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Do WiFi Extenders Work?

Do you have WiFi dead zones in your house? You’re not the only one. For years, I struggled with having my WiFi drop out in my bedroom at the far end of the house. My router is all the way on the other side of the house, so it’s not surprising that my connection was terrible.

But still, I didn’t want to go through the trouble and expense of moving my router. You see, I have fiber Internet, and there’s only one place I can connect my router.

My only options were to pay to have this fixed or invest in a good WiFi extender. But my first question, like yours, was do Wifi boosters work?

The last thing I wanted to do is waste my money.

I did my research and was surprised by what I found. I’m going to answer the question “do WiFi extenders really work?” and explain whether they’re worth buying.

Do WiFi Extenders Work?

I don’t know if you know this, but there is a whole world of Internet boosters, extenders and repeaters. They all have the same goal: to extend your connection. But they work differently.

An extender works by connecting to your network using a wired connection. Depending your home, you can use coaxial cable or an ethernet cord. Because they use a wired connection, extenders always have a strong, dedicated connection. And there’s no need to worry about WiFi interference. When I connected my Netgear n300 to an extender, I was able to finally get WiFi coverage throughout the entire house.

This is the reason why I chose an extender over a repeater. A repeater is a WiFi signal booster that connects to your network wirelessly. It still works to expand your WiFi coverage, but it may be susceptible to interference and other things that may slow or drop your connection. If you can’t use an extender or don’t want to, a repeater is still a great option.

So, do internet boosters work? Yes. They repeat your signal from your router to extend your coverage. It acts kind of like a bridge to capture your WiFi signal and then rebroadcast it to areas of your home with a weak signal.

Finding the Right Location

The biggest challenge I faced when I connected my extender was finding the right location for it. It can be tricky, especially if you have a bigger home. And this is a big part of the reason why some people say that extenders don’t work. They just weren’t installing it in the right location.

Your extender needs to be close enough to the router that it can pick up the WiFi connection, but also far enough away that it can repeat the signal to the areas that need it.

Because my home office was on one end of the house, I was able to install the extender in my living room (at the center of the home) and expand my coverage to the rest of the house.

Are WiFi Extenders Worth It?

The million-dollar question. Should you fork over the cash to buy a WiFi extender? You work hard for your money, and you don’t want to waste it on a device that really isn’t worth it. If an extender only expands your range by a little bit, then it’s probably not worth the money.

But an extender does more than just expand your range by a little – some expand it by quite a lot. That can make a world of difference in your Internet speeds in areas with weak signals.

Personally, I found that a WiFi extender was worth every penny. I had thought about installing a mesh network, but that was going to come at a high price. I’m glad I tried an extender first. I was a quick, easy and inexpensive fix for a persistent and annoying problem that plagued me for years.

Why Should You Install a WiFi Extender?

There are many reasons you may want to install a WiFi extender in your home.

You Don’t Get Internet on the Second Floor

The easiest place to install a router is on the first floor of a home. You may have even placed your router at the center of the bottom floor (maybe in the living room). But there’s just one problem: there are walls and ceilings between your router and the second floor of your home.

If this sounds like your situation, then a WiFi extender may be a good solution for you. Try connecting the extender in the space directly above the router’s location. If your living room sits below the master bedroom, then try installing the extender in the master bedroom. This way, the extender can pick up on the signal while broadcasting across the entire top floor.

Your WiFi Signal Doesn’t Extend Outside

With more people working from home, being able to connect to the Internet from outside is becoming a must-have. People want to work and have meetings from their gardens rather than their noisy living rooms or home offices.

Plus, if your WiFi signal extends outside in the yard, you can connect outdoor speakers and other things to your network.

Installing an extender close to one of your doors can help extend your signal out into the yard where you can work, play or do whatever from your outdoor space. Work from a hammock or just listen to music while you enjoy the fresh air.

Slow Loading Times Because of Multiple Users

If you’re like most people, you have multiple people connected to your home network. This can slow your connection because of congestion.

An extender allows people to spread out, which may help prevent congestion and slower speeds.

WiFi extenders are a worthwhile investment if you have dead zones or weak connections in your home. They’re devices that I highly recommend, and I personally find them to be worth their weight in gold. Whether you work from home or have a family that’s always connected, a WiFi extender will save you time, money and frustration.

September 6, 2020

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