WiFi Booster Pros and Cons

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WiFi boosters are designed to improve the WiFi signal coverage throughout your home. Not all WiFi boosters function the same way, and each kind has its pros and cons depending on your network set up and needs.

 

Types of WiFi boosters

There are a few types of WiFi boosters:

  • WiFi range extenders (also called Wi-Fi repeaters)
  • WiFi network extenders
  • WiFi mesh whole home systems

Keep reading for the pros and cons of each type to help you decide what you need.

 

Pros of using WiFi boosters

The general pro of using WiFi boosters is to get better a WiFi signal throughout your entire home (inside and outside). Here are the pros broken out by type of WiFi booster.

Pros of WiFi range extenders:

  • Added WiFi signal coverage for your home
  • Effectively eliminates WiFi dead zones to boost Internet speeds
  • Budget-friendly
  • One device is convenient to set up
  • Works with a traditional/regular router

Pros of WiFi network extenders:

  • Does not create a separate network like a WiFi range extender
  • Added WiFi signal coverage for your home
  • Effectively eliminates WiFi dead zones to boost Internet speeds
  • Budget-friendly
  • One device is convenient to set up
  • Works with a traditional/regular router

Pros of WiFi mesh systems:

  • Better coverage for your home, especially great for large homes
  • Eliminates WiFi dead zones to boost Internet speeds
  • Smartphone network management
  • Customizable to the size of your home
  • Less interference and connection failure

WiFi booster cons

Here are the cons broken out by type of WiFi booster.

Cons of WiFi range extenders:

  • Creates a second network to bridge the gap and eliminate dead spots, so bandwidth may be halved because of the rebroadcasted signal
  • Requires that you manually switch your device over to the new network

Cons of WiFi network extenders:

  • Can have some compatibility issues with some routers
  • Not the best solution for large homes or homes with many floors
  • Can be difficult to configure, and multiple need to be configured individually 

Cons of WiFi mesh systems:

  • Expensive
  • Does not work with a traditional router (requires a mesh specific router)
  • Requires more units (nodes, pods, modules, etc.) to scale up
  • May lack some advanced features to run both a 2.4GHz and 5GHz band network like with WiFi extenders

Now that you know the pros and cons, you can better choose the right one for you. Hitron’s offerings of WiFi Boosters are easy to use and install and eliminate dead spots inside and outside of your home, whether that is through Ethernet, MoCA, or WiFi. Ask your Internet service provider (ISP) about Hitron’s WiFi boosters today.

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