Wireless signal boosters take the signal from a wireless router and repeat it for enhanced coverage. Whether you're up in the attic above the second floor, down in the basement or in the farthest reaches of the yard, repeaters can bring the signal closer to you and your Wi-Fi-capable device. When purchasing a wireless booster, keep key features in mind to make installation and daily use easier.
Look for one-button automatic setup. One-touch setup allows the booster to detect network settings and adjust accordingly, so you don't have to look up the various network DHCP, password and other settings required for a manual setup.
Make sure your wireless booster has a status light or indicator that lets you know whether the unit is working and repeating the signal as intended.
Look for wireless boosters a light that indicates placement location. These lights move from red to green as you move closer to the best spots to install your device.
If possible, find a booster from the same manufacturer as your router. In many cases, setup and daily operation is faster and smoother with two devices geared towards natively communicating with one another.
Upgrade your wireless "G" or "B" network to wireless "N" through use of the appropriate booster. Wireless "N" technology operates at 5 gigahertz rather than 2.4, thereby avoiding much of the interference associated with microwave ovens, baby monitors and cordless phones.
- Avoid placing your router or booster near obstructions like hot water heaters, support beams or other dense metal objects. Stay away from water-containing devices like freezers.
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