How does a WiFi booster work?

Even with the best wireless router, there can still be areas of your home or office where the WiFi signal isn’t the best. This can be caused by thick walls, construction material in the walls and floors, or interference from appliances and other devices.

What is a WiFi Booster?

 

A WiFi booster is a device you can use to boost or extend your wireless signal to problem areas where the signal is low. It works by pulling the existing wireless signal from router, amplifying it, then re-broadcasting it to create a stronger connection with your wireless devices, like smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

Types of WiFi Boosters

 

There are two types of WiFi boosters: wireless WiFi boosters and wired WiFi boosters. Selecting the best type for your wireless network depends on the location of your router and where you most need to boost you WiFi signal.

Wireless WiFi Boosters

 

A wireless WiFi booster connects to your existing network wirelessly. Installing a wireless WiFi booster is similar to connecting a wireless device, like a smartphone or tablet, to a wireless router.

Most wireless WiFi boosters come with a setup button that makes installing them a snap. Just press the setup button and the WiFi booster will automatically connect to your router, so you won’t have to worry about entering a long WiFi password.

A wireless WiFi booster should be placed in a location where it can clearly pick up the router’s signal. It is important to keep it away from thick walls and appliances that might cause interference, like microwaves, cordless phones, and electronics.

Wired WiFi Boosters

 

Wired WiFi boosters are the best choice for fast connection speeds without lag or disruptions. A wired WiFi booster connects to the existing coaxial cable in your home or office to extend your wireless network to areas where the signal is low. The wired connection prevents any interference that may cause a wireless WiFi booster to slow down or drop out. This ensures a strong connection even with thick walls and other electronic devices.

Another type of wired WiFi booster called a powerline WiFi booster uses the electrical cables in your home or office to re-broadcast the wireless signal from your router. To use a powerline WiFi booster, simply plug it into an electrical outlet in an area where the WiFi signal is low.

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