What is it?

A powerful WiFi signal enhancer for larger homes.

Wireless internet signal blackspots are frustrating for any household, particularly larger spaces with thick brick walls.

Ideally a wired infrastructure would flow through a home unseen and work seamlessly providing a high speed connection to your router but practically isn't feasible for most of us.

Instead we must seek alternative technologies to solve the problem such as Netgear's Nighthawk X4S Tri-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender.

Good Points?

The unit plugs directly into a wall socket, so no unseemly cables are needed. Nor will the slick white facade detract from the overall look of your room.

Netgear's FastLane3 technology boosts the core signal between the router and extender. Other systems can show you having full signal bars to your mobile device, but the speed can be poor due to the connection between extender and router.

Bad points?

The WPS pairing method to connect the extender with your network during set up was hit and miss. I ended up forgoing this for the slightly more convoluted Netgear Installation Assistant step which involved a direct wireless connection to the extender with a laptop or smartphone. This then allowed me to set up the device with a connection to my home router.

Best for ...

Those who like a strong and reliable WiFi signal throughout their home without resorting to industrial wireless access points being dotted around the place.

Avoid if ...

Your living space is confined to a few rooms as this device will be overkill and you'll be presenting your network to half the neighbourhood.

Score: 9/10.

Netgear Nighthawk X4S Tri-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender, £99.95 (amazon.co.uk)