Today we are going to show you How to choose the right Wi-Fi extender for any home, we know it is a necessary tool during the COVID-19 pandemic. A fundamental tool to be able to be productive is to have a good Wi-Fi connection in every corner of the house.
There are different technologies that help us to improve our Wi-Fi connection, powerline adapters, range extenders, or Wi-Fi Mesh. This time we are going to talk about Wi-Fi extenders, which are plugged in near our router.
They connect to the signal emitted by the router and extend it with even greater power to the area where the signal was previously weak or non-existent. Range extenders are particularly suitable for single-story homes with several rooms or wide corridors.
How to choose the right Wi-Fi extender for any home office?
Here are some essential key points to install your extender and enjoy greater coverage in a super simple way.
- Speed and compatibility with the Wi-Fi standard. Nowadays, most of our routers and electronic devices support 2 data bands, 2.4GHz and 5GHz, therefore, if we want to make the most of its features, the ideal will be to opt for a dual-band Wi-Fi extender as well, and thus offer higher connection speed to all devices. Always take into account the compatibility with the transmission standard of your router, i.e. Wi-Fi N (802.11 n), Wi-Fi AC (802.11 ac) or Wi-Fi 6, and make sure that the extender supports the same standard to obtain the highest Wi-Fi speed. We also recommend that your extender has at least two external antennas. These antennas are more effective than internal antennas in increasing coverage and improving wireless stability.
- Configuration. A Wi-Fi repeater is very easy to install, just plug it into the power supply and have the network name and password ready. However, there is a WPS option, known as protected setup, which makes it even easier to set up. Simply press the WPS button on your router for two seconds and then do the same on the WPS button on your range extender.
- Security. How to have a more secure connection in our home office? It is very important nowadays to have devices that protect our information, especially for home office scenarios. For this, it is best to opt for an extender that integrates WPA2+AES, the latest encryption standard, the most secure so far, which will provide maximum security to your network.
- LEDs. It seems a minor detail but it is important. The fact that the device has an intelligent signal LED light will help you find the best location to place your extender between the router and the area where you need to extend coverage.