Wi-Fi is a type of wireless internet connection that can connect to wireless devices such as smartphones, laptops, smartwatches, and tablets. This way, it allows multiple devices to connect to the same network for sharing data over the internet. While it can facilitate multiple users simultaneously, its coverage is dependent on various factors. For example, the signal strength, your device type, and objects placed nearby can affect its signal range. But, the good news is that you can extend your Wi-Fi signal range in many ways. Keep reading to find out how!
How to Extend My Wi-Fi Signal
First, you need to consider the following factors before extending your Wi-Fi range:
The space is left between the wall and your router
The area where you have placed your router plays an important role in delivering signals to your device. See if there is enough space between your router and the nearby wall or not. This way, you can determine if the signals will be strong enough to travel through the house.
The type of devices that are connected to the network
For smartphones, you can get away with an extension cord to increase your range. However, if you need more Wi-Fi range for a laptop, then you may need to buy a new router.
The number of devices connected to the same network
While you don’t necessarily need to invest in a new router, an extension cord works just as well for running 1-2 devices. The more devices you connect, the more range it will require. Hence, if you have multiple devices that need higher speeds to run creative software, then a new router can significantly boost your Wi-Fi range.
What Is a Wi-Fi Extender?
A Wi-Fi extender (also known as a Wi-Fi repeater) is a box that helps extend the signal range from your Wi-Fi router. It can be plugged into your modem or router using an Ethernet cable. You can connect it to your MetroNet router to take signals and broadcast them again for a better range and signal strength in every corner and edge of your home.
Here are the steps you need to follow to use a Wi-Fi extender at home:
Step 1: Connect Your Wi-Fi Extender
First, you need to connect the Wi-Fi extender to your primary router. If you notice a red light on your extender, it indicates that your extender has successfully connected to your router. If there is no light blinking on your extender, then you may need to switch it on first by pressing the power button on the extender.
Step 2: Connect Your Devices
The next step is to connect your devices to the extender. It may require you to modify your default settings, based on the model and brand of your Wi-Fi extender.
Step 3: Visit Your Router’s Settings on the Web
On your web browser, go to your router’s setting website. It will allow you to modify settings for connecting the Wi-Fi extender to your router. If you can’t access your router’s settings, reach out to MetroNet customer service.
Step 4: Add a Username and Password for Your Router
While some extenders come with a default username and password, you can add new login credentials or change the existing ones to secure your router.
Step 5: Check Your Connection Quality
Now that you have successfully established a connection of your devices to the Wi-Fi extender, it is time for you to check if your devices are working well or not.
Things You Need to Consider Before Using a Wi-Fi Extender
Before you invest in a Wi-Fi extender, you need to take the following factors into account:
- Wi-Fi extenders are built in such a way that they can instantly connect to a Wi-Fi router of any brand or model. Hence, you don’t need to change your primary router for adding a Wi-Fi extender.
- Wi-Fi extenders are small in size. So, you don’t have to worry about finding an ideal spot for placing your Wi-Fi extender. Besides, most extenders come in the form of a one-piece device that can be plugged into the power outlet.
- A Wi-Fi extender can improve the range and quality of signals in the outdoor areas of your house, as long as it is placed in the right location at an appropriate angle (horizontally or vertically).
A Wi-Fi network is great for those who are looking for convenience while connecting to the internet. Using a Wi-Fi extender, you can connect as many devices as you want, without worrying about signal quality or slow speeds. In addition, it can extend signals to your home’s outdoor areas as well, making it easier for users to stay connected wirelessly. But, before getting an extender, you need to ensure that your Wi-Fi extender is compatible with your Wi-Fi router to avoid connectivity issues in the future.