Wifi Extenders?!

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Wifi Extenders?!
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Fri, 03-28-2014 - 12:43pm

Hi! 

Does anyone here use a wifi extender? I have no choice in where my router is, but it's definitely being blocked as you get further away from it. We don't have a big house yet wifi drops a bit at the other end of the house (I know, expected, but still...). I've been reading up on extenders and am wondering if they truly will work for what I'm trying to do. 

Thanks!



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Registered: 06-16-1998
Fri, 03-28-2014 - 1:22pm

We use one. Its in the room that's farthest diagonally from the router and sometimes it doesn't seem to pick up the signal very well but its better than with no extender. Ideally your devices can automatically change networks so if you carry the device away from the range of the extender (to where you get a stronger signal from the router) you don't have to manually change networks.

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Registered: 06-07-2004
Fri, 03-28-2014 - 1:54pm

I agree, they work just fine. Only caveat is if the extender operates on the same channel os your router you will cut your speed in half. Try and get one where you can configure the channel. The speed issue doesn't really necessarily come into play until you get into high bandwidth stufff like watching HD video.

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Mon, 03-31-2014 - 1:26pm

Thank you both! Now to decide on which one. :)



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