The differences between a WiFi booster, WiFi extender and WiFi repeater.

 

When it comes to amping the WiFi signal in your home, a rose by any other name is not as sweet. The type of device you use matters. It’s important to understand the differences between alternatives.

WiFi Boosters

 

The term WiFi booster was a catch-all phrase for devices that extended a WiFi signal. A WiFi booster now is more accurately defined as a wireless range extender, MoCA® wired extender or a MoCA/Ethernet WiFi Wireless Network Extender.

Central to WiFi boosters is WiFi bandwidth ‘extension’. To completely cover your home and yard, you may need more than one WiFi booster.

Wireless Repeaters

Wireless repeaters are first generation WiFi signal extenders. As the name implies, wireless repeaters re-broadcast the WiFi signal received to a finite localized area. The quality of WiFi signal strength received by the wireless repeater will be the same WiFi signal strength distributed. Latency, or WiFi network response time, is typically increased. If you need a short hop, have less than 5 wireless devices and are not going to stream anything, a repeater might work – but I doubt it.

Wireless Range Extenders

Wireless range extenders are stand-alone equipment which sit between your wireless router and the location where you want better wireless coverage. Similar to a wireless repeater, a wireless range extender grabs existing WiFi signal from your wireless router and re-broadcasts it. Range extenders rebroadcast on a different wireless channel from the one used by your wireless router. The challenge with range-extenders is location. Incorrect placement means a range extender may not obtain sufficient WiFi signal from your router to simultaneously rebroadcast, stream and engage in online gaming or watching a video.

WiFi Network Extenders

WiFi Network Extenders are the best WiFi boosters for consistent, reliable high speed WiFi to every floor and corner of your home. Unlike repeaters or range extenders that rebroadcast existing WiFi signals, Actiontec’s WiFi Network Extenders communicate directly with your gateway or WiFi router using a wire.

Just like cellular towers, WiFi Network Extenders use a “wire” or cable as the means of communicating back to the router or source. Actiontec’s WiFi Network Extenders then use that “huge pipe” to create a second or third WiFi boosted network.

As you may know, the further away a WiFi device is from the WiFi access point/router, the slower its speed. So by using WiFi Network Extenders around your home, you can shorten the distance between your WiFi devices and the WiFi signal thus increasing each device’s speed and improving performance.

Actiontec WiFi Network Extenders are the key to unlocking complete WiFi home network coverage as the ultimate WiFi booster.

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