I think everyone has run into a situation where the Wi-Fi in their home just doesn’t reach all the corners. You find situations where you got dead spots or the Wi-Fi signals not strong enough and you’re not able to get a satisfactory connection to the Internet.
Internet Wi-Fi routers typically advertise that the signals are good for hundreds of feet, but I think everyone knows that that’s not true. It may be in a situation where there’s no walls and the router is mounted up on top of a 10 foot pole. The more obstacles in the way, the lower the signal strength gets.
There’s a lot of things that people say that you can do to strengthen your Wi-Fi signal on your wireless router, but to be honest, the best solution is to simply get a Wi-Fi extender/repeater.
Once the Wi-Fi extender/repeater is configured, it’s essentially another server on your network that simply repeats the signal from your base.
If you can’t place your Wi-Fi router in an optimal place inside the home, is going to be some weak spots inside your house. You run into problems where laptops will connect, you don’t have Internet access and you are able to use web services like Netflix or Roku.
I had this same problem and I went with something low cost [under $30] and simple configuration. It plugs right into an electrical outlet, and the only configuration is to press the WPS button on the range extender and the WPS on the wireless router.
I placed the range extender where the base Wi-Fi router would still give this one plenty of signal. this unit is essentially another router, and it does have a way to access it through a browser. You do have the ability to change the security protocol and the SSID if you want to, as well as the password. This year also checks for automatic firmware updates.
If you’re wondering, if you unplug it and then plug it in somewhere else, you don’t have to reconfigure it. The settings are stored in memory. Even so, just press the WPS button again on the range extender and on your wireless router.
If you have any better ideas or suggestions, let me know in the comments below…