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The Difference Between Extenders, Access Points

It can be extremely frustrating to have a WiFI network in your home that fails to meet your needs. Whether you are using the WiFi to work remotely or simply want to stream your favourite TV show, having a poor WiFi connection can cause hassle and annoyance. If you are struggling with your WiFi connection and want to improve it there are different ways to do so.

Improving Your WiFi Connection at Home

When it comes to improving your WiFi connection at home there are different routes you can take. Extenders, access points and router placement are all things to consider but it isn’t always clear what they are or which option you should choose. In order to improve your specific WiFi connection, you must first understand the difference between extenders, access points and other options for improving your WiFi.

Extenders Vs. Access Points

Not all WiFi routers will have enough power to transmit the WiFi signal to every area of the house, and many people find that in certain rooms the WiFi connection just isn’t as good as it is elsewhere. This is a common problem for people in large houses. A WiFi extender works by boosting the signal throughout the house. An extender can be placed nearby to an area of poor signal and when the WiFi signal reaches it, the extender will give it the extra push it needs to continue with a strong signal.

Access points also aim to ensure the WiFi signal is good throughout the entire property, but they work in a different way than extenders do. Access points can be placed throughout the home and the signals between them create a mesh network, sort of like a WiFi net that covers every room, and this helps to improve the WiFi connection in areas of the home it may have failed before. However, access points do have an added benefit that is not found when using extenders. The WiFi mesh created by a group of access points is completely stable and secure, meaning only those inside the WiFi mesh can access it. This prevents outside users from infiltrating the network.

However, in contrast to this, a WiFi extender is much cheaper and easier to install. For those who require access points, it is advised to seek the help of professionals in order to ensure everything is setup correctly.

Other techniques to improve your WiFi

If you live in a small flat or apartment and would like improved WiFi, you may not need to go as far as installing extenders or access points into your home. In fact, it could be a case of poor router placement. WiFi signals can be blocked from being transmitted from the router by furniture and cupboards if you are storing it in one. Simply moving the router to an open space in your home can help to improve the overall connection.

Another option is to add an external antenna. Most routers will come with an internal antenna that is used to transmit the WiFi signal, but adding an external one will allow the signal to be transmitted further and in all directions. Many internal WiFi antennas are omnidirectional, meaning they only send the signal in one direction. Of course, if these do not solve the problem then an extender or access point may be required to improve your WiFi.

WirelessEdge Home WiFi Services

As you can see, there are a few different options for improving the quality of your WiFi at home and the option you choose will depend on the severity of the problem. For professional insight and more information on WiFi solutions, get in touch with WirelessEdge.

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