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WiFi Range Extenders, Boosters or Repeaters?
Unless you live or work in a single room, or your walls are paper-thin, you’ve probably tried them all! WiFi range extenders, wireless signal boosters or WiFi repeaters. However they are marketed they are all pretty much the same thing. Devices that promise much in terms of wireless internet coverage, but rarely deliver in real-world business or home settings.
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Read on for more information about WiFi range extenders.
What are WiFi range extenders?
Whether marketed as wireless extenders, repeaters or signal boosters, they are all devices that claim to increase wireless signal range.
However there are some inherent problems. These often make them a poor solution for many of today’s common wireless problems.
Why don’t they work for me?
- Many of the cheaper models only include one radio to both receive and transmit information. If you’ve ever used a walkie talkie you’ll probably remember having to take it in turns to listen and speak. Conversations were a stilted affair punctuated by “over”. WiFi range extenders suffer a similar problem. Data can only flow in or out via a single path. This effectively cuts your bandwidth in half.
- As you connect more and more devices the problem gets worse. Putting increasing stress on that single radio degrades wireless performance even further.
- You can only use a single WiFi range extender in any given direction. It’s not possible to create a ‘chain’ of wireless extenders from your router. This means that if your wireless router is located in a distant corner of your office or home, full WiFi coverage is impossible.
- Most wireless range extenders use a separate network from your router. The problem with this is that you then have two or more different WiFi networks. One of which often ends in an annoying “_EXT”. It then forces you to switch between the networks on your devices when moving around your office or home. As a result, some tasks become particularly frustrating. Printing to a printer connected to another network for example. Or the signal dropping between networks whilst making a VoIP call.
What’s the best way to boost wireless signal?
WiFi is fast becoming an essential utility for our connected lives, at work and home. In spite of this, so many of us are still not getting the internet connection speeds we pay our ISP for via wireless.
WiFi dead zones, weak signal areas and frustrating buffering when trying to connect. They are all plaguing businesses and homes alike.
One of the best ways to extend your WiFi signal and get wireless coverage where you need it is to bin the boosters and use wireless access points instead. These devices work together in one single network, no matter how many are connected. They can be positioned exactly where you most need a great WiFi signal.
Find out more about wireless access points and how they could transform WiFi in your business or home.
Time for a different WiFi solution?
Fed up with wasting time and money on WiFi range extenders, boosters and repeaters that just don’t work?
Contact us today if you’re in the Bristol, Bath, Trowbridge or Chippenham area. We offer a free WiFi survey and no obligation quote for your ideal WiFi solution.