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Anybody use one? I have my WiFi modem in the home office and to reach the living room it passes through a few walls weakening the signal. I use my laptop in about every room including the garage using it for how to videos and out there the signal is getting very weak.



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Anybody use one? I have my WiFi modem in the home office and to reach the living room it passes through a few walls weakening the signal. I use my laptop in about every room including the garage using it for how to videos and out there the signal is getting very weak.

This is an example of what I'm taking about.

Do WiFi extenders work?
Yes.
But not all equally.
One of my relatives has a fairly large home and put one in near his daughters bedroom to boost the signal so she would have more bandwidth in her room.

That one would work, but would get it's nickers in a wad about weekly. He or she would have to go unplug it and plug it back in to reboot it.
He upgraded to a higher end one recently and when I saw it and asked about it, he said it worked much better. The new one looked to be a higher priced unit judging by it's size and case.

So yes they work but you will want to buy one that has good reviews. I'd email him to ask what he went to but he is traveling at the moment away from home. So yes they do work, his daughters room has little to no reception without it and she seems to be quite pleased now that the repeater is in.

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Yes.
But not all equally.
One of my relatives has a fairly large home and put one in near his daughters bedroom to boost the signal so she would have more bandwidth in her room.

That one would work, but would get it's nickers in a wad about weekly. He or she would have to go unplug it and plug it back in to reboot it.
He upgraded to a higher end one recently and when I saw it and asked about it, he said it worked much better. The new one looked to be a higher priced unit judging by it's size and case.

So yes they work but you will want to buy one that has good reviews. I'd email him to ask what he went to but he is traveling at the moment away from home. So yes they do work, his daughters room has little to no reception without it and she seems to be quite pleased now that the repeater is in.
I'll look into the better ones for sure.

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I have one plugged into the wall. It helps but not always sure about it since we have quite a few wire-less connects going on.

Best thing you can do is put your wifi router in a central location in the house.
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I have one plugged into the wall. It helps but not always sure about it since we have quite a few wire-less connects going on.

Best thing you can do is put your wifi router in a central location in the house.
I would like to but it's not convenient.

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You can add a second unit referred to as an Access Point (No Router ability so less cost). The access point would transmit on a different channel and SSID, you can use the same WiFi password (encryption) effectively you would have two WiFi transmitters. assuming the new one is better than the original and has a better signal your device would connect to the stronger signal. Remember in WiFi signals keep it as high as possible as in don't put it in the basement put in in a second level if possible.

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You can add a second unit referred to as an Access Point (No Router ability so less cost). The access point would transmit on a different channel and SSID, you can use the same WiFi password (encryption) effectively you would have two WiFi transmitters. assuming the new one is better than the original and has a better signal your device would connect to the stronger signal. Remember in WiFi signals keep it as high as possible as in don't put it in the basement put in in a second level if possible.
Sounds complicated for a plug and play kind of guy.

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(I havent read all the replies above, but just in case) I've got an extender router Vin that I bought from a common electrical shop- once you switch it on it automatically picks up the strongest WiFi it receives (which is my original WiFi router) and replicates that stream so that you dont need to do anything at all to it- only when you connect your devise to it you simply key in the same password as the roginal router. So easy. And it works great.

These things must be as common as in electrical shops.

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(I havent read all the replies above, but just in case) I've got an extender router Vin that I bought from a common electrical shop- once you switch it on it automatically picks up the strongest WiFi it receives (which is my original WiFi router) and replicates that stream so that you dont need to do anything at all to it- only when you connect your devise to it you simply key in the same password as the roginal router. So easy. And it works great.

These things must be as common as in electrical shops.
Is it like the one in my original post?

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Here are some reviews for those interested ..

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