WE’VE GOT YOU COV­ERED

Here’s one way to over­come the lim­i­ta­tions of wire­less tech­nol­ogy and in­fras­truc­ture in a lo­cal area net­work.

HWM (Malaysia) - - THINK - Az­izulRah­manIs­mail

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.

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