Wifi repeaters are a great way to extend the coverage of your broadband internet network or cell phone. It basically grabs the signal from the external source, normally the service provider, then amplifies it across your house. The beauty of using a wireless repeater is that you can place it anywhere in the house. But make sure to place it always where the signal strength is at its best.
How does the wireless Repeater Work?
The repeater listens to the radio frequency of your service provider and emits it across a certain area from 2.4 to 5 GHZ. The wireless signal is picked up by the use of antennas. The type of antennas the wireless repeater has also impacts the signal quality.
There are two types of antennas; Omni-Directional and Directional. Omni-directional antennas can receive and emit the signal from all directions. This is best used when you are uncertain where the signal is coming from. The strength of the signal is also affected by how many obstacles are in its path such as trees, buildings or mountains. The internal antenna, the antenna that sends signal out into your home, is also an omni-directional one. This allows you to use your internet connection anywhere in the house.
The directional antenna can only point receive or send signal from one direction. To use this antenna, you must know which direction the signal is coming from. The directional antenna is more powerful than the omni-directional antenna because the antenna has only one area to focus in. But with most wireless repeaters the internal antenna will be an omni-directional antenna as it is more comfortable to use. But if you require more strength then you can get directional antennas to help increase the signal power to your wireless device.
The wireless wifi repeater will act like a second network in your home. Many people use the wireless repeater for their basement only when the main wireless router is very far. Once your wireless device such as a laptop is connected to the wireless repeater it will not switch back to the other network. So you don’t have to worry about dropped internet connection.
This new wireless network can be secured just like any other wireless network. You can set the security settings of WEP, WPA, WPA2 by using the admin interface.
Wireless Repeater Review
Amped Wireless High Power Wireless-N Smart Repeater
This is a great wireless repeater that works well to extend the network to many different electronic devices such as game consoles, TV’s and computers.
The setup for the amped repeater compared to Netgear or Linksys is much easier as its almost plug n play. The amped wireless comes with 2 external antennas that can be detached for larger antennas if you really want more wireless power. Many customers also found amazing support from the customer service reps. So if you are ever in trouble you can just contact them.