A Wi-Fi range extender or repeater is used to extend the coverage range of your WiFi network. With a WiFi repeater, you can efficiently double the coverage area of your WiFi network – stretching far corners of your home or office, different floors, or even extend coverage to your yard.
WiFi extenders can expand the range of your wireless network. But their effectiveness is limited by a host of factors, including the speed of the internet connection coming into your home, the distance from your router, the areas in your home in need of WiFi coverage, and the WiFi demands of your family.
Why you need a wi-fi range extender.
Ask yourself how many extra rooms would you like the extender to cover. If it’s just one small room, just about any basic WiFi extender should do the trick. However, if you want to cover a large area with a strong WiFi signal, you need a dual-band WiFi extender with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz support.
Do WiFi extenders slow down WiFi? WiFi extenders do not slow down or speed up the internet itself. WiFi extenders are designed to boost the WiFi signal emitting from the modem and send that signal throughout the house or wherever you are.
Based on our in-depth hands-on usage in a real home, the best Wi-Fi extender on the market is the NETGEAR Wi-Fi Range Extender EX3700. It has a great range and performance in a plug-in design that’s easy to install in almost any room.
The ideal location to place the Extender is halfway between your wireless router and your computer, but the extender MUST be within the wireless range of the wireless router.
If you have to use a different location, move the Extender closer to the device, but it should still be within the wireless range of the router.
For more details on how to install the NETGEAR Wi-Fi Range Extender EX3700, watch the video below for installation guides and further instructions.
You can use 2 extenders with a few caveats. Do not wirelessly connect one extender to another. Performance for the second extender will usually be unsatisfactory. Therefore, each extender should connect to the main router.