Extend Your Range
Is your WiFi signal strong in some parts of your house and weak — or non-existent — in others?
If yes, your router is probably located in one end of your house and the wireless signal gets weaker as you move farther from it.
To more evenly distribute your WiFi signal, you can move your router (and modem, if they are not one combined unit) to a more central location, or you can purchase a Range Extender.
A Range Extender picks up the wireless signal from your router and sprays it further towards the other side of your house.
A Range Extender:
- is a one-time purchase. Costs range from $40 to $100 and require no fees, subscriptions, or contracts.
- is easy to set up. Just plug it in near your router, use your computer to “introduce” it to your existing network (instructions come with the Range Extender), then relocate the Extender somewhere about halfway between the router and the farther areas of the house.
- creates a second network. If your current wireless network is “MyNetwork,” your new network will be “MyNetwork_EXT.” I recommend that you use the same password as your primary network, but you don’t have to.
- is much cheaper than buying a second cable or dsl modem line for the house.
With your new “extended” network, you can access the internet in more areas of the house by choosing to join whichever of your networks is strongest.
Range Extenders are available in stores or online, wherever electronics are sold.
Enjoy your freedom!