Best Ways to Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal
We all have faced with this very common problem of WiFi range issues. And we also know there are several solutions such as using a router with more powerful WiFi, create a mesh WiFi network, or extend the signal with a WiFi extender.
Ideally, start by making a WiFi map of your home or local. In this post, we have explained how it is done. This way you will know if WiFi coverage is only a minor problem, if you have blind spots (with no wifi at all), gray points (WiFi signal arrives, but little) or if you really need to cover several points of the house located in opposite places. This is important because it is what will decide which device is best suited to carry the signal throughout the house. If you only have a gray dot in one corner, it makes no sense to spend $200 on a router, for example, when an $80 WiFi extender is enough.
Here’s how to examine the Spots
If you have several blind spots in places far from each other, the most effective option could be to buy a WiFi router with a more powerful WiFi signal , if it still does not reach you because the house or the place is very large, you have the option to install a meshed WiFi network or WiFi Mesh, using old routers you have, but it is an expensive option and not all routers are compatible.
As per Netgear extender support, if your house has more than one floor or is very large, the safest thing is that the WiFi extenders do not reach every corner because the walls, floors and stairs, especially if they are made of wood, slow down the signal. In that case, you will have to install more than one extender.
If your house is not very large, the most practical and economical is to use a Netgear WiFi extender, also called a WiFi repeater or amplifier.
Let us now see how WiFi extender works
A WiFi extender what it does is pick up the router’s original WiFi signal, and expand it to go further. For a better understanding of its concept, let’s take an example – Imagine that a person (the router) says something to another (the WiFi extender) in the ear, and the latter shouts it with a megaphone so that it is heard further. This is how a WiFi extender works. But we must bear in mind that it also does it in the opposite direction. If a mobile sends data to the Internet through the extender, it must be passed to the router to send it to the Internet.
To correctly use a WiFi amplifier, you take assistance from mywifiext.net support. The most basic function is that of the repeater. The WiFi extender takes the signal from the router and amplifies it. It is the same signal with the same username and password, so you won’t have to change the device settings. But they will be the ones who decide if they connect to the router or the extender, and they don’t always choose the most powerful signal.
Regardless of the system you use, you must ensure that your devices connect to the extended network, and not to the weak signal from the router. Netgear WiFi repeater will be in charge of sending or receiving data from the router. You do not have to do anything, except for the one-time extender setup using mywifiext.local.
Once we know how a WiFi extender works, let’s see how to set it up.
Place the extender to the Ideal location
The WiFi extender takes the signal from the router and amplifies it through its own signal so that it reaches further. To work properly, you have to receive the router’s signal with sufficient power. Ideally, place it at an intermediate point between the router and remote devices that you want to receive the WiFi signal:
Keep in mind that the WiFi extender needs its own plug.
To offer a good performance you need to receive the router signal correctly, so you cannot place it too far. During the configuration, the extender itself tells you, by lights, if it receives the signal correctly.
Experiment with different places, until you find a position where the remote devices receive the extender signal at the maximum possible speed. It may seem silly but a meter further to the left or right can make the signal dodge an obstacle (a door, a mirror), and the WiFi has much more range.
How to configure the extender
Once placed in an intermediate position between the router and the devices, it is time to configure it. You have to establish a secure connection between the router and the WiFi extender so that the data going to the Internet can be interchanged.
The easiest way to do this is through WPS (WiFi Protect Setup). Routers have a WPS button (usually on the back) that allow other devices to connect to them without having to enter the password. We press the WPS button on the router, and then the WPS button on the WiFi extender (sometimes called Range Extender, or another name), and the devices will communicate with each other. The extender will begin to amplify the signal, and you can already detect it with your mobile, tablet, etc.
Note: There is the other alternative – a manual setup that can be executed using the instructions given in the user manual of your gadget.