In simpler times, we had just a wired Internet connection that plugged into the computer. This computer was the hub. In even simpler times, we relied on phone calls, posts, and face-to-face meetings.
However, times have changed immensely and are now quite complex. We live in times when Internet connectivity is an absolute must to navigate through day-to-day chores – professionally and personally. This is why we need a fast, stable connection no matter which part of our home we are.
With most of us working from home now, this has become a necessity instead of an option or a luxury. We see many users rush to buy better routers to transmit the signal better. Many have also changed their data plans to meet their sudden surge in data consumption. But in a number of cases, the problem persists. This could be due to electronic distractions, distance, and hindrances in the form of walls.
Thankfully this problem has a wonderful solution – an extender. During your search, you will also come across devices called Wi-Fi repeaters. They can both help solve your problem but you should know what they are in order to choose the right one for your home or small office.
As its name suggests, this device extends a strong connection using a wire. In this process, it will actually create a new network that you can log in to if you are in an area that doesn’t receive a strong signal.
You can facilitate this with your Ethernet cable or a coaxial cable. A few people have successfully used old routers for this purpose as well. You could try that too.
While buying an extender seems like a lovely idea, we must tell you that it is expensive and can be quite hard to set up. So, if you are not a tech person, you may have trouble understanding the installation process.
A Wi-Fi repeater works wirelessly. You just need to plug it into the power socket and it is good to go. It boosts the signal to reach areas in the house that the router isn’t able to. The repeater works to capture your Wi-Fi signal and literally repeat it or rebroadcast it.
The only catch here is that you need a strong connection to ensure that the repeater works. Therefore, the repeater should be close to your router. Also, if there are thick walls, radio waves, and phone signals around, the signal of the repeater will suffer.
Wi-Fi repeaters are more affordable when compared to extenders and can be set up in a jiffy. They do not create a new network. So, you can still use your existing Wi-Fi connection with a better range.
Which One Should You Buy?
The choice is simple, really!
If you do not want to compromise on a strong Wi-Fi connection, you should go with the extender.
There will be absolutely no signal loss.
If you need Wi-Fi in hard to reach places at home and do not mind some signal loss, a repeater is the right choice.
What are you waiting for? Get the right device and enjoy stable & strong connectivity wherever you want to!
If you have any doubts or need help choosing the right extender or repeater, please leave a comment and we will get back to you.