Every day, there are new devices that people want to have in their household. Maybe it’s an extra iPad for work. Maybe one kid needs a new computer for school. Whatever the needs for your household are, the truth of the matter is that your home WiFi coverage needs to be fast, secure, and incredibly reliable.
Along with high-speed Internet, your home WiFi range needs to be on par with the needs of your household. For example, there may be a part of the house in which the connected devices do not work as well as they should. There could also be parts of your home that are considered “dead zones,” in which the WiFi signal is not strong enough; making things like downloading and streaming practically impossible.
Most people stick to the router they’re provided with by their Internet company. However, there are ways to extend the WiFi range that can improve performance and make the connection much more flexible and able to withstand multiple devices and users. They are WiFi boosters and they can make life so much easier and manageable for everyone in the household.
A booster is a device that acts as a WiFi extender and makes your Internet connection more accessible from different points around the house. The booster works by amplifying, or “boosting,” the existing wireless network signals to expand the space it covers. It detects the weak signal that is coming from your existing router and it amplifies your WiFi network to multiple levels, floors, and even your garage or yard. The booster will also strengthen the signal and stabilize your WiFi network. It’s a pretty crafty solution that most consumers can install on their own without having to call their Internet provider services.
Although there are not that many differences between them, there are some subtle variations—mostly with the way they work and not so much with the end result.
A WiFi extender works by pulling the reception out of the router before transmitting it to a new device. Think of it this way: let’s say that your current network’s name is “WirelessNetwork1.” The extender takes the reception from the router and turns it into a new network that uses the extended signal. The extender would then create a new network of its own called “WirelessNetwork2.” That’s the network that you would use to connect to an enhanced WiFi range.
A WiFi repeater repeats the signal from the router that is already in place. Essentially, what this means is that some form of the same wireless network connection that you already have installed will go into the wireless service—it might even have a similar network ID. It’s sort of like recycling (or repeating) the connection through a device that extends the range of coverage.
There are a few things that are essential for a WiFi booster to work.
If you feel like the booster is not for you, another way to help extend the WiFi range at home is by installing a WiFi mesh system. Unlike traditional routers or boosters, the mesh system is a router that connects directly to your modem and is part of a single wireless network that shares the same Service Set Identifier (SSID) and password.
The mesh system is a lot simpler than a booster because it doesn’t have so many login interruptions or bandwidth issues that make it complicated. It is user-friendly while still providing a broader range of connection.
If you’re still unsure about installing a booster or a mesh system, there are other things you can check for that may jeopardize your WiFi range at home.
You are always going to have many options available to extend the WiFi range. Every day there are a million new things out in the market that can help your Internet connection. The key is to not panic or get mad at the router. With a little patience and a little research, anything is possible.