A Wi-Fi repeater may be the way simpler, faster and cheaper to expand the reach of our Internet connection. This makes them a very useful and highly sought after solution, and yes, they also make a great gift for this Christmas.
However, to get the most out of it, it is necessary to follow a series of basic guidelines that, in certain cases, can make the difference between a good and a bad user experience. Don’t get me wrong, using a Wi-Fi repeater is no mystery, but using it perfectly can be a bit more difficult if you don’t have a few basic notions.
In this article we are going to analyze this question, starting from a basic central idea: placement. A Wi-Fi repeater works by repeating the Wi-Fi waves it receives from the router, and therefore its location is as important as that, although it is not the only thing we must take into account, as we will see below.
Before entering the matter I remind you that if you have any kind of doubt you can leave it in the comments and we will be happy to help you solve it. Now yes, we begin.
1.-Can you really get where you want with a Wi-Fi repeater?
I know it may sound strange, but it makes all the sense in the world. A Wi-Fi repeater not only has a limited range, but it also this can be greatly reduced when crossing certain obstacles, such as walls and insulating materials.
With a Wi-Fi repeater you will have no problem extending the range of your wireless connection to areas that are not too far, and that they do not present many obstacles around them, but if you want to reach distant places or surrounded by barriers it is likely that you will not succeed, at least optimally.
For those cases, it is best to find a PLC, or failing that, a PLC with a Wi-Fi repeater. The latter will allow you to enjoy the best of both worlds.
2.-Don’t rush too much and don’t stray too far from the router
It is one of the mistakes that we still make more frequently. We want to speed up the range so much that we tend to place our Wi-Fi repeater too far from the router, and this can give us many problems.
Keep in mind that a Wi-Fi repeater it must perfectly receive the signal from the router to be able to repeat it optimally. If this is not true, it is likely that we will end up having problems in that “repeated” connection, and that the experience will not be good.
Most Wi-Fi repeaters come with a signal LED indicator that you can use as a reference to know where you should place it.
3.-Look for a high place and free of obstacles
I know it’s complicated, especially since Wi-Fi repeaters plug into a socket, and these are normally found very close to the ground.
You should try to plug it into a socket that is located at least mid-height, and in a place where you are not flanked by major obstacles, as these will reduce the strength and range of the signal.
In case you can’t find a well-located plug, don’t worry, you can resort to solutions like the FRITZ! Repeater 3000 from AVM.
4.-Remember the importance of bands and their differences
The placement of a Wi-Fi repeater determines, to a large extent, its range, intensity and stability of the signal and speed that we can enjoy, there is no doubt about that.
However, it is important that you keep in mind that a current Wi-Fi repeater is prepared to work in dual band, that is, it can repeat in the 5 GHz band under Wi-Fi 5 and in the 2.4 GHz band under Wi-Fi 4.
The Wi-Fi 4 standard is slower, but has a greater range than Wi-Fi 5, so if you want to connect to the Internet from a remote corner where you do not have coverage with the 5 GHz band, do not hesitate. test with 2.4 GHz.