Anticipated increase in strategic alliances and M&As in the market space.
Technavio, a company that develops over 2000 pieces of research every year and covers more than 500 technologies across 80 countries, has announced the top five vendors for the global wi-fi extenders market in their latest research report. This report also lists 13 other prominent vendors who are expected to contribute to this market’s growth between 2017-2021.
Competitive vendor landscape
The wi-fi extender market is characterized by the presence of several, big and small vendors. Many vendors in the market space are currently shifting rapidly to optimize the IoT revolution. The increase in Internet traffic and higher adoption of mobile computing devices are driving the deployment of WLAN solutions. Enterprises including aviation, hospitality, education, government, and retail are deploying WLAN solutions as Wi-Fi technology supports high data transfer rates.
According to Abhishek Sharma, a lead analyst at Technavio for research on machine to machine (M2M) and connected devices, “The recent increase in the number of websites selling fitness equipment and monitoring the high growth potential of the Wi-Fi technology is attracting vendors to the global Wi-Fi market, which is intensifying the competition. Vendors are providing 802.11ac Wave 2 WLAN products at a negligible price difference compared to 802.11ac Wave 1 products, leading to low-profit margin. This, in turn, is resulting in merger and acquisition and strategic alliances.”
Top five vendors in the wi-fi extenders market space
D-Link manufactures Wi-Fi and Ethernet networking, voice, digital, and data communications. The company focuses on customized products. It offers wireless products for the home and office, SMEs, large businesses, and the government and education sectors.
Key products: Wireless range extender DAP-1320, AC2600 Wi-Fi extender DAP-1860, AC1200 Wi-Fi range extender DAP-1620, N300 Wi-Fi range extender DAP-1330, Wi-Fi AC750 dual-band range extender DAP-1520, Wireless N300 range extender DAP-1120, Wireless range extender DAP-1320, Wireless N range extender DAP-1360, and Wireless AC1200 dual band gigabit range extender DAP-1650.
Huawei manufactures, sells, and markets telecommunications equipment worldwide. It caters to various industries such as finance, government, healthcare, hospitality, media and entertainment, retail, oil and gas, public safety, and railway.
Key products: Huawei WS322 (mini cube) and Huawei WS331c (mini Wi-Fi range extender).
Linksys offers data networking hardware products that cater to home users and small businesses. In January 2016, the company introduced MU-MIMO routers, extender, and adapter. Linksys also adds MU-MIMO capabilities to its range extenders in the form of the RE7000.
Key products: Linksys RE6400 AC1200 BOOST EX Wi-Fi range extenders, Linksys RE7000 Max-Stream AC1900+ Wi-Fi range extenders, Linksys RE6300 AC750 BOOST Wi-Fi range extenders, Linksys RE3000W N300 wireless range extenders, Linksys RE4100W N600 dual-band wireless range extenders, Linksys PLEK400 Powerline-wired network expansion kits (PLE400), Linksys PLEK500 Powerline-wired network expansion kits, and Linksys PLWK400 Powerline-wired and wireless network expansion kits.
NETGEAR is a networking company that provides innovative products to consumers, businesses, and service providers. The product line consists of wired and wireless devices that allow networking, broadband access, and network connectivity.
Key products: Wi-Fi booster for mobile devices, N300-Wi-Fi range extenders, N300-Trek travel router and range extenders, N300-Wi-Fi range extenders, Wi-Fi range extender – Essentials edition, AC750-Wi-Fi range extender – Essentials edition, AC1900-Wi-Fi Range Extender – Essentials Edition, AC1200-Wi-Fi Range Extender – Essentials edition, AC750-Wi-Fi range extenders, and AC1200-Wi-Fi range extenders.
TP-Link provides small office/home office (SoHo) and SME networking products worldwide. Some of its offerings include wireless products, ADSL, switches, 3G/4G routers, wired routers, print servers, adapters and 56 K modems, and wireless modules. It also provides 3G modems and IP cameras. The company supplies its products to over 120 countries worldwide.
Key products: 300Mbps Wi-Fi Range Extender, TL-WA830RE, AC1900 Wi-Fi range extender, AC1750 Wi-Fi range extender, 300 Mbps Wi-Fi range extender with AC Passthrough, AC1200 Wi-Fi range extender, and 300 Mbps universal Wi-Fi range extender.
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