[SOLVED] Wifi extender help?

Jan 16, 2019
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Hi I just need some help with wifi/WiFi extenders, I recently moved into a new room in the house that doesn’t get very good signal, if you’re near the WiFi I normally get about 100/110 but I get between 3 and 10 in the new room so I bought an extender and I’ve placed it relatively central in the house but it’s still only giving me between 10 and 20, should the signal be similar to the 100 I get closer to the box and another question will having a WiFi extender slow down the connection for people who are connecting the actual WiFi box?
 

The speed depends of the band you are extending (2.4GHz or 5GHz), the signal strength of the extender, the signal the extender gets from the router, the quality of the extender, etc.
There will be lost bandwidth when you extend it, so you will not get the 100/110 you get near the main WiFi router


The extender should not affect other people connecting to the main unit.

 
I use a wifi extender in my house and I had to play with it in a few difference spots to get the best effect. The electrical lines running the wall may be causing some interference in the signal.

As far as the extender slowing the connection, I have not seen anything like that at my house.
 

The speed depends of the band you are extending (2.4GHz or 5GHz), the signal strength of the extender, the signal the extender gets from the router, the quality of the extender, etc.
There will be lost bandwidth when you extend it, so you will not get the 100/110 you get near the main WiFi router


The extender should not affect other people connecting to the main unit.

 
Unless you get one of the new mesh type systems that uses a different radio to talk to the main router and the end stations you will get a fairly major decrease in speed. Be very careful mesh is some silly marketing word not all devices uses 2 different radios.

The problem with a repeater is it gets data and then retransmits it back into the same exact radio frequency. In best case this cuts you speed by 1/2 because the router can not send another packet when the repeater is sending the copy. Problem is wifi is really stupid and device will transmit at the same time. Since the signal from the router can reach the repeater the duplicate signal comes back to the router and in best case it can not transmit. Many times though because of small timing differences the router or end stations will transmit damaging the data and causing it to have to be retransmitted.

Repeaters should be avoided except where you have no other options.

Since the repeater is not working well for you I would consider powerline units. They are not perfect and have troubles in some houses but they tend to go between rooms better than wifi at times. You want to look for the newer AV2 units, they work much better than the older av200 and av500 units.
 
How good the PowerLAN will be depends fully on your house electrical installation.
PowerLAN could disturb other devices from radio communication system to power consumption meter.
Nobody can know, how it will work on your house/apartment, trial and run is the only way.

Repeaters should work on most cases with certain draw backs e.g. many networking names, halved bandwidth, etc.
Having a mesh WLAN network is also an option.

At home, I am using a mixed WLAN+PowerLAN
 

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