What is an Internet Booster and Why Do I Need it?
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When your wireless Internet connection is not satisfying your needs, then you need to give it a boost. You can do this with Wi-Fi boosters. Sometimes, Wi-Fi boosters are referred to as “Internet boosters.” Whichever term you use, you are talking about the same thing: a device that improves your home Wi-Fi coverage.


What is an Internet booster?

An Internet booster is like a Wi-Fi booster. However, typically, people refer to Wi-Fi boosters when looking to boost a wireless connection, and Internet booster when focusing on a wired Internet connection. Either way, these boosting devices help stretch the reach of your Wi-Fi signal and Internet connection.

There are a few types of Internet boosters or Wi-Fi boosters. On a traditional router network, you would use a Wi-Fi repeater, Wi-Fi range extender or Wi-Fi network extender to get better Internet coverage in your home. The one you choose depends on your situation and needs.


How Internet boosters work

These types of Internet boosters are hardware devices that you place in between your traditional router and the areas in your home that need a better Wi-Fi signal. Depending on the booster device you use, the booster takes your router’s existing Wi-Fi signal and re-broadcasts it to other areas of your home. It is important to know that these types of Internet boosters will take the existing signal, so if it is weak, they will only be re-broadcasting a weak signal. So, make sure your signal is strong before trying to extend the range.

There is also mesh Wi-Fi, which is a whole home system Internet booster. Mesh Wi-Fi requires investing in all new devices, including a mesh router and nodes that you place throughout your home.


How to know you need an Internet booster

You need an Internet booster if your Wi-Fi signal is strong, but it is struggling to reach certain areas of your home, creating dead zones. They certainly work to boost your Internet connection, making all online activities seamless wherever you are in your home. The important thing is to choose the right one for you:

Use Internet boosters if:

  • You have a fixed budget
  • Your living situation is temporary and/or small

Invest in mesh Wi-Fi if:

  • You are looking to upgrade your whole Wi-Fi set up
  • Your budget allows for it
  • Your living space is large, and your living situation is permanent

Hitron’s offerings of Internet Boosters work with Ethernet, MoCA, or Wi-Fi. Ask your Internet service provider (ISP) about Hitron’s Internet boosters today.

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