I am using a 11ac Dual-Band Wi-Fi Extender 1200 with a BT Home Hub 5 (HH5) and keep suffering dropouts.
The HH5 is permanently connected to the internet and the extender 1200 is permanently connected to the HH5 on 5GHz.
However, I am suffering dropouts with three devices connected to the extender:
One thing that may be worth mentioning is I have set the HH5 (192.168.1.254) to keep the extender on address (192.168.1.253) so I know where it is. There are no issues between the extender and hub; just this mix of issues with the connected devices. I have customised the extender SSIDs, but the passwords are the same as the HH5.
But with the measly four ports you get on the HH5, I can't use powerline unless I get an additional switch/hub or change the router and then it's getting messy because of where it's situated. I would also need to an additional mains socket at the hub location. An extender would be an elegant solution - if it worked!
Think I might try a Netgear extender.
You can increase the number of ports by adding an Ethernet switch, they are cheap and readily available.
Wireless repeaters nearly alway perform poorly, with a low throughput when they do work.
Like I said @Keith_Beddoe it would be messy (as it's on my home entertainment unit) and wouldn't the switch also eat up a mains socket, which I don't have anyway?
I will have to look into this if the Netgear doesn't do the job.
Ultimately it's your money but I've tested out 3 repeaters previously and found them all to be useless and provide a level of service that made them unfit for purpose. I've recently purchased an ASUS RP-AC68U I've got it in Access point mode currently. However, I did try it in repeater mode and it worked for 5 minutes I had it active.
Yes you would need a socket for the switch. Some of the BT hotspot devices do have through sockets which does help.
They will work on short, non-filtered mains extension leads.
I doubt that the Netgear will be much better.