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Here’s one way to overcome the limitations of wireless technology and infrastructure in a local area network.
by Here’s the conundrum: Our devices demand consistent and dependable connections for our day-to-day applications to work. However, the range of wireless signals is limited and running wires is not always an option.
The only other option is to use network extenders. These devices, as the name implies, extend the range of a local area network. There are two main types of these extenders: wired and wireless.
Wired extenders connect directly to the router and in the case of power line extenders, two units are needed for them to work. Wired extenders are limiting, often they only extend a single port or just the wireless signal.
A Wi-Fi range extender, on the other hand, takes a router’s existing wireless signal and enhances its range without the use of wires. They connect directly to your router wirelessly and effectively extend both the wireless and wired network – all in one unit. Some Wi-Fi range extenders can even do more.
Take the Linksys RE6500HG, for example. This AC1200 dual-band wireless range extender can extend wireless network coverage to up to 10,000 square feet without any physical connection to the original router. Wirelessly, it is capable of N300 and AC867 Mbps speeds on dual bands to eliminate dead spots and provide dependable Wi-Fi connections that are good enough to stream HD content smoothly.
It also has four Gigabit Ethernet ports, a feature most extenders cannot claim to offer. On top of that, it doubles as a wireless speaker extender, with the ability to stream media from smart devices and PCs to any speaker system that uses a 3.5mm plug.
Need something simpler? There’s the Linksys RE4100W N600 dual-band wireless range extender, which is a simple wall plug-in device that works with any router, and shares almost all of the same features of the RE6500HG, except that it is capable of N600 Mbps speed and has only one Ethernet port.