WiFi Extenders

How far does my WiFi go?

Netgear Orbi

Episode 1623

Jerry from La Habra Heights, California

Jerry wants to get his WiFi signal out to his backyard garage, about 300 feet away. Leo says that WiFi is meant to travel 150 feet or less. You'll probably need a directional wifi transmitter/receiver. Check out radiolabs.com to learn more.

But to your backyard patio, a mesh router would work. Leo recommends the NetGear Orbi, and you can get an outdoor island receiver, and that could possibly get to your garage. 

Can Jerry get his own and save on the rental fee from his ISP? Leo says absolutely. Save the money: it'll pay for itself in a year.

Are WiFi Extenders a Good Idea?

Eero

Episode 1600

David from Anaheim, CA

David needs to extend the WiFi in his apartment building. Will an extender do the job? Leo says it will, but at the cost of cutting bandwidth speed in half, because the base station is relaying the signal and spending half the time talking to the router. Leo recommends going with a MESH router. Eero is a good one, as is NetGear Orbi. But there are plenty more. Just about every router company makes a mesh model now. 

How can I improve my Wi-Fi signal?

TP-Link EAP225

Episode 1550

Bruce from Carlsbad, CA

Bruce has Wi-Fi coverage in his house because it's long and narrow. He doesn't want extenders. So he's thinking of using Cat5 ethernet. Can he take an ethernet connection and convert it to Wi-Fi? Leo says that the TP-Link EAP225 access points will do the trick. He can also turn his router into bridge mode for that. But he can also use Powerline Networking, where he can use his electrical grid for networking and get internet access in every room. He can just plug in the Powerline adapters.

Why can't I get WiFi in my apartment?

WiFi

Episode 1422

David from Burbank,CA

David lives in a fifth floor apartment with 100 Mbps WiFi available. He can't get it on his floor, though. What can he do? Leo says that WiFi is generally limited by distance and David is just too far away from the access point. He needs one on his floor. If he can get his own modem, that's what he should do. He could also try getting a group together to get WiFi extenders and put a few on every floor. That would help.

How can I extend my Wi-Fi range?

Netgear EX6200

Episode 1234

George from Santa Monica, CA

George wants to extend his Wi-Fi signal out to the front porch. How can he boost the signal range of his Wi-Fi network? Leo says a Wi-Fi extender or repeater is his best bet and it's always best to go with the same manufacturer as his original Wi-Fi router. So a D-Link would be D-Link Extender, NetGear with NetGear, Apple Airport Extreme with Airport Express. The idea is to place the extender midway between the base station and where he'll want it to go. This will enable him to double the distance of his Wi-Fi network.

How can I extend a Wi-Fi signal?

Episode 1216

Rick from Arkansas

Rick is a truck driver and relies on open Wi-Fi access points. But a lot of them don't have parking space for his rig. How can he extend the signal so he can access their signal from outside the parking lots? Leo says that while there are Wi-Fi extenders that can pick up signals from a distance, he'll want to be sure he is a good customer at that provider. C Crane has a Wi-Fi extender called The Country Mile Wi-Fi. Another option is to buy a MiFi card, which uses 4G, and he can get that just about anywhere.

How can I extend the Wi-Fi range between two houses?

Apple Airport Extreme

Episode 1166

Matthew from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Matthew wants to know if he can bridge two Airport Extremes, put them 300 feet apart and still get a signal. Leo says it's no problem, except for the distance. 300 feet is a long way for 802.11,b,a,c, which max at about 150. 802.11AC, though, can go about 300 feet. One thing he can do is use a directional antenna from one to another. A new Airport Extreme, though, will work. Leo advises sticking with the same company's products to make the extension.

How can I get better Wi-Fi reception?

Wi-Fi

Episode 1146

Brett from Woodbridge, NJ

Brett would like to hardwire his mother's PC so she doesn't have issues with Wi-Fi dropping out. Leo says that it sounds like an issue of distance. Leo had the same problem, so he extended the Wi-Fi with a repeater. He uses an Airport Extreme with Airport Express that automatically extends the range. He'll want to buy the repeater from the same company as the router. He can also try something called Powerline networking.