Wi-Fi booster FAQ
What is a Wi-Fi booster?
A Wi-Fi booster is basically any device that extends the range of your wireless network. “Booster” is kind of a catch-all term for a few types of devices that use different technologies, but the end result for all of them is better Wi-Fi.
Wi-Fi boosters are great for stretching your Wi-Fi networks into distant corners of your home, basement, or backyard.
How do Wi-Fi boosters work?
A Wi-Fi booster works by connecting to an established network, capturing the internet signals, and extending them into a new area. There are a few different nuances for different types of boosters—for example, some boosters amplify existing signals while others rebroadcast the signals—but that’s the basic rundown.
How do you set up a Wi-Fi booster?
Each device is a little different, but in general you first need to connect your Wi-Fi booster to your home Wi-Fi network. Many boosters use Wi-Fi Protected Setup or WPS to make this step easy. Once it’s connected, you can move it to a space about halfway between your Wi-Fi router and your dead zone to boost your coverage.
Every house layout is different, so you may need to try a few different placements to get the best balance of Wi-Fi signal strength and coverage. You want to place your extender in an area that gets a good Wi-Fi signal—not at the very edge of your coverage if you can help it.
Wi-Fi boosters work with the signals that are available to them, so if you place your booster too far away from your router, you’re just going to boost weak signals.
How do Wi-Fi boosters affect internet speeds?
Wi-Fi boosters often don’t reach the same top speeds as the main Wi-Fi network, especially top speeds close to the router. You may see your speeds cut in half by a Wi-Fi booster. But, all things considered, half-speed Wi-Fi in an area of your home that previously didn’t have Wi-Fi at all is still a marked improvement.
Booster placement can affect your boosted Wi-Fi speeds. Placing your booster closer to your router will give it a better signal to redistribute. On the other hand, placing your booster at the very edge of your Wi-Fi network can result in slower speeds since the booster has less signal to work with.
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