Solved Improve wifi reception in certain areas of my house

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December 14, 2014 at 11:09:09
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I want to improve the wifi reception in certain areas of my house but I am not sure how to do it. What is the difference between a wifi booster and a wifi extender?

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December 14, 2014 at 11:27:00
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I would have thought they much the same?

There are stand alone wifi extenders (often resemble a router in appearance) and also smaller module plugged directly into a wall outlet which can do the same.

And there are network over mains (homeplug modules various) which can provide a cat-5 network via mains wiring. And some of the systems allow a module of same specs. to be plugged into a wall outlet (where the lan is being carried over mains wiring) and thus radiate the network as wifi from that module.

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December 14, 2014 at 13:50:25
Just to say that I have found homeplug devices just fine and get a better signal than wifi. I am only using cheap ones. It might depend how your house is wired. This sort of thing:

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December 14, 2014 at 19:28:07
I was having some trouble with signal in some areas of my house also. I purchased a D-Link DAP-1650 Range Extender but before it arrived, in doing my research, I came across the fact that this device can also be used as a Wireless Access Point. The difference it turns out to be is that as a range extender the device uses part of its reception to connect with your existing router wirelessly and the rest of it to connect your other devices to it. Then is hands off the connection through your regular router. This works best when the extender is just inside of the good reception range of your router and extends the range to include more of the house. As a wireless access point, you connect it anywhere on the hard wired side of your network (easy for me since most of the house I wired many years ago) and set it up with the exact same settings, network name(s) and passwords. This works as two matching wireless access points and the device automatically selects the access point that has the best signal at that moment and switches as necessary. This has worked out very well for me though I found out that the package did not include the set up for this, I had to download the full manual from D-Link's web site. If you have a partial wired network or are willing to run a wire to the other side of the house, it may work well for you as well.

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December 14, 2014 at 21:31:02
To clear that up for you....the booster, is often a form of antenna with an amplifier that attaches to router wifi antenna spot. It's job is to amplify or boost the normal signal and blast it further.

The Extender, is basically a fancy amplifying repeater that is placed in range of another router, grabs the signal from the original router and extends the signal again from the new router/extender. This option gives you some flexibility in placement to reach selected areas, whereas the booster is usually a rectangular shaped box, close to the router it attaches and must blast it to all areas you need, sometimes they blast sufficiently and sometimes not, depends on the strength of the unit.

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