Can you convert WiFi to Gigabit Ethernet? The answer is Yes! Why would someone want that in the age of fast wireless connections? The answer (and use cases) could be many. If you have an entertainment system in a separate room, then you would probably want it. It is because HDTV’s, Video Game Consoles (PlayStation, Xbox’s) come with an Ethernet RJ45 port. It is not always convenient to connect a wire directly from your home broadband router.
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Your entertainment system can be in a different room altogether. You don’t want to create a messy wiring environment in your house. Ethernet cables are not thin and hiding them under a carpet or on the wall could be difficult.
So, how to go around this problem. The solution is to get a WiFi extender or a Universal WiFi Adapter that can connect to your home WiFi network. Some of these WiFi extenders come with one or more Ethernet (Gigabit or Fast Ethernet) port. There are many models available in the market, and I will share some of my recommendations.
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If you look up on the internet, there are numerous devices which seem to offer the same functionality. However, if you carefully look at the specifications, they differ a lot and is mostly dependent on the price range. For example, at the low end of the pricing bracket, the sub $30 models feature N300 routers and not the snappier AC, 5 GHz standards. They also do not feature a Gigabit Ethernet option, but just the slower 10/100 Fast Ethernet standards.
So, if you are a gamer or would like to stream FHD or 4K content over a wireless connection, it is highly recommended that you go with the 802.11 AC standards. The AC routers have become affordable now, and most of them do come with a Gigabit Ethernet port.
We will first cover the slower 801.11n series with 10/100 Ethernet ports. As we move up the chain, we will be getting into the pricier ones with the latest tech in them. Read along to find out more.
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Dodocool is a 3-in-one access point which can work as an AP-Router-Repeater based on the customer scenario. It supports the 2.4 GHz N300 band for a decent WiFi connectivity. The device has two integrated antennas which are embedded into the form factor. On the security side, the device supports WPA2, WPA, and a 128 bit WEP encryption standards.
Here are some of its specifications:
The Totolink also has a similar convenient wall-plug form factor, just like the Dodocool product. The device is compatible with any standard cable router/modem. The device helps eliminate dead zones in your house by extending your existing WiFi connection. The dual high-gain antennas help achieve higher performance than other devices on the price range.
The device comes with a one click setup. By pressing the WPS button on the device as well as your primary router, the WiFi connection can be established quickly. Here are some example screenshots:
Here are some of its high-level specifications:
Netgear networking products are well known in the market for their high-quality products, and this one is no exception. Even though Netgear has recently discontinued the N300 version (still available on Amazon) their AC WiFi extenders are economically priced. With a price tag of about $40, this router’s performance is better than most in this price bracket.
Ideal for mobile devices like iPhones and Tablet computers, the device also comes with a Fast Ethernet port for wired connections. To setup the device, you would need to plug-in the device to a power socket. Once powered on, connect to SSID “NETGEAR EXT.” You can also plug-in a LAN cable to the RJ45 port to configure the setup wizard. Once the installation is completed, you can disconnect the wired connection.
We found out that for best performance, you will need to place the device close to your primary router. Netgear also provides a WiFi Analytics App to help you optimize your home WiFi network.
Specifications are pretty standard. The device supports a maximum theoretical speed of 750 Mbps. However, real world data transfer speeds are going to be much slower than that. Overall, a reliable product from Netgear.
With the sudden explosion of smart devices for home, each one of them requires a WiFi connection. For example, the Amazon Echo, Smart Bulbs, Smartphones all need a stable WiFi connection. TP Link Dual-Band AC750 router helps you achieve full coverage in the entire house to avoid WiFi dead zones. Multiple WiFi Extenders can form a mesh network to help enable the WiFi devices connected at all times.
There is a dedicated smart-signal indicator which helps you to find the best spot for setting up the device. You can use your phone or a laptop to setup the device quickly. The device comes with a standard Fast Ethernet RJ45 port. If you want a Gigabit port, buy the TP-Link AC1750.
The Motorola MX1200 is the only WiFi Extender to have a Gigabit Ethernet. All the other devices before only have a Fast Ethernet port. Just like the others, the MX1200 can work with any Cable Broadband or ADSL routers and extend its WiFi coverage. The device is ideal for streaming 4K content, Online multiplayer gaming, and other heavy workloads.
While most of these devices are designed for easy setup, it is recommended that you have some basic level of networking knowledge. For example, IP addresses, the various acronyms like WPS, IEEE WiFi standards, etc. come handy.
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