Struggling with WiFi signal can be extremely frustrating. Sometimes you may find that certain areas of your home are just a little bit too far from the router for the signal to reach. Or thick walls found usually in older buildings can cause interference with your signal if the router is in a different room. You may have considered purchasing a WiFi booster to try and eradicate this issue, but does this piece of equipment really work?
A WiFi booster can be a handy bit of kit if used and placed correctly in your home or business. They are not always the most reliable solution and here at the WiFi Specialist, we would always recommend getting to the route of your issues before purchasing any extra equipment.
What is a WiFi Booster?
A WiFi booster is a piece of equipment you can use to boost or extend your WiFi where the signal is low. It works by connecting to your existing router and amplifying before re-broadcasting the signal to create a stronger signal where the connection may be weak.
It is important to note that a WiFi booster will not improve your internet speeds that you receive in the rest of the building, it will simply re transmit the current WiFi strength and signal where your main router cannot reach.
Types of WiFi Boosters
There are two main types of WiFi booster to choose from, a wireless and hard-wired version. The best choice for you will depend on the location of your current router and the location where you are struggling with your signal.
A Wireless booster connects to your router in the same way as a wireless device like a phone or tablet. There are different ways to connect a wireless booster to your network, some require you to log in and input the password whereas others will find the network themselves. Once connected the booster will remember the password and if it has power, will continue to boost your signal to your desired area.
A wireless booster will still need to be close enough to your main router in order to work effectively and may experience interference from other electronic items.
Hard wired Boosters
Wired boosters are the best option if you are looking for reliability and the best connection speeds. A hard-wired booster is connected via a cable to your main router. The wired connection will stop any interference from other devices and will not drop out if the booster is a fair distance away from your main router. This will mean you have to run cabling through your building or home from the main router to the area you would like the booster to be. There is another version of a booster called a powerline booster. This works by using the electrical cables in your home. A powerline booster needs to be plugged into a mains socket in an area where the WiFi signal is low so the booster can rebroadcast the wireless signal.
Improving your home WiFi
There are many tools on the market that are designed to help your WiFi coverage and it can be hard work to try and decipher the best solution for your needs. At the WiFi Specialist, our skilled engineers can perform network health checks to fully understand your network issues. It may not be that a booster is the best solution for you depending on your building and requirements. We can talk you through our findings and discuss with you the best route for you to take to suit your needs and budget.
A WiFi booster can be a handy bit of kit if used and placed correctly in your home or business. They are not always the most reliable solution as their effectiveness can be limited by a range of factors and here at the WiFi Specialist, we would always recommend getting to the route of your issues before purchasing any extra equipment. If not, you may risk continued problems which will incur more costs in the future.
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