Is The RangeXTD Wi-Fi Legit or a Scam?


Every year at least once or twice, I get another one of these Wi-Fi booster adverts that shows up as a YouTube ad. They all use pretty much the same marketing tactics, and as far as I can tell, are using the same generic Wi-Fi booster model, or very similar ones at least.

The RangeXTD booster is no different. It’s the latest off the Wi-Fi booster marketing conveyor belt, and it’s exactly the same as I saw in 2019 and 2020 with the Super Boost Wi-Fi and the Ultra Boost Wi-Fi/Ultra Wi-Fi Pro

But the first thing readers want to know is is it any good? Are the marketing claims made about it legit or a scam?

Here’s the bottom line on this model:

The RangeXTD is a generic Wi-Fi booster, and like any other model, it can work very well for some users in delivering a better wireless signal over a larger area. However, performance of these Wi-Fi extenders is always variable and not all users will get satisfactory results. Some of the marketing claims around the RangeXTD are also dubious, and undermine the credibility of the sellers.

Also the fact that all these Wi-Fi booster adverts seem to feature the same basic content, the same nonsense narratives, and the same pricing and even sometimes the same generic product, doesn’t really help to dispel the impression that it’s a bit scammy, even though it may well give great performance for some users.

Once you’ve reviewed a couple of these, like I have on this site, you can spot another one straight away as soon as an advert loads (It’s just another one of “those” Wi-Fi booster promos).

Nevertheless, I’m not gonna take away from the fact that Wi-Fi boosters can work for some people in overcoming Wi-Fi “deadzones” in the home and delivering better bandwidth at distance from the main router. It just doesn’t help when people are making dubious, scammy claims to market a product, and using landing pages and pricing policies and sometimes the same basic product as the year before, just under a different name.

My personal suggestion if you’d like to try out a Wi-Fi booster is to get a reputable, well reviewed model from a well known brand, or else use an alternative home networking product like a powerline adapter or Wi-Fi Mesh System, depending on your specific needs (gaming, streaming, or light browsing).

Let’s first debunk some of this nonsense (all over again, as with some of the other heavily marketed boosters), before giving a realistic picture of what boosters like the RangeXTD can and cannot do well, before finally turning to some other home networking solutions you can use for better connectivity in the home.

Debunking the ISP Conspiracy Nonsense

Ah, here we go again with the nonsense conspiracy stuff, where they claim that ISPs are screwing you. It was the same with the Super Boost Wi-Fi, where a feeder article made nonsense claims that “greedy” internet companies were throttling bandwidth and stealing it off customers.

Now it’s just a slight tweak with the RangeXTD, where they claimed in the YouTube ad and linked off article I saw that ISPs deliberately provide customers with sub-standard routers that deliver a weak signal, or get slower over time, as a way of forcing them to upgrade packages and pay more money.

This is just nonsense; we ranted about this more in the Super Boost review you can click on above, but here is the bottom line reality on Wi-Fi speeds at home:

The bottom line reality is that if you are using Wi-Fi and getting much slower speeds than the maximum you could potentially get on your package, then it is probably because a) multiple people are using the internet at the same time in your home; or b) you are at some distance from the router, usually with lots of walls etc. in the way, and the Wi-Fi signal is weaker as a result, delivering less bandwidth. Both these outcomes are totally normal and there is no conspiracy by your ISP here.

See the Super Boost Wi-Fi review for more on the actual networking theory behind this, not baseless claims about ISP conspiracies made in some of the RangeXTD promotional material. See also our article on why you may have slow download speeds even with fast internet.

We won’t take up too much space here, but there’s no actual proof presented that ISPs are plotting against you, and there’s a number of very valid technical reasons why you might have slower Wi-Fi/internet speeds than you expect at any given moment which we go over in the linked articles. There’s no need to go into silly conspiracies.

This same kind of nonsense is found on a lot of these booster websites, perhaps with only slight variations sometimes. Is it the same people behind all these products, where they repackage basically the same extender under a different brand name from last year? Or maybe they’re all copying each other. Either way, spouting off nonsense about ISPs doesn’t help with their credibility.

As we’ll emphasize several times in this article, there’s nothing necessarily wrong with the RangeXTD or any other Wi-Fi extender/booster. They’re not my favorite product – I prefer powerline adapters – but they can work great sometimes, especially over shorter distances.

But I just wish these people would stop making nonsense claims in their marketing spiel, that ruins their credibility. If they’re wrong about that, then what else are they wrong about? It doesn’t do much to build trust when they make ridiculous claims that aren’t backed up with any real evidence.

Weak Wifi SIgnal

Wi-Fi always fades out over distance and there is no agenda from ISPs to steal bandwidth off customers

Common Patterns With Other Heavily Marketed Wi-Fi Boosters

It’s true that a lot of these websites, YouTube ads and affiliate articles on these generic boosters look very similar, make the same claims, and even sometimes feature exactly the same product marketed under a different name.

We covered this in more detail in our review of the Ultra Boost Wi-Fi/Ultra Wi-Fi Pro; here are some models/websites that are basically interchangeable, just under a different name:

Check out all these sites and you’ll notice something – all these sales pages are basically promoting the same generic model of range extender (either in black or white) under a different brand name.

Super Boost Wi-Fi Extender

You’ll see this generic model of booster very commonly on all of these websites, either in black or white

With the RangeXTD, it’s a bit less clear. Some of the promotional/ordering pages I got linked off too featured the product pictured above; others featured a slightly different looking booster, as pictured on the home page snapshot right at the top of the article.

The bottom line on this though, is that all these sites are using the same business model – buy a cheap, generic extender, probably from China or the Far East, and sell it under different brand names for a healthy margin.

All of these Wi-Fi booster sites also follow the same general formula in the way they market the products. Here’s some common things you’ll find across all these brands that you’ll see advertized on websites and YouTube ads:

  • The same or very similar basic model of booster/extender. We already covered this.
  • Nonsense narratives about ISPs stealing bandwidth, or providing inferior products are very common. No evidence is ever provided to back these claims up
  • To try and lend credibility to the ISP conspiracy narrative, they often try to quote former ISP engineers/technicians. The RangeXTD landing page I clicked onto even suggests that it was designed by two former ISP technicians. I seriously doubt this. Show me CVs, work histories and LinkedIn profiles that prove this and I’ll believe it. Otherwise it’s more cheap marketing trickery to add credibility. Really knowledgeable networking experts wouldn’t spout off the nonsense these sites do.
  • Also whilst the claim they make that Wi-Fi routers provided by ISPs do get slower over time is true, it’s likely not deliberate on the part of ISPs, and instead is just what happens to routers over time as they get clogged with stored user data. Factory resetting them using the reset pin/button to wipe all data, and periodically unplugging them if they get too hot can help with this.

And then there’s more marketing trickery regarding the pricing that seems common with these generic Wi-Fi booster products:

  • The “half price” marketing tactic was also seen on the Super Boost Wi-Fi landing pages. The offer price likely never ends, since you can get boosters for much cheaper anyway.
  • In any event, even the “half price” pricing is not particularly competitive. You can get Wi-Fi extenders from much more reputable brands for the same or less money. See the section below for some suggestions. And I would NEVER buy the RangeXTD or any similar booster at the full quoted price (rip off).
  • Lots of positive customer reviews on all these sites, but any site can pop up these now. The reality for most Wi-Fi boosters is that performance is mixed/hit and miss.
  • Pops up saying “Customer x just bought” in a location near you is very common on all these sites. Again trying to encourage you into ordering one.

A Realistic View of Wi-Fi Boosters/Extenders

For absolute beginners who’ve never used these products before, they are just single plug adapters that you plug into a wall outlet, that capture and boost the existing Wi-Fi signal from the main router.

Here’s the general idea behind Wi-Fi boosters/extenders, plus some pro’s and cons regarding what they can and cannot do so well:

  • When they work, they can improve the coverage and strength of the Wi-Fi signal, capturing and amplifying the existing signal from the router. This can deliver better speeds and sometimes get rid of so called “deadzones”, where the reception always seems to be poor.
  • Performance can however be very variable across different houses and situations, since Wi-Fi depends on so many factors. The more obstacles you start putting in the way, the more unreliable performance can be.
  • To reflect this, reviews on extenders are often mixed and mid range, reflecting the different experiences users have with them.
  • They are best used over short to medium distances, where you want to improve reception to a very specific part or corner of a home (eg home office).
  • They work best when facilitating a better signal for lower bandwidth activities, like basic browsing. They may or may not work so well for more bandwidth intensive things like video streaming, depending on distance. See below for more on this.
  • They are also better used in open plan spaces, like apartments, where there are less walls in the way.
  • They are best installed in direct line of sight of the main router. See the video embedded below for a good demo video of how best to install and use them.
  • They are generally not so good for gaming – powerline adapters are a better option to keep ping low. See further below.
  • See our article on whether range extenders are any good for more information.

Installing and Using a Wi-Fi Extender

 

Bottom line – Some users are very happy with using Wi-Fi boosters, including the RangeXTD, and get everything they need out of them, especially over shorter distances. Others are going to struggle and will be disappointed with the performance.

There’s unfortunately no way of knowing for sure until you try them, and the good news is that to their credit, RangeXTD to offer a 30 day money back guarantee if you aren’t satisfied.

How Does The RangeXTD Stack Up?

Given the nonsense they spout off on their website, I’m not going to trust any of their own reviews either, but I did take a look at the reviews of the product on Amazon, and it’s pretty much as I expected.

Click here to view the RangeXTD Wi-Fi Booster on Amazon.

Reviews are mixed, with the overall rating pretty much in the middle, and this is very typical of Wi-Fi extenders/boosters, for the reasons we covered in the section just above. The RangeXTD isn’t alone on this to be fair. Some users get great performance using Boosters, others are disappointed, because Wi-Fi and networking is so complex and variable.

Even using a booster, you might not always get the signal strength you need, which is why it is vital to pick the correct product for each situation. We’ll try and help with this further below.

I’m also NOT going to buy the product and test it, simply because the nonsense marketing ploys immediately put me off, as with all these products, even if I might get decent performance using it. I much prefer to purchase reputable brands that don’t spin false narratives about ISPs trying to scam you. All I can say is it’s a generic Wi-Fi booster product, that can work great for some and very poorly for others.

Some Other Wi-Fi Extender/Booster Models

Whilst it is true that many Wi-Fi repeaters get average reviews overall because of the hit-and-miss performance, some models from some manufacturers do head the pack a little in terms of reliability. Let’s provide readers with some other options for Wi-Fi extenders, which do have high average reviews and are from reputable brands.

Here are some popular Range Extenders models (click affiliate links below to view products on Amazon):

Netgear Wi-Fi Range Extender EX3700 – Cheaper lower end extender model, but still has decent average review scores from plenty of ratings. Easy setup, small discrete white plug design, and generally reported to have decent range. Also has an ethernet port to connect up a wired device if needed.

Rock Space Dual Band Wi-Fi Extender/Booster – A mid price range product with a very good average review score from plenty of reviews at the time of writing. Small, discrete black plug design, compatible with all Wi-Fi types, very easy setup.

TP Link AC1750 RE 450 Range Extender – Generally well reviewed, easy setup, and delivers very good throughput in a large number of cases. More towards the pricey end though

Other Home Networking Solutions For Weak Wi-Fi

Let’s also put the RangeXTD and Wi-Fi booster in general into more perspective by mentioning that extenders aren’t the only home networking solution you can use for better internet coverage around the home. There are other products that are often a better option for many users.

The two main other options you have are Powerline Adapters (can deliver wired and wireless connections) and Wi-Fi Mesh (wireless only, but more comprehensive). Let’s compare each product:

Alternative #1 – Powerline Adapters – Powerline Adapters work differently, consisting of a pair of adapter plugs, one of which is plugged in and connected to your router, the other of which is plugged in and connected to your device.

The two adapters then communicate through the existing house wiring to deliver a wired internet connection to your device, bypassing the need for Wi-Fi altogether.

They can can be an excellent solution for online gamers (low ping) and streamers (high bandwidth), in that when working well they can deliver a better connection than Wi-Fi, as long as the wiring in your house is in good condition.

How Powerline Technology Works

Click here to view the entry level TP Link Nano Powerline on Amazon. See this page for links to some other models.

Pros – Can deliver a strong, reliable, wired connection for maximum bandwidth for gaming, streaming and downloading. Superior connection to all forms of Wi-Fi when they work. Simple plug and play devices. Entry level models very cheap. Wireless models also available to connect up portable devices.

Cons – Will work in many houses but not in all houses, when circuitry is complex, old, worn or runs off separate meters. See our article on this. Can be less effective over really large properties – see mesh systems below for an alternative.

Alternative #2 – Wireless Powerline Adapters – If you like the idea of what we’ve just said about powerline adapters, but would also like an option to connect wireless devices (tablets, iPhones etc), then wireless models are also available which deliver a cloned Wi-Fi access point at the receiving end as well as having one or more ethernet ports for wired connections.

This can be a great way of doing a similar job to a range extender, but also providing wired internet connections to users that prefer this, like gamers and streamers.

See here for our page on Wireless Powerline Adapters.

Alternative #3 – Wi-Fi Mesh Systems – These can be seen as a more advanced and expensive form of Wi-Fi range extenders. Mesh systems consist of a kit of 2 or 3 extender pods which are placed at certain parts in the home to extend wireless coverage over a larger area.

This is basically the same idea as a range extender, except that with Wi-Fi Mesh Systems, a) The technology is far superior and can deliver better coverage and reliability; and b) Mesh kits can have 2, 3 or more separate extenders so you can really spread coverage in all directions and over a much larger area than you can with a simpler single plug extender.

These are great for really large homes where you want reliable Wi-Fi over a much bigger area, where a simple range extender model might struggle. You pay much more for these products than extenders but you get better performance and wider coverage as a result.

See our Mesh System page for links to some of the more popular systems.

Pros – Mesh systems can be very good for spreading reliable Wi-Fi over very large homes and offices, where powerline adapters or simple boosters may be less effective. Allow you to stay completely on Wi-Fi if this is what you prefer.

Cons – Very expensive products, often costing several hundred dollars or pounds for good models. Can still be somewhat unreliable, though the technology has improved with continual firmware updates from manufacturers. Still a relatively new product; reliability is fairly good now and continues to improve.

Comparison Articles

So whilst it’s true that the RangeXTD, or another Wi-Fi extender, may provide you with what you need, see also our comparison articles of the main home networking products to help better decide:

Bottom line recommendation – Whilst I might in some cases buy a Wi-Fi booster/extender if it fit my needs, I wouldn’t buy the RangeXTD specifically, or any of these other similar looking models that all spin the same nonsense narratives on their similar-looking websites and adverts. I’d use a reputable brand instead. I personally prefer using powerline adapters whenever possible anyway, but extenders/boosters can work great for some users.

Oliver

Online gamer and general home networking enthusiast. I like to create articles to help people solve common home networking problems.

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