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Mac Format - - WIFI SECRETS -

If your Wi-Fi has trou­ble reach­ing ev­ery cor­ner of your home, you’re not alone. It could be be­cause your home is on mul­ti­ple floors, or be­cause there are nu­mer­ous walls be­tween the de­vice you’re us­ing and your Wi-Fi router.

One way to fill in these ‘not spots’ is to use an 802.11ac router such as the lat­est model of Air­Port Ex­treme (£169, ap­ple.com/uk) or Air­Port Time Cap­sule (from £249), which boast beam­form­ing tech­nol­ogy and bet­ter an­ten­nae to help your Wi-Fi net­work reach fur­ther by tar­get­ing the sig­nal to­wards 802.11ac de­vices for a stronger sig­nal. An­other op­tion is to ex­tend the reach of your net­work us­ing a Wi-Fi ex­ten­der, such as Ap­ple’s Air­Port Ex­press (£79).

A third op­tion is to use pow­er­line tech­nol­ogy, which shut­tles data around your home over your home’s elec­tri­cal wiring. Devolo’s dLAN 1200+ac (£160, devolo.co.uk) com­prises two pow­er­line trans­ceivers; you con­nect one to your broad­band mo­dem and a power socket at one end, and the other where you want to get in­ter­net ac­cess. Hand­ily, it also in­cludes 802.11ac Wi-Fi as well.

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