Should I Get a WiFi Booster or Extender? What’s the Difference?

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Is your Internet connection slow? Chances are it is because your WiFi signal is struggling to reach all areas of your home. These areas are also called dead spots. To fix this, you can use a WiFi booster. One type of WiFi booster device that is an easy-to-use solution is a WiFi extender. This will help your signal coverage to improve your wireless Internet.

 

What is a WiFi booster?

A WiFi booster is a device that helps lengthen the reach of your wireless signal (WiFi signal). By improving your WiFi coverage, you eliminate dead spots in your home and improve your Internet.

There are different types of WiFi boosters:

 

The most helpful WiFi booster devices are WiFi extenders and Mesh WiFi. Mesh WiFi is a whole-home system that requires investing in multiple devices that work together. While you get full coverage in your whole home, this is a better solution for larger spaces. If you live in a small to mid-sized home, a WiFi extender (one device) can be a great solution.

 

What is a WiFi extender?

A WiFi extender, also called a WiFi range extender, is a WiFi booster device that sits between your router and the hard-to-reach area.

WiFi extenders work by re-broadcasting your router’s existing WiFi signal. You place the extender between your router and the dead spot area. The extender receives the existing WiFi signal and extends its reach. An important note is that a WiFi range extender will not strength the WiFi signal, so you need to make sure the existing signal is already strong.

 

Which one do I need?

WiFi boosters have many pros and cons.  If your WiFi performance is not satisfactory, then you should invest in a WiFi booster. Which one you choose depends on your network setup and needs. If your WiFi signal is weak and that’s why your network performance is suffering, then you need to do things boost your WiFi signal.

If your WiFi signal is strong but struggles to reach far enough in your home, then consider a WiFi extender or Mesh WiFi if your home is large with multiple floors. This will help your signal coverage to improve your wireless Internet.

For more information and articles about WiFi Boosters, check out Hitron’s Learn Page or blog for more.

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