Our Picks for Best Wireless Access Points 2020

By | April 4, 2020

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Wireless Access Points (AP) may seem dated since most routers have built-in wireless, but AP can be useful in many scenarios when it comes to WiFi.

WiFi Access points are mainly used in large homes or business that need more coverage than a router can give. They can be used in any environment a WiFi signal needs a boost.

They can add wireless to any network by converting a wired Ethernet signal to wireless.

Early APs where used to add wireless to a network. This made them an invaluable tool in the early days of WiFi.
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Most any network today will already have wireless built-in, for this reason most APs today are multipurpose and can also be used to extend, boost, or bridge WiFi communication.

There are many good units available with some of our favorite picks below.

As always be sure to read the reviews on Amazon or elsewhere to be sure a unit is a good fit for you.

*This post contains affiliate links.

Our Picks for Best Wireless Access Points 2020

  1. Netgear EX6120
  2. NETGEAR WiFi Range Extender EX6120 – Coverage up to 1200 sq.ft. 20 devices with AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Signal Booster & Repeater (up to 1200Mbps speed)

    The Netgear EX6120 is a 802.11ac range extender/access point that works in both the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz frequencies.

    802.11ac is the newest WiFi protocol and is backward compatible with all previous standards.
    Our Picks for Best Wireless Access Points 2019
    This means it is compatible with most any network old or new along with fast transfer speeds.

    Like most access points it also can be used as a range extender.

    The basic setup for AP mode is to run an Ethernet cable to it from a router and setup the SSID and password for wireless devices to connect to it.

  3. TP-Link RE450
  4. TP-Link | PCMag Editor’s Choice – AC1750 Wifi Range Extender | Up to 1750Mbps | Dual Band, Repeater, Internet Booster, Access Point | Extend Wifi Signal to Smart Home & Alexa Devices (RE450)

    The TP-Link RE450 is also a 802.11ac device that has multiple modes including acting as an access point.

    It plugs directly into an outlet and can extend an existing signal or be its own access point.
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    It also has three antennas that stick out the top to get better wireless reception.

    TP-Link is a very popular company that makes many good WiFi products from routers to WiFi adapters.

    The RE450 unit is a good in a variety of wireless scenarios including access point.

  5. Dodocool N300
  6. dodocool N300 WiFi Extender WiFi Range Extender Router/Repeater/AP Mode with 2 Ethernet Ports 2.4GHz 300Mbps Support 802.11n/b/g Network

    The Dodocool N300 is a Wireless-N device that will extend a WiFi signal or can be used as an AP.

    It can be used as an access point by plugging in a wired Ethernet connection, or boosting/extending an existing wireless signal.
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    It plugs into a wall outlet and can boost, extend an existing wireless signal or can convert a wired connection into a WiFi access point.
    Review dodocool N300 WiFi Extender RouterRepeaterAP Mode conecting
    While it does use the older 802.11n protocol it would be compatible with most any device and has a very easy WPS button setup.

    Read Full Review Here

  7. TP-Link N300
  8. TP-Link N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender (TL-WA850RE)

    This unit made by TP-LINK is also a booster, extender, or access point.

    It is Wireless-N and can transfer data up-to 300Mbps.

    Like other units is can be used as a wireless access point by converting a wired connection to a wireless signal.
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    It also plugs into a wall socket for power. This is a good option for those looking for a low cost budget solution.

  9. Ubiquiti
  10. Ubiquiti Networks Enterprise AP Unifi

    Ubiquiti Networks created this enterprise solution that can start small and grow as needed.

    The small round access point can be used single or in series with multiple units talking to each other.

    This gives them great expand-ability if needed. For example 2-3 can be started with and if more coverage is needed more simply bought.

    Units can expand an existing WiFi signal or convert a wired signal.
    Best Wireless Access Point Ubiquiti Unifi AP Outdoor & Indoor
    Home owners can benefit by using 1 to 3 units, while a business can benefit by using many more. Ubiquiti Networks Enterprise AP are often used in trailer parks and motels for a easy budget solution to enterprise WiFi.

  11. NETGEAR AC1200
  12. NETGEAR AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Access Point (WAC104-100NAS)

    For those who need the fast speed the new 802.11ac protocol can transfer at then this NETGEAR 802.11ac Access Point is worth a look.
    It has transfer speeds of 300Mbps at 2.4 GHz, and 867Mbps at 5 GHz along with being backward compatible with older devices.
    It is a good unit that would a good fit in a large home or a small office.

Best Wireless Access Points 2020 Comparison Chart

NameProtocol Frequency
Netgear EX6120802.11AC2.4GHz/5GHz
TP-Link RE450 802.11AC2.4GHz/5GHz
dodocool N300 802.11N2.4GHz
TP-Link TL-WA850RE802.11N2.4GHz
Ubiquiti AP Unifi802.11N2.4GHz
Netgear WAC104802.11N2.4GHz

Wireless access points have evolved over the years to help manage a wireless environment in the easiest way possible.

The wide range in which they can fit into a network make them an invaluable tool for a homeowner or business owner.

Routers can do a great job when all the devices are close and little barriers in the way, but once any distance is introduced they will need help to get a good signal.

Most access point devices today are multi purpose and can be configured to help a router in a number of ways, from simply boosting a wireless signal to converting a wired connection to wireless.

Most homes will be fine with a low cost wireless-N unit while a larger home or small business will likely want the speed of a 802.11ac unit.

5 thoughts on “Our Picks for Best Wireless Access Points 2020

  1. Terry Sloan

    I am building a new house and the AV company that is being used is really pushing the Arkanis Networks stuff. In particular, they say I NEED to have the 300 Series Dual wan Gigabit VPN router and their 300 series Indoor Wireless Access Points. I want some WAP’s just to extend the signal, but I would like to use less expensive equipment. They claim Arkanis is the only compatable router and WAP’s that can be used since the are installing the 110-series 16 port unmanaged gigaibit switch. Can’t I use any router (Like Netgear NightHawk) and the Ubiquiti WAP’s and everything will work just fine?

    1. Aaron S

      I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t work in your preferred WiFi configuration as a network switch is universal – that’s the whole point of it. There might be some slight benefit with the ‘cloud-management system’ when using their Wi-FI equipment but I don’t see it.
      If you have any issues, you could always fit a cheaper gigabit switch.

  2. Philip Bartholomew

    It seems like the TP-Link and Netgear are both just repeaters, the ethernet port is to convert a wifi signal into a wired one for a device with only an ethernet port. Have you actually seen them do the opposite? Because I haven’t seen that in my research otherwise.

    1. Shawn Pitner

      I have seen them turn a wired connection into a Wireless connection. They don’t always do this automatically though. Sometimes there is a button that needs to be pressed in order to turn that functionality on. Or sometimes it just takes power cycling the device with the network cable plugged in, in order to get it to recognize the available wired network.


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