The best gad­gets for im­prov­ing your home net­work

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Air­Port Ex­treme £169

ap­ The Air­Port Ex­treme is very easy to use, but it’s only an 802.11ac Wave 1 router, so it’s due for a Wave 2 up­date soon. It doesn’t in­clude a mo­dem, ei­ther, so you need to hang on to your ex­ist­ing mo­dem or router in or­der to con­nect the Air­Port to the in­ter­net.

BT Smart Hub £50

The new Smart Hub costs just £50 for ex­ist­ing BT cus­tomers, so it’s a good up­grade for peo­ple who have one of BT’s older Home Hubs. The hub in­cludes dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and no less than seven an­ten­nas hid­den in­side it to en­sure a strong, re­li­able sig­nal.

Devolo dLAN 500 duo £35

The dLAN 500 duo is an af­ford­able PowerLine starter kit for the tricky spots that your Wi-Fi net­work can’t reach. The pair of adap­tors pro­vides speeds of up to 500Mbps, and each adap­tor has two Eth­er­net ports so you can take two wired de­vices on­line.

D-Link EXO AC1750 £125

The EXO AC1750’s big, fat an­ten­nas look re­ally clunky, but they have spe­cial sig­nal am­pli­fiers to en­sure max range and speed for your Wi-Fi. It has dual-band 802.11ac too, and fea­tures such as QoS to pri­ori­tise gam­ing and video, and a guest net­work for vis­i­tors.

Nighthawk X4S R7800 £220


This router looks as cum­ber­some as its name sounds, but it’s se­ri­ously fast, de­signed for gam­ing and stream­ing video. It’s a bit pricey, but it crams in all the lat­est ‘Wave 2’ fea­tures, in­clud­ing dual-band 802.11ac, MU-MIMO and speeds up to 2.53Gbps.

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