There are a lot of repeaters and range extenders on the market but the Amped Wireless High Power Wireless-N 600mW Smart Repeater and Range Extender is by far our #1 suggested device – even if the name is a mouthful. It has the best performance, features, reviews and it’s still around the same price as most of the alternatives. It’s actually hard to find a good alternative at the moment because this one packs everything into one.
- Universal compatibility with latest WiFi security.
- Easy setup. Scan – Select – Connect.
- High powered. One of these will solve most of your signal issues around a home or office.
- Upgradable antennas which most repeaters and range extenders don’t offer.
- If there’s a power cut you’ll need to redo the settings. But it doesn’t take long.
- Reports of failed connections if you have over 25 devices trying to connect.
Setting up a wireless repeater is usually a very mixed bag. Some look easy but really turn into a nightmare and refuse to connect for no reason and others look difficult and still refuse to connect for no reason. I’ve used them for years and still sometimes the installation process can throw me off. But Amped seems to know what they’re doing with this. There’s a guide and installation videos included to show you what to do but it’s really very easy.
There’s no software to install on your computer. You connect to the repeater by using your browser and choose the network to connect to. You’ll need to give it your password (if you have any enabled on your wireless network) and it will handle the rest. If your network is open then you don’t even need to follow that step. It’s just select the network you want to extend and enjoy the new signal. There’s even a free Android App which lets you control it with your phone. Although iPhone users can still do this through their phone browser.
The only problem I’ve had with the setup is that it doesn’t store the settings locally anywhere. So if you unplug the repeater you’re going to have to set it up again the next time you plug it in. Not a huge problem as it doesn’t take very long but it would be nice if it remembered. I can’t think of an alternative range extender which does actually remember your settings though so it’s not really a deciding point for me.
In the Box
Everything you need to get started comes in the box.
- The repeater itself
- 2 5dBi high gain omni-directional antennas
- 1 Ethernet cable
- Setup guide
- CD (user manual and installation video guides)
- Vertical mount stand
- Warranty details
Reviews have been great for the Amped repeater range and their Wireless-N 600mW Smart Repeater and Range Extender (SR10000) especially. They have hundreds of great reviews and it’s a solid piece of kit which will solve a lot of the range issues people have.
There are a handful of bad reviews out there as well but you never find a piece of technology which doesn’t have at least some critics. Most of the problems people have with the SR300 seems to be caused by problems they’ve created or by not following the installation properly. If you do have problems though they have a great tech support service with a 1 year warranty to back up their products.
The hundreds of great reviews outweigh a few bad ones and the SR10000 Amped Smart Repeater and Range Extender is our top reviewed repeater.
The Best Wireless Repeater?
It’s hard to ever say something is the best wireless repeaters. Especially when we review as many repeaters and range extenders as we can but currently this is probably the best there is. There are more expensive ones and there are cheaper ones but there’s not that really get this much performance for this kind of price. It’s easy to use, reliable and it has a great range which is even up-gradable if you need it.
The alternatives will always change. As new models come onto the market we’ll hopefully find bigger and better technology. You can look at the pages along the top for some alternatives but there is a reason we consider this the best repeater at the moment. It really is hard to suggest anything else when this is so far above the curve.
You can step down for a slightly cheaper price to the SR300 or go to the SR600EX which has an even bigger range for the extra price.