Table of contents:
- WiFi amplifier 2020: The models at a glance
- The test winner at Stiftung Warentest: FritzRepeater 1750E
- The successor of the test winner: FritzRepeater 2400
- The price tip among the WLAN amplifiers: AVM FritzRepeater 1200
- Buy WiFi amplifier: You should know that
Video: WLAN Repeater In The Test: Winner Of The Stiftung Warentest And Other Recommendations
2023 Author: Sheila Hailey | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-08-25 04:29
- Test winner at Stiftung Warentest
- The successor to the test winner
- The price tip
- Repeater purchase 2020: You should know that
WiFi amplifier 2020: The models at a glance
Testers and buyers agree: The Fritz devices from AVM are particularly popular in Germany. This is illustrated by a look at the bestsellers on Amazon.
|Stiftung Warentest winner||AVM FritzRepeater 1750 E||approx. 73 euros||FritzRepeater 1750 E at Amazon|
|The successor||AVM FritzRepeater 2400||approx. 76 euros||FritzRepeater 2400 at Amazon|
|Our price tip||AVM FritzRepeater 1200||approx. 57 euros||FritzRepeater 1200 at Amazon|
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The test winner at Stiftung Warentest: FritzRepeater 1750E
AVM FRITZ! WLAN Mesh Repeater 1750E
Now from € 72.89 at Mediamarkt Similar offer at Amazon price can now be higher. Price from 2020-27-07 00:43 a.m.
In issue 9/2018 the Stiftung Warentest tested WLAN amplifiers. The AVM FritzRepeater 1750 E received the best grade, by the way across all system categories (see below), with the quality rating good (2.2). The next best device was the TP-Link AC2600 WiFi RE650 with a grade of 2.5.
The AVM repeater scored well in the test with good data transmission, good environmental properties and very good handling. As a discontinued model you can sometimes find it at a good price. Currently, the difference to the successor is not big enough that the purchase would be worthwhile - see below. In general, the test winner FritzRepeater 1750 E is still a good choice and is kept up to date by firmware updates from the manufacturer.
- Fast data transmission (1,300 & 450 Mbit / s according to technical data)
- Very good handling
The successor of the test winner: FritzRepeater 2400
AVM FRITZ! WLAN Mesh Repeater 2400
Now from € 77.59 at Amazon Similar offer at Notebooksbilliger Similar offer at Cyberport Price can now be higher. Price from 2020-27-07 1:46 a.m.
In winter 2019/2020 the FritzRepeater 1750 E was replaced by the FritzRepeater 2400. In addition to the new design, it differs from its predecessor by higher performance. According to the manufacturer, it achieves up to 1,733 Mbit / s with WLAN AC and 600 Mbit / s with WLAN N. In practice, the difference to the predecessor is not so great that a switch would be worthwhile. However, new buyers should take the FritzRepeater 2400 with a small price difference.
- Very fast data transmission (1,733 & 600 Mbit / s according to technical data)
- Very good handling
The price tip among the WLAN amplifiers: AVM FritzRepeater 1200
AVM FRITZ! WLAN Mesh Repeater 1200
Now from € 56.92 at Amazon Similar offer at Mediamarkt Similar offer at Otto Price can now be higher. Price from 27.07.2020 00:40 a.m.
If you want to spend less, look at the FritzRepeater 1200 from the same manufacturer. In the best case, the smaller box offers 866 Mbit / s with WLAN AC and 400 Mbit / s with WLAN N. The functions otherwise correspond to the FritzRepeater 2400, the box even offers a LAN connection.
Even if there is an even cheaper repeater, this model gets our price tip. Because the cheaper model is more limited in performance, it does not offer WiFi AC. By the way: In the test of Computer Bild (issue 06/2020, for example included in the Readly subscription *), the FritzRepeater 1200 even received the award "price-performance winner".
- Two good networks, WLAN AC + N (technical data: 1,300 & 450 Mbit / s)
- Very good handling
Buy WiFi amplifier: You should know that
Connecting and setting up a WiFi repeater - can you do it yourself?
A WLAN amplifier is best positioned halfway between the router and the place of use. Little technical understanding is sufficient for the installation. If you own a reasonably up-to-date FritzBox and buy an AVM repeater for this, the setup even runs automatically at the push of a button. The operating instructions give the exact process.
Increase WLAN range with Fritz WLAN Repeater
What repeater performance do I need?
The megabits per second (MBit / s) specified by the manufacturer call the technically possible of a repeater. In practice, this data is not achieved: the greater the distance between the individual devices and / or the more structural obstacles are in the way, the lower the transmission rate achieved. General recommendations are therefore difficult to formulate. If you want to provide a house with WiFi, where you also stream diligently, you should use a powerful model. In order to improve the reception in a back room in an apartment, a weaker amplifier might be sufficient.
AVM Repeater: What about other manufacturers?
Above we presented the test winner of the Stiftung Warentest or its successor, as well as a cheaper router - from AVM. The Berlin-based company has reserved the bestseller spots in Germany with the FritzBox models. Rightly so, as we think. The routers shine in tests and offer the user many functions:
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As a result, AVM repeaters are also popular. The only model from another manufacturer in the top 5 from Amazon is the TP-Link TL-WA850RE. The cheap repeater is available for less than 20 euros, but speed and radio standards are moderate (e.g. no WLAN ac).
TP-Link TL-WA850RE WLAN Repeater 300 Mbit / s
Now from € 16.37 at Amazon price can now be higher. Price from 2020-27-07 01:37 a.m.
Is a mesh system a sensible alternative to WiFi amplifiers?
Mesh systems are a network of WLAN devices that synchronize with each other and the connection to the end device is established using the best possible network access. Modern routers and repeaters offer mesh functionality. For pure mesh systems like Google WiFi (now: Nest WiFi), the Stiftung Warentest was unable to find any advantages over routers plus repeaters.
Powerline adapter: For longer distances
Powerline adapters are ideal if the radio transmission is disturbed by structural peculiarities - here the Internet access is transferred to another location in the house via the socket. However, the boxes should be connected in the same circuit, otherwise the transmission power can be severely restricted.
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Should I buy a new router instead of a repeater?
If the network in the house is bad in some places, you can first change the location of the router. Even if this does not improve the distribution, the purchase of a new device could be worthwhile. If you have a very old router, you can upgrade to a router with WLAN AC - see also our purchase advice on WLAN routers. Incidentally, some retired routers can even be used as repeaters.
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