WiFi extenders review and prices


UniFi AC Lite WiFi

Ubiquiti UniFi WiFi access pointThis device is a dual WiFi band access point with speeds up to 300Mbps at 2.4GHz and 867Mbps at 5GHz, known as AC1200. It's easy to install on the ceiling, wall, or shelf using PoE through the network cable. Combined with other Ubiquiti access points, it creates a seamless WiFi reception area across multiple rooms and floors, automatically switching to mesh without Ethernet cables. It can handle over 250 simultaneous users and costs $165.

Ubiquiti extender

Unifi ExtenderAre you looking for a Ubiquiti extender? There is Ubiquiti's Amplifi router and extender line. However, Amplifi though beautifully designed, needs to be better supported in the Australian market and costs around $750 for three devices. We support them but do not install brand-new ones.

Outdoor WiFi

Outdoor WiFiFor private outdoor installations, such as backyards, verandas and house extensions, Ubiquiti has UAP-AC-M. It provides a speed of 300Mbps on 2.4 GHz and 867 Mbps on 5GHz, which is sufficient for a dozen simultaneous devices. It is designed for pole or wall installations, providing coverage within a 180-meter radius. Ideally, it should be connected with a PoE network cable, but it can also work as a mesh in a few units or linked with an UniFi non-Mesh AP. Price $200


Fix or buy a new Ubiquiti?

If access points are over 4-5 years old and you have just a few of them, replacing them is quicker than fixing them. Up to 3 APs are cheaper than spending hours troubleshooting, resetting and updating firmware. Ether resetting or new, you still need UniFi control panel with WiFi network settings.

How to reset Ubiquiti WiFi password

UniFi settings, including WiFi password, WiFi network name, firmware updates etc., are controlled via the panel on either:

  • A device called Cloud Key from $390 or UniFi router with console from $450
  • A remote Cloud Console for a monthly fee of US$30.
  • A free software application on a local computer or mobile.

The last one is a usual installation method for small setups like in private houses. Losing access to the control panel will not stop the WiFi, but changing the WiFi password, updating the firmware, etc., won't be possible.

You can set up a new control panel. Then reset all points and adopt them into the WiFi network in the new UniFi control panel.

AP vs WiFi Extender

The Access Point requires Ethernet cabling, but the extender does not. Extender or, in other words, repeater piggybacks to an existing 'master' WiFi network. WiFi extended via repeater is slower and less stable than the master WiFi network; thus, WiFi repeater is the cheap way of extending WiFi. Some WiFi repeaters can work as access points and vice versa. The mode of the network devices is chosen during the initial setup or changed later.


Orbi mesh systems

Orbi modeldifferenceRRP
AX11000 (RBSE962)4800 2400 2400 1200Mbps, 12 antennas, 3 LAN ports$1700 for 2 pack
AX6000 (RBK852)2400 2400 1200Mbps, 8 antennas, 4 LAN ports$900 for 2 pack
AX5400 (RBK762S)600 2400 2400Mbps, 4 antennas, 3 LAN ports$600 for 2 pack
AX1800 (RBK352)600 1200Mbps, 2 antennas, 3 LAN ports$380 for 2 pack

All Orbi systems have 2.4 and 5Ghz WiFi, but speeds are different. The difference is due to the number of antennas and amplifiers. Orbi has a dedicated wireless channel for mesh connection, except for AX1800. The mesh is not used if satellites are connected by Ethernet cable, which is always better than wireless. All models have the same WiFi features, security, Quad-Core 1.4GHz processor, Netgear Armor, and control app. The performance of the AC2200 vs AC1800 is unnoticeable until you use a dozen WiFi devices simultaneously and the NBN plan with speeds over 100 MB. AX6000 may need 30 simultaneous devices before WiFi speed degrades.

Antivirus in Netgear

Underrepresented Netgear Armor is a Bitdefender antivirus built into a router. It protects all devices on your WiFi network, whether PC, Mac, iPhones, Androids, printers, or TVs. The price of the Bitdefender licence for the router is around A$120/year. However, not all Netgear routers are with Armor. Orbi has one.

Google WiFi vs Nest

The other popular device is Google WiFi, now called Nest. You may buy them in a set for mesh or add them later as needed. Devices are compatible with each other wirelessly and have the same control app for Android and iPhones - Google Home. Here is the specification comparison. Minor differences were omitted, such as size and materials.

WiFi AC1200Nest router AC2200Nest point AC1200
WAN and LAN Gigabit portszero ports, wireless mesh with Nest router or Google WiFi only
Speaker and 3 far-field microphones. Bluetooth 5.0, touch controls
512 MB ram
4 GB flash
1 GB ram
4 GB flash
768 MB ram
512 MB flash

Google WiFi Specifications

The following specs are the same for all models: 802.11s mesh, dual-band (2.4 GHz/5 GHz) IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, beamforming, 802.11k/v client roaming, up to 100 connected devices, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), WPA3 encryption, automatic security updates, Quad-core CPU, 15 W power adaptor.

Google WiFi and Nest routers can work as an access point or router or join the mesh. Nest Point can only join Google Mesh.

TP-Link extender and router

WiFi access point or router

TL-WR841N is a router, Access Point or Range Extender. The maximum WiFi speed of this device is standard 300Mbps at 2.4GHz. Why is it so cheap? The number of simultaneous connections is limited due to the cheap CPU. However, it is sufficient for up to a dozen people using WiFi simultaneously. $26

Antivirus in TP-Link

TP-Link also offers Antivirus built into the mesh routers. The cheapest one is TP-link Deco X20-DSL for $250. Free Antivirus in TP-link devices is a part of the network security suite with comprehensive features and control called HomeShield.

updated Mar 2024

We recommend the Ubiquiti and Google access points and TP-Link extenders based on over 50 installations in the past 10 years, all with positive feedback. These devices offer good value for money and deserve five stars.

How to buy

Prices are GST inclusive. WiFi extenders supplied with WiFi installations in Sydney, predominantly Northern Beaches.