Signal range is the Achille’s heels of any wireless home network aka. home WiFi. If there was one thing a networking enthusiast could wish for, it would have been an eternal wifi range.
Well, that may not gonna happen. But in the meantime, we can do some tweaks and add in our existing network to boost wireless signal strength in our house. What are those devices? Let’s find out:
As its name suggests, a wireless extender is used to extend wifi signal. Apart from this, it’s also called wifi boost or wifi repeater. It working principle is simple. It receives a signal, amplifies it and then retransmits that boosted signal.
It should be noted that apart from boosting a wifi signal, wifi extenders for also known as reducing wifi throughput. That’s why it’s advisable that you would at least a dual band router with a wifi extender. This way, a 2.4GHz band of that router would be paired with the wireless extender. That low-frequency band would be used for casual tasks such as browsing the internet and other social media stuff while 5GHz would be reserved for bandwidth-intensive tasks such as online gaming and 4K-video streaming etc.
Placement of the wireless extender also matters. If you place your extender where you get almost no signal, then it would be a waste of money. Generally, it is better to place the extenders at half distance between your router and the areas where you have no wifi coverage — the dead zones.
You can extend your wireless network with powerline networking too. For this, you’ll need a powerline kit which consists of 2 powerline adapters and 2 small ethernet ports. Setting up this type of network is dead simple. First, you need to connect one end of that first ethernet cable into a router and the other end to a powerline adapter. Then you’ll need to connect one end of the second ethernet port to the second adapter and the other end to your other device such as Apple TV etc.
Have more than one router
Sometimes, it’s good to have more than one routers. To help you out, we have a buyer guide at List Enthusiast. The advantage of two routers is that you can use both of them at the different areas of your house. But in order to do that, you’ll also need to connect these two routers. To connect them, first you’ll need to open the web interface of your primary router and open its DHCP settings. Now we need to know the last IP address.
Many routers will either tell you the first IP address or the number of IP addresses. To find out the last IP, you have to add them i.e. If 220.127.116.11 is your first IP and the number of IP addresses is 50, then your last IP address would be 18.104.22.168.
Now you need to connect your second router to a computer and access its web interface. Then you need to open your LAN settings and put the address you found out previously into the IP address field of this router. Both of these routers have been configured. Now it’s time to connect them. You can either connect them using an ethernet cable or a powerline adapter. Powerline adapters would be good because they don’t use any more wires than your existing electric wiring.