ac router should provide a better range and faster connections than your old router, and if you have wireless-ac devices, you’ll enjoy improved performance at the fringes of your router’s signal thanks to wireless-ac’s extra bandwidth.