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The dead zone - that spot in your house where WiFi inexplicably seems to disappear. With all the devices, metal appliances, and architectural interference in the average home, even the fastest, most powerful WiFi router can miss a few spots. WiFi Range Extenders, also called WiFi Boosters, are a simple and economical way to end the mystery and bring dead zones to life.
WiFi Range Extenders boost the existing WiFi in your home by receiving the wireless signals from your router and repeating them with powerful amplifiers and antennas, extending your coverage by up to twice the range. NETGEAR WiFi Range Extenders are universally compatible—so they can boost the WiFi of any standard router from any brand, even the one you got from your service provider.
WiFi Boosters take only a few minutes to install and can give you complete home WiFi coverage. It’s best to place the extender halfway between your router and the dead zone. Your signal strength and bandwidth will be immediately boosted and directed to the WiFi trouble spot.
For optimal performance you should at least match the WiFi speed of your new extender with your existing router’s WiFi. For example, if you have a dual band AC1200 router, choose a dual band AC1200 extender to maximize the boost in performance and range.
See how WiFi Range Extenders broaden your network coverage so your smartphones, tablets and computers stay online with reduced interference.
Before you set up your WiFi Range Extender, download NETGEAR’s WiFi Analytics App to test WiFi strength in rooms throughout your home, helping you identify where your coverage is weakest. Once you’ve installed your WiFi Booster, use the app once again to test signal strength and see how your network speed has improved.
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WiFi extenders come in two types of form factors, ones that are meant for desktop placement and ones that plug directly in the wall, sometimes referred as wall-plugged. If you want a less obtrusive, wire-free design that blends in nicely within your home environment a wall-plug extender is your best option. A desktop extender is a great choice if you want up to five Ethernet ports to connect more network-ready wired devices and USB storage options.
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If you are serious about your streaming entertainment and online gaming you can use a WiFi Range Extender to give any device with a wired network port great WiFi connectivity. It's easy to do! Just use an Ethernet cable to connect your Smart TV, blu-ray player, or game console to the WiFi Extender’s Ethernet port and you've now connected your device wirelessly to your WiFi network. Upgrade your home theater to the fastest WiFi speeds available.
If you want to extend the range of your dual band router, it’s essential to choose the best WiFi Booster. Most dual band range extenders will connect to your router and your device on both bands at the same time. Sharing both bands can result in lower overall speed. All NETGEAR dual band range extenders support FastLane, to ensure faster speed. FastLane lets you link one WiFi band to your router and connect the other band to your devices. This allows you to utilize the maximum speed on each band and deliver the fastest WiFi speed to your devices.
While a little more advanced, if your home or business is already wired for network connections with Ethernet or CAT5 outlets, you can use a range extender in Access Point Mode to create new WiFi access right there. Just switch the range extender to Access Point Mode and connect with an Ethernet cable. Power up and you’ve created new WiFi access to connect all of your WiFi devices.
A WiFi Range Extender can add the final piece to a high-speed, whole-home WiFi network. So you can stream music in the back yard, video chat in your kitchen, or play online games in the basement. In other words, a range extender lets you take WiFi where it’s never gone before.
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