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Banish Dead Spots with the Best WiFi Signal Boosters

Dealing with dead zones can be one of the most frustrating parts of setting up and maintaining a WiFi network for your home - especially if you are working from home or if you have a lot of smart home devices. Business owners, too, need reliable WiFi across their premises. That is where WiFi range extenders come to the rescue, offering a signal boost that will help you achieve the full coverage you need.

An extender, also known as a WiFi booster or WiFi repeater, uses antennas or RJ 45 Ethernet ports to connect with another WiFi router and extend the range of its network. In wireless mode, an extender connects to your WiFi router like any other device and then rebroadcasts the WiFi signal in the area where you want to improve signal strength. When used with an Ethernet connection, the extender acts as a wireless access point instead, offering another option for extending your wireless network.

These devices offer a convenient way to get more reliable WiFi coverage throughout your home or business, and they offer a relatively easy setup process. Although using a WiFi extender can involve tradeoffs to the speed and throughput of the extended network, using an Ethernet connection instead can help achieve higher speeds.

What is the Best WiFi Extender for Me?

Consider these factors when choosing a WiFi extender:

Ethernet Speed: If you plan to use your WiFi extender with an Ethernet cable, you will probably want a gigabit ethernet port. Look for 10/100/1000 in the devices Ethernet specs to ensure that it supports gigabit speeds.

Dual Band WiFi: Dual band 2.4ghz / 5ghz WiFi is a popular choice for home and business WiFi networks today, especially for those with a lot of streaming devices or game consoles going at once. Check that your WiFi extender supports dual band networks if you use one on your main network.

WiFi Standard: The WiFi standard gets regular updates, the latest of which is known as WiFi 6. Although WiFi 5 is still more widely used, getting a WiFi 6 range extender can be a good investment in future compatibility with smart home devices and other important tech — and it will offer backwards compatibility with WiFi 5 devices.

Security: Just like with a normal WiFi router, it is important to check which WiFi security standards an extender supports. WPA is generally good enough for home WiFi networks, but businesses with public networks will want at least WPA2 support.

Micro Centers full selection of WiFi signal boosters includes great prices on top networking brands like TP LINK, Netgear, Linksys, and more. For more options to extend and customize your WiFi network, see our selection of WiFi routers, including whole home mesh WiFi systems.

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