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Due to the limitations of current technology, even the best routers may not be able to cover the entire WiFi coverage area. In order to get the strongest signal in all rooms of the house, you may need a WiFi extender.

A true WiFi extender can increase the range of a home network without affecting the speed.

To understand how a WiFi extender works and what makes it more attractive, please continue reading our guide, which includes our three favorite books of 2020.

This high-end tri-band WiFi extender has many convenient features, making it an easy choice for this year's top model.

Plug-and-play installation and smart device positioning are two of the many reasons why we continue to maintain this impressive extension as one of the three recommendations this year.

In a new entry in our list, this option is highly rated as the most versatile household coverage option.

In retail, the name is usually a general expression of the actual function of the product. Therefore, people (and manufacturers) can use a variety of devices to call extenders. Everyone has a similar goal-to expand the range of a home WiFi network-but not all of them do it in the same way.

A true WiFi extender can increase the range of the WiFi signal through a wired connection, so it does not reduce the speed. This can be done through coaxial cables, Ethernet cables, or even through your home electrical wiring. However, once the signal reaches the extender, it can broadcast via WiFi or has an Ethernet port, so you can enjoy the fastest speed in all areas of the home (WiFi connection is slower than wired connection).

Other devices on the market called "extenders" can relay signals from one device to another wirelessly (which will greatly reduce the bandwidth/speed), or do this by concentrating the direction of the signal, for example Place your thumb on the hose to spray further. These products are not inferior; many times, they are a more convenient solution, they have a different set of inherent disadvantages that consumers need to understand (for example, provide reduced speed or direction-specific).

It is important to recognize how the equipment you are buying expands the signal so that you know what to expect without being disappointed by the results.

The price of WiFi extenders ranges from US$20 to US$200. High-end models can provide better dual- or triple-band coverage-2.4 GHz (larger range, slower speed) and 5 GHz (reduced range, faster speed)-and greater compatibility.

Although the WiFi signal may have an impressive distance in an open field of view, all objects in your home can block, weaken or interfere with the signal. Nearby networks, Bluetooth devices, walls, floors, doors, furniture, and even people living with you are all elements that can reduce the range of your home WiFi network.

If one WiFi extender is not enough, in some cases two can be used, but it depends on the device and how they are connected. Usually, in this case, a better solution is to use a WiFi mesh network, which provides multiple connection points and intelligent routing of signals.

The setup of this Linksys device is quick and easy. It also has an automatic firmware upgrade function to keep the equipment running without causing any downtime. In some cases, the unit expands the range to the area around your home.

Although most users consider this model to be an ideal solution, some users report that there are problems that require a certain degree of troubleshooting to resolve.

MU-MIMO technology is designed to provide speed and stability to as many devices as possible on the network. The extender has dual-band WiFi and an Ethernet port for wired connection.

If the device does not plug and play as easily as expected, the installation process may become complicated.

Each unit can provide up to 2200 square feet of reliable and intelligent Internet service. If you need more protection, just buy another device to solve the problem.

The price of these units is slightly higher than other options.


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