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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Power Up Your Home Wi-Fi Using a Booster or Extender

It can be very frustrating when there are corners of your home that your Wi-Fi signal just won’t reach. It’s really not an uncommon scenario, so fortunately there are plenty of products that can address the issue...In fact, there are so many different products that finding the right option can be pretty confusing. Terms like boosters, repeaters, and extenders are often used interchangeably, even by manufacturers — but different products perform the same general function in quite different ways.
Buy the wrong one and you might not necessarily be getting the best Wi-Fi connection possible. Here’s what you need to know before you make a purchase.

Wi-Fi Boosters

Here’s the situation: the only place you can set up your Wi-Fi router in your home is too far away from the spare bedroom to provide a reliable Wi-Fi connection up there. All you need is a little bit of a wider radius. In that kind of scenario, a Wi-Fi booster — sometimes known as a Wi-Fi repeater — will do the job.
Two main components make up a Wi-Fi booster. One connects to the existing Wi-Fi network, transmits it to the other, and then your devices connect to that. Set-up tends to revolve around logging into an online portal, where you can submit the login information for your network

Due to the way boosters work, proper placement is important. You don’t want to plug it in wherever you need Wi-Fi necessarily, as it needs to be able to make a connection for itself. Choose a spot that’s still within the area that can access your router, but nearer to the area that needs coverage.
If you really need to boost your signal, you can usually connect multiple devices in what’s commonly known as a “daisy chain.” However, it’s important to remember that you’re going to experience diminished speeds with every booster than the signal has to pass through.
Single-band boosters receive and relay packets of information using a single radio and channel. This puts a hard limit on the amount of bandwidth they have to use. Dual-band boosters have two radios, so they problem won’t be quite as pronounced, but you might end up paying a little more for the hardware.

Wi-Fi Extenders

For the purposes of this article, we’ll define a Wi-Fi extender as the kind of device that transmits Wi-Fi signal from one part of the building to another, but doesn’t necessarily need to be within the effective radius of the router. You might have also heard the term powerline adapter.
These are pretty nifty gadgets that use the electrical wiring in your house to convey an internet signal. Just plug one side into an electrical outlet near your router, and the other into an outlet where you need an internet connection.

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