How Does a WiFi Booster Work?

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You can have the best wireless router and still experience weak WiFi signals. That is because WiFi is vulnerable to obstacles and interferences. Things like distance, thick walls and floors, appliances and other devices can negatively affect your WiFi signal. You can try different tactics to boost your WiFi, but in the end, using a WiFi booster can help reduce these problems.

 

What is a WiFi booster & How does it work?

A WiFi booster is a device that you use to extend your WiFi signal to cover problem areas. These problem areas are also called dead spots and occur when the WiFi signal is too weak or low. A wireless WiFi booster device pulls your router’s existing WiFi signal, amplifies it and re-broadcasts it to make it go farther so your devices can create a stronger connection.

Note: Wireless WiFi boosters do not make a weak signal stronger, they extend the signal’s reach. Wireless WiFi boosters use your WiFi router’s existing signal, so you want to make sure it is strong in the first place. Otherwise, you are just re-broadcasting a weak signal.

 

Types of WiFi boosters to know about

There are different types WiFi boosters. You can choose a wireless booster or a wired booster. Depending on your needs and your router’s placement, one option may be better than the other.

Wireless WiFi Boosters

Wireless WiFi boosters connect to your router wirelessly, which can be convenient. However, they require a direct and clear line of sight between your router and the booster device. Because they are wireless, this type of booster should be kept away from the same obstacles and interferences that WiFi is vulnerable to.

Wired WiFi Boosters

If you want a solid and fast connection, wired WiFi boosters such as Ethernet over coax (MoCA) will be your best choice. This is because MoCA adapters convert your coax wiring into an Ethernet network and creates a direct connection using your existing coaxial wiring in your home to improve your wireless network’s performance. Because MoCA adapters utilize a wired connection, you don’t have to worry about interferences like with wireless boosters. Wired WiFi boosters are capable of providing speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second for the best network experience, like online gaming, HD video streaming or working from home.

MoCA technology is the way to go if you want to improve your overall home network. You can enhance your WiFi connection in every corner of your home with HT-EM4 MoCA adapters. Check out Hitron’s MoCA Learn Page for more information on this topic.

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