Wireless Booster Range Extender Overview

By | December 7, 2014

Wi-Fi boosters or range extenders give a user the ability to increase their signal from their existing Wi-Fi. These boosters can come in very useful for a variety of reasons from weak signals from a home router to Wi-Fi dead spots. There are many handy ways these boosters can make life easier.
What is a Wireless booster Range extender?
Most homes that have a router already have Wi-Fi that connects all their mobile devices but sometimes the range a router can send and receive can be lacking. This is where Wi-Fi boosters come to the rescue with the ability to take a existing signal and give it more strength and distance.
Not all wireless extenders are made equal and there is a few things to look at before buying one.
Is it compatible with your Router?
This more than likely will not be a problem for most people as most Wi-Fi boosters are designed to work with all kinds of routers. Most devices today use the protocol 802.11n also called wireless N which is backward compatible with the older wireless G.
The one exception to this is if you have recently bought one of the new Dual Band routers. This is because they work in 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz range. If you have one of these routers be sure to look at the frequency the booster works on.
Any older router will work on 2.4 GHz range, 5 GHz has only started to become widely used in 2014.
Transfer Speed
For the average home owner even a low speed booster that works at 150 Mbps will be plenty given that the average cable modem works at 10 Mbps. This will only be really important for a high end user. If you are a bandwidth hog than be sure to look at the transfer speed.
Setup difficulty
Nobody likes a device that is difficult to setup so be sure to read the reviews and watch YouTube videos to be sure it is a right fit for your technical level. Name brand devices always have some degree of technical support you can call.
Wireless Booster and Range Extenders On Amazon
TP-LINK N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender (TL-WA850RE)

The TP-LINK N300 is small and plugs into a wall socket for power. There are two versions one with a speed of 150 Mbps and the other at 300Mbps.
Technical Specifications
Frequency… 2.4 GHz
1 Ethernet port
Speed… 150 Mbps
Setup difficulty… moderate

Securifi Almond – (3 Minute Setup) Touchscreen Wireless Router / Range Extender

If you are not a technical person than this one is for you. It comes with a small touchscreen to configure it so no need to use a computer and log into it for setup. It boast easy three minute setup.
Technical Specifications
802.11 b/g/n
Speed… 300Mbps MIMO, 2 antennas
2 LAN + 1 WAN Ports
Frequency… 2.4 GHz
Port Forwarding, Firewall, DMZ, UPnP
Setup difficulty… Easy


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3 thoughts on “Wireless Booster Range Extender Overview

  1. A. E. Wiggin

    I live in a Apartment Building where we get free wifi,, but because so many people live here the wifi stregth goes up and down based on how many people our in the building. Is there anything I can do besides going out and getting my own service to boost stregth ?

    1. John

      As more people in your building use the Wi-Fi it since so much data is being sent back and forth. Packet collisions will increase and also simply the bandwidth everyone is sharing will get smaller and smaller. I don’t think a booster will help your situation. If it becomes to unbearable paying a cable or phone company for internet may be the best option.

      1. Mady

        Check to see if your apartment building network uses 5GHz frequency. Most devices work in the 2.4 GHz band which is crowded. If your building uses a dual band setup and you can use 5.GHz than you will have a lot more empty space and much faster network speeds.


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