The United States is undeniably one of the biggest online markets in the world with more than 312 million users. In fact, Americans love their Internet connection so much that there are 152,069 available Wi-Fi locations across the country and 75.23% of the population already has access to an Internet connection. If you’re one of those households who can’t live without a good Wi-Fi connection, one of the challenges that you may be facing would be the lack of signal in some parts of your house, especially those that are already way too far from your router. But the good news is; you can already solve that problem with the help of Wi-Fi extenders.
Here’s what you need to know about them:
How a Wi-Fi Extender Works
Wi-Fi extenders are either desktop or plug-in devices that work by connecting to an existing Wi-Fi network then boost its signal to reach areas in your home or office that doesn’t get good coverage. Also known as wireless range extenders, these devices are usually placed between your wireless router and the area where you want to boost the signal so it can easily grab the existing signal and re-broadcast it using a different wireless channel.
The Differences between Extenders, Repeaters, and Boosters
The truth is, there really are no solid differences between Wi-Fi extenders, repeaters and boosters. In fact, manufacturers often use these terms interchangeably. But if you’re looking for the right device to boost the signal of your Wi-Fi connection, it’s very important to learn about these alternative devices.
A wi-fi booster is a universal term for all devices that extend a Wi-Fi signal. This means that an extender and repeater fall under the booster category. The main purpose of a Wi-Fi booster is to extend the bandwidth of your Wi-Fi network. So if you want to cover your entire property, you should invest in more than one booster.
A repeater, on the other hand, belongs to the first generation signal extenders that re-broadcast a signal to a localized area. This means that the signal strength broadcasted by the repeater is the same as the original signal from the router. Wireless repeaters are not used as much as extenders and boosters since it is not as efficient as the two.
The Difference between a Desktop and Plug-in Wi-Fi Extender
When searching for Wi-Fi extenders, you will be presented with a variety of options, two of which are desktop and plug-in extenders. But how do you know which one is best for your needs? A plug-in Wi-Fi extender is relatively cheaper and works almost the same as a router where you install it in an area where you want to boost your Wi-Fi signal. A plug-in device, however, is bigger and heavier, and it may not have the same features with the desktop extender that is lighter and offers better antenna placement.
At the end of the day, it’s all about choosing the right signal-boosting device that meets your requirements. Whether you opt for an extender, booster or repeater, make sure that it will have all the qualities that you need to enhance your browsing experience.
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