How The Wi-Fi Wireless Boosters Work
I have friends constantly complaining about not being able to connect to their Wi-Fi while they’re either in their bedrooms or outside on their patios.
My first question that comes up is usually me asking them if they ever considered getting a Wi-Fi booster.
But in return I get a barrage of questions, for most of the people, the Wi-Fi booster is something unknown, not trustworthy and even a waste of money.
However, many of them are completely missing out on its purpose.
People don’t even know what the boosters do.
Today I’m going to explain exactly how a Wi-Fi booster does its job. So next time somebody is unfamiliar with what a booster does, I can point them to this
What Is A Wi-Fi Booster?
The first thing you should know is that your Wi-Fi signal is 100% dependent on your router. Even the newest and the best routers have only up to 150 feet range and that is without considering all the objects and materials that are disturbing and blocking the signal.
While 150 feet might seem a lot, bear in mind that the further you get from the location of your router – the weaker your signal will become.
The highest speeds you’ll be able to reach are going to be when you’re the closest to the router – in the same room. Well, of course, a higher speed would be if you would just use the plug instead of Wi-Fi, but that’s beyond our scope for today.
Imagine going out to your patio, you still have a signal, but it is much weaker compared to the signal you get inside. You want to stream Netflix or listen to some music, but you get constant buffering.
What if I told you that a single Wi-Fi booster could eliminate these problems in a matter of minutes?
What if a booster amplifies the signal outside of the main room, wouldn’t that be great?
You should consider the booster as a signal amplifier because what it does is it allows you to get a speedy connection and a better signal across the house.
Sure, it won’t be as fast as being next to the router, but it offers a truly significant boost.
How Do Wi-Fi Boosters Work
The Wi-Fi boosters use your original internet connection. That means they’re getting connected to your router and they’re re-broadcasting the same internet your router does, slightly weaker, but they spread the signal further than the router.
A booster should do quite a few other things. Boosters will make the signal stronger and will re-broadcast the strong signal to create a better connection.
Although many people call a booster a repeater and a repeater a booster, back in the day, there were quite a few differences between them.
The booster used to make your signal stronger, while the repeater and the extender would simply increase the range of it.
Now they’re basically the same thing.
When you connect the booster to your router, the booster will have its own network that you would be able to connect. It essentially is the network it re-broadcasts.
One of the things you might consider being a nuisance would be the fact that you have to reconnect from one network to another.
For example, if you’re streaming a video and you’re walking around the house and you reach the dead zone which the booster is specified for, you have to disconnect from your original network and reconnect to the booster’s network. Which would stop the video or cause it to buffer.
Some Models Work Differently
Now, there are a few types of boosters – some go directly in an electrical outlet and connect to the router itself, while others have a cord that has to be connected to the router physically.
Some boosters have different antennas – some have weak ones, others have strong ones.
The stronger ones, by default, will be able to extend the distance that the signal is able to travel.
The one thing that people normally get wrong, is that they believe a booster “splits” the signal in two.
That is mostly wrong because it all depends on where you install the booster.
You might see a “split” in speed, but it really depends on how far the booster is from the router.
If you’re getting 10 MBps while you’re on your patio and you install the booster closer to the patio, while making sure it still gets a good connection to your router, you might increase your speed to up to 25 MBps.
That’s almost triple.
The signal might not be as strong as when you’re in the same room as the router, but it sure is way stronger than what it would be if you decided not to use a booster.
So to answer the question, if your internet dips and fades in some areas of your place, a booster might be the perfect fix for it!