The more common type of switch, known as a form factor switch, has up to 48 ports and is typically used in smaller networks or at home.
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The D-Link DAP 1720 is a disappointing Wi-Fi range extender. We found that the 10 Wi-Fi range extenders we tested fell into three performance tiers. Products like the TP-Link RE450 did very well and maintained consistently high speeds in the extended network.
When you compare the Netgear EX6150v2 to other Wi-Fi range extenders, it seems pretty much the same as any other AC1200 wall plug extender.
The Motorola MX1200 is a dual-band Wi-Fi extender with unique built-in features. Its front houses six indicator lights, one for power and five labeled signal strength lights ranging from too close to too far.
The Amped Wireless RE1750A is one of two desktop Wi-Fi extenders we tested, as all others were of the wall plug variety. In our evaluations, we found that desktop devices have two distinct advantages over their plug-in counterparts: more ports and more placement flexibility.
Due to their form factor, wall plug Wi-Fi extenders don’t have flexibility when it comes to placement. They’re reliant on available outlets between your router and your Wi-Fi dead zone.
The Netgear EX6200 is a striking device. Its red and black color scheme and triangular ventilation holes give it a more punk rock look, whereas the rest of Wi-Fi extenders we tested are sleek and white. In addition to looking cool, the EX6200’s design is versatile.
Three products from TP-Link rank as our top three Wi-Fi Extenders due to spectacular performances in testing. Of the three, the RE650 is the latest and has the fastest theoretical speeds. For most home networks, however, it’s overkill.
The TP-Link RE305 AC1200 is both one of the least expensive and one of the best-performing Wi-Fi extenders we tested. Its helpful setup features and easy-to-use Tether mobile app make it our best value pick.
We tested ten of the best cable modems under $120, and the TP-Link TC7650 proved itself as a first-rate networking device.
The TP-Link TC-7620 is a DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem with 16 x 4 channels and speeds up to 680 Mbps. We tested it alongside nine other high-speed cable modems to find the best option for your home network.
We tested and researched ten of the best cable modems, all of which are less expensive than a year’s worth of rental fees from your ISP.
Though towards the bottom of our recommendations, the Linksys CM3024 is a decent modem that keeps up with fast speeds and is compatible with major cable providers. It passed our hands-on tests and was easy enough to set up.