What's the difference: wifi booster, repeater or extender?

Having trouble getting a solid, reliable WiFi signal in some parts of your home? A WiFi repeater could be the solution for you.

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 A WiFi repeater or extender is used to lớn extkết thúc the coverage area of your WiFi network. It works by receiving your existing WiFi signal, amplifying it and then transmitting the boosted signal. With a WiFi repeater you can effectively double the coverage area of your WiFi network - reaching far corners of your home or office, different floors, or even extover coverage to your yard.


What’s the difference between a WiFi booster, repeater, or extender?

WiFi boosters, repeaters, & extenders are mostly the same thing - devices khổng lồ improve sầu WiFi coverage. There isn’t a clearly defined difference between devices that manufacturers describe as “repeaters” & devices described as “extenders”. However, not all WiFi extenders work in the exact same way. There are several different kinds of devices available và below we alặng lớn explain what those differences are & how they work, so that you can choose the best WiFi repeater for your circumstances.

I have trouble getting WiFi signal in some corners of my house. What should I try first?

There are a couple of solutions khổng lồ try before opting for a WiFi extender. The simplest is to try moving the location of your WiFi router. It should be in the most central location possible. If that doesn’t help (or if changing location just isn’t practical) kiểm tra if your router needs to be upgraded. If you’ve had an older Model for many years, it could be time for an tăng cấp lớn a more powerful mã sản phẩm.

One of the best options for a new router is the Archer C9 AC1900 Router from TP-LINK which offers 802.11ac, the next generation of WiFi. It"s a dual band router with ultrafast dual core processors và four gigabit ethernet ports for use with Smart TVs or game consoles. It comes with quality Beamforming công nghệ. This technology allows the routers lớn concentrate the WiFi signal towards your WiFi devices. By targeting the WiFi signal to lớn where it’s being used, the tốc độ và performance of your network is greatly increased.


My WiFi is in the best location possible! My router is up-to-date! But my coverage is still unreliable!

Okay, a WiFi extender could be the solution for you! There are a couple of different options. One of the most straightforward is a powerline ethernet kit like this starter kit from Zyxel. The kit allows you lớn sover your mạng internet signal over the electrical circuit in your home or office. It comes with 2 adapters; one plugs inkhổng lồ a power socket near your current router, và the other in the location where you need signal. Connect the first one khổng lồ your router using an ethernet cable, and connect the second khổng lồ an ethernet device (e.g. a Smart TV or games console). The second adapter could also be connected to lớn a WiFi router for a second WiFi network.


The great advantage lớn this solution is that it is fast. Firstly, it’s fast to lớn phối up. You plug & go. You could try lớn recreate the kit with dozens of feet of ethernet cables, but that involves drilling holes in the walls & running cabling throughout the house - and you won’t be able to lớn unplug và move sầu your cài đặt around easily. Secondly, it’s fast in bandwidth terms. An extender that uses WiFi will usually see some speed loss. Because they’re communicating with the router over Wi-Fi, there’s a big speed drop if the extender talks khổng lồ your devices on the same bvà it’s using lớn talk to the router. There are ways to lớn get around this (see below!) but the powerline ethernet kit bypasses the whole problem. By using the existing electrical circuit in your house, you create a liên kết from your WiFi router to your device that is faster than WiFi and can be mix up in just a few minutes.

This is a particularly great solution if, for example, you had a games console in the basement that wasn’t getting sufficiently fast or reliable signal. The kit can plug right inkhổng lồ the console’s ethernet connection & connect it to lớn the router in another part of the house.

But powerline ethernet adapters aren’t for everybody. The distance between power outlets can have sầu an impact on performance, & so can the kind of wiring you have sầu in your house. If a powerline ethernet adapter isn’t right for you, we recommkết thúc considering a WiFi repeater.

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How Does A WiFi Repeater Work?

A WiFi Repeater effectively contains two wireless routers, similar khổng lồ the wireless router you already have sầu in your trang chủ or office. One of these wireless routers picks up the existing WiFi network. It then transfers the signal khổng lồ the other wireless router, which transmits the boosted signal.

How Do I Install A WiFi Repeater?

WiFi Repeaters are very easy lớn install. All you have lớn bởi vì is place the repeater in a location that can receive your existing WiFi network, and then attach the power supply. You can then log into the WiFi repeater via your computer, và đầu vào the login details & password of your existing WiFi network, khổng lồ allow the WiFi repeater lớn connect and extover.

Got a tricky situation like a pool house in your garden? No problem! There are weatherproof WiFi repeaters like the Hawking Outdoor Smart WiFi Repeater that can be placed outside, boosting signal throughout your property. This kit is very flexible và can be moved easily. For example, if you are RVing & the campsite has weak WiFi signal, this repeater can be fixed lớn the roof of your RV lớn boost the signal inside.

Will my laptop/di động device switch between networks automatically?

Only if you go entirely out of range of the first network. A WiFi repeater creates a second network. If your first network is not available, your device will connect to the second. But in some parts of your house, your device will be able to detect both networks at the same time. This means that if you wish to change from the original network to lớn the boosted network you will have sầu to disconnect và then reconnect.

Will the repeated network be secure?

Yes. WiFi repeaters offer the same levels of security as traditional WiFi routers (WEPhường., WPA, WPA2 etc).

What about that tốc độ loss we talked about earlier?

All WiFi repeaters have sầu some tốc độ loss, but some are much worse than others. WiFi repeaters work by receiving wireless signal & rebroadcasting it, but single b& repeaters have to lớn receive, then retransmit each packet of data using the same radio on the same channel. This can cost single b& repeaters 1/2 of their bandwidth.

Dual bvà repeaters get around this by connecting to lớn the router on one band và outputting a WiFi signal on the other. The Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Bvà WiFi extender uses FastLane công nghệ lớn improve sầu performance using both WiFi bands. A fast processor also really helps (the Nighthawk has a Dual core 1GHz processor) by enabling maximum WiFi throughput.

One final feature that helps reduce speed loss is dual radios. If the device has dual radgame ios, it can speak to lớn the main router on lower channels, and then rebroadcast on higher channels. The Hawking Dual Radio Smart Repeater (HW2R1) uses two Wi-Fi radios. One Wi-Fi radio receives the signal and the other radio rebroadcasts the boosted signal. This clever thiết kế allows the boosted signal to utilize a different WiFi channel, which greatly increases performance compared to single radio repeaters. The Smart Repeater Pro also has a very powerful high gain antenna that can pick up even very weak WiFi signals, và it rebroadcasts that signal on two powerful 3dBi omni-directional antennas.

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