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So let's start at the beginning; what exactly IS a WiFi extender?
Generally, a WiFi Extender is a small device that you plug into a power-point. In some cases, you download an App and “talk to it” with your iOS or Android device, linking it to your main router. It then piggy-backs your router’s signal, ensuring that no matter where you are, you’re always close to a nice strong WiFi signal.
Some WiFi extenders include an RJ 45 connection, meaning that any of your non-WiFi technology can still connect to your WiFi network.
Although relatively small in size, extenders can have a big effect on the effective range of your home network.
Most WiFi routers have an effective range of around 35 metres in all directions. However, a variety of conditions can cause you to need a bit of a boost. We'll explore that soon.
How good is your home network signal? Long gone are the days when your computer had to be wired into your phone port. Today’s modern networks are generally wireless, with fast upload and download speeds. At home you can work wherever your device detects the WiFi signal.
Today’s households are increasingly smarter, with all sorts of devices now talking on the internet. I envisage the day when your toilet will communicate the state of your health directly to your GP, and will let your supermarket know if you’re running out of paper.
Your router/hub is where all the traffic in your home originates and departs from. Generally it will be in a designated area. Some homes are designed with a hub built into a cupboard. For most of us, though, our fibre will be located somewhere close to our television, and the router will be close by.
Does that answer all your questions? Or are you still a bit unsure?
WiFi extenders are outrageously simple to set up and come in a variety of types. They provide an inexpensive alternative to daisy-chaining routers throughout your domain, and save you from the expense of having to install an expensive and limiting wired network.
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