Explanation of the different Wifi Booster products
There are different terms on the market that one should be familiar with before buying such a device. The most common terms are:
- Wifi Booster
- Wifi Extender
- Wifi Repeater
What exactly these terms mean is explained below.
- Wifi Booster: The theory says that a Wifi Booster should above all improve the available WLAN network. The transmission speed is in focus and is amplified by the device. Up to 300 Mbps transfer rates can be achieved with a Wifi booster. This makes it a helpful tool that can be used in every household.
- Wifi Extender: A device of this type, on the other hand, has the primary task of amplifying or extending the original WLAN signal. This is especially useful if the signal has to pass through thick concrete walls or if it has to travel a long distance. Dead zones are also avoided, but the transmission speed is not significantly improved.
- Wifi Repeater: With a Wifi Repeater, the main point is that the signal from the available WLAN in the house is transmitted without interference. A WLAN connection is not always smooth and is therefore well supported by such a device. It amplifies the router's signal and thus extends the range within the apartment or house.
In the end, the products are relatively similar, but you should still pay attention to the differences when you buy them, because a Wifi Extender works better if you want to avoid concrete walls or other obstacles without loss of transmission.
Does a Wifi Booster really work?
Whether such a device really amplifies the WLAN signal in the house and how it works depends on a few factors. First of all, it is important that the device is placed in a place where it can receive a powerful signal, and then professionally transmit it. It also depends on the bandwidth it is designed for. It is of little use to buy a device that is only designed for low transmission rates, but which is expected to be much higher.
In addition, it always plays a role how good the current signal really is. There are also "bad days" when even the main signal is so weak that the connection leaves something to be desired. However, this problem is usually found with the telephone provider, but not with the available devices.
How do I set up a Wifi Booster?
It is a great advantage that the available Wifi boosters are all very easy to use. Most Wifi boosters are plugged into an outlet near the router. Then the synchronization takes place by pressing a button on the booster, as well as on the router. Both devices connect with each other. Once this process is complete, you can remove the booster from the socket and connect it to another one halfway to the device that needs better Internet access.
This means: If the router is on the upper floor and the device is on the lower floor, the booster should be connected to a power socket in the corridor in order to receive the optimal signal "halfway". It connects automatically and should therefore deliver a better signal.
If you want to amplify the signal a little bit, some devices also offer the option to connect an additional cable between the Wifi booster and, for example, the TV. In the end, the signal is routed to where it is supposed to deliver power.