Things to consider
So, what factors do you need to consider before you purchase your Wi-Fi range extender? There are a number of different things to consider:
• Which brand of Wi-Fi router do you have? Despite the fact that all Wi-Fi boosters are intended to work with all Wi-Fi boosters, those from the same brand tend to work much better together. Make sure that the Wi-Fi booster you’re using is compatible with your router. It will still work if it’s not, but you’re going to get a better performance if they’re both from the same brand.
• Do you need a single or dual band range extender? If you have a dual band router, it may be best to purchase a dual range extender. Single band extenders are cheaper; however, they may not provide the standard of coverage that you need.
• Which features do I need? From Ethernet ports to audio streaming capability, the more expensive Wi-Fi boosters offer a range of additional features. You may decide that you don’t actually need all the additional features, and just want a range extender that provides you with additional coverage for your home.
• What do you want your range extender to look like? There’s loads of different designs to choose from, however, the main choices are plastic blocks which have been designed to plug into an outlet, and a device which resembles a router. The former is a more minimalist, less obtrusive and it’s the wire-free option. On the other hand, the larger Wi-Fi boosters tend to offer more features. In any case, they both look great.
• Are there any alternative ways of boosting your connection? Although Wi-Fi boosters do an effective job, there are lots of ways that you can improve your Wi-Fi connection without using them. Checking that you’re using optimal placement for your router with as few obstructions as possible, reducing the number of devices connecting to the router and upgrading the router itself are all great ways of improving your home coverage. Of course, buying a range extender could be an easier option.