Choosing the Best Wi-Fi Range Extenders

 

A home wireless network is a gift of technology to mankind. What could make better is when you use it together with a Wi-Fi range extender. A Wi-Fi range extender, also known as a wireless or Wi-Fi repeater, is used to extend your wireless coverage to overcome weak connections or even dead spots. A Wi-Fi range extender can do this by simply connecting to your wireless router, capturing the signal from the base, and transmitting the boosted signal to the desired location.

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Finding this kind of device is a piece of cake in Singapore where there are a lot of tech companies offering different kinds. So what you need to know is what features you should be looking for when it comes to getting the best Wi-Fi range extender.

Choose Between a Fixed and a Mobile Device

Most Wi-Fi range extenders are fixed devices. These devices come with a power cord and are plugged to a certain spot that becomes, in most cases, their permanent locations. What’s good about having a fixed device for your Wi-Fi range extender is members of the household get to enjoy equal coverage throughout the house. But there are some people who find the fixed type a limiting factor and prefer a mobile device. Mobile Wi-Fi range extenders are the latest versions and come with a built-in power cord that allows users to connect the devices to a power outlet wherever they go.

Choose One That’s Easy to Setup

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Some Wi-Fi range extenders come with a CD and software that you will need to use in order to set them up. This may be disadvantageous for those who don’t consider themselves as tech savvy and don’t really want to spend a lot of time mucking about the devices. If you’re one of these people, you better choose the Wi-Fi range extender that comes with a Wi-Fi Protected Setup or WPS. Your Wi-Fi router should have this WPS, too. When both your Wi-Fi range extender and wireless router are WPS-capable, all you have to do is turn the WPS switches on for both devices and wait for the two systems to get connected.

Choose the One that Matches Your Wi-Fi Router’s Specs

It’s important to be on top of your wireless routers specs first before you go out to make your purchase on a Wi-Fi range extender. The simple reason behind this is because you can get the optimal performing capacity from the Wi-Fi range extender as long as it matches the features on your wireless router. For one, they need to be both WPS-capable. Next, the Wi-Fi range extender has to match your router’s network speed. Check if your router is on a 2.4 Gz or on a 5 Ghz. A dual-band Wi-Fi range extender can work well at both frequencies so this is something you should look for, too.

Choose the One with Signal Strength Indicator

Even if you try to follow the instructions on how and where best to place your wireless device, it can still be tricky and you’ll never really know if you’re right until you test it out first. The best way to find out where the best spot for your device is to get the one that comes with a Signal Strength Indicator. This feature will let you know if the place is the right spot or not.

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