What is a WiFi repeater?
A wireless repeater is a stand-alone unit that is positioned within range of a wireless router. Repeaters, which are also referred to as range expanders, serve as a two-way relay station for WiFi signals. Clients who are located far away from the original router can associate with the wireless LAN through the repeater.
WiFi Repeaters Can Help Extend Wireless Network Range
Get Rid Of 'Dead Spots' And Increase Coverage
In a nutshell, the range of products known alternatively as Wifi Repeaters, Wifi Signal Boosters, or Wireless Signal Extenders, tend to solve a common problem. They get rid of 'dead spots' in your network, which leads to extended coverage. This is almost always a good thing. The cost of the devices is generally quite affordable, making Wireless repeaters a cost-effective way to really improve the performance of your home or office network. Let's take a look at the essentials of Wifi repeaters, and show a few videos to illustrate the concept.
Let's take a look at three leading WiFi Repeaters which should merit consideration when you go to purchase your next unit.
First off is the Amped Wireless High Power Wireless-300N Smart Repeater. This device will expand range for your 802.11b/g/n wireless network. It does this by repeating the wireless signal from your office or home wireless router and then redistributes it to what's called an "extended" location. One of the big advantages of this route is that it supports computers, game consoles, networked Blu-ray players, televisions and even many other other networked devices. These extended devices are able to connect to the Smart Repeater if they use Wi-Fi or a wired connection. This can be done up to 5 ports across the extended network. This feature could come in handy.
Next up is the Diamond WR300N wireless range extender and repeater. This device increases the range of your existing wireless coverage. The way it does this is by removing those wireless dead spots and or weak areas that already exist on your network. This device is billed as being similar to having three devices in one. It combines the features of the WR300N to also function as a wireless extender. This increases your wireless network range. Next it extends to a standalone wireless access poin, which will create a wireless network. Lastly, it will create a wireless bridge that servers to extend your home's Ethernet coverage.
The last device for extending WiFi range for smartphones, iPad, or laptops is the NETGEAR Universal WiFi Range Extender (WN3000RP). This sleek device boosts your WiFi signal and also extends the entire range of your wireless network. Your new coverage area will include areas of your home that that used to have weak or almost no signal. Best of all, it helps you wirelessly connect any wired Ethernet device that you have to the Internet.
How does a WiFi repeater work? Simple really when we think about it. It just takes in the WiFi signal from a remote radio device and then blasts it out locally. However, there are a few problems with this. First of all, very often, radio devices fail to repeat if the make/models differ. Secondly, it is essential for the repeater to get a good, reliable and stable signal from the radio first device. And if this fails to happen, then it ends up repeating rubbish or even worse, just slows the system down with repeated resend messages.
If you want to use repeaters then, probably the best solution is in using a WDS or Wireless Distribution System. In a WDS system, you are able to use multiple repeaters. Each repeater can talk to any other repeater and decides which repeater it needs to talk to in order to reach the destination. You still have the other problems, but WDS is more resilient because it can dynamically reroute its traffic to use different radio devices.
Please check out this video to learn how you actually set up a WiFi repeater in your home network. The process is relatively simple and will allow you to increase your signal strength.
Wifi extenders are generally small devices, but are extremely popular. They can serve not only as a wireless access point but also as wireless repeaters. A wireless Ethernet adapter provides superior flexibility when building a wireless environment. But probably the biggest advantage is that it is really easy to set it up. Just plug and play and you are on.
Certain adapters will help you efficiently convert all devices with Ethernet support into wireless devices. From desktop PCs to set-top boxes to game consoles to printers or notebooks, the WL-330 is simply great.