How can I extend my Wi-Fi range?

Episode 1150 (2:21:49)

Jonathan from San Jacinto, CA
Apple Airport Extreme

Jonathan has Verizon FIOS with 75 Mbps up and down. Leo says that's nice! He has great signal on one side of the house, but it's terrible on the other side. How can he extend the Wi-Fi? Leo says he has to use Verizon's FIOS modem and router, but he doesn't have to use it for Wi-Fi. He can get a better Wi-Fi access point like an Apple Airport Extreme. Then put that in bridge mode so it'll pass the signal along to the rest of the house. If he needs more, then he can add a few $99 Airport Express's to act as a repeater. Leo has three of them.

He'll want the base station near his FIOS modem and physically connect it. He'll also need to turn off the FIOS modem's Wi-Fi, and put the Airport into "Bridge mode." He can use 2.4 Ghz, but if it's a crowded area, he could choose 5 Ghz. The lower the number, the farther it'll go. So it's a tradeoff.

The other option is powerline networking. But that has it's own challenges, such as not being able to jump junction boxes.