WHEN it comes to speeding up your WiFi router, there is one device that can be both a blessing and a curse.
If you don’t use it properly, you may end up ruining your internet experience instead of saving it.
The device in question is a WiFi repeater.
Generally, people buy these to boost their home WiFi, but setting them up incorrectly can have the opposite effect.
Microsoft has highlighted this error on its website.
The tech giant explained, “Wi-Fi repeaters are handy devices that rebroadcast a Wi-Fi signal, boosting the signal from your router to other floors or the opposite side of a building.”
“You can put it anywhere there’s an outlet, but look for locations that are halfway between your router, modem, or access point and your device.”
“Do some research on these products before investing in one. Some WiFi repeaters can be difficult to configure and affect the performance of your network.”
Sometimes a WiFi repeater can throttle your network and slow down the speed of certain devices.
You can contact your internet service provider if you’re worried about buying the wrong device.
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The position of a WiFi repeater is also very important.
If you place it too far away from the original router or next to the wrong materials, the device will not bring its usefulness.
Placing an extender near concrete or metal can reduce the number of WiFi signals it can receive and transmit.
Before buying a WiFi repeater, try to get the most out of your original router first.
GOOD WI-FI ROUTER PRACTICES
Update your router software as regularly as possible so you have the latest security features and can fix any bugs.
Be sure to add a strong password to prevent strangers from breaking into your network and slowing down your speed.
In general, you need to place your wireless router centrally and in an open area off the ground.
Always make sure your router is plugged into the mains outlet and not an extension cord for faster operation.