Before we begin looking at how a Wi-Fi extender can help your home network, let’s consider some of the descriptions you might have seen. Wi-Fi range extenders are sometimes called Wi-Fi boosters, Wi-Fi repeaters, internet boosters or Wi-Fi amplifiers. They work to either enhance your Wi-Fi signal or extend it to the far corners of your home to help eliminate internet dead spots. So, what’s the best Wi-Fi extender for your home? First, consider how you’re using your network. Are others in your family logging in on their devices? Do you stream 4K content in multiple rooms? Do you connect a lot of mobile devices to your network? The more devices that are connected, and the farther they are from your router can determine the product that’s right for you. One thing to look for is data transfer speed. The faster the better for most applications. Whether you’re connecting to your Wi-Fi network to stream your favorite movies and TV shows, connecting to online games, listening to music or — most importantly — logging in to work remotely, a Wi-Fi booster is an essential networking device for any home. The right Wi-Fi range extender ensures all your devices receive a strong signal no matter where you are in the house — even outside on the deck or poolside. It can help ensure you no longer get dropped from important work meetings. The right Wi-Fi range extender can even give you the ability to watch movies outside on your tablet or laptop, stream movies and shows in the basement with your media streaming device, or do homework in your bedroom on your Chromebook.
Finding the best Wi-Fi extender locations.
Once you understand the need for a Wi-Fi signal booster, or range extender, there is an important question to consider: where should you place it to make sure you get the most from your networking products? One simple guide to keep in mind is that your Wi-Fi range booster should be placed halfway between your router and the device you’re connecting to the internet. It can also help if there is a clear line of sight between the router and the extender, and between the extender and the device that’s being connected. Of course, nowadays devices are more mobile than ever, so this is just a rough guide for placement. You also have to consider power outlets. Make sure you have one close enough to plug in the extender. One thing to keep in mind is that you should always plug your networking equipment into a surge protector to make sure they’re safe from electrical surges such as lightning strikes. If you have questions about which device is right for you, where to place it, or how to set up your network and connect all your devices, our Geek Squad® professionals are always here to help. Check out Geek Squad home network set up to make sure you’re up and running quickly.