I've never used any before. I tried to use an old WiFi router I had once as a range extender and could never get it to work. It was an old Linksys using ddwrt, but that was a good 5 years ago. I'm so tired of providing a great WiFi signal out on the street in front of my house and a poop signal in my garage LOL.I've used "range boosters" before. You are better off getting just one holy **** good powerful router vs those things all over the house.